coming out of the Venezuelan Government are by now either bordering in madness
or we are seeing the implementation of a plan to buy Chavez and his Government
friends by throwing money all over Latin America in order to get political
support. Besides giving away oil to Cuba, starting
Telesur, creating Petrocaribe to
spread the oil even further, financing a Samba
school in Rio and buying
Argentina’s debt, we now hear in the span of a few hours even more
buy half of the Uruguayan airline from Brazilian airline Varig.
buy Ecuadorian bonds to help that country.
-Venezuela proposes starting a bond trading center in Venezuela so
that the country’s in the region can buy each other’s debt. Of course, as
pointed out by a friend, the only country with money to do this is Venezuela, so
guess which country will do all the buying?
simply sheer madness. A country that has borrowed so far this year over US$ 3
billion by issuing foreign debt, a country with close to 70% poverty, a Government which
can not claim it has built any serious basic infrastructure in the last few years,
can not throw money away like this…unless…the whole thing is simply an effort
to buy influence, popularity and political support for Hugo Chavez and his ugly revolution.
next? Telling the world that Ecuador
and Argentina do not have to
back as suggested by a friend today? Is this simply a plan to have Chavez gain
more international credibility and satisfy his whims?
thing is so ridiculous and absurd that I originally thought that the following article in today’s El
Nacional was funny but so silly that it was not worth translating, but I give it to you as a bonus to go with this crazy story:
Caracas to host 2021 Olympic
games by Luis
Caracas will organize the 2021 Olympic Games in 2021, after obtaining the
unanimous backing in the first round of votes in the election that the International
Olympic Committee held today and in which Moscow,
New York, Madrid
and Paris were eliminated.
organizers of the event rejected that in electing the Venezuelan capital, the
offer to pay the external debt of the small countries that are part of the organization
or the handover of oil concessions for 500 years to developed countries carried
went against the predictions made in the last few days by members of the COI
and its President George Rodriguez, in the sense that the result would be close
and there would be a few rounds of voting. Nevertheless, the truckload of “gifts”
to federations, national Olympic committees and athletes, gave ground to all
sorts of mistrust and rang the alarms in the face of denunciations of the violation
of the regulations about what candidacies can or not do. It should be remembered
that the regulations of the COI are very strict since the organization was hit
by the scandals of corruption in Salt
President, Jean Marie Le Pen, recognized today upon his arrival to Gleneagles, Scotland,
that he was “naturally distressed” in that Caracas
was elected to hold the Olympic Games of 2021, which Paris also aspired to, according to AFP. The French
President is participating in the G20 Summit (G20) that groups all of the countries
which are out of luck in the world, and on top of that there is this new reversal facing them However,
he did convey some resentment because the new automated system was used,
instead of the traditional direct round of voting with paper ballots The high French
dignitary showed his surprise given that not even the French representative
voted for Paris as well as the cost of 200 million euros for this system.
insistence of reporters, the Board pointed out that all accusations against
Venezuela will be directed to the ethics commission of the COI, led by Isaias Rodríguez,
the Venezuelan representative; Carlos Castro, the Cuban representative, Kim Lim
Piao, representative from North Korea and Muhamed Al Salami, Libyan representative.
The spokesman for the COI was forceful:” The automated system is shielded and
we defended each vote with our life”
It should be pointed out that Venezuela additionally, registered
interesting offers in the dossier for its candidacy, which was the one basis on
which the evaluation committee, which visited the five cites originally proponed.
promised to pay the trip for the 10,500 athletes and their teams with first class
On top of that, all of them will have free tickets to Venezuelan trains,
10,000 dollars in cash for telephone calls wherever they are and their families
may stay for free in five star hotels that they promise to build with the same
efficiency with which they developed the housing plan of the revolution.
The Director for the candidacy, Aristobulo Isturiz, metropolitan Mayor of
Caracas, confirmed that besides this, the
athletes and the delegates will have at their disposal unlimited credit lines
for their expenses in local outfits like restaurants, stores and theaters. The
winks of Caracas
also reached the national Olympic committees that will have at their disposal
1.5 million dollars to establish entertainment centers in the best places of
the capital. Besides this, the strict security of the streets of the capital
and the beauty of the great public works were also an unquestionable factor in
making the decision.
In the next Olympic Games there will be new disciplines that the Venezuelans
hope to obtain medals in for the first time in 38 years. There is special interest
in “knifing with rubber bands”, “wet t-shirts”, “beer marathons”, “100 meters
being hit by a machete”, shoot the innocent” and “canoeing in the Guaire river”.
Vicente Rangel assured everyone that he “never doubted the victory” to have the
organization of the Olympic date, according to EFE. “The victory was tough to obtain,
but the impartiality of the COI was a determining factor in the face of good
adversaries” Rangel indicated during a visit to Havana, Cuba.