L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5394 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
What's so "interesting" about the article, Joni? George Galloway, who is Britain's Oswald Mosley of the 21st century, notorious for his admiration for any communist and/or ME dicator playing useful idiot for Chavez once again. Is that what impresses you?
Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4097 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 967 times:
Having gone to PMV for the weekend, after visiting a year and a half ago, Venezuela is still the poor, run down, dangerous, and crooked place that it was 18 months ago. Hell, things definitely cost more. The only redeeming quality being that the people are very nice there.
Those who think Chavez is doing wonderful things for his people are either socialists themselves, or they just buy into his "Imperialist America" rhetoric (which I think many Venezuelans don't fall for as I came across many who said they love the US).
"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8492 posts, RR: 43 Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 954 times:
Having read just the first two paragraphs thus far, interesting how this guy brings in the whole world into the discussion. From Lat. Am., to the USA, to London, to the Mid East. Even something about Cheney.
Oh and the "new" Mirages
"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 950 times:
Mr. Galloway should come down to Venezuela and see what Chávez has done with the country. And also, why doesn't he also ask the opinions of people down in Latin America, as this region tends to be directly influenced by Chávez's foreign policies? As long as he hasn't seen what is going on, he'll still be just another Chávez apologist and his article doesn't change anything.
Nice try, Joni, but you haven't convinced those of us who live in Latin America and actually have to put up with Chávez's hate speeches and see what he's doing to Venezuela. And I strongly suggest you put your flame suit on, for when Luis sees your thread.
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8492 posts, RR: 43 Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 942 times:
Yeah right all of Latin America except Mexico, Peru, and Colombia are allies to Chavez. Chaves has three allies: Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
Quote from the first reply to his article:
Now, moving on to the thrust of the article on Chavez. I know we shouldn't always form a judgement on someone based on the people they associate with, but I can't help feeling suspicious of national leaders who have a personal relationship with George Galloway.
For all your talk of human right rights and democracy in Venezuela in this article, we know you're a huge fan of the human rights abuser Fidel Castro - someone who doesn't know what an election is and puts political opponents in prison - and have written a handy guide book about him for fellow followers. We also know that you famously had your political campaigns funded by that other great democrat, Saddam Hussein, according to the Guardian, (CiF better not remove this post; Galloway has never disputed the article and it is very relevent to the topic)
edit: Mr. Ortega is president of Nicaragua. . .
[Edited 2007-02-28 22:23:38]
"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
Luisde8cd From Venezuela, joined Aug 2004, 2516 posts, RR: 34 Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 896 times:
I quote the article: "Much more is at stake than London mayor Ken Livingstone's welcome oil deal with Chávez, which will see London bus fares halved"
Interesting economics, please explain how a 20% discount on diesel will transform into a 50% reduction of bus fares. My math cannot help me understand that phrase.
"this month I watched with Chávez as thousands of soldiers, French and British tanks, Russian helicopters and brand new Mirage and Sukhoi fighter bombers passed by: the soldiers chanting "patria, socialismo o muerte"
We DO NOT have BRAND NEW Mirage fighters. They were actually bought during the late 70s. We DO NOT have british tanks, only French AMXs. This guy has no clue of what he's talking about. He also forgot to mention the squads of USA-Made F-16s and F-5s
"Chávez has been given enabling powers for 18 months to ensure he can pilot his reforms through entrenched opposition"
What opposition? HELLO, you just mentioned that Chavez controls 100% of Parliament after the 2006 elections boycotted by the opposition... he has ABSOLUTE NO POLITICAL OPPOSITION, I don't think he needed the power to rule-by-decree. The Attourney General was Chavez's first Vicepresident in 2000. All Supreme Court judges were elected by Chavez's deputies in Parliament about 2 years ago. The judges chanted "Uh Ah Chavez no se va" (Chavez will never leave!) at the beginning of the 2007 judicial year. What opposition does Chavez have? NONE.
"The $18bn fund for social welfare set up by Chávez is already bearing fruit. Education, food distribution and primary healthcare programmes now cover the majority for the first time."
Before Chavez the goverments used to have more social programs that what Chavez is doing right now, a couple come to mind: "School Backpack" (a backpack full of school supplies was handed out each year to all students in public schools), "School Daily Meal and Milk" (a daily lunch and a glass of milk in the morning given out for free to all public school students), etc etc... Another example: President Caldera built more houses for poor families in one single year than Chavez in five years. This is extraordinary considering that Pres. Caldera ruled when the oil barrel was priced at around USD 9.
Public education in Venezuela is a joke. Please tell me how many goverment officials currently have their kids attend a public school.
"The so-called "dictator" Chávez is nothing of the kind. He has won election after election, validating his radical course. Still the fear of a coup"
The guy won elections, ok. But where's the democracy in this country? Chavez controls all powers (Judiciary, Legislative and Executive) and you are treated as a second-class citizen if you signed the recall-vote petition against Chavez back in 2004, a perfect revival of South Africa's apartheid.
I'm sorry Joni but this article is a joke, come to Venezuela and learn the truth. I'm sure you are one of those Europeans who hate Bush and automatically fall in love with Chavez because he's insults Bush's mother everyday.I'm sorry but, How much more ignorant can you get?
Saludos desde Caracas,
Viasa we miss you!. Good times will return after Chavez is gone!