Monday, 28 February 2011
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Es ist wichtig, die geographischen Merkmale des Landes zu kennen, um die Entwicklung der Region seit Jahrtausenden zu verstehen. Ganz allgemein kann man folgende Gebiete unterscheiden:
- Anden und Küstengebiet
- Die Llanos oder Ebenen
- Guayana und Amazonas
Friday, 25 February 2011
Update: well, actually it is not: you need to wait years and years before your olive tree produces the first olives and olivie trees require particular soils and seasonal temperatures. You just have to wait weeks to see the beans grow and they grow very easily almost everywhere in Venezuela.
Ecuador of all countries is exporting vehicles to Venezuela now. It used to be the other way around: Venezuela would import some parts, produce some others and assemble them for internal production and for export to some countries in the region. That was before Chávez came to power. The Veniran join venture between Iran and Venezuela to produce vehicles is one of the many forgotten stories of Chavismo.
|If you think the percentage of beggars is staggering in the US, wait until you see Venezuela now|
|Hahaha, ich scheisse auf Menschenrechte in Ländern, deren Regierungen mein Kommandant-Präsident verteidigt|
Die Opposition fragte, wie die Chávez-Regierung ihre Beziehungen zu Gaddafi erklären konnte. Gaddafis Freundschaft zu Chávez ist genauso bekannt wie die Berlusconis. Gaddafi hatte zB vor kurzem die höchste Auszeichnung Venezuelas von Chávez bekommen und Chávez hatte erklärt, Qaddafi sei Libyens Bolívar.
Maduro sagte nun, Al Qaeda-Gruppen seien für das Chaos verantwortlich und Libyen werde von einem Bürgerkrieg bedroht. Maduro erklärte ferner, die Nachrichtenagenturen "des Imperiums" würden nur mit Vorurteilen informieren. Der Aussenminister verglich die Berichterstattung der internationalen Medien jetzt mit der Berichterstattung während der 11.4.2002-Demos und des darauffolgenden Coups in Venezuela. Und dann fragte er, warum die Opposition nicht untersucht, wer Irak, Afganistan und Pakistan bombardiert, als ob das mit Venezuela zu tun hätte.
Hier für Robert Fisks Artikel in Libyen
Hier für Al-Jazeeras Bericht über Venezuela und Libyen
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Venezuela's main language by far is Spanish. That has been the case for probably 400 years now. Still, there are still many languages spoken by the First Nations. Most of them are under threat.
The present map shows the main native American languages still spoken today in Venezuela:
The main language families are the Arawak family (Wayuu and Warekena, Kurripako and Piapoko) and the Caribe family (like Pemon, Yekuana, Yukpa and Panare). Pemon and Yekuana are like Spanish and French or perhaps Spanish and Romanian. Pemon and Arawak languages are as far apart to each other as possible. And then there are several languages that stand alone. They are like Basque: there is nothing around like them. One of them is Warao and another is Uruak.
Warao is a language still spoken by about 20000 to 30000 people in the Delta. Uruak is a language that is probably extint or about to become extint at this very moment. There are several other languages that are on the verge of extinction in Venezuela. Uruak and Sapé are some of them.
Some two years ago the Venezuelan government finally approved the creation of the Instituto Nacional de Idiomas Indígenas. It exists on paper alone. The laws on promotion of the native American languages have been implemented only so far. We need more than just letting children sing the national anthem in a couple of those languages or to finance for just some time a couple of programmes for children to learn to write some lists of words in their parents' language.
If the government or private organisations wanted to spend just some dozens of thousands of dollars -less than what you need for a fancy jeep-, there would be enough to save one Library of Alexandria and a lot of our unique cultural wealth. We have several Libraries of Alexandria in Venezuela and they are burning right now.
Ps. I have written a bit on native languages in Venezuela in Wikipedia and you can read some of it from here
You don't read anything about Gaddafi's crimes, about the massacres, about Gaddafi threatening to kill people if they do not surrender. It makes you wonder if Hugo Chávez will also try to use Cuban intelligence people. Cuban security thugs have been in Venezuela for many years now.
William Hague, Britain's Foreign Secretary, was clumsy at best when he prematurely declared Gaddafi was on his way to Venezuela. He probably wanted to use the impressions public had on Gaddafi to remind them of Chávez.
Again, Europe is proving to be unprepared to deal with this kind of crisis. We hear Cameron saying it is naive to want to prevent weapons export to dictatorships. I want him to explain that statement is naive and his not shameful for Britain.
German Thomas de Maizière seems to be more worried about refugees than about anything else.
Just some of the key places now
Red: places that seem to be liberated from Gaddafi's regime
Green: places were fighting is going on
Some of the sources:
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Al Gaddafi: USA wants to do the same thing in Libya as in Iraq.
Al Gaddafi: Foreign Powers are behind protests in Libya
Libyan president invited media to tell the truth
Special UN session to discuss situation in Libya
Fidel Castro warns about inminent plan to invade Libya
And funnily the ABV site also has stuff like
Budget cuts trigger massive protests in the United States.
I used to read Soviet Pravda and Izvestia as a child as those were some of the few means I had in pre-Internet Venezuela for "contemporary" Russian. I think I never saw such a biased reporting in the Soviets' blatant propaganda papers as in Venezuela's state media and that says a lot.
The funny thing: Venezuela's "Information Ministry" claims they had no sources in Libya, but they do not use Al Jazeera sources here, which they were using -albeit selectively- for Egypt. And the Venezuelan government does not seem to have an idea about what Amnesty International has been saying for decades about the situation in Libya.
I know there are double standards everywhere, I know and I have openly rejected the hypocritical attitude everybody has carried out with Libya, but here we are talking about a new level. Daniel wrote some interesting thoughts about why Gaddafi is so desperate.
By the way: here from 3:32 and for a few seconds you will see Gaddafi's closest friends. Chávez is second to the right. That was during the one-week celebration of Gaddafi's 40 years in power.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
- because the military around Chávez and the pseudo-socialists and boliburgueses are destroying science, technology and Venezuela's economy and Miguel, who has been opposing this, wants after so many years to breathe freely,
- because Venezuela has now, unlike in 1998, the by far highest murder rate of South America.
- because the number of kidnappings keeps increasing and people like Miguel -unlike the Boliburgueses- do not have bodyguards, nor do they want to have bodyguards anyway.
- because corruption has grown much worse than what it was 12 yeas ago
- because now one cannot develop as a professional in Venezuela but only as a mediocre military boot-licker
- because the ones to prosper are the military, the criminals and the importers of luxury goods, not the producers, and these last only as long as they go along with the military regime.
I have met many of the very best scientists, engineers, physicians of Venezuela. A lot of them have left the country. A lot of them are thinking to do the same. The military regime still keeps Fundayacucho, the programme for scholarships, but that programme as well as all the rest are so politicized that they have become a complete farce. At least in the Soviet Union there was an increase in the quality of education. Here we see its further degradation.
I have told this to some who are or were still Chávez-worshippers. They laugh and say: "well, they should all go away, they should go, we don't need them!" The guys don't understand they are also cutting the tree branch they are sitting on.
Between the Devil and the Deep blue sea, our Venezuelan blogging devil decided to take care of himself. I hope he and so many others who have been so useful to Venezuela will not very far away in the future have good reasons to cross back that sea, back to what once was and could still be the Land of Grace.
Monday, 21 February 2011
Hugo Chávez erhielt im Jahre 2004 den Preis Gadaffi für Menschenrechte
"Telesur* berichtet nicht aus Libyen, weil es nicht kann. Medien der Rechten (sic) berichten nicht über Entlassenen von El Universal-Zeitung, weil sie nicht wollen"
Anscheinend hat die regierungskritische Zeitung El Universal, die in finanziellen Schwierigkeiten ist, Journalisten entlassen und darüber nicht gberichtet und Izarra denkt, das sei schlimm und nicht die Tatsache, dass die Regierungsfernsehsender über die Lage in Libyen so lange geschwiegen hätte.
Hier könnt Ihr ab 2:22 hören, als Izarra wie eine Hyäna lacht während der Vertreter einer NGO über die Mordrate in Venezuela redet.
Hier kann man die Seite des wichtigsten Regierungsfernsehsenders besuchen, wo die Chávez-Regierung einen Bericht der Gadaffi-Regierung vorlegt, nichts aber über die Ermordete erzählt.
Hier könnt Ihr lesen, wie Chávez im Dezember berichtete, er würde in Gadaffis Zelt übernachten, um den Flutopfern Venezuelas zu helfen.
*Telesur: Internationaler Fernsehsender der Militärregierung Venezuelas. In Wikipedia steht, es handelt sich um einen multistaatlichen TV-Satellitensender.
Hier auf Englisch
Welcher Regierungschef hat Gaddafi nicht umarmt?
Aber niemand ihn so gelobt wie dieser
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Hier könnt Ihr sehen, als Chávez die höchste Auszeichnung Venezuelas, Orden del Libertador, an al-Gaddafi verleiht.
In den letzten Tage massakriert al-Gadaffi Leute, die gegen seine Diktatur protestieren.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Israeli troops occupied Palestinian land in the 1967 war. According to international law, you cannot longer annex land just by winning wars, whether the others started the war or you did it. Still, the government of Israel does not care for international law. It uses a conservative interpretation of parts of the Old Testament - parts written over 600 years B.C. whereby the whole of "Judea and Samaria" belong to the Jews. And apparently, the guys now coming in from Minsk and New York, Paris and Tel Aviv are more "Jewish" than most Arab speaking people who have been living in the West Jordan not for 100, 200, 400, or 1500 years, but who are mostly the descendants of the original inhabitants of that land.
60% of US population's think evolution is not true or are not sure, more than anywhere else in the Western World. A lot of the others do not believe that anymore, but are highly influenced by tradition and lobbyist groups. That influence has greatly increased since the sixties.
And that is what makes the US government now vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian land.
Genetically speaking I am probably more Jewish than the average Ari Beckstein occupying Ali Samir's land. I wonder: does religion trumps international law now? When? With what religion? Or what other base is there for such settlements then?
I did not have much hope about Obama with regards to the Middle East, but this is really very disappointing.
I try to analyze the biographis of "US intelligence specialists" and try to picture their knowledge about the region.
It is not good, but I am sure Islamic fundamentalists will profit a lot from US's incapacity to see the Middle East story is not about interpreting the Old Testament.
No country and no ethnic group is above international law. Not a single one.
Here more news in Al Jazeera
And here from my dear friends from Fox News
Thursday, 17 February 2011
"Of course, the squalid ones want a military like those at Altamira square. Long live the Bolivarian Army".
"Squalid" is the way the military regime and its followers refer to the opposition. He was referring to the deputies' rejection of military honcho Silva, who was going to talk to Parliament even if he had previously declared the military would not recognise a victory by the opposition in 2012. The military who were at the Altamira Square were some military who protested against Chávez.
The autocrat also wrote:
"Those gentlemen from the extreme right would like to have military like those at Altamira square. They won't come back!"
Questions: if we are the "extreme right", who is the "moderate right"? who is the "moderate left"? who is the "extreme left"? Is that other military coupster, Jesse Chacón, part of the moderate right, the moderate left or the extreme left? Jesse Chacón, mind, is the brother of yet another military, Arné Chacón, a guy who is in jail -at least that's what we were told and we hope he is there- for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars. Almost all Venezuelans knew for years about Arné Chacón's incredible fortune but for his brother, Jesse, who said he did not have anything to do with it.
Is Diosdado Cabello, another notorious Boliburgués, part of the extreme left, the moderate left, the moderate right or what?
And what about Hugo Chávez's clan itself? What about the Adrubal Chávez, Hugo's cousin, who was vice-president for PDVAL but was not made responsible for the Pudreval scandal? Is he also part of the extreme left, moderate left, moderate right?
Roberto Weil, one of the best cartoonists in Venezuela now
In this cartoon, the military caudillo says "Take and eat". It's rotten food, like the one
the boliburgueses were selling to the people last year.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
When Columbus arrived to Venezuelan coasts, he wrote he saw the Land of Grace. He thought he had arrived to Paradise. He visited what is known now as Delta, Paria and Margarita. Soon afterwards other Europeans got to the other similar places on the centre and western part of the country. We don't know what the first native Americans thought when they arrived to those places over 13000 years ago, but they probably thought in a similar way: this IS cool!
The place is definitely gorgeous, but we, the descendants of that melting pot that became Venezuela, are destroying that Land of Grace.
The maps you see here show municipio Silva (red) and Monseñor Iturriza (pink) in Falcón state and municipio Juan José Mora (red), in Carabobo.
Between the first two municipios you have the national park of Morrocoy: lush flora, exotic fauna, the warmest waters of the Caribbean, chorals left and right, lots of little islands and white sand galore.
Unfortunately, there are towns within and next Morrocoy and those towns keep expanding. The children of those who were born there go on building and building in an area that is ecologically fragile. Why should they leave if there are no jobs for their skills elsewhere? The place is also chock-a-block with marinas for the rich and the military caste, who have their yachts all over the place. I have seen many yachts there that have nothing to envy to those of Europe's royals and Arab magnates. Most rubbish goes directly into the park. Several times a year, the park authorities have to carry out special "cleaning operations" to get rid of at least part of the rubbish. But you can only do so much once that rubissh is in.
Some years ago Chávez took the decision to make access to the park absolutely free. No comprehensive plan was undertaken to keep it tidy. Until then you had to pay a very small entrance fee, small even for a humble worker. Since then visitors' numbers have skyrocketed and people simply do not appreciate what they are visiting. The park's facilities collapse all the time.
On top of that, the whole coast from Puerto Cabello to Coro and beyond is now full with buildings that destroy what once was a beautiful landscape.
Municipio Juan José Mora is next to municipio Silva but in Carabobo state. There are some beautiful beaches there as well, but they are also going to pot because of the environmental degradation. The place is also home to El Palito Refinery, one of the largest oil refineries in South America. PDVSA, Venezuela's state oil company, also has petrochemical stations closeby. Lots of money is generated in that area and oil professionals have very high salaries there, compared to the general population.
And yet: you just have to get around and see what an environmental mess it is.
It is time for Venezuelans to wake up and decide to recover the land of Grace they have been destroying for so long.
My thanks go to David for providing the pictures.
Tucacas, just a few meters from the Morrocoy National Park
Not far from a special reserve
A little bit to the North along Falcón's coast
|Esta foto es mía y la coloqué en Commons. Ahora alguien quiere borrarla de allí. Por favor, no borrarlo. Me hace perder el tiempo.|
Morón, in Carabobo, very close to PDVSA
Monday, 14 February 2011
The spectacled bear or Tremarctos ornatus is a small bear native to South America. You can still find it in some areas of Venezuela's Andes, like in Mérida, not far from the dwindling glaciers I wrote about. It is very much under threat, though.
The first video below shows mostly scenes from Peru, but similar scenes can be seen in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Andes, though, is separated from the Venezuelan Amazon by the Llanos.
The second video, also about the spectacled bear, is narrated by Stephen Fry.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Always: eher selten
Dies ist eine Folge der verworrenen Wirtschaftspolitik, die die Militärregierung betreibt. Alle diese Produkte werden jetzt importiert bzw können nur zu gebundenen Preisen verkauft werden und die Firmen haben kaum Dollars. Blogger Miguel hat auf Englisch sehr ausführlich erläutert, wie diese Regierung die Dollarknappheit konterkarieren will: sie verkauft wieder Dollarbonds unter sehr besonderen Bedingungen. Wie die Regierung dies tut ist ziemlich kompliziert. Wenn es Euch interessiert, sollt Ihr Miguels Post ganz lesen.
Venezolaner dürfen jetzt nicht einfach so auf dem Markt Dollars kaufen. Jeder - in Wirklichkeit der Besserverdienende - hat eine Quote Dollars pro Jahr für Tourismus. Nur so viel darf er jedes Jahr kaufen, das aber subventioniert, im Schwarzmarkt sind diese Dollars viel mehr wert. Sonst gibt es Quoten für Einfuhr aller Produkte. Und da es nie genug Dollars gibt und man viele Dollars nötig hat, um alles zu importieren, suchen die Firmen die Lösung bei Bonds, die sie dann für Dollars verkaufen können. Auch Profiteure, viele von ihnen regierungsnah, machen mit. Miguels Beispiel: ein Venezolaner (in Wirklichkeit ein reicher Venezolaner) zahlt Bs 4.3 per Dollar für ein $1000-Bond. Dieses Bond kann international für $700 ausgetauscht werden (der Unterschied entsteht durch das Risiko) und so kann der Venezolaner $700 bekommen. Am Ende hat er Bs6.14 pro Dollar bezahlt, was aber besser ist als nichts.
Die Regierung betreibt eine sehr gefährliche Politik. Sie verkauft immer wieder Bonds, weil sie immer knapp bei der Kasse ist. Die regierung verkauft diese Bonds unter sehr unterschiedlichen Bedingungen. Es gibt keine Transparenz. Die Märkte haben keine Ahnung, wie viele Bonds die venezolanische Regierung für ein bestimmtes Jahr verkaufen wird. Dadurch entsteht Unsicherheit.
Die Regierung will die nationale Währung, den Bolívar, nicht wieder entwerten, weil sie die Inflation nicht weiter steigen lassen will. Mit dieser Politik werden aber nur Firmen und sehr reiche Venezolaner begünstigt...auf Kosten aller Venezolaner. Und zwischendurch gibt es diese Knappheitsperioden. Die Regierung wird natürlich behaupten, alles hat mit dem Kapitalismus zu tun. Der wahre Grund für die Inflation ist die monetäre Liquidität und die stetig sinkende Produktivität in Venezuela. Es gibt einfach zu viel Geld im Umlauf für einheimische Produkte. All diese Enteignungen und Drohungen und launische Entscheidungen eines Militärs sind tödlich für die Wirtschaft.
Eins gibt es in Venezuela wie nirgendwo in Europa, selbst in Schottland nicht: Whisky und andere ausländische Stirituosen. Die kann man sehr leicht überall in der ganzen Republik finden.
In this video you can see how one of Chávez's parliamentarian thugs pushes the other PSUV deputy down the stairs throwing fists at the opposition politician.
Although Chávez's TV channel VTV claimed this was "an assault from the violent opposition", you can see how the former guerrilla and current head of the National Assembly, Fernando Soto Rojas, seems to be having a great time looking at the whole thing (click on the bottom left image).
Expect much more of this stuff. The extreme left, like the extreme right, has a long tradition enticing violence. Democratic people need to avoid provocations and be ready to document how attacks start.
And they will always say: "oh, we do want debate, it's you who do not want it". But not for nothing has the military regime refused critical TV channels to be there and film everything.
Not one in the 12 years has Hugo Chávez accepted to have an open, live debate with an opposition politician.
Attacks and all kind of provocations will come at every level of society. Almost two years ago I translated from Russian into Spanish this KGB document about how the Soviet Union's Secret Services trained a member of the Partido Comunista de Venezuela for conspiracy operations. That was not the first time they did it and it was not be the last one either. The Soviet Union is gone for good, but now Chávez's regime gets that kind of training from Cubans and Belorussians.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Der "bolivarische" Verteidigungsminister, Carlos Mata Figueroa, ist wegen seiner unverschämten Ablehnung der Demokratie und des Pluralismus gut bekannt. Vor einigen Monaten hatte er das Amt als Verteidigungsminister angetreten, nachdem der vorige Minister wegen der von Chávez-Ministern extrem häufig verwendeten Ausrede von "Gesundheitsproblemen" zurückgetreten war.
Er erklärte aber nicht, wie um Gottes willen die vielen russichen Panzer und U-Boote bei einem US-Angriff nützlich sein könnten. Er gab auch dazu, dass die Militärs in Venezuela von den Kubanern "Beratung" bekommen, was Sicherheit betrifft.
Ein paar Leute in El Dorado und in Putinland sind etwas reicher geworden. Und einige Bonzen auf der Castro-Insel sind beruhigt geworden.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Here I give you an updated Chavista Fauna mind map.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Below you have a picture of the Humboldt Peak taken in 2001. Although the angle is not the same, you can have an idea about the changes.
I love mountaineering and have been practicing it since I was a child. I have seen how glaciers have been disappearing in other places of the world. And yet I can't help for being particularly sorry for this one.
Climate change is a very complex phenomenon we are still trying to grasp. We do know we humans are speeding it up. You get the picture.
Ps. Thanks to David for the first picture.
Ps 2. And thanks to Alpha for correcting my error while typing the peak's height. I must have been very high when I wrote it.
Imagine the BBC had special programmes to ridicule the opposition parties' work at the British parliament. Imagine you could download videos from BBC where supporters of opposition parties were portrayed as selfish idiots and as criminals, but Tory's politicians would be portrayed as heroes. Think for a moment the BBC did not allow the opposition to give their opinion and only selected parts of their speeches were shown. Think for a m oment the BBC would show only once, some sort of TV Potemkin village: an interview with a couple of opposition politicians. Imagine the interviewer tried to grill those politicians while being very nice to politicians of the government's party.
Try so think how it would be if the BBC were the only one to have access to the discussions in the British Parliament and only the parts the BBC wants could be seen.
Picture how it would be if less than 30% of the UK's population could watch any other TV channel than the BBC channels. Imagine Internet coverage were 30%. Try to think what the implications would be if most people in Perth, in York, in most towns in Wales and in Scotland and in the Middlands only had BBC channels or other channels showing sports or films but no criticism towards the government.
That would be shocking, wouldn't it?
Well: that's Venezuela. Why doesn't BBC correspondent in Venezuela inform about that ?
Perhaps he doesn't know. Perhaps he thinks Venezuela's media is what he sees from his street in Caracas, perhaps he thinks everyone can watch Globovision in Venezuela and most can buy El Universal.
If you have a minute, here you can see the Venezolana de Televisión site.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Das in jener Site beschriebene Taima-Taima liegt im Norden Venezuelas und zwar etwa 20 Km östlich von der Langenge und von Coro.
Teil meiner Vorfahren haben Mastodonten, Riesenzahnarme und andere Tiere der südamerikanischen Megafauna gejagt. Einige Jahrhunderte danach waren fast alle diese Tiere ausgestorben. Noch heutzutage streiten sich die Archäologen um die Gründe für die Aussterbewelle. Man geht davon aus, dass die grosse Klimaveränderung um 13000 B.C. der Hauptgrund war, viele Wissenschaftler gehen aber davon aus, dass die Menschen den Gnadenschuss gaben.
Bis zur Aussterbewelle gab es in Venezuela Riesenfaultiere wie dieses:
Noch heute spricht man bei uns über "Riesenfaultiere". Die sehen aber anders aus.
Monday, 7 February 2011
What does Venezuela import? Everything. Some of the main areas are: devices for telephony (read: BlackBerrys and others), "other kinds of machinery and pieces", pharmaceutical products, basic chemical products, medical products. There is also the rest post for others, which is unusually huge and shows the level of "transparency" in Venezuela: 17.84 billion dollars from the 37.15 Venezuela imported are classified as others. That is no detail for 48% of total imports. I reckon weapons are in that part as well as goodies for the Boliburguesía other than SUVs.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Source: BCV 2009 report
Oil prices will remain high for years to come. Still, this generation will see a dramatic fuel source shift. What's going to happen to Venezuela then?
Friday, 4 February 2011
Secondly: the "minority deputies" Soto mentions, the extreme left , do not represent 52% of the population as the Mesa de la Unidad and PPT do in Venezuela.
In reality those 35 extreme left deputies will have much more time to express their ideas than the deputies representing 52% of Venezuela's voters.
Thirdly: Soto does not mention the fact that in the democratic world the only heads of government who have no time limit are those of parliamentary systems where they have to answer live to the opposition time after time after time. A strong presidency in a democratic country always has term limits.
The Chávez Supreme Court recently declared that those who accuse Chávez of bad faith can be prosecuted.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Western Caracas tends to have poorer and Eastern Caracas the poshest areas. Still, there is everything on both sides.
As you can see, the West is no longer a bastion of the military. Still, the democratic forces have to work more to penetrate in every street of the area. The military and left extremists will do anything to prevent this. They are experts in infiltration, sabotage and violence in general.
Der Moderator stellt manchmal blöde Fragen, das Interview ist aber im allgemeinen sehr gut.
Wenn es den Ägyptern aber gelingen würde, langsam den Weg der Demokratie einzuschlagen, würde dies auch irgendwann das Ende der Diktatur in Libyen bedeuten.
Was kann Europa noch tun? In alternative Energien massiv investieren. Das wäre gut für Europa, für die Umwelt, aber auch für alle Erdölländer, die jetzt von Despoten regiert werden. Ein Problem stellt sich aber immer mehr: wer wird die Seltenen Erden liefern? Kasachstan etwa? Venezuela? Die Weltmacht China?
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Chávez's useful idiots don't say anything about human right abuses in Iran
That Iranian government just hanged an Iranian-Dutch woman for "drug smuggling". The most likely reason is probably that she was protesting against the Mullah regime in last year's protests.
The Iranian regime has been hanging lots of people who protested against the Iranian dictatorship. And Chávez's useful idiots are not likely to have the cojones to criticize that. The reason is that Chávez's followers around the world
1) follow Chávez as a caudillo no matter what and do not follow their conscience and
2) blindly think "the friend of my friend is my friend and the enemy of my friend is my enemy"
If you want to read more information about human rights violations by one of Chávez's closest allies, take a look at Amnesty International's page on Iran.
Most people from the alternative forces in Venezuela do follow their own conscience, not what a foreign power or any regional or national "leader" tells them to do. So you will see most of us protesting against the death penality in the US or in China, against torture in Egypt or in Lybia. My previous post was definitely not the first one where I criticized the policies of the US or EU and I have seen also other posts in other oppo blogs with that attitude. We try to be as free as possible.
In this Chávez-financed newspaper, Eva Golinger, one of Chávez's propaganda workers, tells us about how the US helped to "organise the student networks against (sic) Venezuela, Cuba and Iran". She does not say anything about the tortures and hangings and oppression by Akhmadinejad's regime because basically, Chávez calls Akhmadinejad a friend and Chávez finances her newspaper.
I challenge you to show me sites of well-known Chávez's supporters openly criticizing Iran's handling of human rights.
When are the EU and the US going to understand they cannot longer bet on dictators to keep "balance" in the world? If they put pressure on Lukashenko, why on Earth are they not doing that on Mubarak? Because of the Muslim Brotherhood? Keep dreaming you are going to make things better by keeping up a dictator with Mubarak's track record. The longer dictators -of one or the other flavour and colour- are supported, the bigger the pressure the cooker will have.
Do you know what?
It smells fishy and it's not kosher
Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups are a real danger (we remember Iran). But no, we cannot just keep the side of dictators. We need to look for other solutions. Mubarak won't be helpful. He had 30 years to do that.