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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

US to go after billions in laundered Venezuelan money

Kenneth Rijock: From A Different Angle
Reliable Washington sources report that the Treasury Department of the United States, and other government agencies,whilst searching for assets held in financial institutions in connection with the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, have identified billions of dollars of laundered funds worldwide, all secreted by key senior Venezuelan government officials, a few military officers, and a large number of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), for their own corrupt use and benefit, and for that of designated global terrorist organisations, on the express orders of President Hugo Chavez.

The US now reportedly intends to officially name Venezuela as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and seize all the hidden overseas accounts it has located. Miami banks alone hold several billion dollars of illicit money, and accounts have also been identified in places like China, Andorra, and Panama, and most of the major offshore financial centres. The funds rightfully belong to the people of Venezuela, as they were looted from government accounts, taken as bribes and kickbacks, and earned from narcotics trafficking activities aided and abetted through illegal governmental involvement.

The other individuals targeted in this investigation are members of the Bolivarian Elite, a group of businessmen close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias, and his family, and whose aim is to keep his corrupt regime in power. These Bolivarians have earned obscene amounts of money through corrupt government contracts, outright theft of government assets, and favoured transactions that have resulted in their acquisition of major assets that rightfully belonged to the Republic of Venezuela. The individuals involved will most likely face money laundering charges in the United States , which carry a 20-year sentence of imprisonment, terrorist financing charges,even potential Racketeering (RICO) counts, though this entire scenario, which has effectively destroyed the Venezuelan economy, was ordered, planned and engineered by President Chavez, as a part of his misguided Socialist economic agenda. Will he be indicted, as other heads of state of countries that border the Caribbean have. Only time will tell.
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World-Check

Extremist Group w/ Lina Ron Break Out

Chavez extremist supporters belonging to some kind of Guerrilla/Terrorist look alike group auto-denominated COMANDO LINA RON, among with other "revolutionary fronts" leaded by well-known violent Lina Ron herself, took Archbishop Palace in front of Bolivar Square. Lina Ron said they are a counter attack brigade with some plans unrevealed. They have bad violent attitude, verbally attacked Globovision reporter. She also let see a BOMB could be detonate in Globovision Headquarters, also will follow a tread of violent actions, She also criticized current Ministry of Interior & Justice, SHE IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL!.

During the live broadcast of the events we could see I guy wearing and looking just like Che Guevara, he even had a cigar in his hand (not lighted btw...). He appeared on every "act" Lina Ron does. Check right picture (an old one)


Lina Ron attacked the Church in Venezuela saying they participated with "ultra-rightist" groups in the assassination of people during the loots/protests from 19 years ago, known as "El Caracazo". She was accompanied by 2 deputies from the National Assembly, one of them used to be an actor (Pedro Lander).... ¿?

Lina Ron said some groups already put several
BOMBS and NEXT ones could be coming as a personal action from different "collectives" (including one to Globovision building). She use several bad words, forbidden to use on public TV, according to the Responsibility on Radio & TV Law, decree by Chavez Regime, so she violated this, and also other laws, such as the Penal & Civil Codes.

Updated:

At night this day, Chavez made a call to his favorite TV station VTV (the official Venezuelan Government TV station) and criticized the actions leaded by this woman. He said those actions were absurd and make damage into the Revolution). Of course he is mad, all worldwide media immediately focused on this story and totally forgot the circus act Chavez already has planned for the liberation of the 4 Colombian congressman who were captive from FARC terrorist group.

This is not the first time this woman put her legs on quick sands, in fact, she was already expelled from a Chavez party one time, the MVR, and she decided to create her own, the UPV (Union Popular Venezolana, should I translate this?)

So, my question is, is the National Assembly supporting this action, by the way very similar to that action Chavez Regime said some opposition members made at the Cuban Embassy in April 12th, 2002 during the April 2002 Events.

By the way, this woman came up to Venezuela's public attention after took the street on 9/11 to 'celebrate' the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Video: Kidnappers torturing a person in Barinas

*** UPDATED ***
Monday, March 17th, Mr. Rodolfo Peña was released, after a group from Crime Investigation Police and National Guard, and the kidnappers start a massive shooting. Mr. Peña is in good conditions.




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THIS VIDEO SHOWS EXTREME VIOLENT SCENES
VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVICE
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This is Rodolfo Peña, member of political party Acción Democrática (social democrat). He has 22 days kidnapped in Barinas state. The video was sent to his families.

*** The video was removed from You Tube ***

This is happening in the moment Chavez Regime is "busy" trying to get release 4 hostages from Colombian terrorist group FARC.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Oscars 2008: Casting my Votes

Of course I'm not a member of the AMPAS, but I found pretty funny playing like one and mark the votes for most of the options for next Academy Awards. I didn't see all the movies yet, but I did see almost all of them, and saw some footages and comments about the other ones.

My first impression of the nominees is the Foreign Language category, no 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, acclaimed Romanian movie, no Persepolis, my favorite movie of 2007, also no nomination in this category for Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, of course it is a US made movie, but is in French...¿? ...or what about Ang Lee's Lust, Caution?


Hey, talking about animation movies, what's up with The Simpsons Movie, common, is Surf Up a better movie?, what about Beowulf ¿? I think they should have picked 5.


About the top of the awards, Best Picture, I thought this year would be the Coen Brothers year, that was until I saw There Will Be Blood, an outstanding movie from Paul Thomas Anderson that has several scenes that stuck in your eyes and could be pass to the history as a modern classic. That scene with Daniel Day-Lewis rising his hand with oil, and the acting duel between him and young and surprisingly amazing Paul Dano. But I can't understand why the Academy forgot Jonny Greenwood for the superb score.


I loved Juno, but as many other Indie great movies (In the Bedroom, Lost in Translation, Sideways) Academy awards this movie with the nomination. Remember all that buzz last year about Little Miss Sunshine would win?...

By the way and 'cause the movie talks about Oil Industry, I need to say there is a Documentary Feature already in limited release in Venezuela that tells the history of Oil Industry in Venezuela, it is a pretty interesting movie, also I think is the first Documentary Feature made for the wide screen in Venezuela, so good job for
Bolivar Films. The movie calls "El Reventon" Here is the Print Ballot with my votes for the Sunday's Academy Awards.



Please leave a comment with your favorites, do you think Michael Moore will win again? do you think some star will use his/her time on the mic to promote some Presidential Candidate vote? I hope they won't forget to remember Spanish actor/writer/director Fernando Fernan Gomez who passed away last year.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Under the political-military and the citizen-soldier sign

Hugo Chávez's rise to power has generated a deep transformation, not only within the National Armed Forces, but also within the framework of the civil-military relations, the essential impact of which has been reflected in the trend towards the "politicization" of the military, the dismantling of the institutional apparatus from civilian control, and a break with the paradigm that establishes that the men and women in uniform are the sole responsible for the defense of the country.

Since 1992, Chávez proposed as one of "the ways out of this labyrinth", to reestructure the FAN, "breaking with their authocratic character", and in August of 1998, while being a presidential candidate, he promised to end with the promotions granted by means of "political influences."

The adoption of a new Constitution in 1999 consolidates part of his Chávez's aspiration, by removing the parliamentary control over the promotions, giving the power to promote generals and admirals only to him; by including the vote of the military and, above all, by eliminating the "apolitical" and "not deliberative" character that the FAN has had since 1961, which - accoording to Jesús Sanoja Hernández - represented the "greatest danger."

"The wall that separates the streets from the barracks has now been, and remains, torn down, and a bridge is being built over the gap between active and retired military. Politics are politics and not a baseball game, and one will always be troubled by the suspicion that a retired military officer in power, a commander in chief of the FAN, would not hesitate to misuse this privilege", further stated the historian.

"Views taking root" in the barracks


Even though the Military Institutional Front warned about the "politicization of the FAN" in the year 2000, the former Minister of Defence, Raúl Salazar, considers - upon hearing the Chief of State insulting his adversaries in military events or upon seeing him wearing the military uniform in political events - that it was in April 2002 when the institution went through a "transformation", in which "the most damaging issue has been its involvement in the political sphere".

And all this is due to the fact that for Chávez, the FAN is a "political resource of the State". That was his statement in July of 1999, when he asked, "why do the military have to be apolitical? Nobody said that the military should have a political party, but we cannot confuse politics with the denaturing practice of politics."

In this sense, in 2005 he urged the military to take, "without fear," the debate on socialism to the barracks, and in 2007 he told them that they were "obliged to repeat from their soul, and lift the Flag with, the slogan 'Motherland, socialism or death', without ambiguities of any kind and without complexes", giving them this warning, "if any of you fells uncomfortable, then you better leave."

According to general (r) Alberto Müller, "the apoliticism in the FAN is a fallacy, the National Armed Forces have always been politicized, they have always followed the political trend of the Administration."

Rocío San Miguel, director of the civil association Citizens' Control for Security and Defense, believes that "it is not worth to continue talking about the politicization of the FAN. That is already a reality."

Citizen-soldier


In May of 2004, Chávez began to give the guidelines to "open up the channels for the massive popular participation in the integral defence", because although some steps had been given in the organization of the reserve, "it was not enough". A year thereafter, the National Command of the Reserve was created and four years upon that it is already a body in continuous training.

Both, Salazar and Manuel Andara, former inspector of the FAN, have agreed in that the Reserve is acting within the law, provided that they are "active in the defense of the sovereignty and not at the service of a political project." Yet, the 14th of April of 2005 Chávez stated that "if the empire aims at coming here once again, it will collide against the people and the FAN. Hence the importance of the Reserve."

For the analyst Carlos Blanco, the objectives behind the creation of this body are "to constitute a shock force against the institutional FAN, and to have a 'civilian force' scattered in the heart of the society, which may carry out tasks of intelligence and repression activities against the dissidence," he said in an article published in 2005.

In his defense, Héctor Herrera, president of the Bolivarian Civil-Military Front, claims that the Reserve is a "sample of the civil-military union."


Maria Daniela Espinoza/Nadja Prophete
El Universal
Pictures collected by myself

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Health Ministery Forbids to Talk About Chavez Mental Health

Venezuela's Minister of People's Power for Health forbids through a decree to doctors, specialist and communicators to talk about the mental health condition of the MADLY BONAPARTE INSANE Hugo Chavez. Last month, leaders of political party Accion Democrática (Social Democrat) said they will ask to disable Chavez as "President" alleging Mental Issues.

This is a picture of the press released communication who appeared on local newspapers:

There is a part of this communication that can be translate as follows: "...abuse of non-respect of the MAJESTY of the State and of our President..."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More than 100 Artists support singer Alejandro Sanz in Venezuela spat

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 80 performers and other celebrities have signed a statement supporting Grammy-winning Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz after two Venezuelan concerts were canceled because of his criticism of Hugo Chavez.

The letter, released Wednesday, was signed by performers including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Penelope Cruz and even soccer star David Beckham. It said the signers "believe in a Latin America where we are all free to express our views."

Venezuelan organizers last week announced that Sanz's sold-out Feb. 14 concert in Caracas was canceled because it lacked "the appropriate conditions." A November concert also was scrapped when officials withdrew permission to use a government auditorium.

Sanz's criticism of President Hugo Chavez led Venezuelan officials to declare he is not welcome in the country — though ticket sales to fans might indicate otherwise.

Sanz closed a Sunday concert in the Dominican Republic by dedicating a song to his Venezuelan fans: "a bunch of people in a country where I cannot go."

Source: USA Today

Artists include singers, actors, sportsmen, even filmmakers. Other artists who expressed their solidarity to Alejandro Sanz: Paulina Rubio, Joan Manuel Serrat, Carlos Vives, Joaquín Sabina, Juan Luis Guerra, David Bisbal, Jorge Drexler, Fito Páez, José María Cano, Laura Pausini, Julieta Venegas, Miguel Bosé, Raphael, Víctor Manuel, Alberto Iglesias, Fher Olvera, Juan Calleros, Sergio Vallín y Alex González (Maná), Leonor Watling, Rafael Basurto (Los Panchos), Alex Ubago, Dover, Ana Belén, Jarabe de Palo, La Quinta Estación, Rosario, Presuntos Implicados, Nacho Duato, Melendi, Manolo Escobar, El Sueño de Morfeo, Alejo Estivel, Chenoa, María de Medeiros, Nena Daconte, Amaya Montero, Ángel Nieto, Alex Crivillé and Fonsi Nieto.

But Venezuelan singer, Carlos Baute, who is living in Spain, since he got more successful there, rather than Venezuela , rejected to sign the support letter and show some support to Hugo Chavez (he said Alejandro won't be able to collect any single signature.... big mistake). A press meeting is expected with this artists, since he said his comments against Alejandro Sanz were taken by the media out of context, so we must wait and see what he is going to say.

Kenneth Rijock: Iranian missiles are pointed at Colombia, increasing country risk


RED ALERT PEOPLE


Will there be a war in Latin America in 2008? Two years ago, I reported on the covert shipment of Iranian missiles* to Venezuela. These offensive weapons systems have now finally been assembled and installed inside Venezuelan territory, but their intended targets are not the United States; it is Colombia. Eyewitnesses report that the missiles are now located on the border with Colombia, are under the direct technical supervision of Iranian nationals, and are fully operational. The Venezuelan economy is headed towards total chaos, and the country's leadership, having recognized the FARC and ELN as sovereign national entities, appears committed to changing the present Colombian government into a socialist state. Will the Chavez government, believing that the United States is too preoccupied with the Middle East, and fearing that its runaway corruption will bring it down, fire these missiles into Colombia, in support of a final FARC offensive, seeking to topple the elected government? Whilst we hope that this does not come to pass, one must now prepare in case it does.

For the foregoing reasons, we recommend that country risk for Colombia should now be reassessed, to factor in the distinct possibility of an armed conflict with Venezuela this year. If offensive missile systems are deployed against Colombia, normal international communications, as well as power grids, will most likely be disabled, and financial institutions temporarily closed. International banks whose clients have substantial commerce with Colombia would be wise to create a contingency plan at this time, for letters of credit, international funds transfers, and routine payments would all be disrupted.

Note also that financial criminals, particularly transnational money launderers acting on behalf of narcotics trafficking organizations, might also seek to transfer funds, calculating that in the chaos of war, distracted and overworked compliance officers might not discover, or could overlook illicit transactions. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
* Note that much of the equipment is of Russian manufacture, but since Iran supplied them to Venezuela, one can only regard them as of Iranian origin.

Source: From A Different Angle: World-Check

Sunday, February 10, 2008

No More Chavez Campaign

Venezuelans to organize a Worldwide Day Against Hugo Chavez, inspired in the No More FARC demonstration. The date will be next April 11th, Blogger: Spanish | English | Facebook Group: No Mas Chavez Spanish | NetLog. The idea came up yesterday from a group of regular participants on a popular Venezuela , politics forum webpage. Next is a compilation of images I made as a part of the starting campaign.


This another video was made by ORVEX a group of Venezuelans in the Foreign countries, and based in Miami, Fl.


Friday, February 8, 2008

HRF: Venezuela's Charade



Venezuela's charades
By Thor Halvorssen
February 7, 2008



The State Department and every European government designated the FARC, a rebel army in Colombia, a foreign terrorist organization. Yet last month Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised the FARC as a "real army... an insurgent force with a political project." Mr. Chavez was cheered repeatedly by the Venezuelan congress when he insisted that the FARC must be "acknowledged" and called upon foreign governments to cease referring to the FARC as terrorists.

The FARC terrorist group has been fighting the democratic government of Colombia for more than 40 years. Founded as the armed wing of the Colombian Communist Party, this 16,000-strong terrorist force recruits children and funds its activities with billions of dollars from the cocaine trade. Its explicit objective is to take Colombia by force — it has kidnapped, extorted and executed thousands of innocent civilians, bombed buildings, assassinated hundreds of political leaders, and, with two other local terrorist organizations, have turned Colombia into one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world. All in all, FARC has caused the deaths of more than 100,000 people.

Mr. Chavez has long sympathized with some of the world's most prolific human rights violators — from his proclaimed "brotherhood" with Saddam Hussein and kind words for the Taliban, to the close economic and political ties he sustains with the leaders of Iran and Cuba. Much of this is international demagoguery to promote himself as the world's leading anti-American. But the support Mr. Chavez and his government provide the FARC terrorists, support he has denied for nine years, is the clearest example of why he is a threat to human rights in the region.

The documentable ties between Venezuela and the FARC date back to August of 1999 — just months into the Chavez presidency. Leaked letters signed by Ramon Rodriguez, a Chavez aide, revealed that the government had offered fuel, money and other support to the FARC. Mr. Chavez also ordered another henchman, Ignacio Arcaya (who later became Venezuelan ambassador in Washington) to give cash gifts to the FARC. Messrs. Arcaya, Rodriguez and Chavez denied the allegations despite eyewitnesses to the conversations.

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Check full article here: Human Rights Foundation

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

ADL: Chavez's Anti-Semitism

The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman public an article toda where he accusses Hugo Chavez of attack Jewish Community in Venezuela.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his followers have sought to harass and intimidate the Catholic Church, the media, university students, political opponents and multinational companies doing business in Venezuela, to name just a few targets. Thus it can hardly come as a surprise that Chávez would also attack the Jewish community. Indeed, it's an old, old story.

The point, of course, is to bully and discredit institutions that have existed and thrived for years in Venezuela. Perhaps because of their vitality and independence, Chávez sees them as an intolerable threat.

The Venezuelan president has, of course, already turned public institutions into pawns of his regime. His political party controls the legislature, the vast majority of local governments, the trade unions and the electoral commission. Chávez has undermined the independence of the judiciary, sought enactment of laws to allow the government to dominate the broadcast media, and generally used his power to intimidate opponents and stifle dissent.

The rising wave of anti-Semitism in Venezuela is part and parcel of this effort by Chávez's increasingly repressive regime. The complex housing the Jewish community school and cultural and sports center has been inexplicably raided twice by Venezuelan police since Chávez came to power. It is especially dangerous when law enforcement carries out these kinds of unfounded acts, since some may interpret them as justification to commit violence against Jews. When a community is singled out and bullied in this way, the danger exists for xenophobes and anti-Semites to take license from the government's actions to spread their hate.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

February 4th: No More FARC Demonstration Worldwide



No More FARC demonstration pictures: US: Atlanta Orlando Houston Tampa NYC Boston Miami Chicago | Australia | UK: London | Spain: Barcelona Madrid | Canada | Germany | Japan | Azerbaijan | Angola | Red Sea | Hong Kong | Norway | France | Dubai | Netherlands | India | Switzerland | Uruguay | Chile | Malaysia | Venezuela: Caracas I II III IV Zulia Carabobo Merida | Colombia: Bogota I II III IV Photo Gallery


What it start with a group in Facebook spreaded inmediately Worldwide to strongly proptest against the assassins TERRORIST group FARC who had been receiving the support of Hugo Chavez who has a member of this Group on his Ministery Train. Worldwide this group is represented by Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba.

Colombians in anti-Farc protests

Colombians around the world have begun a day of protests against the Marxist rebel group Farc.

The "No More" movement, launched on the internet, will culminate with a major protest in the capital, Bogota.
Some groups have opposed the march, including some relatives of hostages, who fear the demonstrations may provoke Farc into treating them more harshly.

Farc rebels pledged at the weekend to release three high-profile political hostages for health reasons.
No handover date was given.

Global protest

Colombian expatriates held "No More Farc" demonstrations in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, and in three cities in Australia. In Colombia, marches are planned for 45 cities.

The BBC's Jeremy McDermott says school has been cancelled across much of the country so that children can join in, and many businesses have given their workers permission to march.

The protest was started on the social networking website Facebook by a 33-year-old engineer, Oscar Morales, from his home in Barranquilla on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

Over 250,000 Facebook users signed on, and the movement was taken up by newspapers and radio and television stations across the country.

The overall turnout for Monday's protests is expected to be in the millions, our correspondent says.

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BBC Report

In Venezuela, demonstration took place in many places (Zulia, Tachira, Merida, Carabobo states), but mainly in Caracas, where the Students Movements approaches, gave some speeches and support Colombians to this call to the World to open eyes and realize the brutalities committed by this Terrorist group, supported by Hugo Chavez, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Cuban Regime, and also some groups in Europe. The demonstration was also supported by political groups and NGO's in Venezuela. Demonstration took place in 165 countries around the World.

Chavez Regime and the TV state owned TV station VTV have attacked this demonstration saying this demonstration was made by "The Oppositionism in Venezuela", they immediately called to organize a counter-rally against Paramilitar Group Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia.


One thing that is very interesting to analyze is that Senator Piedad Cordoba (who was on the hostage release negotiations) neither approach nor support this demonstration. In fact, she appeared on television around 2 o clock local saying this rally is "racism and classicism". Of course she supports terrorism. This is interesting because CLARA ROJAS one of the hostages released by FARC last month is participating in the demonstration in Bogotá, Colombia, what about that, so what do you think Piedad Cordoba?, is she racist?, classicist?, excluder?