One thing that I can't get my head around is this:
Alek Boyd's blog
When trying to rationalise Hugo Chavez and his impact on Venezuelan politics, it is often said that the leader he resembled the most was Argentina's Juan Domingo Perón. Upon the death of the standard bearer of Latin American populism, peronismo took hold of political life in Argentina, on the back of the hugely popular Evita, who was exalted to demigod status in popular culture. More than fifty years later, that country is still dealing with the nefarious consequences of an irresponsible political establishment crafted by Perón.
London - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died yesterday. Her achievements are too long to list here, but I guess for me, the most important one, by a mile, was to have significantly contributed to bring communism down. For me, a guest in this country after all, it is the perfect opportunity to contrast how death of a phenomenal political leader is dealt with by Brits. When Hugo Chavez died over a month ago, various BBC programs called to request my comment.
Who is that, posing with the Big Dog?
Why that would be Orlando Castro, convicted felon and money launderer from Venezuela.
My views on Hugo Chavez's death for the BBC's World Have Your Say: radio discussion with Gabriela Torres, producer for BBC Mundo, and Julia Buxton, Bradford University's professor of Peace Studies.
London - So today, I was taking part in a debate on Chavez's legacy for Cross Talk, a program of Russia Today. I thought it would be good, since we were discussing Chavez's legacy, to bring up Maria Afiuni, after all she is as part of the legacy as much as Barrio Adentro, right? How silly of me... Russia Today, you see, is Putin's "news" channel.
it must be hard for you, to realise that beyond the chorus of celebrations from radical fringes of the political spectrum for what you've done, real-politik always trumps naive behaviour.
Hugo Chavez is dead. As per my thoughts: I feel as Chileans must have felt, when Pinochet was voted out; as Egyptians felt, when Mubarak was ousted; as Libyans, when Gaddafi was killed; as Paraguayans, when Lugo was kicked out; as Americans, when Obama won and Brits when Tony Blair returned Labour back to power.
London - Well, well. At last, a major publication in the U.S. of A has echoed the catalogue of reports I have posted in this blog denouncing rampant corruption, and money laundering by a handful of Venezuelan thugs, and their American partners. Today, The Miami Herald published a piece by Otto Reich, former Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Ezequiel Vazquez-Ger, about, guess who?
London - A propos of a recent event in London's Frontline Club, in which Jon Lee Anderson, Richard Lapper and Rory Carroll took turns at explaining what has gone on in our country since Hugo Chavez arrived in power in 1999, and what will his legacy be, I thought I could venture my own views about it.
London | According to reports from The Miami Herald, on Friday, October 17 2008, at 10 a.m., 15 shots were fired at a woman while driving in Carrasquilla, Panama City. Eight shots hit the woman, one bullet entering her temple and exiting through her eyelid, causing permanent left-eye blindness. The woman, miraculously, survived.
London - After regrettable decisions by PJ Media and the Daily Caller to self-censor my findings on Derwick Associates having retained ACU Chairman Al Cardenas's law firm as legal counsel, I thought fitting to leave a record here of threat letters sent by Hector Torres, on behalf of Derwick Associates, to bloggers and journ
London - There's been a great deal of controversy lately about Hugo Chavez's condition. All of it, whether from chavista officials, Venezuelan opposition voices, or observers, was either manipulation or speculation in my opinion. It continues to be so.
A prominent Washington conservative’s law firm is representing a shady Venezuelan company that has close ties to the Chavez regime, meanwhile top conservative news sites self-censor this article.
London 20.01.2013 | This morning I was reading about how the Cayman Islands will become more transparent with regards to dodgy companies registered under its jurisdiction. A while ago I was doing some due diligence stuff, which took my online fact-finding mission to another opaque place (St Kitts & Nevis).
From: "Andres Guzman"
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 14:26:37 -0300
To: Subject: Para el ministro
Oscar favor hacerle llegar al Ministro confidencialmente esta info:
Asunto: Memorando de Entendimiento entre PDVSA y FLUVIOMAR SA
Estimada Sra. Embajadora Alicia Castro,
London 14.12.12 - Most of the investigations I have published this year relate to individuals and companies with unsavory connections to brutal regimes, whose actions would have gone otherwise unnoticed. Exposing criminals like Chavez and members of his cabal is difficult and expensive. In this spirit, donations to the website would be very much appreciated. A gift of $50 or $5,000 would make a significant difference, both technically and substantively, in pursuing more transparency in Venezuela, Paraguay, and even the UK. Any gift is welcome.
London 09.12.2012 - Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela's most-read newspaper let's not forget, published today another article about Derwick Associates by Cesar Batiz, loosely translated as "FBI looking at Venezuelan company".