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Monday, March 31, 2008

Files Suggest Venezuela Bid to Aid Colombia Rebels

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Files provided by Colombian officials from computers they say were captured in a cross-border raid in Ecuador this month appear to tie Venezuela’s government to efforts to secure arms for Colombia’s largest insurgency.

Officials taking part in Colombia’s investigation of the computers provided The New York Times with copies of more than 20 files, some of which also showed contributions from the rebels to the 2006 campaign of Ecuador’s leftist president, Rafael Correa.

If verified, the files would offer rare insight into the cloak-and-dagger nature of Latin America’s longest-running guerrilla conflict, including what appeared to be the killing of a Colombian government spy with microchips implanted in her body, a crime apparently carried out by the rebels in their jungle redoubt.

The files would also potentially link the governments of Venezuela and Ecuador to the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which the United States says is a terrorist group and has fought to overthrow Colombia’s government for four decades.

Though it was impossible to authenticate the files independently, the Colombian officials said their government had invited Interpol to verify the files. The officials did not want to be identified while any Interpol inquiry was under way.

Both the United States and Colombia, Washington’s staunchest ally in the region, have a strong interest in undercutting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, who has sought to counter United States influence by forming his own leftist bloc in the region. But the Colombian officials who provided the computer files adamantly vouched for them.

The files contained touches that suggested authenticity: they were filled with revolutionary jargon, passages in numerical code, missives about American policy in Latin America and even brief personal reflections like one by a senior rebel commander on the joy of becoming a grandfather.

Other senior Colombian officials said the files made public so far only scratched the surface of the captured archives, risking new friction with Venezuela and Ecuador, both of whom have dismissed the files as fakes.

Vice President Francisco Santos said Colombia’s stability was at risk if explicit support from its neighbors for the FARC, the country’s largest armed insurgency, was proved true. “The idea that using weapons to topple a democratic government has not been censured,” Mr. Santos said in an interview, “is not only stupid — it is frankly frightening.”

Colombia’s relations with its two Andean neighbors veered suddenly toward armed conflict after Colombian forces raided a FARC camp inside Ecuador on March 1, killing 26 people, including a top FARC commander, and capturing the computers, according to the Colombians.

Though tensions ebbed after a summit meeting of Latin American nations in the Dominican Republic this month, the matter of the computer files has threatened to reignite the diplomatic crisis caused by the raid.

Shortly after the crisis erupted, Colombian officials began releasing a small portion of the computer files, some of which they said showed efforts by Mr. Chavez’s government to provide financial support for the FARC.

Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview that officials had obtained more than 16,000 files from three computers belonging to Luis Édgar Devia Silva, a commander known by his nom de guerre, Raúl Reyes, who was killed in the raid. Two other hard drives were also captured, he said.

“Everything has been accessed and everything is being validated by Interpol,” Mr. Santos said, adding that he expected the work on the validation to be completed by the end of April. “It is a great deal of information that is extremely valuable and important.”

Mr. Santos, who said the computers survived the raid because they were in metal casing, strongly defended Colombia’s military foray into Ecuador, which drew condemnation in other parts of Latin America as a violation of Ecuador’s sovereignty.

“Personally I do not regret a thing, absolutely nothing, but I am a minister of a government that has agreed this type of action would not be repeated,” he said. “Of course, this depends on our neighbors collaborating on the fight against terrorism.”

For his part, Mr. Chávez, in a meeting with foreign journalists last week in Caracas, lashed out at Colombia’s government and mocked the files.

“The main weapon they have now is the computer, the supposed computer of Raúl Reyes,” Mr. Chávez said. “This computer is like à la carte service, giving you whatever you want. You want steak? Or fried fish? How would you like it prepared? You’ll get it however the empire decides.”

The correspondence also pointed to warm relations between Venezuela’s government and the FARC...

Article continues here

HRF: Hollywood A-Listers Prove Ignorance in Supporting Hugo Chavez

Monday, March 31, 2008

By Thor Halvorssen

HOLLYWOOD — FOXNews.com readers may remember the film "Team America: World Police," a puppeteer's parody about the American government, its foreign policy and its home-grown critics in Hollywood. One of the puppets lampoons Oscar-winner Sean Penn, who, in the film, laments the invasion of Iraq by harking back to the time it "was a happy place. They had flowery meadows and rainbow skies, and rivers made of chocolate." Penn was so angry about the film's message that he wrote the film's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a blistering public letter signing off with a scatological reference. I thought perhaps Penn’s temper had mellowed since then and was eager to speak with him on Oscar night at Elton John’s party.

I assumed Penn was probably ignorant about the human rights record in Venezuela in that he broke off relations with the San Francisco Chronicle in mid-January calling them a "lamebrain paper" over their use of the word "dictator" to describe Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Penn was in Caracas late last year where he went to do research for an essay he says he is writing about Chavez. On David Letterman's show Penn gushed about Chavez as a "fascinating guy" who had done "incredible things" for Venezuela's poor. Letterman remarked that Chavez had shut down a television station, RCTV — something that should trouble a self-styled journalist. Penn looked at the camera and misled the audience, stating that for years RCTV "had been encouraging the assassination of Chavez every day." But there was not a single instance of such behavior by RCTV. It's as if the Sean Penn puppet in "Team America" came to life as a propagandist.

Ironically, it was President Chavez who has repeatedly threatened — even with death — those in the media who disagree with his policies. Reporters covering government functions must wear bullet-proof vests and dozens in the media have been assaulted and beaten for disagreeing with the official party line.

On Oscar night Penn and I had an unpleasant exchange about the political prisoners of the Chavez government which he ended by walking away and repeating, like a mantra, the name of one of the evening’s Academy Award recipients, “Daniel Day-Lewis,” over and over again in what seemed like the equivalent of a child putting his hands over his ears and belting “la-la-la-la-la-la! I can’t hear you!” Undaunted, I scribbled a note inviting him to learn more about the appalling stories of Venezuelan dissidents in prison for doing nothing but criticizing the government. The invitation is still open.

Penn isn't alone in displaying ignorance or deception while defending the Venezuelan president. He joins an all-star cast of Chavez admirers including actors Danny Glover and Kevin Spacey, musician Harry Belafonte, supermodel Naomi Campbell, director Oliver Stone, activist Cindy Sheehan, and Princeton University Professor Cornel West.

A multi-billion dollar public relations campaign, complete with Potemkin villages and a lucrative international initiative that includes heating oil distributed by Joe Kennedy to America's needy, has managed to paint a romantic picture. However, a shift has begun in the widely-held perception about Venezuela as a place transforming into what Chavez describes as a socialist "terrestrial paradise."

Regionally, Chavez has exemplified imperialism by intervening in the internal affairs and elections of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. He began a continental arms race complete with submarines, 100,000 new AK-47s and fighter jets from Russia. His government has provided a safe haven, cash, and military supplies to the leaders of the FARC terrorist organization of Colombia — whom his government considers as allies and heroes. Just imagine if the Canadian or Mexican governments provided cash, lodging, and supplies to Al Qaeda to get a sense of what Colombia must bear.

Domestically, the unbendable reality about Chavez is that he is on record authorizing the use of lethal force against unarmed civilians who protest. Thanks to massive oil revenues, he has presided over the richest government in Venezuelan history, yet living standards continue to decline and food shortages are a weekly phenomenon. Corruption is worse than ever before and street crime has grown under his government to the point that Venezuela has one of the top five per capita murder rates in the world. And in December the people so overwhelmingly rejected his proposed plan to stay in power indefinitely that despite a manipulated voter roll, voting machines made by a company once secretly-owned by the government, and control of the electoral commission, the vote revealed that Venezuelans aren't sitting out the elimination of their freedoms. Since May of last year, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly students, have been marching in a continuous peaceful protest. The quick count and polls indicate Chavez lost by a wide margin of more than 8 points. Election night saw a tense negotiation between Chavez and his high command who informed him they would not go along with his plans to announce victory. The electoral body tried to lessen the blow by announcing preliminary numbers indicating Chavez would lose by less than one point. As of this writing, the Venezuelan electoral body has yet to publish the official results of the vote.

So why, despite his atrocious human rights record, does Chavez enjoy the support of high-profile actors and activists?

What tickles Penn and his ilk is that Chavez is the world's most visible opponent of the United States and the U.S. government. Many foreign leaders differ with President Bush, but none of these leaders openly use profane and scatological language. In this, Chavez is identical to his cheerleaders.

Whether by embracing Iran's leader, cozying up to Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko or even supporting Saddam Hussein by becoming the last elected leader to visit him in Iraq — Chavez will do the opposite of President Bush and the American government.

After calling George W. Bush the "greatest tyrant in the world," Harry Belafonte declared to Chavez: "Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people... support your revolution."

Kevin Spacey kept a low profile regarding his three-hour visit but he was happy to enjoy a lengthy photo-op, and then tour a new film facility. Chavez told his supporters that Spacey had approved of the revolutionary process.

Glover received a cash reward for his endorsement: $20 million in financing for two films now in development. It is a tragic irony that the man who portrayed Nelson Mandela in the HBO classic is celebrating and coddling Chavez as he dismantles democracy and persecutes dissenters.

Naomi Campbell's motorcade drove into Caracas as water cannons, tear gas, and bullets were used on students marching for equal rights. After spending some time with Chavez and shaking him down for a charitable contribution, she joyously described the "love and encouragement" she witnessed in the welfare programs of Venezuela. “Viva la Revolucion!”

On December 30 Oliver Stone joined the chorus by announcing he was thinking of making a movie about the Chavez revolution. He said this and much more as he stood next to Chavez to celebrate a "humanitarian mission" to free hostages held by the FARC terrorist organization — a Marxist-Leninist organization that has terrorized Colombia with kidnappings and murder for decades while funding its operations from billions of dollars garnered from cocaine trafficking. The mission was a miserable failure and Stone went home without a minute of footage.

By virtue of the media attention garnered, what Hollywood's cheerleaders do and say matters — profoundly. One instance of impact across the world is Abu Nasser, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terror group in the West Bank. He told author Aaron Klein how Campbell's visit "presents a slap in the face to Bush and his government and his policy. The fact that she respects Chavez, and his ideals, can bring more people to follow this step." Several terrorists explained to Klein how the solidarity received by Chavez from high profile individuals is a terrific boost to their morale.

Tragically, none of these so-called social justice advocates care to know about political prisoners like Humberto Quintero, an army lieutenant colonel in charge of an anti-terrorism and anti-kidnapping border unit who caught Rodrigo Granda, the "foreign minister" of the FARC terrorist organization and handed him over to the Colombian authorities. Granda had been living in baronial splendor in Caracas with the protection of the Chavez government. For his courage in trapping a man wanted all over the world, Quintero was not celebrated but instead arrested on January 12, 2005. He is in prison for treason, abuse of power, and dishonoring his uniform. I visited him in Ramo Verde prison where he provided me with the grotesque details of the torture he suffered for having served his country. The prison, a rat-infested dungeon miles away from any major road, has no running water, no daily rations for prisoners, and no medical attention of any kind. Quintero is virtually unknown outside of Venezuela. If Penn, Stone, or Campbell chose to live up to their stated commitments, they would make time to visit Quintero or any of the political prisoners forgotten in Venezuela’s prisons.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Warlord Chavez Bombing Apure State

Chavez Army started the operation called 'Boquete I' (Opening Hole I) against drug traffickers (supposedly) and with his airplanes bombed out a suppose clandestine airplane landing track located around 15 kms from the border with Colombia in Apure state. This is according to the director of the National Anti-drug Office.

In Apure state there is around 157 of this clandestine tracks, and according to some reports, more than 500 in all the country, so I think those tracks are getting so obvious and he needs to destroy them.



To bomb those tracks, Venezuelan Army used a MI-35 Russian Helicopter and USA made F-16 plane jets.

Cloverfield Sequel On?

Updated: There is a new picture on 01-18-08.com

Thanks to some browsing into Cloverfield related blogs and forums, I found this 'Untitled J.J. Abrams Cloverfield Sequel' on imdb.com, so it could be official a Cloverfield sequel is on and it would be released at some point of 2009. Although some persons claim IMDB = Wikipedia and anyone could post info.



So, for the moment, the DVD of first Cloverfield will be released next April 22nd. I already pre-ordered it at Amazon, wish me luck, and by May 22 I would have it.


By the way, Slusho and Flight 815 sites have been updated, plus sure you already known about Aladygma, but I don't think is related with Cloverfield.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Danilo Anderson Case Back Again: Chavez Regime Unmasked

Updated: Giovanni Vasquez lawyer he will say the true and he has lot of shocking surprises to tell, Chavez Regime has already did some kind of legal procedure to detained Giovanni Vasquez.

A national state prosecutor, Hernando José Contreras Pérez has denounced former General State Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez for some irregularities on the Danilo Anderson Case.


I need to remember you that Danilo Anderson was a National State Prosecutor who was investigating the April 2002 events, and when he was focusing about the suppose resignation of Hugo Chavez on the days of April 11th to April 13th, (there is a letter signed and with his handwriting), he was assassinated.

Former General State Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez (well known for supporting unconditionally Chavez, he was Vice President) called a suppose 'witness' who , according to the final documents released by the General State Prosecutor Office, blame several opposition figures, such as journalist Patricia Poleo, and many functionaries from the Intelligence Police.

Well, this National State Prosecutor, Mr. Contreras Perez, has said on a letter sent to the current General State Prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Diaz (a very more Chavez unconditional supporter than Mr. Rodriguez) the statement given by that 'witness', Mr. Giovanni Vasquez, were manipulated and altered.

Apparently, Mr. Rodriguez read the different statements, and then he consulted with the high level group of Chavez Regime, after that 'consult', he met with the different National State Prosecutors and then he decided what persons had to be get out and what others had to be added into the different statements. Mr. Contreras was one of the National State Prosecutors assigned to Danilo Anderson Assassination case, so he is a living proof of the abuses of Chavez Regime on this case. 'Nothing has did without precisely instruction by former General State Prosecutor Isaias Rodriguez'.



Mr. Contreras has questioned himself the recent statements of Mr. Isaias Rodriguez about the cheating he was object with this witness because he said 'We told him in several occasions that this witness wasn't a credible witness'. Mr. Contreras also pointed that many of these altered statements were used to prosecuting and even put on jail innocent people . About the witness, Mr. Contreras said that Giovanni Vasquez denied all of these statements, and even asked for apologize to 'Guevara Brothers', some of the accused who are now in jail, POLITICAL PRISONERS. Next is a transcript of the original letter sent by State Prosecutor Contreras, is in Spanish:
Ciudadana
Luisa Ortega Díaz
Fiscal General de la República
Su Despacho.-

Quien suscribe, Hernando José Contreras Pérez, actuando en mi carácter de Fiscal Quincuagésimo Sexto a Nivel Nacional con Competencia Plena, carácte este que se evidencia según Resolución No. 85, suscrita por el Fiscal General de la República en fecha 13-02-2006, acudo ante su competente autoridad a fin de exponerle y solicitarle:

Punto Previo

En fecha 15-03-2001, jure ante su antecesor Julian Isaías Rodríguez, a quien hoy denunció, que cumpliría y haría cumplir con lo establecido en la Constitución de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela y demás leyes existentes; hoy más que nunca reitero ese compromiso con mi Patria, el Ministerio Público y mi familia.

Primera Denuncia

Tal y como se lo hice saber recién nombrada Directora de Actuación Procesal en esta Institución, le reitero mediante este escrito, que la responsabilidad sobre el cambio del contenido de las actas de entrevistas rendidas por el testigo Giovanni Vásquez de Armas en la investigación Penal relativa al Homicidio de ex Fiscal Danilo Baltasar Anderson, recaía directamente en la persona del entonces Fiscal General de la República Julian Isaías Rodríguez, quien alegaba luego de leerlas, que estas debían ser consultadas con el "Alto Gobierno ya que esa investigación era un problema de Estado", posteriormente nos reunía a los fiscales comisionados y nos decía que debíamos quitar a tal persona o colocar el nombre de esta otra, así como decir sus rasgos o características que pudieran individualizarla, ello, entre otros. En esa investigación penal, nada se hacía si no era por instrucciones precisas del mencionado Fiscal General.

Excusa Extemporánea

El ex Fiscal General de la República antes mencionado, en declaración de reciente data 21-01-2008, publicada en el diario El Universal, aborda nuevamente el tema e intenta explicar a la opinión pública que este testigo le había sido llevado bajo engaño (¿quien se lo llevó?) (¿Por qué no nos hizo caso cuando le advertimos algunos de los fiscales comisionados que se trataba de un testigo con poca o casi nada de credibilidad?); pero no, él tenía un caso relevante y por eso declaró que había visto, oído, tocado, palpado a dicho testigo y por ello le merecía un 100% de credibilidad, luego manifestó que un 80% y por último un 50% (este último porcentaje en virtud de un mensaje que le enviara el testigo Giovanni Vásquez con uno de los Fiscales comisionados, donde le amenazaba que no iría a declarar al Juicio Oral y Público).

Quien suscribe la presente, fue la persona que lo entrevistó hasta la saciedad y pude constatar que este testigo perseguía intereses distintos al de colaborar con la justicia para esclarecer el caso más importante en la historia contemporánea de este país y así lo hice saber en muchas de las reuniones a que nos convocaba el ex fiscal General, asi como a mis colegas fiscales.

Recuerde ciudadana Fiscal que estas declaraciones a las que su antecesor calificó como "Declaración Anticipada" realizada inaudita parte ante el Juez Gumer Quintana Gómez (este ex Juez de la República, aparece en una declaración donde precisa la forma como se hizo la mal llamada "prueba anticipada" y bajo presiones de un superior jerárquico; por lo que no le quedó otra alternativa que hacerla; declara el funcionario) sin la presencia si quiera de un Defensor Público de Presos que representará a los investigados, sirvió para solicitar las Privativas de Libertad de varios de los investigados, que en su mayoría resultaron hasta hoy día inocentes (Sobreseimiento: Arrieta Salvador Románi Orue; Archivo Fiscal: Nelson Mezerhane Gosen, Fernando Jesús Moreno Palmar y Eugenio José Añez Núñez. En el caso de la periodista Patricia Poleo, si antecesor le sugirió al padre (Rafael Poleo) que la sacara del país, (¿Sería que no estaba seguro de lo declarado por el testigo?).

Profugós de la Justicia

Antes de ser postulada para aspirar el cargo que hoy ostenta como Fiscal General de la República, le informé sobre los últimos resultados de la posible deportación o expulsión de los EEUU de los ciudadanos Johann Humberto Peña Rivero y Pedro Bladimir Lander, quienes se encuentran en ese país con las Visas vencidas, negadas sus solicitudes de asilo político y por si fuera poco habían sido sorprendidos manejando sin licencia y con posesión de estupefacientes (esta información la suministro el Jefe de la DEA en nuestro País, en una entrevista que sustuvo con el representante de la Oficina Nacional Antidrogas, ONA), quien le había manifestado que "en estos momentos no le interesaba al Gobierno Nacional que estos ciudadanos regresarán a Venezuela", posición aparentemente secundada por voceros de esta nuestra institución, ya que se había decidido "pasar la página en el caso Danilo Anderson".

Del Compromiso Institucional

Ahora que usted asumió la Direccion del Ministerio Público, dando mensajes altruistas, de lucha sin cuartel al flagélo de la Corrupción, delito que esta carcomiéndose las bases de nuestras instituciones, le reitero mi compromiso y disposición en acompañarla en tan ardua tarea; incluso me pongo a su disposición para comenzar desde cero la investigación en el caso de la muerte del Fiscal Danilo Baltasar Anderson, tal y como se lo hice saber al ex Fiscal General Julian Isaías Rodríguez y mis compañeros fiscales en más de una oportunidad, ya que consideraba que esa investigación como se estaba llevando estaba plagada de irregularidades.

Del Testigo Arrepentido

Ciudadana Fiscal General de la República, recientemente pude conocer que el testigo Giovanni Vásquez de Armas, desmintió toda su declaración, incluso en su exposición le pide perdón a los hoy condenados Rolando, Otoniel y Juan Bautista Guevara, por los señalamientos que hizo de ellos como autores materiales en la muerte del Fiscal Danilo Baltazar Anderson; esto lo puede confirmar con la periodista y camarografo que realizaron la entrevista, a solicitud del mismo.

Ciudadana Fiscal General, se que en aquella oportunidad era la única persona como alto funcionario en el Ministerio Público (Directora de Actuación Procesal) a la que podía denunciar lo antes señalado, ya que se trataba del Fiscal General de la República; a él sólo pude advertirle sobre las irregularidades en el caso, pero como él lo manifestó en su momento, "necesitaba tener un caso", ya que "la corriente radical del chavismo le estaba exigiendo resultados con autores intelectuales presos" (creo que su egocentrismo compromisos políticos lo desviaron de sus funciones como Fiscal General de la República)

Ruego a Dios, que luego de estos señalamientos no se me califiqué como un Fiscal incómodo dentro de su gestión, porque lo único que deseo es de continuar cumpliéndole a ese ser supremo, la Patria, la Institución que usted dirige y mi famila.

En la Vidad de Caracas, a los diecisiete (17) días del mes de marzo de 2008.

Atentamente,


Hernando José Contreras Pérez, Fiscal Quincuagésimo Sexto a Nivel Nacional con Competencia Plena


More about the
Danilo Anderson Case can be found on this Wikipedia page, but remember, is Wikipedida and some paragraphs has been added from pro Chavez internet and media sites. Witness Giovani José Vásquez De Armas, by the way is a 'self-confessed' former member of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), the Colombian right-wing paramilitary organization, but at this point we can trust on this information anyway, even though, he could be a member of FARC if you analyze the whole thing.

A blogger colleague has an article from those days when
Danilo Anderson was assassinated with C-4 explosives .

Chavez Regime already took actions and order the destitution of State Prosecutor Contreras.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Eyes on Iranian Banks Operating in Caracas, London and Other Places

A bank related with the Bank of Developments & Exports from Iran (Toseyeh Saderat Iran S.A), The International Bank of Development ('Banco Internacional de Desarrollo')' was settled in Venezuela, with some strange secret transaction that turned on the alert on US, especially for the reports coming from FARC member Raul Reyes' laptop that say Chavez Regime has been giving Uranium to FARC coming from Iran. And that's not all, there are locations of Uranium in Bolivar state at south of Venezuela.

The bank is located in the zone known as Chacao in Caracas, and there is an official gazette that approves and legalize the settle of this bank (Gaceta Oficial 38.771 – 18.9.07 pages 7-8).

This bank also has branches in Paris, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Athens, Baalbek, Beirut, Saida, Muscat, Doha, Terkmenistan, UAE (Bank Saderat) and even in London, UK (Bank Saderat PLC).

The president of the bank is Tahmasb Mazaheri, former Iranian Minister of Economy. ç

The US Government has turned the alert on about this, and according to this, The Financial Times has this report:

Washington has called on international financial institutions to steer clear of doing business with Iran’s central bank, in the US’s most wide-ranging attempt yet to isolate Tehran financially.

The Treasury department has issued a warning of the risks of doing business with 51 state-owned and seven privately held Iranian banks – in effect the whole of Iran’s banking sector. The list includes institutions specializing in export financing and foreign investment, as well as Iranian state-owned banks located as far away as Venezuela, Hong Kong and the UK.

Our favorite and very assertive World-Check also has a report:

US publishes Guidance on Iranian banks, names and shames 34
22 March 2008

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, has issued what has been titled "A Guidance to Financial Institutions on the Continuing Money Laundering Threat involving illicit Iranian Activity," which has been designated FIN-2008-A0002. It is intended to supplement previous FinCEN statements and Advisories regarding AML deficiencies in Iran, the conduct of state-sponsored prohibited proliferation-related activity, and terrorist financing through that country's banks. Some of the language in this Advisory is unusually blunt and accusatory, more prosecutorial, rather than regulatory, in style. FinCEN also has taken the extraordinary step of naming the state-owned and private Iranian financial institutions banks, and their overseas affiliates, that banks must avoid, upon pain of US regulatory sanctions, or worse. This is the most detailed US government statement to date on Iranian banks. I would suggest that its tone be taken at face value, for terrorist financing charges can be fatal to any financial institution, wheresoever situated in the world, due to the absolute priority given to the Global War on Terrorism...

...The United States urges all financial institutions (emphasis added) to take into account the risk arising from the deficiencies in Iran's AML/CFT regime, as well as all applicable US and international sanctions programs, with regard to any possible transactions with the following Iranian institutions:

...
· Banco Internacional de Desarrollo SA - Caracas
· Bank Mellat - Tehran, Seoul, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir
· Bank Melli Iran - Tehran, Paris, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Baghdad, Muscat, UAE
· Bank Melliiranzao - Moscow
· Bank Saderat PLC - London
· Bank Sepah International PLC - London
· Iran Overseas Investment Bank PLC a/k/a Iran Overseasinvestment Corporation Limited - London
· Melli Bank PLC - London
· Persia International Bank PLC - London, UAE
...
...among many others, most of them located in Tehran.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Some Nostradamus Quatrains: Was he meaning "Red" Chavez?

Ok, as I'm agnostic, I'm pretty skeptic, but open to believe some things. I always though Nostradamus scripts could be interpreted in several ways, and as the Bible is not necessary mean that screenplay will happen in the future, but damn is very funny to play with them.


So, there are some interesting quatrains:

Century III
Quatrains
I

After combat and naval battle,
The great Neptune in his highest belfry:
Red adversary will become pale with fear,
Putting the great Ocean in dread.
Century IV
Quatrains
XI

He who will have the government of the great cope
Will be prevailed upon to perform several deeds:
The twelve red one who will come to soil the cloth,
Under murder, murder will come to be perpetrated.

Century VI
Quatrains
XXV

Through adverse Mars will the monarchy
Of the great fisherman be in ruinous trouble:
The young red black one will seize the hierarchy,
The traitors will act on a day of drizzle.

Century VII
Quatrains
XXXVI

God, the heavens, all the divine words in the waves,
carried by seven red-shaven heads to Byzantium:
against the anointed three hundred from Trebizond,
will make two laws, first horror then trust.

Century IX
Quatrains
II

From the top of the Aventine hill a voice heard,
Be gone, be gone all of you on both sides:
The anger will be appeased by the blood of the red ones,
From Rimini and Prato, the Colonna expelled.

Century VIII
Quatrains

XIX


To support the great troubled Cappe;
the reds will march in order to clarify it;
a family will be almost overcome by death,
the red, red ones will knock down the red one.

XXII

Coursan, Narbonne through the salt to warn
Tuchan, the grace of Perpignan betrayed;
the red town will not wish to consent to it,
in a high flight, a copy flag and a life ended.

LXXX

The blood of innocents, widow and virgin,
so many evils committed by means of the Great Red One,
holy images placed over burning candles,
terrified by fear, none will be seen to move.

They could fit also what is happening in China right now, and what happened with the fall of Berlin wall and the end of the Soviet era.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ozzie Guillen Indignated with Hugo Chavez

Oswaldo "Ozzie" Guillen, one of the greatest baseball players in Venezuela, turned into Chicago White Sox manager has published a column on Venezuela newspaper El Universal where he expresses his disappointment about Chavez politics.

I swear to you I'd rather want to talk about baseball... ...The indignation stop me. I don't found any other word to express what I felt when I saw Venezuela's President keeping a minute of silent for a guy who was killed in Ecuador, who I didn't know who was and I don't care who was. It's very probably Venezuelans didn't know who this guy was before was kill.

Know they know him because Chavez turned him into a martyr of Colombian Revolution, while others call him terrorist and drug trafficker.

In contrary, I do care about the hundreds of Venezuelans who die everyday on Venezuela streets by underworld & muggers, or irresponsible drivers, even the latest who passed away in the airplane crash accidents, very lamentable, like the 518 flight from Santa Barbara airlines or the plane disappeared near Los Roques Islands, causing tens of deaths.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mel Brooks' The Producers alla Venezolana!

Next month, a Venezuelan montage of Mel Brooks Broadway musical hit The Producers could be seen on Venezuelan stages.

This version was created by
Palo de Agua company and will be presented in Venezuela from next April 12th at UCV University's Aula Magna.

The cast is lead by actress and activist Fabiola Colmenares, actor & singer Roque Valero and actor Armando Cabrera.


Congressmen in US Ask Inclusion of Venezuela in the List of Terrorism Sponsors

H.R. 1049 Resolution who was presented last March 13th by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Connie Mack and other 8 representatives, in order to ask US Government to include Venezuela in the list of countries who endorse Terrorism.

Below is the resolution:

Calling for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism. (Introduced in House)

HRES 1049 IH

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 1049

Calling for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 13, 2008

Mr. MACK (for himself, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. PENCE, Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. MCHENRY, Mrs. BONO MACK, Mr. MCCAUL of Texas, Mr. WESTMORELAND, and Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Calling for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 1566 defines `terrorism' as criminal acts committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, the taking of hostages with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, or to intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 1566 calls upon all Member States, including the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to prevent these terrorist acts and to punish appropriately those individuals or groups responsible for committing such acts;

Whereas the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism of the Organization of American States commits all State parties to establish domestic regulatory institutions that eradicate the financing of terrorist offenses, cooperate with fellow signatories to control borders, provide mutual legal assistance in counterterrorism efforts and prosecution of terrorist offenses, and conform to all other stipulations of the convention designed to prevent, punish, and eliminate terrorist offenses;

Whereas Venezuela signed the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism on June 3, 2002, and ratified the convention on October 22, 2003;

Whereas, for more than 40 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has carried out bombings, mortar attacks, kidnappings, extortion, guerrilla warfare, and drug trafficking targeting Colombian and United States political, military, and economic interests as well as foreign citizens;

Whereas sources indicate the FARC kidnapped a total of 6,877 Colombian and foreign citizens between 1996 and January 2008, including three United States defense contractors who are currently being held hostage, and killed a total of 3,240 people between 2003 and January 2008;

Whereas the FARC has been listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States since 2001;

Whereas reports indicate that ties between high-level Venezuelan officials and the FARC date back to August 1999, when letters signed by high-level aides of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed that the Venezuelan Government had offered fuel, money, and other support to the FARC;

Whereas, in January 2008, President Chavez praised the FARC as `a real army' and `an insurgent force with a political project', and called upon foreign governments to cease referring to the FARC as a terrorist organization;

Whereas seized documents from a Colombia-led raid against the FARC on March 1, 2008, suggest evidence of $300,000,000 in payments to the FARC from the Venezuelan Government, high-level contacts by the FARC with officials from Ecuador and Venezuela, and efforts by the FARC to obtain 50 kilograms of uranium;

Whereas these documents reportedly reveal agreements between the Venezuelan Government and the FARC to release hostages in exchange for the promotion of FARC by President Chavez as a legitimate army and insurgency, rather than as a terrorist organization;

Whereas section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act of 1979, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 640A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 stipulate that a designated state sponsor of terrorism is one `that repeatedly provides support to acts of international terrorism';

Whereas, since 2001, in each Annual Country Report on Terrorism, the Department of State has cited the ability of the FARC and the Colombian National Liberation Army to use the Venezuelan border area for cross-border incursions and regard Venezuelan territory near the border as a safe haven;

Whereas, on September 15, 2005, President George W. Bush decertified Venezuela regarding counter-narcotics cooperation because Venezuela had `failed demonstrably' to stem the flow of hundreds of tons of cocaine and other illegal narcotics;

Whereas a 2007 Drug Enforcement Administration report linked nearly half of all designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations around the world, including the FARC, to narcotics trade;

Whereas, in May 2006, the Department of State determined, pursuant to section 40A of the Arms Export Control Act, that Venezuela was not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts;

Whereas terrorist groups in Colombia have been found to be in possession of weapons belonging to official Venezuelan stocks and facilities;

Whereas President Chavez has established strong relationships with Iran, Cuba, Syria, and North Korea, all state sponsors of terrorism;

Whereas according to the Annual Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence, released on February 5, 2008, Venezuela has greatly increased its cooperation with Iran and expressed a willingness to cooperate with that country on nuclear energy;

Whereas Venezuela has concluded nearly 200 bilateral agreements with Iran on military cooperation, the sharing of intelligence, establishing direct civilian airline flights between Caracas and Tehran, expanding financial cooperation, and initiating cultural exchanges, among others;

Whereas, in February 2006, the chairman of the Iranian legislative body announced an offer to assist Venezuela with a nuclear program;

Whereas, in March 2006, President Chavez defended Iran's development of a capacity to enrich uranium, which many observers believe is part of a nuclear weapons program, despite several United Nations Security Council resolutions requiring Iran to halt its enrichment program;

Whereas Venezuela was one of only three members of the 35-country board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to vote against referring Iran to the United Nations Security Council for violations of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty;

Whereas Venezuela reportedly has large deposits of uranium ore in the Guiana Shield region;

Whereas according to United States intelligence officials, Iran possesses the potential to use its close relationship with Venezuela to facilitate the smuggling of people, drugs, and weapons into the Western Hemisphere through terrorist proxy groups;

Whereas section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act defines `international terrorist acts' as those that aid or abet the proliferation or acquiring of nuclear weapons or material or those that aid or abet the production, collection, or use of chemical, biological, or radiological weapons;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 commits all Member States, including Venezuela, to enforce effective measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons; and

Whereas the activities of supporters and financiers of terrorist organizations in the Western Hemisphere constitute a severe threat to the United States and its allies and interests: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the United States House of Representatives--

(1) condemns the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for its state-sponsored support of international terrorist groups;

(2) encourages the President to direct the United States Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to--

(A) urge OAS Member States to designate the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) a terrorist organization if such Member States have not already done so;

(B) move for a declaration at the next meeting of OAS Member States that calls on countries to systematically deny use of their respective territories by a terrorist or terrorist organization; and

(C) propose a convention to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons within the Western Hemisphere, using United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 as a model, and urge all OAS Member States to sign and ratify such a convention;

(3) directs the Secretary of State to work with the countries of the Western Hemisphere to ensure the effective implementation of--

(A) the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism, to prevent the spread and financing of international terrorist acts within the Western Hemisphere and to counter any efforts of countries in the Western Hemisphere to provide support for terrorist acts;

(B) the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; and

(C) the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1566, to halt the spread of global terrorism and to promote greater cooperation among United Nations Member States to implement counterterrorism measures;

(4) calls upon the Government of Venezuela to immediately renounce all support and ties to terrorist organizations, including the FARC and the Colombian National Liberation Army; and

(5) urges the United States Government to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Former President Call for Charges by General Prosecutor Office

The Office of the General Prosecutor call former President Jaime Lusinchi (1984 to 1989), among other 13 functionaries (civilians, military and police) from his administration to be charged for the 1986 incident known as 'The Yumare Massacre', where some members of DISIP (Intelligence Agency of Venezuela), executed nine members of the subversive group Punto Cero. Last year, on June, 2006, the former president, seven former officials of his government and 38 retired officials of the DISIP were accused at the 6th control court of Yaracuy, by relatives of the victims of the Yumare massacre. Jaime Lusinchi lives in self-imposed exile at the city of Miami.

During his presidency also happened the Massacre of 'El Amparo', in Apure state, on October 29, 1988, being killed by the army 14 humble fishermen, being mistaken for guerrillas.

Former President Jaime Lusinchi, a presidency well known for the massive corruption scandals, must to present himself at the court next April 1st.

My questions are
: and the killings of 27 & 28 February 1989 known as 'El Caracazo'?. Even worst, who will take responsibility for the more than a 100.000 assassinations during almost 10 years of Chavez Presidency/Regime?, specially the over 30 victims of April 11th 2002 events.

Mehdi Kazemi's appeal for asylum will be reconsidered

Apparently our campaign to support Mehdi Kazemi is working. An I'm not talking just about me, this case has been receiving attention worldwide, and EveryOne Group has been giving special attention to this case.

LONDON (Reuters) - A gay Iranian teenager was granted a reprieve on Thursday from deportation to Iran, where he says he could be hanged for his homosexuality.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said in a statement that "in the light of new circumstances" 19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi's appeal for asylum should be reconsidered.

"This is very positive. But reconsidered doesn't mean he'll get a permit, they could still deny what he is asking," Kazemi's Dutch lawyer, Borg Palm, told Reuters by telephone.

Kazemi came to Britain to study in 2005, lawyers have said. He later learned that his lover in Iran had been hanged after being charged and convicted of sodomy. Homosexuality is illegal in the Islamic republic.

Fearing for his life, Kazemi sought asylum in Britain, but his claim was rejected.

Members of the Lords urged Smith earlier on Thursday to show mercy and grant Kazemi asylum in Britain, where his uncle has lived for 30 years.

"We are deeply concerned at the possible execution of Mehdi Kazemi if he is refused asylum in the UK and is deported to Iran," read a letter to Smith signed by 63 members of the Lords.

Kazemi fled to the Netherlands and sought asylum there, but a Dutch court this week turned down his application, saying as he had applied in Britain he must return there to pursue his case.
An next is a Press Release from EveryOne Group:

After the historical approval of the European Resolution (see below) the British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, decided a few hours ago to suspend the procedure that would entail deportation to Iran for Mehdi Kazemi, the young Iranian gay, member of EveryOne.

What happened today is the result of the international intervention which saw EveryOne Group with the Nonviolent Radical Party and the associations Nessuno Tocchi Caino and Certi Diritti on the front line.

“When we took on the task of trying to save Mehdi”, say the leaders of EveryOne, Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro and Dario Picciau, enthusiastically, “the young Iranian boy faced deportation and death on the scaffold in Iran.

Then we and our allies found ourselves flanked by a network of solidarity which prevented yet another crime against human rights. It is the first step towards a society that is no longer indifferent, a society that is capable of respecting the rights of refugees who are the weakest link in humanity.
We have to express our deepest satisfaction at this important victory on the field of human rights, which has resulted in the saving of a human life and written an important page in European history:

from now on the highest authorities will guarantee that in all the Member States Directive 2004/83/CE is applied, which calls for the recognition of refugee status also for people persecuted in their country of origin because of their sexual orientation.
“It is a triumph for human civilization”, conclude the leaders of EveryOne, “a prelude for our next campaigns, the aims of which are to safeguard refugees and other persecuted minorities.

While we celebrate the saving of a life, however, we must continue to fight so that nations travel along the road of human rights and abandon persecutions and injustices which are the legacy of ages we have to leave behind us.”

Singers lay a bridge for peace in Colombia-Venezuela border




(El Universal) Singers Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Vives, Juan Fernando Velasco, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé and Ricardo Montaner are to participate in a free concert next Sunday in the Colombia-Venezuela border.

"The concert's name is Peace Without Borders, and we are going to perform right between the two countries, on the Simón Bolívar Bridge," Tuesday announced Juanes, a Colombian.

"The place we chose is something symbolic. It does not mean that this is intended to promote peace between Colombia and Venezuela only. The border means the border of all countries. It is literally at the border, for everybody to be there and support this cause," said the musician born in Medellín and the major promoter of the concert.

Shakira, Ricky Martin and Franco De Vita are yet to confirm their participation, Juanes added. Some 400,000 people are expected to attend the concert.

The bridge will serve as a concert stage, with 2 side views for around 400.000 persons that could assist the concert from both sides, Colombia & Venezuela. This TOTALLY FREE concert will also be broadcasted live on tv. If I'm not wrong, you could be able to watch the concert following this link
http://www.livetvcenter.com/rcn_tv_204.asp. At RCN site you could watch it if you are in Colombia (or if you can configure your PC and Internet conexion as if...)

On Colombia side, everything is clean, the terrain was prepared, even Colombian Army soldiers have collaborated, on Venezuela side, nothing, Chavez regime has doing nothing.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Canadian Citizen Disappeared in Margarita Island

A Canadian citizen identified as Melchior Rápale Franz Dressler, disappeared 20 days ago, with his catamaran boat, named “Job”, who was at Juangriego Bay in the North of the island, from more than a year when he entered the island, next with his wife Elise Rothman D’Hauthuille.

Mrs. Elise Rothman, said this is a strange situation and is almost incredible that his husband has disappeared in that way, same as the big boat.

The Canadian couple were living between the boat and their house they were building in La Asunción, which is not ready yet. “There is more than 20 days there is neither a single word nor a communication, the boat is not at port, and it's look like the land swallow the man”, said Alejandro Gómez, attorney and specialist on Maritime Rights.

The disappearance of this citizen was already denounced at the Command of Coastguards, the Port Captaincy and the Public Ministry Office.

Mrs Elise Rothman, also said "For me is not possible he could go so far with the malfunctions the boat had, it had an opening at the main sail, a hole in the case some motor problems”, she said.

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Taken from an article in spanish published at Sol de Margarita newspaper

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chavez Supporters Attacked Students at University

Once again, a group of Chavez hordes get into an University and gun shot students. There are around 25 wounded. This happen at UNEXPO University in Lara state.

At least, 4 of the wounded students are from gunshots, and 2 of them could be underage students. All activities were stop at this University.

Students from the UNEXPO decided to took streets near by and close it to protest against then aggressions.

Local police authorities were near the University when the attack happened, but they do nothing.

Last november, another group of Chavez hordes, with fire guns and motorcycle, broke & entered one of the mayor Universities in Venezuela, UCV in Caracas, with several students wounded. The same has been happening in other Universities in Caracas city, also in Merida and Tachira state.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another Great Video

This is from GaMaCaNa on YouTube. Is another touching collage of images of Venezuela under Chavez Regime. Remember next April 11th you could join us on a Worldwide Demonstration against Chavez Regime.

In Venezuela the demonstration will took place as a stand up on streets for at least 11 hours.


Speed Racer's Movie New Trailer

This week 2 new trailers from SPEED RACER were released online, trailers where we could see better where the new Wachowski Brothers visual style are going, an it looks very interesting, although I still thinking is pretty the same as SPY KIDS, but with a little bit grown up plot. The thing is, after these new trailers, definitely I will see this movie on theaters.

Let see:




Movie facts:

Director:
Andy & Larry Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy, Bound)

Cast:
Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman,
Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Porter, Richard Roundtree, Rain

Release Date:
May 9, 2008


For updates about Speed Racer movie, please go to The Movie Box

Dutch Court Rejects Gay Iranian's Asylum Appeal

(ABC News/ AFP) - Authorities in the Netherlands have rejected an appeal by an Iranian gay man who said he faced death if forced to return to his home country.

The Council of State said the 19-year-old man could not renew his plea for asylum in a second European Union country; he had already taken his case to court in Britain and lost.

The man in question was being held in a Dutch centre for immigrants and, according to the Dutch news agency ANP, was due to be transferred back to Britain.

But justice ministry spokeswoman Karen Temmink said his case was currently being discussed by Dutch deputies.

No decision concerning his transfer to Britain had so far been announced, but Ms Temmink said that in the end it would be Britain's responsibility to send the man back to Iran, if that was what was eventually decided.

Nebahat Albayrak, the Minister with responsibility for immigration issues, told deputies that she was confident that Britain would not send the man back to Iran if his life was in danger, ANP reported.

In 2006, former immigration minister Rita Verdonk agreed not to repatriate asylum seekers if there was a danger they might be executed in their home country because of their sexual orientation.


According to a news report from CNN, the guy's boyfriend was sentenced to death and already executed by Iranian Regime. I ask both Dutch & British authorities to think better and avoid a sure execution of this guy. Remember what Ahmadinejad said when he visited USA "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country ... I don't know who's told you that we have this.", of course, because they kill them all using a disgusting killing procedures.

Kazemi, 19, says he traveled to London to study English in 2005 and applied for asylum in Britain after learning that his lover in Iran had been executed for sodomy, his lawyer Borg Palm said.

Kazemi's case highlights not only the plight of homosexuals in Iran, but also differences in the way European Union allies deal with asylum seekers.

After Kazemi's application was rejected by British authorities, he fled to mainland Europe and applied for asylum in the Netherlands, where usually strict immigration authorities are more liberal when dealing with Iranian gays because of persecution they face at home.

IHT / Associated Press



Monday, March 10, 2008

US Looks into Terror List for Venezuela

The investigation is the first step in a process that could see Venezuela join North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that have been designated by the State Department as supporters of terrorism.

U.S. laws give leeway to what economic activity is subject to sanctions, but in the extreme, U.S. and many foreign businesses would be forced to sever links with one of the world's largest producers of oil, severely affecting Venezuela's oil trade.

The legal review comes after Colombia captured four computers belonging to a FARC guerrilla leader in a March 1 raid. The documents suggest the Venezuelan government was in the process of providing $300 million in assistance to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which U.S. and Colombian officials call a ''narco-terrorist'' group but Chávez considers a legitimate insurgency.

A senior U.S. administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the subject, said government lawyers had been asked to clarify ''what goes into effect in terms of prohibitions, or prohibited activities'' with the ''state sponsor'' designation.

U.S. officials are reluctant to predict if the FARC computer discoveries will lead to sanctions, noting U.S. investigators must first corroborate their veracity.

If the documents are shown to be true -- the official said the publicly released ones so far looked genuine -- then "I think it will beg the question of whether or not Venezuela, given Chávez's interactions with the FARC, has . . . crossed the threshold of state sponsor of terror.''

The official said the lawyers had not yet returned with a response.

''It immediately imposes [restrictions] on the abilities of U.S. companies to work in Venezuela,'' said James Lewis, a former State Department arms trafficking expert now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

U.S. companies would be "forbidden from operating there, forbidden from receiving any money from Venezuela. It would make it very hard for Venezuela to sell oil to the U.S.. All the arrangements we have now where Venezuelan oil is routinely sent to the United States would have to stop.''

Relations of Chavez with terrorism not only limits to FARC. In Venezuela is well known the presence of Hezbollah members who have been training indigenous tribes in the extreme north west side of Venezuela at Guajira Peninsula, in the border with Colombia. Is was also well commented that members from Al-Qaida would have been or had been staying undercover at Margarita Island, a place well known for the big Muslim community.

And that's not all, The Jewish Institute for National Affairs, JINSA, reported this today:

JINSA Report #754
Striking Back Across the Border in South America

One of the clearest asymmetries in the war against terrorists and the states that harbor and support them is that Western countries believe borders are sacrosanct, while terrorists and their sponsors do not. Syria and Iran supply Hezbollah across the Lebanon border. The PKK crosses from Iraq into Turkey. Hamas shoots rockets at Israel and smuggles arms from Egypt. Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia have all permitted irregular forces to cross from their countries into Iraq. Taliban and al Qaeda cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan. Efforts at defense against these incursions are internationally suspect and retaliation generally condemned, at least by the UN.

South of our border, terrorist organizations and state sponsors combine in places with weak governments. A variety of Islamist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah, are active the in the uncontrolled area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay known as the Tri-Border Area. Venezuela has given identity documents that can be used for Venezuelan passports and even American visas to people from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia finances the construction of mosques and Islamic centers in several countries. Free trade zones make travel between countries easy.

Not all of the mess is related to Middle Eastern activities. Democratic Colombia has been plagued for years by FARC, a vicious drug cartel dealing in kidnapping and massacres of civilian opponents. Designated a terrorist organization by the United States and Europe, FARC had based one of its top commanders in neighboring Ecuador.

Colombia struck back this weekend - killing a top FARC commander and about 20 of his operatives in a raid on a base about a mile inside Ecuador. No Colombian forces remained in Ecuador after the raid. The Washington Post reported:
Senior Colombian officials say a laptop recovered at the FARC camp contained evidence that Mr. Chávez had recently given the group $300 million and had financial links with the terrorists dating to his own failed coup against a previous Venezuelan government in 1992. Colombia said Mr. Correa’s government (Ecuador) had been negotiating with Mr. Reyes (the FARC commander) about replacing Ecuadorian military officers who might object to his use of the country as a base. In other words, both Mr. Correa and Mr. Chávez were backing an armed movement with an established record of terrorism and drug trafficking against the democratically elected government of their neighbor.

That makes Venezuela and Ecuador state sponsors of terrorism in our book, providing the attributes of statehood to non-state actors. They should be no more immune from retaliation than Iran, Syria, Pakistan or the Palestinian Authority should be.

Unfortunately, The Organization of American States denounced Colombia’s defense against the FARC and calling the raid, “a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ecuador and of principles of international law.” The OAS has learned nothing from the Middle East’s experience with transnational terrorism. It is Ecuador that permitted the violation of Colombia’s sovereignty, and Ecuador that must either fix the problem or expect the legitimate response of a country that declines to be the victim.

JINSA Site

And also, I think you already read this I posted on Highlights section:


United States-Mexican border is experiencing an alarming rise in drug-human and Terrorist smuggling activity

The federal government acknowledges that the United States-Mexican border region has been experiencing an alarming rise in the level of criminal cartel activity, including drug and human smuggling, which has placed significant additional burdens on Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies...

...It is a fact that members of the terrorist group Hezbollah have already entered the United States across the Southwest border. U.S. military and intelligence officials believe that Venezuela is emerging as a staging hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. The Venezuelan government is believed to be issuing identity documents that are subsequently used to obtain a U.S. visa for terrorists to enter this country illegally.

Read this full and very interesting investigative report from Michael Webster at Borderfire Report