Alek Boyd's blog
London 25.02.05 | Mmmm... How many meandering rivers have we got? Probably the answer would be as accurate as that of; how many narcoterrorists are actually operating in Venezuela? So Jessy announces that another FARC member has been arrested in connection to the kidnaping of Urbina's mother. Perhaps the regime took extraordinary measures given Chavez' love for baseball.
London 24.02.05 | The image of failed coupster Hugo Chavez is taking a proper battering these days. For the first time since his ascent to Venezuela's presidency some of the world's most powerful media outlets have been publishing articles that show a reality heretofore thought to be gross exaggerations or desperate ranting of a dislocated opposition. We have been denouncing the authoritarian streaks of lieutenant colonel Chavez to no avail. Things are changing though.
London 15.02.05 | Recent news about floods in my country have preoccupied me, so this morning I picked up the phone and had a chat with a good friend who lives in Merida. He gave me a quick brief of the situation commenting that the disaster caused by heavy rains did not affect Merida that much; Santa Cruz de Mora on the other hand has been badly affected.
London 11.02.05 | A reader kindly sent a report (as of September 15 2004), commissioned by the Chavez administration, which lays out the nationwide status of the health programme known as "Barrio Adentro". Shockingly in page 19 one can read the following paragraph:
London 10.02.05 | Not long ago our mayor Ken Livingstone considered fitting to lend his 'credibility' and signature to a letter penned by a Tariq Ali entitled "If We Were Venezuelans...We Would Vote for Hugo Chavez".
London 08.02.05 | Much to the discomfort of the official propaganda apparatus of Hugo Chavez, FOX News have reported from Venezuela three video clips that portray the Venezuelan president in its true light. The latest is pretty accurate [Windows media player].
Luis Garcia Mora* | El Nacional
07.02.05 | Let's not fool ourselves, dear readers. As a well known friend and medical doctor says, when he refers to the regime and the current moment, anyone that thinks that this is going to stabilize and its going to produce results is wrong.
None of this is permanent.
Interesting to see the newly found acumen of anglo-speaking reporters vis-a-vis Venezuela. Nonetheless I am quite happy to read Adams-like articles for it's obvious that the democratic veil of Chavez has fallen.
London 06.02.05 | Hugo Chavez has taken his personal quarrel with the USA to the terrain of small private enterprise. Any person familiar with the system of franchises know that McDonald's, at least in Venezuela, operates under such mechanism.
London 03.02.05 | My involvement in this business of writing and reporting the crisis of Venezuela started in October 2002 when I learned that Hugo Chavez had been invited by Oxford's Center for Socio Legal Studies to give a conference, as a guest speaker, in a human
rights seminar. At a latter date I found out that the convener of the
seminar and visiting fellow of the said center, William F. Pepper,
received a handsome payment of $137.527, 42 from the Venezuelan
government via the Venezuelan Information Office in Washington DC. I