Chavez names his successor ahead of cancer surgery

Venezuelian President: HUGO CHAVEZ

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who will have to undergo more cancer surgery, has named his successor.

In a live TV broadcast on Saturday night, he urged voters to support Vice President Nicolas if a new election had to be held.

On Sunday, Chavez is returning to Havana for a new surgical intervention after being diagnosed with yet another cancer tumor.

Chavez, 58, has undergone three operations for cancer and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the past year.

Venezuela’s Chavez to have another cancer operation

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he will undergo another cancer operation in the coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba.

“It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days,” Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding that he would return to Havana on Sunday. Continue reading

Chavez calls on Obama to stop US hegemonic policies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (file photo)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on his US counterpart Barack Obama to put an end to Washington’s policy of “invading” and “destabilizing” other countries.

Speaking at a Thursday meeting with his cabinet ministers at the Presidential Palace in Caracas, Chavez pointed out that Obama should “forget about invading other nations, destabilizing countries, etc.”

He described the US as socially and economically “fractured” and called on Obama to focus on “governing his own country” instead.

Chavez, who was making the remarks in reaction to Obama’s reelection, said the American “super elite” exploits the rest of the US and manipulates it “through the media.”

During the US presidential campaigns, Chavez said he did not expect either Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney to make any change in the relations between the US, Latin America, Venezuela and the rest of the world.

The Venezuelan president has repeatedly challenged the US foreign policy since he took office in 1999. Continue reading

Venezuelan Opposition “Falling to Pieces” as Four Parties Withdraw Electoral Support

Leonardo Chirinos announced that his party and three others would withdraw their support for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles to the press yesterday (VTV).

By Tamara Pearson for Venezuela Analysis

Mérida, September 12th 2012 ( – Four small organisations withdrew their support yesterday for the opposition candidate to the upcoming presidential elections, Henrique Capriles.

The four organisations: Vota Piedra (Vote Rock), Cambio Pana (Change Friend), Unidad Democratica (Democratic Unity), and Mano por Venezuela (a Hand for Venezuela) formalised their decision with the National Electoral Council, meaning they will no longer appear on the ballot ticket.

The representative of Vota Piedra, Leonard Chirinos, expressed his disagreement with Capriles’ government plan to the press; saying that the majority of parties in the opposition umbrella group, the United Democratic Roundtable (MUD) weren’t consulted.

He was referring to a secret opposition government plan revealed recently by opposition leader Continue reading

Chavez opposes the International Interference on Syria

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, on Wednesday stressed that the Syrian people are victim of a violent colonial policy.

He asserted that he will assess the Iranian proposal on the inclusion of Venezuela in the ‘Contact Group’ to solve the crisis in Syria.

President Chavez said in a press conference, “We will study the Iranian proposal and see how we can contribute to reaching a solution to the crisis in Syria.”

Iran proposed that Venezuela, a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, and Iraq, as current president of the Arab League, join the coming meetings of the contact group on Syria which encompasses Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in addition to Iran.

Following the Cairo meeting, Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian stressed that his country welcomes the goal of the meeting as it is based on immediate halt of violence, maintaining Syria’s integrity and sovereignty and rejection of any foreign interference.

Source: Press TV




Venezuela’s Oil Refinery Blaze – Seven Good Reasons To Suspect Sabotage


By James Petras

“You can’t exclude any hypothesis … It’s practically impossible that here in an [oil] installation like this which is fully automated everywhere and that has thousands of responsible workers night and day, civilian and military, and that there is a gas leak for 3 or 4 days and nobody responds.  This is impossible.” — President Chavez responding to US media and opposition charges that the explosion and fire at the oil refinery was due to government negligence.

Amuay Refinery


Only 43 days before the Venezuelan presidential election and with President Chavez leading by a persistent margin of 20 percentage points, an explosion and fire at the Amuay refinery killed at least 48 people – half of those were members of the National Guard ­ and destroyed oil facilities producing 645,000 barrels of oil per day. Continue reading

Uribe: the joke of South America

Former Colombian President: Alvaro Uribe

Uribe reveals planned military operation in Venezuela

According to the former Colombian president, a territorial violation similar to the one held in Ecuador was entertained…

by Jonathan Campos (source: Pravda )

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said he considered a militarily invasion of Venezuelan territory in pursuit of suspected guerrillas of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the ELN (National Liberation Army). Uribe ruled Colombia from 2000 to 2010.

The statement was given in a lecture at Unaula (Autonomous University Latin American) in Medellín, Colombia. “We have obtained new evidence of guerrilla camps in Venezuela. I had three options: make a complaint, be silent or start a military operation in Venezuela. “I lacked time,” he said to the bursts of laughter. Continue reading

EEUU planea provocar un gran caos en Venezuela

Estados Unidos tiene un plan para provocar un gran caos en Venezuela después del anuncio de los resultados de las elecciones presidenciales del próximo 7 de octubre, ha informado este lunes el diario Vea.

De acuerdo con el editorial de Vea, titulado “Venezuela en Llamas”, el plan estadounidense intenta evitar a toda costa un nuevo mandato de Hugo Chávez a través de la súbita denuncia de un supuesto fraude electoral y generar la condena interna y foránea.

El fabricado plan también busca fomentar la violencia para permitir la intervención de las organizaciones internacionales y facilitar la injerencia de EE.UU. en los asuntos internos de Venezuela. Continue reading

Chavez: US agent arrested in Venezuela

A US citizen who tried to illegally enter Venezuela via Colombia has been captured, President Hugo Chavez said.

“Four or five days ago, our security forces captured a North American citizen of Latino descent who had illegally crossed the border,” Chavez said.

The president did not identify the suspect, but described him as a mercenary. Continue reading

“Targeting Chavez”


By Stephen Lendman

Since taking office in February 1999, Chavez has been Washington’s number one Latin American enemy.

He worries US officials for good reason. He’s a powerful threat. He represents a good example. Venezuela’s social democracy shames America’s. Bolivarianism works.

So does its political system. Elections are open, free and fair. US electoral politics lack legitimacy. Democracy is moribund. Candidates are pre-selected. Big money owns them. Key outcomes are predetermined. Duopoly power runs everything.

On October 7, Venezuelans again head to the polls. Chavez seeks reelection. He remains overwhelmingly popular. Washington dreads the idea of having him around for another six years.

Anti-Chavista rhetoric and accusations are heating up. So far it hasn’t matched former New York Times Caracas correspondent Simon Romero.

On August 22, 2010, he headlined “Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why.” He outrageously reported more 2009 violent deaths under Chavez than in Iraq’s war-torn cities. He claimed “Venezuelans have absorbed such grim statistics for years.”

No respectable publication should run these type columns. Venezuela is no war zone. Until becoming The Times Brazil correspondent, Romero misreported there for years.

After succeeding him in Caracas, so does William Neuman. More on him below.

A Times profile said Chavez replaced Castro as America’s main regional bete noire. He’s Washington’s “leading (Latin American) opponent….”

Spurious accusations followed. Among others they include drug trafficking, collaborating with Colombian “rebels,” human rights violations, alleged electoral fraud, state-sponsored and other forms of violence, authoritarianism, communication “hegemony,” and petro-diplomacy for selling oil to America’s enemies.

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Chavez condemns West for supporting ‘terrorists’ in Syria

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says Caracas backs Russia and China in dealing with the issue of Syria’s unrest, condemning the West for funding “terrorists to destabilize” the Middle Eastern country.

Chavez made the remarks during a news conference upon his return from a trip to Brazil, stressing that Damascus should solve its problems.

“Of course, we share the position of Russia and China, our allies, that Syria’s sovereignty be respected and that if Syria has problems, that Syrians be the ones to solve them in a peaceful manner.”

On July 19, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against Syria for the third time.  Continue reading