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lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015

Venezuela se alza el 6D



Hay que sacar a esta pandilla del poder


En un país dominado por una pandilla de ladrones, asesinos y narcotraficantes, en el cual la Fuerza Armada apoya a la pandilla – o más precisamente – es parte integral de ella, en el cual los principales funcionarios públicos son piezas al servicio de la pandilla y muchos pobres viven de las limosnas del régimen y están dispuestos a seguirlo haciendo a cambio de su dignidad, los estratos sociales amantes de la democracia, desde la clase trabajadora hasta la clase media alta, no tienen muchas alternativas  para expresar su rechazo y sus deseos de cambio. Una de las pocas  es el voto y aún este camino está solamente entreabierto, ya que todos sabemos que el proceso electoral venezolano está lleno de abusos de poder por parte de la pandilla.
Sin embargo, no hay otras alternativas inmediatas. Una insurgencia ciudadana abierta, a pesar de estar enteramente justificada,  pondría en riesgo la vida de miles de venezolanos debido a la existencia de policías, militares y bandas armadas y sin escrúpulos, lo cual podría conducir hasta a una posible intervención extranjera. El voto del 6D presenta una oportunidad de insurgir vigorosamente,  de manera no-violenta,  en un evento que, a diferencia de los anteriores en el país, ha logrado capturar gran atención del mundo exterior. 
Esta vez la región latinoamericana, Estados Unidos, Canadá y los países europeos están alertas a lo que pasará el 6D en Venezuela. Lo están la OEA y la ONU. Ya todos estos países y organizaciones  conocen la existencia de un Consejo Nacional Electoral podrido hasta la raíz, el cual permite al régimen toda clase de indignas triquiñuelas. Saben que el Presidente Nicolás Maduro es un gobernante esencialmente  ilegítimo, ignorante y violento. Saben que Diosdado Cabello es un personaje abusivo y probablemente involucrado en actividades criminales. Conocen de la existencia de prisioneros políticos injustamente encarcelados.  Han tenido noticias de las arbitrariedades cometidas por el régimen en materia de inhabilitaciones injustificadas de candidatos de la oposición, de cambios en las circunscripciones electorales y de los estados de excepción impuestos de manera arbitraria,  con fines de inclinar la balanza electoral a favor del régimen en los estados fronterizos. Saben que las bandas armadas  y motorizadas del régimen asaltan a los eventos de la oposición y han llegado al asesinato.


Y  saben también que todas las encuestas hechas de manera independiente apuntan a una resonante derrota para el régimen. Cualquier resultado que difiera significativamente de la muestra estadística generará reacciones del mundo exterior y deberá conducir a una rebelión total por parte del país democrático. Al “Como Sea” de la pandilla la Nación venezolana deberá oponer su firme voluntad de rechazo y tendrá que echar el resto.
Hay un  cerco tendido por las fuerzas democráticas del la región y del mundo alrededor de la pandilla chavista-madurista . Este cerco es tan fuerte que está generando una reacción violenta de los cabecillas de la pandilla, Maduro y Cabello, quienes ya han perdido todo control e insultan y desafían estas fuerzas porque se saben perdidos. 
La Venezuela destruida y saqueada por la pandilla chavista está cerca de poder aplicar justicia. Con la pandilla no puede caber ya ningún diálogo, ninguna negociación, ningún intento de coexistencia pacífica. Es necesario restablecer el estado de derecho, las libertades y los derechos ciudadanos en un país acogotado por el grupo de los 500 criminales. Esto es tan evidente que es imposible comprender la razón por la cual hay venezolanos quienes aún llaman a este tipo de componendas con el régimen. Lo que se impone en el país es una investigación de los principales responsables de la tragedia venezolana a fin de aplicarles la justicia que se merecen y, sin la cual, Venezuela seguiría siendo un país de medio pelo.  
En especial, se deberán investigar sin más tardanzas las posibles acciones ilegales o criminales llevadas a cabo por los siguientes funcionarios públicos en perjuicio de la Nación venezolana: Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, Cilia Flores,  Diosdado Cabello, Jorge Giordani, Nelson Merentes y Rafael Ramírez. Por supuesto que hay muchos más funcionarios públicos, contratistas, banqueros, familiares, amigos y cómplices de la gran estafa a la Nación, pero será preciso comenzar por estos cabecillas.


domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015

La gloria anónima es también gloriosa


Ver a Hank Aaron dar la vuelta por el cuadro después de romper la marca del Baby Ruth seguramente representó un momento electrizante para Aaron, pero también para los miles que lo vieron en el parque y los millones que lo vieron en la televisión. Fue un momento de gloria  ante el mundo. La juramentación de Kennedy, el premio Tchaikovsky a Van Cliburn, el primer paso en La Luna de Neil Armstrong, la Coronación de Isabel II en Inglaterra, los aliados entrando en París, el momento de otorgarse un premio Nobel. Todos ellos son momentos de gloria magnificados hasta llegar a ser del tamaño de nuestro planeta. Parecería que la gloria solo es gloria cuando es conocida y compartida por muchos.
Y, sin embargo, esos momentos públicos de gloria son la minoría. Por cada uno de ellos llevados a cabo ante una audiencia de miles o de todo el planeta hay multitud de momentos de gloria anónimos, desconocidos para el público, que transcurren sin que nadie o casi nadie los conozca.
Dejan, por ello, de ser gloriosos?
Será acaso la gloria un evento necesariamente público? Por supuesto que no.  Gloria es fama pero también es honor. Gloria es buena reputación pero también un gran gozo personal. Lo glorioso puede ser totalmente anónimo sin dejar por ello de serlo.
Todos hemos tenido nuestros momentos de gloria, esos momentos en los cuales nos hemos hecho merecedores del reconocimiento de nuestros semejantes. Algunas veces ello ha trascendido, muchas otras veces no. En nuestras vidas comunes y corrientes nos hemos empinado en ocasiones por encima de nuestra condición de ser humano del montón para hacer algún gesto, tomar alguna decisión, destruir algún mito o creencia que retrasaba el avance de nuestra sociedad. En esos momentos hemos actuado como líderes, como representantes dignos del hombre, a fin de contribuir de alguna manera a la mejora de nuestra vida en común. En la mayoría de los casos esos grandes gestos nunca serán debidamente conocidos o reconocidos. Lo que nos ha costado grandes decisiones y hasta  sacrificios personales nunca será premiado con la gloria a la luz pública. Solo nosotros y , quizás, un pequeño grupo de semejantes, sabrán que ello contribuyó significativamente al bienestar colectivo.

Y con eso tendremos que conformarnos.  

La torta Maldonado nocaut en Abu Dhabi


Úuuuuultimo! Pastor Maldonado, quien recibe siete millones de dólares al año de PDVSA para poner la torta en todas las pistas del mundo, llegó fuera de carrera.
PDVSA le paga a LOTUS $50 millones al año para que Pastor Maldonado barra el suelo con la bandera de Venezuela.
Rafael Ramírez y Pastor Maldonado deben ir a prisión por este crimen contra la nación vebezolana.

Narco pareja aplaude un espectáculo nauseabundo


** Utilizan niños para glorificar la violencia y la mentira
Ver: http://youtu.be/lhxvJ64LQYw
 Dijo Maduro: "“Tú sabes que ayer yo sentí una gran emoción. La obra de teatro 
que presentaron los niños y niñas de Cumaná… me llegó al alma "
Un nauseabundo espectáculo fue montado en Cumaná 
con la entusiasta aprobación de la narco-pareja Nicolás y Cilia.
 Este es un paso más en el camino hacia la total degradación 
del pueblo venezolano. En este video se muestra un fragmento de
  la “obra teatral” que celebró los 500 años de la fundación de Cumaná.
 En imitación barata y burda de los espectáculos de la China de Mao, 
la narco-pareja es regalada con una pobre representación en la cual
 niños venezolanos vestidos de militares con boinas rojas recrean la cobarde
 asonada de Hugo Chávez en 1992. Allí se falsea la verdad puesto que se
 presenta al difunto sátrapa como un héroe cuando, en realidad, fue un cobarde 
que llevó a sus soldaditos engañados, tal y como él mismo lo admitió a posteriori.
 Chávez se quedó en la seguridad del Museo Militar mientras la asonada era 
derrotada. Se entregó mansamente. 
Poner un niño a desempeñar el papel del sátrapa es la mayor de las vilezas 
ocurridas a los miembros de la narco-pandilla, la cual aún conserva, 
aunque de manera ya precaria, el poder político en Venezuela.
En el corto video se ve a la narco-pareja aplaudir con entusiasmo el
 bochornoso espectáculo. 
 Asesinatos, robos, narcotráfico, falsedades históricas, prostitución de niños, 
¿qué más le queda al narco-régimen por hacer en el pobre país que es Venezuela? 
¿Que corre por las venas de quienes hablan de negociar con estos hampones? 
 


sábado, 28 de noviembre de 2015

Jefe técnico de la misión electoral de UNASUR es un Tibisay boliviano





El Universal de hoy sábado, 28 de noviembre, 2015, trae la siguiente información:
“La Misión de Acompañamiento Internacional Electoral de Unasur, liderada por su coordinador técnico José Exeni sostuvo un encuentro con la presidenta del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, en la sede del organismo comicial donde afinaron los detalles sobre el arranque de las funciones de esta comitiva durante la jornada del próximo 6 de diciembre”.

Quien es el Sr. Exeni? Es Boliviano, de origen Sirio, partidario de Evo Morales. Es un hombre de buenas credenciales académicas pero no es un experto en asuntos técnicos electorales, actualmente viviendo en Portugal. Fue jefe del Consejo Electoral en Bolivia durante unos 18 meses, en 2008-2009. Fue protestado en numerosas oportunidades por la oposición boliviana por su manifiesta parcialización a favor del mandatario de ese país.

A la izquierda del General Padrino López

Por ejemplo:
1.    Paceños exigen la renuncia de Exeni a la Corte Electoral
          13/04/2009 - 12:23:04
LA PAZ
Representantes de organizaciones ciudadanas de este departamento, exigieron hoy aquí la renuncia del presidente de la Corte Departamental Electoral (CNE), José Luis Exeni por su probada parcialidad política e ideológica con el gobierno y su incompetencia e inexperiencia para el cargo que “no garantiza en absoluto la imprescindible transparencia e imparcialidad en las elecciones”. El representante del Movimiento Ciudadano Basta Ya, Guillermo Paz, sostuvo que Exeni, con su renuncia, debe dar una prueba de “moral intelectual” una vez que ha demostrado que no se encuentra profesional y técnicamente capacitado para llevar adelante un proceso electoral “idóneo, cristalino y sobre todo imparcial”…  
2.    2009. A lo largo de su gestión, iniciada en enero de 2008, Exeni ha sido cuestionado por la oposición, que le considera afín al oficialismo.  Los opositores han pedido en numerosas ocasiones su renuncia, la última vez durante la crisis que se desató la pasada Semana Santa en torno a la nueva ley electoral.  Una de las críticas que la oposición ha hecho a Exeni es su falta de firmeza ante las "irregularidades" que, a juicio de las fuerzas conservadoras, ha provocado en el padrón electoral la campaña de entrega de carnés de forma gratuita impulsada por el Gobierno.

3.    Savina Cuéllar, Prefecta de Chuquisaca, 2009:  [con la renuncia de Exeni] “La Corte Nacional Electoral debe recuperar su prestigio ante todos los sectores de la sociedad. El Ejecutivo debe rescatar la tradición que siguieron otros gobiernos de nombrar al frente de la administración electoral a personas de reconocida independencia, capacidad y eficacia. Una de las grandes debilidades de Exeni ha sido su parcialización con el oficialismo”.

4.     Óscar Ortiz, Presidente del Senado, 2009:  “Debemos reponer el respeto que tenía la Corte en años anteriores con presidentes como el doctor Huáscar Cajías o (Luis Ramiro) Beltrán. La Corte era respetada por políticos, por instituciones, por medios; debemos devolverle ese lugar con una persona que no sea designada a dedo, sino de consensos que garanticen elecciones limpias y transparentes”.

5.    Jorge Tuto Quiroga, Jefe de Podemos, 2009 :  “Es el momento para que el MAS demuestre su lado democrático y dé paso a la elección de los otros dos vocales que faltan en la Corte Electoral. Sólo así se garantizará una elección transparente. Esperamos que el oficialismo tome las decisiones correctas para el bienestar de la democracia y el resguardo del voto de la población en diciembre”.

6.    Abril, 2009. Los prefectos opositores agrupados en el Consejo Nacional Democrático (Conalde) exigieron ayer la renuncia del presidente de la Corte Nacional Electoral (CNE), José Luis Exeni, a quien consideraron de estar plenamente identificado con el oficialismo, por lo cual podría perjudicar el normal desenvolvimiento de los comicios previstos para diciembre próximo y para abril de 2010.
 Los prefectos de Beni, Ernesto Suárez Sattori; de Chuquisaca, Savina Cuéllar, de Santa Cruz, Rubén Costas y del departamento, Mario Cossío se reunieron ayer en Tarija para participar de los actos cívicos, de hoy 15 de abril, en conmemoración del 192 aniversario de la batalla de La Tablada.
 Suárez, calificó a la autoridad electoral como “servil al Gobierno”, aunque ponderó que el oficialismo y la oposición hayan logrado un acuerdo para aprobar la nueva Ley de Régimen Electoral y Transitorio que dará luz verde a las elecciones con un nuevo Padrón  Biométrico. 

7.    NOVIEMBRE 19, 2015. La bancada de Unidad Demócrata del Senado y de Diputados en Bolivia objetó la designación del vocal José Luis Exeni como coordinador general de la Misión de Acompañamiento Electoral de la Unión de Naciones del Sur en Venezuela, por su supuesta parcialización con el Gobierno de Evo Morales, aliado del presidente Nicolás Maduro.
“Hemos enviado una comunicación al secretario general de la Unasur, Ernesto Samper, expresando nuestra objeción a la designación de José Luis Exeni como coordinador general de la misión de observadores electorales de Unasur”, declaró el jefe de la bancada de UD, Óscar Ortiz. Exeni, primero, fue nombrado por Morales como vocal de la extinta Corte Nacional Electoral durante la gestión anterior. Y trabajó como consultor en el Gobierno y en la Vicepresidencia

8.    2008. El Consejo Nacional para el Cambio (Conalcam) pidió la renuncia de Exeni y de los miembros vocales de las cortes departamentales electorales por considerar traición al pueblo boliviano sus decisiones, que frenan el proceso constituyente. El Consejo ya está programando nuevas movilizaciones contra la decisión. A pesar de la presión, Exeni aseguró que no va a renunciar.

Parece evidente que nos metieron un gol con este Tibisay boliviano. La combinación del íntimo amigo de Chávez, Leonel Fernández y del amigo de Evo Morales, José Exeni, no le puede dar al equipo de UNASUR ninguna objetividad. Sobre todo, porque el jefe máximo es Ernesto Samper.

Por que será que no sabemos defendernos? 

viernes, 27 de noviembre de 2015

Empresa minera Gold Reserve podrá tomar activos de Venezuela en Esrtados Unidos


EXTRA


El 20 de noviembre pasado la Corte Distrital del Distrito de Columbia, en USA  (Washington DC) dictó sentencia a favor de la empresa minera Gold Reserve, negando la petición del régimen de Nicolás Maduro de aplazar el dictamen arbitral del 22 de septiembre de 2004, el cual fue adverso al régimen.  
Este nuevo dictamen confirma la pena del régimen a favor de Gold reserve, por $760 millones y ordena su inmediata ejecución.

La Corte afirma que Gold Reserve puede ejecutar este dictamen de inmediato en el territorio de los Estados Unidos y la empresa ha dicho que está lista para hacerlo. Todavía el régimen, seguramente asesorado por Patton Boggs, podrá apelar ante la Corte de Apelaciones del Distrito de Columbia, lo cual representaría su última alternativa.

En términos prácticos lo que esto significa es que Gold Reserve podrá ponerle la mano, a corto plazo,  a cualquier activo de la república de Venezuela en territorio estadounidense, incluyendo lo que queda de CITGO. Mientras esta demoras del régimen de Maduro se llevan a cabo los intereses de la suma adeudada a Gold reserve van aumentando, así como los costos legales de las pancadas de ahogado del régimen.
En paralelo a este golpe mortal a los activos de Venezuela en USA otra empresa minera, Cristallex, está demandando a PDVSA por $2800 millones, alegando que PDVSA y CITGO conspiran para rebajar el valor de CITGO a fin de minimizar el riesgo de una confiscación derivada del arbitraje que Cristallex mantiene en contra de Venezuela por $3100 millones, debido a la expropiación de la mina de oro Las Cristinas. Cristallex alega que PDVSA está tratando de convertir a CITGO en una empresa insolvente para evitar que sea tomada por los acreedores del régimen de Maduro.

Lo cierto es que la nación venezolana está en manos de un régimen de hampones que la está destrozando. Ya el nombre de Venezuela está al nivel de las peores naciones del planeta, gracias a Chávez, Maduro, Cabello, Giordani, Merentes, Ramírez y Compañía, Irresponsabilidad Ilimitada. Estos hampones deben ir a la cárcel y sus propiedades confiscadas por la Nación.


jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015

TERRORISM AND TERRORISTS IN VENEZUELA





This is a partial compilation of information on the role Venezuela has been playing in the promotion of, and assistance to,  global terrorism. 

1.     The Venezuelan embassy in Iraq
In an investigation made by Andreina Flores, see: http://periodistainternacional.com/2015/11/24/diplomatico-venezolano-denuncia-emision-de-documentos-para-terroristas-de-medio-oriente/  and a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e40yE3jBg4&feature=youtu.be you can read, see and hear Misael Lopez, a Venezuelan lawyer, 40 years old, who was employed in the Venezuelan embassy in Iraq in 2013, talking about the situation in that embassy. He witnessed illegal events at the embassy, essentially the emission of false Venezuelan documents such as birth certificates, identity cards and passports to Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi and Pakistani nationals. The embassy employees charged these persons between $5-15,000 to provide them with those documents without any selection process and under the approving eyes of the diplomatic authorities of the Venezuelan embassy. According to Lopez some of these documents were given to persons linked to Hezbollah. In particular the translator at the embassy, a Mrs. Sanna Kamal Al Shikhli, was denounced by Lopez for the illegal utilization of security material from the embassy such as seals, printed official paper and formats, in order to provide foreign with false birth certificates. This accusation was presented to the Venezuelan Ambassador Jonathan Velasco, March 29, 2014, documented with photographs:  View this document on Scribd .

The employee had offered Lopez to share in the “business”, mentioning 12 Syrian national willing to pay $12,000 for each Venezuelan passport. Lopez refused the offer and presented his charges. The employee was fired and received a $25,000 severance bonus.  However, she is again working for the Venezuelan embassy, in Amman, Jordan. Ambassador Velasco did not pay any attention to Lopez charges and did not transmit the event to his superiors in Venezuela. In fact, Lopez was fired in August 2015 and claims to have received death threats from unknown persons but also from Ambassador Velasco himself.  A local employee at the embassy, Aryan Abdulmalek Noorildeen, was murdered only hours after the departure of Lopez from Iraq.
Lopez says he was tired of seeing how Venezuela facilitated the free transit of terrorists from the Middle East to the western hemisphere by providing them with false documentation. He became a whistle blower, he says, because there was no action on the part of the Venezuelan authorities. Speculating on how many foreign nationals from Iraq, Palestine and Syria have had access to false Venezuelan documents he says: 50,000 (I find this number difficult to believe).
The investigation by Andreina Flores extended to the Venezuelan Ambassador, Jonathan Velasco. He said that Misael Lopez did work in the Embassy but he denied any wrongdoing in the offices of the embassy. He said that the emission of documents of this type to foreign nationals can only be done in Venezuela, cannot be done in an embassy. And he put the files of the embassy at the disposal of the newspapermen.

2.     A Venezuelan terrorist detained in London
A man called Hazil Muhamad Rahaman Alan ,40 years old, was detained in Gatwick Airport, London in 2003, with a hand grenade, trying to travel. He was interrogated by Scotland Yard, in the Paddington Green Station Paddington Green.  recently it was confirmed that this man a Venezuelan national,  listed in the Venezuelan Electoral Registry and had voted in Venezuela, in Turmero, Aragua State.

3.      Chavez promoted terrorist organizations since 2002
In the early 21st century Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez’ regime was already enabling Islamic terrorist organizations to take root in South America.  In December 2002 freelance journalist Martin Arostegui published an article in Insight Magazine (“Chavez plans for a terrorist regime”) in which he reported the arrival in Venezuela of Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah, a member of Hezbollah. Venezuelan officials received him at the airport. In connection with his presence in the country Arostegui interviewed the former Venezuelan Intelligence Director, General Marcos Ferreira, who said Fattah represented only the tip of the iceberg in a Cuban-Venezuelan operation to promote the infiltration of terrorists from Hezbollah into the U.S. Between 200 and 300 Cuban intelligence, he added, were already active in this project within Chavez inner circle, led by Cuban Captain Sergio Cardona. Ferreira also identified Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, the current Minister of the Interior of Chavez, as Chavez’s designated link with the terrorists.  In 2005, Barbara Newman reported that the Venezuelan Island of Margarita had become a main center of financing for Hezbollah in Latin America and that members of this organization were entering the U.S. with Venezuelan documents obtained in that island. In 2006 I reported on the installation by Hezbollah of small cells in the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula, bordering with Colombia. (Gateway Pundit, September 1, 2006). Also in 2006, a report by a U.S House of Representatives sub-committee led by Texas Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)  asserted that the government of Hugo Chavez was providing support to terrorists, including false identity documents that “could prove useful to radical Islamic groups”. Venezuela, the report added, “is emerging as a potential hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, providing assistance to the Islamic radicals from the Middle East”.
4.     Training of Venezuelans in Lebanon
In 2008 a fresh wave of detailed information about the links between Hugo Chavez and Hezbollah emerged. Writing for Caracas newspaper “El Nuevo Pais”, Venezuelan exiled journalist Patricia Poleo  published two articles (June 13 and June 20, 2008) in which she describes how Hezbollah in Lebanon was training young Venezuelans in the use of firearms and explosives. “The young Venezuelans”, she says, “are members of Chavez’s political party PSUV, and are recruited by, among others, Tarek el Aissami, current Venezuelan Vice-Minister of the Interior and by Gahzi Nasr Al Din, at the Venezuelan Embassy in Damascus, Syria [later moved to the Venezuelan embassy in Lebanon]”. Poleo says that, after the Venezuelans trained in Lebanon returned to their country, they linked with radical groups of their same party and of the Bolivarian University. These groups, Poleo adds, are closely connected with Hezbollah in Venezuela and with Iraqi Al-Qaeda members living in Venezuela, as well as with the Venezuelan chapter of the Palestinian Democratic Front, led by Salid Ahmed Rahman, who has his office in downtown Caracas. Poleo says that there are ten or more training camps of Hezbollah in Venezuela. She identified one of the most notorious members of Hezbollah in Venezuela as explosives expert Abdul Ghani Suleiman Wanked, who is Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s right hand.
Her second article provided specific information about the connections of Hezbollah terrorists with the Chavez regime. Poleo said that a key man behind this activity was Raymundo Kabchi, a Lebanese born lawyer with Venezuelan nationality. Mr. Kabchi was an “advisor” to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister for some years and is the person who recommended Nasr Al Din for his job at the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus, Syria.
The U.S. government moved against some Venezuelan members of Hezbollah. In June 20, 2008  the Treasury Department designated as terrorists  two Venezuelan supporters of Hezbollah, Ghazi Nasr Al Din, the same person mentioned by Poleo in her articles, and Fawzi Kan’an, along with two travel agencies owned and operated by Kan’an. This designation was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists, those acting on their behalf or those providing them with financial, technological or material support. The assets of these two persons in the U.S. have been frozen. In their designation the Treasury Department asserts that Nasr Al Din has facilitated the travel of Lebanese Hezbollah representatives to Venezuela to ask for financial support. Kan’an is also identified as a major financial supporter of Hezbollah.
5.     FROM the World Almanac of Islamism, 2014
·       There was a special relationship between the Venezuelan government and Hezbollah. Venezuela provided political, diplomatic, material and logistical support to Hezbollah. As in most of Latin America, Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist organization, is the primary Islamist force in Venezuela. Capitalizing on the network of enterprising Lebanese Shi’a merchants throughout the country’s larger cities, the group uses the South American country for fundraising and various forms of money-laundering, smuggling, and fraud. The basic model is said to be a simple “pay to play” system, in which Lebanese Shi’a merchants are persuaded by Hezbollah agents and financiers, through varying degrees of coercion, to “tithe” to Hezbollah.
·        Most worrisome, however, is the network of underworld connections that Hezbollah is building throughout the hemisphere from its base in Venezuela. According to former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roger Noriega, Hezbollah operatives were collaborating with sophisticated and high level drug-smugglers and guerrillas in the region. Walid Makled Garcia’s “Lebanese Cartel” (Cartel Libanés) and Ayman Jouma’s cocaine smuggling and money-laundering scheme are two examples Noriega cited in recent testimony to the U.S. Congress of prominent narco-traffickers wanted by U.S. law enforcement whose organizations provide funding for Hezbollah. Makled is now in prison in Venezuela since Colombia refused to send him to the U.S., where he would have been an invaluable witness.
·       There are more than 100,000 Muslims in Venezuela, primarily of Lebanese and Syrian descent, and concentrated in Margarita Island and Caracas. While Margarita Island’s Muslim population is almost entirely Lebanese Shi’a, there are Sunni Muslims elsewhere in the country, and Caracas has a largely Sunni population of 15,000 which is served by the largest mosque in Latin America, built by the Saudis as a sister mosque to the Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim mosque in Gibraltar. There are other mosques in major cities of Maracaibo, Valencia, Vargas, Punto Fijo, and Bolivar. Local cable television outlets in Margarita carry Al-Jazeera and the Lebanese Hezbollah outlet LBC, while on the mainland the Saudi Channel is available via satellite as well.
·       The picture of Islamism and society in Venezuela resembles that of much of Latin America. This is to say that while there is a vague anti-globalist sense that pervades society, actual friendship with Islamist aims is at the political and not the religious level.
·       Ever since Hugo Chavez took his first trip to Iran in 2001, upgraded relations with the Islamic Republic have become a cardinal tenet of Venezuelan foreign policy. In October 2010, Chavez announced an initial study of nuclear capacity for his country, a move analysts believe could be largely one of cover for Iran’s program which Venezuela has been supporting for several years. Earlier, in November 2008, Iranian and Venezuelan officials signed a secret “science and technology” agreement formalizing cooperation “in the field of nuclear technology.” As part of that outreach, Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad-Mehdi Zahedi led a delegation to hold talks with Venezuelan high-ranking officials in Caracas. .. During the visit, Chavez promised to provide the Islamic Republic with 20,000 barrels of petrol a day, despite the sanctions on Iran’s economy being contemplated by much of the responsible world and in spite of Venezuela’s own problems in supplying its domestic markets with fuel. Subsequently, a whirlwind visit to Iran by Chavez in September 2009 yielded a new deal on nuclear cooperation. The agreement was an addition to a rapidly growing list of bilateral pacts between Caracas and Tehran. Venezuela announced the agreement to purchase Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Iran in 2007. U.S. State Department cables, published by WikiLeaks, reveal an Iranian shipment of Mohajer-2 unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of UNSC 1747 bound for Venezuela sometime before May 2009.15 Despite U.S. sanctions, in November 2011, the first Mohajer was spotted at El Libertador airbase in Ochoa. In the summer of 2012, a Spanish news source, ABC.es, broke a story about U.S. investigations into the program and Chavez admitted and shared pictures of the UAVs, according to a Reuters report. But this drone cooperation, troubling enough in itself, may mask still more troubling cooperation. Speculation, as yet uncorroborated, exists that Venezuela and Iran have signed an agreement to construct a joint missile base in Venezuela and co-develop ballistic missilesThe joint ventures erected between Caracas and Tehran, and the purchase of Venezuelan enterprises, allow Iran to do business with U.S. companies and even within the United States itself. Because of the direct connection between Caracas and Tehran, efforts to contain trade with Iran are futile without cutting off the billions of dollars of legitimate U.S. trade with Venezuela, according to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
·       These ties, moreover, have expanded in recent years; in April 2009, the two countries launched a bi-national bank with $200 million of initial capital—with each country contributing half— and a final goal of $1.2 billion.19 The bank is supposed to finance projects of mutual benefit to the two countries. Based in Venezuela, it will offer a convenient channel for Iran to sidestep U.S.-led sanctions along with the several branches of Iran’s Saderat Bank already open there.20 During Iran’s 2009 elections, Chavez offered “total solidarity” to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, equating attacks on him as an assault by  “global capitalism,” and condoned the brutal tactics of Iran’s domestic militia, the basij, in their crackdown on opposition protesters.
·        Iran reciprocated these friendly feelings. When he decorated Hugo Chávez with the Higher Medal of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2008, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Chávez “my brother… a friend of the Iranian nation and the people seeking freedom around the world. He works perpetually against the dominant system. He is a worker of God and servant of the people.”  Ahmadinejad even risked a public embrace of Chavez’s grieving mother at the caudillo’s funeral, a move which scandalized the mullahs back home.


6.     The role of Tareck El Aissami, see:
In his superb profile of Tareck El Aissami Alek Boyd says: “The most interesting aspect of El Aissami's operation is not money laundering by his proxies, but rather abuse of his station at ONIDEX to give Venezuelan IDs to a number of internationally wanted criminals / terrorists. The news from OFAC linked above reveal that Hezbollah operatives in South America got Venezuelan IDs under El Aissami's "watch". While in charge, ONIDEX created new identities for a number of people. Intelligence reports sent to us claim that as many as 173 individuals believed to be collaborating with terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering were either naturalized, or got Venezuelan visas and IDs using fake names. Abbas Hussein HARB, for instance, identified by OFAC as part of a money laundering network related to Hezbollah and Ayman Saied JOUMAA, has two Venezuelan IDs (21495203 and 26405022). As of this writing both are valid. Kassem Mohamad SALEH, also designated as Hezbollah collaborator, has a valid Venezuelan ID (22075502), as shown in electoral records.
Granting Venezuelan citizenship to terrorists, as done by El Aissami, is not an isolated event. In 2004, in the space of one month, the Hugo Chavez regime naturalized Arturo Cubillas, Maria Asuncion Arana Altuna (ETA) and Rodrigo Granda (FARC)(link is external).El Aissami also gave access to Venezuela's identity databases to ALBET (a Cuban front controlled by the Castro’s), which ultimately controls development and implementation of new electronic IDs via subcontracting to Gemalto and Bundesdruckerei among others.
7.     The recommendations of Heritage Foundation about Venezuelan terrorism
In his 2010 paper “What the U.S. Should Do” Ray Walser lists some specific recommendations:
·       Add Venezuela to the State Sponsors of Terrorism List”. 
He says: “Congress should pass a resolution calling for placing Venezuela on the state sponsors of terrorism list and the Obama Administration should promptly proceed with adding Venezuela to the list. While largely symbolic because of existing restrictions on arms sales and technology transfers, it would give the U.S. greater authority to monitor U.S. financial transactions with Venezuela. The U.S. should make sure that the full rigor of the law is applied to Venezuela's commerce and trade in order to prevent Venezuela from acting as a front for Iran or other terrorism-friendly regimes.

·       Launch a Real Public Diplomacy Effort Against Chávez. 
The U.S. is losing the battle against massive disinformation spawned by Chavez. If the Obama Administration wishes to preserve the security of the hemisphere, it must move to more proactive rebuttals with skilled public affairs efforts. Take the U.S. embassy's Web site in Caracas, http://caracas.usembassy.gov, which fails to post any information that challenges the outlandish assertions made by Chávez regarding U.S. policy in places like Colombia. In brief, the Obama Administration needs to develop an informational campaign to counter Chavista disinformation.

·       Enhance U.S. Capacity Building to Counter Terrorism and Drug Trafficking in the Americas. 
  The threat posed by Chávez and his allies is far from overt. It lies in the asymmetrical contest that pits the lesser accumulation of threats, such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and money laundering, to erode U.S. power and influence. The U.S. must do a better job of collecting, analyzing, and distributing intelligence regarding Chávez and the active threat posed by traditional terrorism and narcoterrorism in the Americas. It should use available intelligence platforms, such as the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JITF-South) at Key West and the new observation locations in Colombia, to monitor Venezuelan support for narcoterrorism and criminal activity.

·       Improve Security for Friends. 
The Administration should make clear its commitment to supporting and defending friends, such as Colombia, from overt aggression and intimidation by Venezuelan military forces or indirect aggression through Venezuelan support for the FARC. Beyond the recent Defense Cooperation Agreement, the U.S. should be prepared to give Colombia a guarantee of political and, if necessary, military support against a threat of unprovoked attack by Chávez and the Venezuelan military. This will help moderate Colombian anxieties and silence those who are beginning to question U.S. readiness to help Colombia resist Chávez's bullying. Congress should cement the relationship with Colombia by passing long-delayed Free Trade Agreements with Colombia and Panama.

8.    The Argentina – Venezuela connection. 
The elections in Argentina and the upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela will have a strong impact on the influence of Muslim terrorism in these two countries and, by extension in the region. In the case of Argentina, 
see: http://latinamericagoesglobal.org/2015/11/what-does-macris-election-in-argentina-mean-for-the-region/  
Dr. Evan Ellis says: 
"While not all terrorist groups are Islamic, Argentina has the largest Muslim community in the region after Brazil, and many of the Islamic terrorist cells uncovered in the region have had ties to Argentina, including Mosheen Rabani, the Iranian diplomat accredited in Buenos Aires, who reportedly worked from his base in the country to recruit terrorists in other Latin American countries, such as Abdul Kadir, who reportedly developed a plan in 2007 to blow up New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

For its part, the Argentine government has long sought justice and clarification regarding the 1992 and 1994 attacks against Jewish targets in the greater Buenos Aires area, and probably would welcome U.S. technical assistance and resources as it continues its efforts to get to the bottom of the case. Indeed, as recently as October 2015, Argentina experienced an elevated alert when one of its consulates received a report of a possible attack by terrorists of Malian ethnicity against a major shopping mall".

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In Venezuela a major victory by the opposition could lead to the investigation of persons such as El Aissami, believed to be one of the main links with Muslim terrorism in Venezuela. This man, now Governor of the State of Aragua, has also been mentioned by international media as involved in drug trafficking,
 see:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuelan-officials-suspected-of-turning-country-into-global-cocaine-hub-1431977784

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

Sesgo abusivo de la televisión venezolana a favor del régimen de Maduro


***Estudio revela el sesgo abusivo de la televisión venezolana a favor del régimen de Maduro

Un estudio publicado en America Quarterly del Council of Americas por Javier Corrales y Franz Von Bergen, hace 48 horas, revela el gran sesgo anti-oposicionista en la televisión venezolana. En el estudio se comparan las noticias favorables y desfavorables para el gobierno y la oposición en las televisoras Globovisión, Venevisión y Venezolana de televisión, VTV.

Abajo transcribo los resultados del estudio y parte de las conclusiones a las cuales llegan los autores:

 “Coverage time
All three stations devoted far more time to government electoral campaigns than to the opposition’s (see Table 1). VTV in particular gave zero time to covering the opposition’s campaign.


Table 1: Percentage of total political news coverage time devoted to electoral campaigns


Positive sentiment
 All three stations devoted far more reporting to positive stories for the ruling party or the Maduro administration than for the opposition (see Table 2). In the case of VTV, 78 percent of its political news coverage time was devoted to positive stories about the ruling party; there were zero positive stories on the opposition.


Table 2: Percentage of total political news coverage time devoted to positive coverage of government and opposition performance


Negative sentiment 
The good news is that negative reporting on candidates and campaigns, from both sides, has been very low (see Table 3). All three TV stations kept negative reporting on campaigns to a minimum.


Table 3:  Percentage of total air time devoted to negative coverage of campaigning stories

The situation is a bit different regarding coverage of government or opposition performance, rather than electoral campaign stories (see Table 4). Here we see far more negative reporting. Globovisión and Venevisión offer critical views of government performance 10 percent and 20 percent of the time, respectively, whereas VTV offered zero negative reporting. When it comes to the ruling party, it is clear that all three stations offer far more positive coverage than negative.

The reverse is true for coverage of the opposition. The opposition holds few state offices, meaning that there is not much that TV media can do to criticize the opposition’s performance. The one area where criticisms of the opposition are made has to do with stories about “economic sabotage,” which is in line with the government’s position of blaming Venezuela’s economic crisis on economic warfare waged by the opposition. If we add the amount of time devoted to negative coverage of performance of the opposition and stories about economic sabotage, we find that all three stations offer more negative coverage of the opposition’s performance than positive.


Table 4: Percentage of total air time devoted to coverage of performance, by sentiment (positive or negative)


Conclusion
In a recent letter to Venezuela’s electoral authorities, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro denounced, among other things, the “lack of guaranteed access to the media” offered to the opposition. Essentially, he was echoing what most media observers have long said about Venezuela: Media bias is a chronic problem during campaigns.

The pre-campaign period shows that biased reporting by Venezuela’s main TV media is getting worse. All TV media displayed obvious forms of pro-government bias. Even the independent and privately owned media (Venevisión and Globovisión) offered far more attention to the ruling party’s electoral activities and performance in office than to opposition affairs.  In all three stations, positive stories about the ruling party far outweighed negative stories. In VTV, there were simply no critical stories of the ruling party. 
Opposition candidates, in contrast, were hardly covered, and in the case of VTV were not covered not at all. Negative stories about opposition electoral activities, while not that common, outweighed positive coverage…..
In sum, a strategy of “invisibilization” of the opposition has replaced TV polarization. Today, no station seems to be providing much pro-opposition coverage. All national-level TV media, both public and private, is now pro-government. This invisibilization strategy helps explain why so far negative reporting on the opposition is also relatively low: If little in general is being said about the opposition on TV, there is also very little to criticize”.
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