06.03.2013

Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo / Venezuela orders U.S. Embassy attache to leave country / Hugo Chávez - Ein Staatsstreich von innen [Doku] [Arte]

[gregpalast / 05.03.2013] For BBC Television, Palast met several times with Hugo Chàvez, who passed away today.
Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It's the oil. And it's the Koch Brothers – and it's the ketchup.

Reverend Pat Robertson said,
"Hugo Chavez thinks we're trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it."
It was 2005 and Robertson was channeling the frustration of George Bush's State Department.

Despite Bush's providing intelligence, funds and even a note of congratulations to the crew who kidnapped Chavez (we'll get there), Hugo remained in office, reelected and wildly popular.

But why the Bush regime's hate, hate, HATE of the President of Venezuela?

Reverend Pat wasn't coy about the answer: It's the oil.
"This is a dangerous enemy to our South controlling a huge pool of oil."
A really BIG pool of oil. Indeed, according to Guy Caruso, former chief of oil intelligence for the CIA, Venezuela hold a recoverable reserve of 1.36 trillion barrels, that is, a whole lot more than Saudi Arabia.

If we didn't kill Chavez, we'd have to do an "Iraq" on his nation. So the Reverend suggests,
"We don't need another $200 billion war….It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."
Chavez himself told me he was stunned by Bush's attacks: Chavez had been quite chummy with Bush Senior and with Bill Clinton.

So what made Chavez suddenly "a dangerous enemy"? Here's the answer you won't find in The New York Times:
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Hugo Chávez - Ein Staatsstreich von innen [Doku] [Arte]

2002 versuchten oppositionelle Kräfte im venezolanischen Caracas den umstrittenen Präsidenten Hugo Chávez aus dem Amt zu putschen. Zwei junge irische Filmemacher, Kim Bartley und Donnacha O'Briain, konnten die dramatischen Ereignisse im Präsidentenpalais mitverfolgen und Filmen.

Venezuela orders U.S. Embassy attache to leave country 
[latimes / 05.03.2013] In a move that heightened tensions surrounding the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, his vice president on Tuesday expelled the U.S. Embassy's military attache, accusing him of "proposing destabilizing plans" to members of Venezuelan armed forces.
Without giving specifics on what the U.S. official was allegedly planning, Maduro said the Venezuelan government is "on the trail" of other individuals "involved in this poisonous scenario" and accused the U.S. government of taking actions to weaken his country's economy and of promoting a "permanent rumor campaign."
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Hugo Chavez lifted millions out of poverty – and even his opponents accepted he won elections fair and square
[independent / 06.03.2013] If you want to learn about human rights in Venezuela before Hugo Chavez, type “Caracazo” into Google, and do so with a strong stomach. Back in 1989, then-President Carlos Andrés Pérez won an election on a fiery platform of resisting free-market dogma: the IMF was “a neutron bomb that killed people, but left buildings standing,” he proclaimed. But after safely making it to the presidential palace, he dramatically u-turned, unleashing a programme of privatisation and neo-liberal shock therapy. With gas subsidies removed, petrol prices soared, and impoverished Venezuelans took to the streets. Soldiers mowed protesters down with gunfire. Up to 3,000 perished, a horrifying death toll up there with the Tienanmen Square Massacre – in a country with a population 43 times smaller.
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