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Monday, 9 May 2011
Eva Golinger speaks in Portland Oregon 5.6.11
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: From Caracas to Cascadia - Eva Golinger speaks in Portland Oregon
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:54 AM PDT
Monday, 9 August 2010
Check out Joe Anybodys "Latin American Solidarity Blog"
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: This is where I am posting Latin America Solidarity articles that I find
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY

Joe Anybody's Latin America Solidarity Blog


I am posting good informative, articles, comments, pictures, and information about Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, and other South America countries in Solidarity with the peoples continued struggle for peace and justice, and human and civil rights. In an attempt to provide information for educational purposes I repost these important news clips, as a balance to counteract the US media who work with capitalist and imperialist that are in turn trying to undermine the Latin America social revolution.

In love and in solidarity for truth I urge you to all read  this blog regularly.

http://zebra3report.tripod.com/JoeAnybodyVenezuel/

 

 

Solidarity = Love
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Joe Anybody's <*new*> 

Latin America Solidarity Blog

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:43 PM PDT
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Venezuela: The Imperfect Revolution (podcast and article
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Good Information -and- my opinion on the Venezuela Revolution
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY

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On May 25th 2010 I read for my podcast #10
The article which is titled
"Venezuela: The Imperfect Revolution"

By Eva Golinger - (The Chavez Code)   

                            http://www.chavezcode.com/

The original article that was read for my  podcast #10 was found at this link:

http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5384

(quote)

If you come to Venezuela with glistening eyes, expecting to see the revolution of a romantic and passionate novel, don’t be disappointed when the complexities of reality burst your bubble. While revolution does withhold a sense of romanticism, it’s also full of human error and the grit of everyday life in a society – a nation – undertaking the difficult and tumultuous process of total transformation.

Nothing is perfect here, in the country sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves. But everything is fascinating and intriguing, and the changes from past to present become more visible and tangible every day.

(end quote)


Hello to all who receive this introduction and following article from Joe Anybody

(My letter to my friends and Z3 Report Readers)

I wanted to point out a quick snap shot (of what reflects in my opinion) of what is going on in Venezuela. To me this stuff is very exciting and gives me hope, for a better world, for everyone.

From what I have read and seen with my own eyes, I believe every word of this article. In fact when I was in Venezuela for ten days in 2009 I met the author and filmed her speaking to our small group at the Art Museum in Caracas. That video is posted in the video section under the title “All of our 2009 Videos are here”  http://www.pdxvenezuela.org

I encourage everyone who is reading this (By the way I sent this to my whole complete email address book which I rarely do) to go to the main website for this article ( www.venezuelanalysis.com ) and occasionally from time to time, read up on what is going on in Venezuela for social change. If you get your information from the US media it will be a LIE you need to be aware that the information presented to the mainstream press about Venezuela and Chavez is manipulated and untruthful.

I still have video footage to edit from my trip last year to Caracas, I still have massive amount of articles to read about Chaves and Venezuela. And I am the first to admit "I know very little".  In fact I know so little I assure you I know that I am no expert (by far). But daily I strive to learn more about this and try to comprehend ways of living in harmony outside of the realm I am constantly told to follow.  The Bolivarian Revolution or "Socialism for the 21 Century" and the new model of “ALBA” are all exciting things coming out of South America.  I urge you to read with an open mind and heart, the following article and other great informative articles on the web link that I attached from Venezuela Analysis.

This information will blow you away, and if your receptive, it will open your eyes to possibilities of ”real hope and real change”.  This information and the reality that is unfolding in Venezuela is in transformation and is happen now in this world, your world, our world ……. RIGHT NOW!

With one last warning I will end this introduction to the article with my last concerns:

·         If your concerned about or worried about your own greed and the right to make unregulated profits. If you have concern for protecting capitalism and the ugly crooked way it rewards those you do “capitalize”.  Or you are afraid of the word “socialism” and or cannot stand to even think about having  to sacrifice for the betterment of the world at large, then you wont be interested in this article or the website.  So if your protectionism of the corporate media in America and the wall street capitalism way we base our everyday survival and life styles on is fine with you, and if your US patriotism (nationalism) is firm and steadfast, you will have a hard time even reading this.

 

For this is about social change for “everyone” who has a stake in “quality of life on this planet”.  It is not so much about Venezuela as it is about life and social justice for all.  We can learn by what is happening in Venezuela …or not. We can look to our US corporate media to tell us nothing at all about these changes or we can sit back and allow them to “continue to LIE” to us when we do seek information on Venezuela and socialism for the 21st century. Our government in lockstep with the corporate media spread disinformation with the intentions of discrediting real change and real hope.

 

Venezuela: The Imperfect Revolution

 

If you come to Venezuela with glistening eyes, expecting to see the revolution of a romantic and passionate novel, don’t be disappointed when the complexities of reality burst your bubble. While revolution does withhold a sense of romanticism, it’s also full of human error and the grit of everyday life in a society – a nation – undertaking the difficult and tumultuous process of total transformation.

Nothing is perfect here, in the country sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves. But everything is fascinating and intriguing, and the changes from past to present become more visible and tangible every day.


After 100 years of abandonment, as President Hugo Chavez puts it, the Venezuelan people have awoken and begun the gargantuan task of taking power and building a system of social and economic justice. But it’s easier said than done in a culture embedded with corrupt values, resulting from the nation’s vast oil wealth, combined with an overall feeling of entitlement. The bureaucracy is massive and often intimidating, as the people, including the President himself, struggle to erradicate it every day, and replace it with a more horizontal political and economic model.

From the outside, it’s easy to criticize Venezuela. Inflation is high, the economy is in a difficult place, although growing, and relations with countries such as Russia, China and Iran are often painful for foreigners to comprehend. Media portrays much of the power in the nation as concentrated in the hands of one man, Hugo Chavez, and rarely highlights the thousands of positive achievements and successes his government has obtained during the past ten years. Distortion and manipulation reign amongst international public opinion regarding human rights, freedom of expression and political views opposing those of President Chavez, and few media outlets portray a balanced vision of Venezuela today.

While it’s true that there is awful inflation in Venezuela, much of it has been caused by business owners, large-scale private distributors and producers, import-exporters and the economic elite that seek to destabilize and overthrow the Chavez administration. They sell dollars on the black market at pumped up rates and speculate and hike the prices of regular consumer products to provoke panic and desperation among the public, all with the goal of forcing Chavez’s ouster. And despite ongoing economic sabotage, the economy has still grown substantially in comparison to other nations in the region. In fact, according to the neoliberal International Monetary Fund (IMF), Venezuela is the only South American nation to forecast economic growth this year.

How do you build a socialist revolution in an oil economy? It’s not easy. The Chavez government promotes a green agenda, but at the same time, the streets of Caracas – the capital – are still littered with stinky garbage and the air is contaiminated with black smoke emissions from cars and make-shift buses that go uncontrolled and unregulated. Part of the problem is government regulation, but most of the problem is social consciousness. Revolution is impossible if the people aren’t on board.

So, the government gives out millions of free, cold-energy saving lightbulbs, to replace the over-consuming yellow ones, and programs are underway to allow a free trade-in of diesel consuming cars for new natural gas vehicles. The Chavez administration is funding solar energy exploration and research institutes, building wind energy units along the northern Caribbean coast and has implemented a major environmental conservation campaign nationwide. Part of this incredible effort resulted from a horrific six-month long drought that pushed the nation to energy and water rationing, causing countrywide blackouts that weren’t well received. Ironically, one of the world’s largest oil producers is more than 70% dependent on hydroelectric power for internal energy consumption, thanks to the governments past, which only were interested in selling the oil abroad and not using it to improve the lives of their own citizens.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

The foremost achievement of the Bolivarian Revolution, as it is called in Venezuela, taking the namesake of liberator Simon Bolivar, has been the inclusion of a mass majority, previously excluded and invisible, in the nation’s politics and economic decisions. What does this mean? It means that today, millions of Venezuelans have a visible identity and role in nation-making. It means that community members – without regard to class, education or status – are actively encouraged to participate in policy decisions on local and even national matters. Community members, organized in councils, make decisions on how local resources are allocated. They decide if monies are spent on schools, roads, water systems, transportation or housing. They have oversight of spending, can determine if projects are advancing adequately, and even can determine where the workforce should come from; i.e. local workers vs. outside contractors. In essence, this is a true example of an empowered people – or how power is transferred from a “government” to the people.

For the first time in Venezuela’s history, every voice is valued, every voice has the possibility of being heard. And because of this, people actually want to participate. Community media outlets have sprung up by the hundreds, after previously being illegal and shunned by prior governments. New newspapers, magazines, radio programs and even television shows reflect a reality and color of Venezuela that formerly, the elite chose to ignore and exclude. Still, a majority of mass media remains in the hands of a powerful economic elite that uses its capacity to distort and manipulate reality and promote ongoing attempts to undermine the Chavez government. Lest we not forget the mass media’s role in the April 2002 coup d’etat that briefly ousted President Chavez from power, and a subsequent economic sabotage in December of that same year, that imposed a media blackout on information nationwide.

Despite claims by private media outlets alleging violations of freedom of expression, Venezuela remains a nation with one of the world’s most thriving free and independent press. Here, almost anything goes, even plots and plans to kill the President or bring the nation’s economy to its knees; all broadcast live on television, radio, or in print.

The contradictions of building a socialist revolution in a capitalist world are evident here every day. The same self-proclaimed revolutionary, bearing a red shirt, wants to buy your dollars on the black market at an elevated rate. You can get killed in the streets of Caracas for a Blackberry; don’t even think of whipping out an iPhone in public. Even President Chavez himself now fashions a Blackberry to keep his Twitter account up to date. Chavez has “politicized” Twitter, and turned it into a social tool. His account, the most followed in Venezuela, receives thousands of requests and messages daily for everything from jobs, to housing to complaints about bureaucracy and inefficient governance. He even set up a special team of 200 people dedicated to processing the tweets, and he himself responds to as many as he can. Ironically, Chavez has found a way to reconnect with his people in a virtual world.

Deals with Russia, China, Iran, India, European nations and even US corporations are diversifying Venezuela’s trade partners, ensuring technological transfer to aid in national development and progress, and opening up Venezuela’s oil-focused economy. Some question Chavez’s deals with certain countries or companies, but the truth is, today, Venezuela’s economy is stronger and more diverse than ever before. Satellites have been launched, automobile factories built and even the agricultural industry has been revived thanks to Chavez’s vision of foreign policy. When beforehand, relations with foreign nations were based on oil supply and dollar input, today they are founded on the principles of integration, solidarity and cooperation, and most importantly, the transfer of technology to ensure Venezuela’s development.

Revolution is not an easy task. What is happening in Venezuela is possibly one of the most socially and politically compelling and challenging experiences in history. Massive changes are taking place on every level of society – economic, political, cultural and social – and everyone is involved. There have been no national curfews, states of emergencies, killings, disappearances, persecutions, political prisoners or other forms of repression imposed under Chavez’s reign, despite the coup d’etat, economic sabotages, electoral interventions, assassination attempts and other forms of subversion and destabilization that have attempted to overthrow his government during the past ten years. This is an inclusionary revolution, whether or not everyone wants to accept that fact.

Washington’s continued efforts to undermine Venezuela’s democracy through funding opposition campaigns and actions with over $50 million USD during the past seven years, or supporting coups and assassination plots against President Chavez, while at the same time pumping up military forces in the region, have all failed; so far. But, they will continue. Venezuela – like it or not – is on an irrevocable path to revolution. The people have awoken and power is being redistributed. The task at hand now is to prevent corrupt forces within from destroying the new revolutionary model being built.


So while things may not be perfect in Venezuela, it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see revolution for what it is: the trying, alluring, arduous, demanding and thrilling task of forging a just humanity. That’s the Venezuela of today.

Eva Golinger is an award-winning author and attorney. Her first book, The Chavez Code, is a best seller published in six languages and is presently being made into a feature film. Her blog is www.chavezcode.com.

http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5384

 

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:26 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 June 2010 3:44 PM PDT
Monday, 15 February 2010
SOA meeting in Venezuela in July 2010
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Solidarity and ant military SOA watch conference
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY
In June 2010, grassroots activists from across the Americas will come together in Venezuela.

http://www.soaw.org/presente/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=269&Itemid=74

 

Representatives from 16 Latin American countries will join an equal number of representatives from North American SOA Watch grassroots groups.

This South-North SOA Watch Encuentro will connect activists from both sides of the Rio Grande to find ways to work together to close the SOA, while opening new doors of relating to one another with dignity.

ImageThis gathering builds upon the efforts of SOA Watch’s Partnership America Latina (PAL), an initiative that seeks to connect the SOA Watch movement in North with those affected by the school in the South.  From 2006 to 2009, PAL organized SOA Watch delegations to 16 Latin American countries that were sending troops to the SOA. These visits led to meetings with 8 Latin American presidents, 13 Defense Ministers and with scores of individuals who had suffered at the hands of SOA graduates. It also led to profound connections with grassroots groups working against militarization in their countries.

These visits had significant results. Five countries announced the withdrawal of their troops from the SOA/ WHINSEC, a sixth announced a significant reduction of students, and two other countries expressed openness to withdrawing their troops in the near future. This energized the SOA Watch movement and affirmed the importance of working together - South and North, to close the school.

It also brought the attention of those who run the SOA.  Pressure from the U.S. government was put on one country to reconsider their public commitment of withdrawal. Activists from the South saw this as a call to organize rather than lament, stating that while politicians, presidents and promises come and go, a strong grassroots movement is far more difficult to erase.

Bertha Oliva
Bertha Oliva of COFADEH will be part of the Encuentro
Among those who will represent their country at the Encuentro is Bertha Oliva. Bertha is the director of the Committee of the Families of the Disappeared (COFADEH), a human rights organization that she helped to found after her husband was “disappeared” in Honduras by SOA graduates in the 80’s. Thirty years later, Bertha finds herself once again accompanying families who are burying their dead, killed at the hands of SOA graduates who recently orchestrated a coup in her country. The urgency that Latin Americans feel about closing the school will find expression in the participation of representatives such as Bertha.

One of the representatives of grassroots SOA Watch groups in the North is Laura Slattery. After studying war for 4 years at West Point, then working as an Army officer for several years more, Laura decided to devote her life to peace. This commitment to peace led her to leave her military uniform at the gate of the SOA and cross the line, resulting in a six-month sentence in a federal prison. Laura’s presence at the Encuentro, and that of other prisoners of conscience, will be a powerful witness to the level of personal commitment of many to the struggle to close the SOA.

At a recent PAL delegation to Paraguay, a meeting took place with the Defense Minister.  Accompanying the group was Dr. Martin Almada, an educator who was tortured and imprisoned for several years at the hands of Paraguayan SOA graduates. His wife died of a heart attack after listening to his screams as he was being tortured. As the meeting began, Dr. Almada quietly told the Defense Minister: “between you and me lies a river of blood.

As I listened to his words, I realized that a similar river of blood has also separated the Americas for too many years. And, it has been made deeper, wider and bloodier by the existence of the SOA. Perhaps the South-North SOA Watch Encuentro might be one small step towards purifying those waters, and laying a few stones for the foundations for a bridge.

At the same meeting, Dr. Almada added: “It´s not enough to just close the SOA.We must now open another kind of School of the Americas, or better yet, Schools of the Americas. So much money, so much effort, to teach others how to torture. Now, we need to teach one another how to live. I will bring these words and this hope to the Encuentro.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 10 October 2009
I will be posting South America related post on a new Blog Page
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: My New Blog Page - For Latin America Solidarity
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY

My Latin America Solidarity Blog Page

October 10, 2009

 

Joe Anybody Latin America Solidarity Blog

 

 

Joe Anybody Latin America Solidarity Blog

 

http://zebra3report.tripod.com/JoeAnybodyVenezuel/

I am going to be posting and uploading information related to Latin America and my solidarity with the social justice, human rights, independent media issues and peace movements in that region on a new blog page. I have been posting related information on this blog, but will be primarily posting to this “new” link in the near future … please stop by and stay current with solidarity concerns and issues.

I will occasionally post Latin America

 posts on this Z3 Report blog site

 as well as other webpages in conjunction with the

 pdxVenezuela delegation

But am excited to tell you that

All new related information to

South America that I find

I will now be posting it  here


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:11 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:18 AM PDT
Friday, 2 October 2009
LATIN AMERICA THREATENED BY US MILITARY BASES IN COLOMBIA
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: USA Military in Colombia = Threat To Latin America Especially Venezuela
Topic: VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY

Thursday, August 6, 2009

LATIN AMERICA THREATENED BY US MILITARY BASES IN COLOMBIA

http://www.chavezcode.com/2009/08/latin-america-threatened-by-us-military.html

Written by Eva Golinger 8.6.09

Eva Golinger, named “La Novia de Venezuela” (the Sweetheart of Venezuela) by President Hugo Chávez, is a Venezuelan-American attorney from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 

Venezuela:The announcement of the US occupation of more than 7 military bases in Colombia comes at a time when a dictatorship - supported, if tacitly by Washington - in Honduras is consolidating after almost a month and a half has passed since the violent coup d'etat forced Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from power. The increased US military presence in Latin America has been perceived by a majority of nations in this hemisphere as a threat to stability and peace in the region. How does the Obama administration justify increasing the Pentagon's budget and investing almost $1 billion in its Latin American military operations this year?

Well, maybe by trying to blame Venezuelan President Hugh Chávez of supporting, funding and arming "terrorist" leftist groups in Colombia and "facilitating drug trafficking". Both allegations have never been founded on solid evidence. In fact, yesterday, President Chávez gave a killer press conference to international media, deconstructing every accusation presented against his government by Colombia and Washington. The latest allegation involved Swedish missile launchers sold to Venezuela in the 1980s that apparently ended up in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Uribe government in Colombia, together with Washington, was trying to blame Chávez for selling the weapons to the FARC, therefore justifying its increasing aggression and military presence in the region, to combat "terrorist threats". "You're either with us or against us..."

Chávez revealed a document - given to him previously by the Colombian government - dated 1996 after a FARC attack had taken place on Venezuelan soil against Venezuelan armed forces and a quantity of weapons had been stolen. The 1996 document detailed the named Swedish missile launchers as having been taken during that attack, more than 2 years before Chávez won office and became involved in government.

"Dirty, dirty tactics", said Chávez regarding Uribe's accusations against him. The Colombian government knows very well that those weapons were in the hands of the FARC well before Chávez became president. So why blame him now for something he has nothing to do with?

Cowardly and pathetic Colombian President Uribe is desperately trying to justify turning his country into the launching pad for Washington's war on Latin America - a war seeking to regain its domination and control over the region's vast natural and strategic resources, and to take out any seed of "socialism" remaining in the hemisphere.

But the military bases in Colombia and the coup in Honduras evidence a dangerous and clear intent of Empire to also crush the vibrant people's movements that have been surfacing all over Latin America during the past decade - revolutions seeking to build new models of social and economic justice.

Latin America is on high alert in response to this revived offensive emerging from Washington. Colombia, isolated in its efforts, is not backing down from opening its land to the vast and barbaric US military power. Where is the outcry inside the United States in response to hundreds of millions - billions - of dollars now directed towards waging war in Latin America? Don't wait until it's too late and another nation, like Panama 20 years ago, is bombed and invaded by US forces in order to secure Washington's long-term control over the region's strategic resources. Act now to resist and protest US military expansion in Latin America and US aggression against a humble people struggling for justice.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 7:30 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 2 October 2009 2:43 PM PDT

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