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April 17, 2006

Everytime I see the MINCI home page without any picture of Chávez,
I get nervous.  I cannot help but wonder
what the heavy government weights must be concocting when Yo El Supremo is not
in their front page. The explanation might be very simple, the President might
be resting for a few days, but, noneless, I always wonder what is going on, in
particular when neither the Vice President nor Nicolas Maduro appear in their

My ghost experience has taught me that nothing is irrelevant 
in the Chavista kingdom of Venezuela.

However, I was relieved to see that at least William Lara, the
new Minister of Information was there today, in prime space. This time, the
object of his speech was Súmate. He accused the organization of starting the
“mediatic machine gun” against the committee that is selecting the new members
of the CNE. The article specifically says:

“invitó a venezolanos y venezolanas
que se oponen al proceso de cambio democrático liderado por el presidente
Chávez que no hagan oídos a este aquelarre montado por Súmate, que
probablemente tendrá eco mañana en otros portavoces de la política de Bush, y
que se mantengan leales a sus convicciones y prácticas democráticas”.

Venezuelans that oppose the process of democratic change led by President Chávez
not to pay attention to the coven that Súmate is putting into place and that will
surely have an echo tomorrow in other spokepersons of Bush’s politics  and be [the Venezuelans that oppose..] loyal
to their convictions and democratic practices..”

So this Venezuelan and curious blogger
was pretty curious about what this “aquelarre” was all about. I looked it up
first in the Real Academia and found the following definition:


  1. m. Junta o reunión nocturna de brujos y brujas, con la supuesta
    intervención del demonio ordinariamente en figura de macho cabrío, para la
    práctica de las artes de esta superstición.

So it seems that the aquelarre is a night
meeting of witches with the Devil’s intervention….

So what triggered Minister Lara to use
such a charming term against Súmate?

Well, the commission in charge of electing
the new CNE is about to provide the definite list in a week or two and the
rumors around the National Assembly say that three of the current officials
will be re-elected: Oscar Battaglini, Tibisay Lucena and Oscar León. Súmate has
objected their names because they say that those individuals did not  provide an account of their management or the
balance of their
during the years as CNE officials.

Now, this ghost blogger disagrees for the first time this
year with Súmate. They are absolutely, totally wrong to be objecting the term
of these three officials based on some trifle like lack of transparency and of
accountability! I take advantage of this ghost post to make a formal complaint
against Súmate’s objections of those candidates.

In fact, this ghost blogger strongly objects the candidacy
of those CNE officials as well, but not because of the mild reasons provided by
Súmate, but  because of their potential responsibility in handing
to the government the personal data of millions of Venezuelans that led to the Tascón
list, the Maisanta database and the Batalla de Santa Inés software
that has
created a political apartheid in Venezuela.  

I want these guys to be investigated first. Did they approve
the handling of the personal data to the Maisanta campaign? Did they know that
the data was being used by Tascón in a public web page? Did they know that the
Maisanta command had elaborated a database and a program to be used for
political profiling and blacklisting of Venezuelan citizens? Did they protest
when they knew of the use of the data? Did they order an internal
investigation? Did they realize that the rights of millions
of Venezuelans were being violated?

I want to get the answers to those questions first before
these guys ever get to be nominated again for the CNE, Mr. Lara. So thank you
very much for reminding me that I should be loyal to my democratic convictions.
I agree with you, Súmate is wrong this time, but because they are being way too

And, BTW, dear Minister, many thanks also for helping me improve
my Spanish vocabulary.  I now have a new
precise word to ask you the following…

 What type of Aquelarre are all the President’s man putting
in place these days?

Reporting from Cyberspace,

 Jorge Arena
The Devil’s Distinguished Ghost.