Presidente Chávez anuncia firma de convenio energético con estatal argentina YPF

Brasilia, 31 Jul. AVN.- Tras su llegada a la capital de Brasil para participar en la cumbre de Mercosur, el mandatario venezolano, Hugo Chávez Frías, informó este lunes que Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) establecerá un convenio energético con la estatal argentina YPF.

“Mañana firmaremos un convenio entre PDVSA e YPF”, dijo Chávez, en declaraciones a la prensa en Brasilia, acompañado por el ministro de Petróleo y Minería, Rafael Ramírez; el canciller Nicolás Maduro, así como de los titulares de las carteras de Comercio e Industrias, Edmée Betancourt y Ricardo Menéndez, respectivamente.

Chávez estimó que con el establecimiento de alianzas con las estatales petroleras de Brasil y Argentina permitirá que se vaya “diseñando Petrosur, así como una vez nació Telesur, Unasur o el Banco del Sur”.

El Jefe de Estado reiteró que con la entrada de Caracas al bloque regional “se está completando la ecuación dentro del Mercosur”, debido al inmenso potencial energético venezolano y la fachada al Caribe que ofrece su ubicación geográfica. Continue reading

Venezuela formally joins Mercosur trading bloc

South American leaders wave as they pose during the official photo shoot at the annual summit of the Mercosur trade bloc in Mendoza, Argentina, June 29, 2012.

Venezuela has become a full member of the Mercosur regional trading bloc following a six-year-long delay.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is now set to take part in a ceremony in Brasilia, which celebrates Caracas’ membership in the South American trade bloc.

The visit to Brasilia will be Chavez’s first official trip abroad in a year after his being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011 and his treatment process in Cuba.

Mercosur is an economic union and political agreement between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay founded in 1991. Its purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency.  Continue reading

Chavez Announces “Immediate” Withdrawal from Inter-American Court of Human Rights

By RACHAEL BOOTHROYD

Liverpool, July 26th 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Following an announcement earlier in April that his government would be withdrawing from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHRC), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed on Tuesday that his administration would also no longer recognise the IAHRC’s sister organisation, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACrtHR) with “immediate” effect.

Both organisations are affiliate bodies of the Organization of the American States (OAS), with the commission recommending and submitting human rights cases to the court for review.

In a televised address to the public on Tuesday evening, the Venezuelan head of state confirmed the country’s exit from the human rights tribunal after accusing the body of “political manipulation” and attacking the South American nation for “daring to liberate” itself from Washington’s influence. Continue reading

Venezuela: Imperialist and Zionist threats

By Olivia Kroth

Source: Pravda

The more popularity President Hugo Chávez acquires and the better his re-election campaign advances, the more desperation is evident in his right wing opponent whom the Venezuelan crowds have dubbed “El Majunche” (Mediocre). He is ridiculed in many cartoons, satires and personal blogs, yet the threat he poses for the Bolivarian Revolution must not be underrated. The Majunche is supported by the North American would-be-imperialists and by Zionists of all shades.

In several speeches, President Chávez warned the population to be careful. Patria Grande reprinted one of his warnings, “The right wing opposition hates our people. They want to grab our natural resources and give them away.” He said he knows that CIA agents are busy in Venezuela, preparing the country’s destabilization.   Continue reading

Chávez’s economics lesson for Europe

Hugo Chávez’s rejection of the neoliberal policies dragging Europe down sets a hopeful example to Greece and beyond

‘Hugo Chávez and his co-religionaries have called for 21st-century socialism, not a return to Soviet-style economics.’ Photograph: Handout/Reuters

By Richard Gott

Source: The Guardian

Some years ago, travelling on the presidential plane of Hugo Chávez of Venezuela with a French friend from Le Monde Diplomatique, we were asked what we thought was happening in Europe. Was there any chance of a move to the left? We replied in the depressed and pessimistic tones typical of the early years of the 21st century. Neither in Britain nor France, nor anywhere in the eurozone, did we see much chance of a political breakthrough.

Then maybe, said Chávez with a twinkle, we could come to your assistance, and he recalled the time in 1830 when revolutionary crowds in the streets of Paris had come out waving the cap of Simón Bolívar, the South American liberator from Venezuela who was to die at the end of that year. Fighting for liberty, Latin American style, was held up as the path for Europe to follow. Continue reading

Nouvelle loi du travail (LOTTT) au Venezuela: Un pas de plus vers la vraie vie

Source: Venezuela Infos

La nouvelle Loi du Travail célébrée en grande pompe par les travailleurs vénézuéliens ce 1er mai 2012 est un vieux rêve devenu réalité au bout d’un débat citoyen qui a duré près de trois ans. Plus de 19000 propositions ont été remises par toutes sortes d’organisations de travailleurs, syndicats, coordinations, etc.. à la commission présidentielle chargée d’élaborer le projet. Avec la Constitution Bolivarienne, c’est le texte de loi qui a le plus bénéficié de la participation populaire.

Nous avions rendu compte de ce débat national il y a quelques semaines : “Le Venezuela ouvre le débat pour construire une nouvelle loi du travail

Résultat : la loi signée le 30 avril 2012 par le président Chavez brise enfin le carcan néo-libéral où les gouvernements antérieurs avaient étouffé les droits sociaux. Depuis le 2 mai la loi (dont on peut lire ici le texte intégral en espagnol) circule gratuitement sur internet et de main en main, massivement, dans plusieurs journaux. Sauf dans ceux de l’opposition qui relaient les critiques patronales contre la loi, contre l’égalité homme/femme, contre l’augmentation des indemnités dues aux travailleurs, etc… Des réunions seront organisées partout dans les mois qui viennent, notamment par les syndicats, pour continuer à faire connaître la loi et pour qu’elle soit un levier de nouvelles transformations. Continue reading