BlueHummingbird News


At Alternet: December 18, 2002
U.S. Intervening Against Democracy in Venezuela by Mark Weisbrot
" ... Prior to the coup on April 11, the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy stepped up its funding to opposition groups, including money funneled through the International Republican Institute. The latter's funding multiplied more than sixfold, to $340,000 in 2001. But if history is any guide, overt funding from Washington will turn out to be the tip of the iceberg. This was the case in Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile and other countries where Washington has sought "regime change" because our leaders didn't agree with the voters' choice at the polls. (In fact, Washington is currently aiding efforts to oust President Aristide in Haiti--for the second time). In these episodes, which extended into the 1990s, our government concealed amounts up to the hundreds of millions of dollars that paid for such things as death squads, strikes, economic destabilization, electoral campaigns and media. ... "

At Greg Palast: Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Hugo Chavez is Crazy!
Excerpt from Abuse Your Illusions [Disinfo Press 2003]

At Sunday, September 21, 2003
Venezuelan Military Intelligence says overwhelming evidence the CIA planned to bring down Chavez Frias' airplane en route to United Nations in New York By: Roy S. Carson

From Reuters: Wed September 24, 2003 04:49 PM ET
Venezuela's Chavez Blasts U.S. Over 'Terrorist' Plot
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday Venezuelan "terrorists" plotting to kill him were training in the United States, and he told the U.S. and Spanish governments to stop meddling in his country's affairs. ...

From Reuters: Saturday, January 10, 2004 5:38 p.m. ET
Venezuela's Chavez Hits Back at U.S. Before Summit By Pascal Fletcher
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the United States on Saturday to stop "sticking its nose" in his country's affairs in a scathing rebuttal of U.S. criticism days before a regional summit. ...

From Reuters: Thursday, January 15, 2004 7:45 p.m. ET
Venezuela Hails Latin American 'Axis' Against US
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday his country was forging an alliance with Argentina and Brazil to lead Latin America's opposition to U.S. free trade plans for the region. ...

At FEBRUARY 27, 2004
Venezuela at the Crossroads by Bill Berkowitz
The National Endowment for Democracy channeling money to outfit organizing recall campaign against Venezuela's president
For nearly two years, Venezuelan government officials have hurled accusations at the Bush Administration charging that it was involved in the aborted April 2002 coup aimed at overthrowing the country's democratically elected president, Hugo Chavez. Now, on the cusp of a possible recall election, President Chavez says he has evidence proving that U.S. officials "met with rebel military officers [and] U.S. military officers acted in the coup." Chavez also pointed out that "the U.S. ambassador was at the Presidential Palace after the coup to applaud the dictator [Pedro Carmona]. The government of the United States must answer before the world about the deaths that occurred here in April of 2002."
The State Department's Richard Boucher dismissed Chavez's charges out of hand, saying that the accusations were meant to ""to divert attention" away from the referendum process currently underway in Venezuela," reported. Boucher, however, acknowledged that the Bush Administration is providing "funding to groups that promote democracy and strengthen civil society in Venezuela and around the globe." Boucher claimed that the funds "are for the benefit of democracy, not to support any particular political faction." ...

At the NYT By REUTERS: February 29, 2004 8:40 p.m. ET
Chavez Calls Bush 'Asshole' as Foes Fight Troops
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President Bush an ``asshole'' on Sunday for meddling, and vowed never to quit office like his Haitian counterpart as troops battled with opposition protesters demanding a recall referendum against him. ...

From The NYT: March 1, 2004
Venezuelan Leader, Battling a Recall, Mocks Bush By JUAN FORERO
CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 29 — President Hugo Chávez railed against the Bush administration on Sunday in a speech before tens of thousands of supporters, accusing it of meddling in Venezuelan affairs and supporting antigovernment forces trying to remove him from office. Mr. Chávez, whose language has become increasingly hostile in the face of American support for a recall referendum, warned that if the Bush administration carried out what he called American aggressions, "the people of the United States should know that they will not get another drop of oil from Venezuela." The American energy market is heavily reliant on Venezuela, one of the top four providers of petroleum to the United States. Accusing the Bush administration of destabilizing Venezuela and coveting the country's huge oil reserves, Mr. Chávez mocked President Bush, saying he stole the 2000 elections and "is not even the legitimate president of the United States." ... The government here has been incensed since it was recently disclosed that Sumate, an opposition group that helped plan the recall effort, received $53,000 from the United States government. The money came from the National Endowment for Democracy, which had funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups opposed to Mr. Chávez.

At Reuters: Fri Mar 5, 2004 02:10 PM ET
Chavez Tells U.S.: 'Get Your Hands Off Venezuela!' By Pascal Fletcher

From History News Network: 8-09-04
The Most Important Election Ever (In Venezuela) By Elliott Young
On August 15, Venezuela will face the most important election in its history. It's a critical election because for the first time Venezuelans will vote to recall -- or not recall -- their president. ...

From Reuters: Sun Aug 15, 2004 09:21 PM ET
Venezuelans Flood Polls, Voting Extended By Pascal Fletcher
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelans voted in huge numbers on Sunday in a historic referendum on whether to recall left-wing President Hugo Chavez and electoral authorities prolonged voting well into the night. In an unprecedented turnout, droves of eager voters besieged ballot centers across the world's No. 5 oil exporter and long lines persisted into the evening. ...

From Reuters: Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:23 AM ET
Chavez Declares Recall Victory; Foes Claim Fraud By Patrick Markey
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's left-wing President Hugo Chavez on Monday declared victory in a historic recall referendum on his rule, but his opponents vowed to challenge vote results they rejected as a "gigantic fraud." With 94 percent of electoral rolls counted, 58 percent of voters cast ballots against removing Chavez from office, said National Electoral Council President Francisco Carrasquero. ... But international observers, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, had yet to give their final verdict and opposition leaders said the official results were a fraud engineered through the use of electronic voting machines. ...
From Reuters: Mon Aug 16, 2004 01:41 PM ET
Carter: Observers Agree with Chavez Recall Results
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Monday international observers agreed that leftist President Hugo Chavez won an Aug. 15 recall referendum fairly despite opposition concerns over fraud in the vote. Carter led a team of observers monitoring the referendum.
Also at Reuters: Mon Aug 16, 2004 02:22 PM ET
Venezuela's Chavez Wins Recall Referendum By Patrick Markey
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela's left-wing President Hugo Chavez won a recall referendum on his divisive rule in a vote backed on Monday by international observers who found no "element of fraud." ...

From IPS News: August 24, 2004
VENEZUELA: Paper Trails Hold the Key to Preventing Electoral Fraud
By Alejandro Kirk
CARACAS, Aug 24 (IPS) - In the paper receipt printed for each vote cast on the electronic voting machines used in Venezuela's presidential referendum lies the main weakness of the opposition alliance's cries of fraud, which the international election observers say are unwarranted. In fact, the main demand set forth by those who fear that electronic vote fraud could be committed in the November presidential elections in the United States is printed paper ballots of the kind used in Venezuela. ...

From the Associated Press at Newsday: September 10, 2004, 7:16 PM EDT
Bush Orders Sanctions Against Venezuela By GEORGE GEDDA
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Friday ordered a partial cut in U.S. assistance to Venezuela because of its alleged role in the international trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation. ...

From Reuters at AlertNet: 26 Nov 2004 18:55:22 GMT
Venezuela plans to buy a lot of Russian weapons By Tom Miles
MOSCOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Venezuela plans to buy large amounts of arms from Russia, President Hugo Chavez said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday. ...

At the Financial Times: December 1 2004 00:34
Washington opposes Venezuela arms build-up
By James Harding in Ottawa and Andy Webb-Vidal in Bogotá
The Bush administration on Tuesday made plain its opposition to Hugo Chávez's arms procurement programme, in particular the Venezuelan president's plans to buy Russian fighter jets. “Let me put it this way: we shoot down Migs,” a senior administration official said when asked whether the intended purchase concerned the US government. ...

At 12/3/04

By Eva Golinger

BACK to Index of Archive

BACK to News Index

by keywords:

(Opens in new window)
In Association with

Turn Off Ad-Blocker to view books in this space
BlueHummingbird's Blog
My News Commentary

Donate through PayPal
(Not Tax Deductible)

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More
My Amazon Tip Jar