I live in a cinema wasteland. We used to have one tiny scary movie theatre here before it was torn down and we were ultimately abandoned to the fate of Netflix. The floor was positively glue-like, from all the spilled cola that was never cleaned away. My dad used to say “Not a bad place to watch a movie if you bring a soapbox to put your feet on and a clothespin to hold your nose.”
So the local demographics aren’t great. And I don’t know anything about the movie distribution business but I’m not totally surprised that the people responsible for distributing Oliver Stone’s South of the Border took a pass on this place back when they were scheduling openings for the documentary last summer. Unless I was going to organize a screening myself. Which, thanks, but no. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean, Venezuela
Tagged coups d'etat, cristina fernandez, Cuba, Fidel, hillary clinton, Honduras, hugo chávez, Mark Weisbrot, netflix, obama, sexism, shopping, South of the Border, Tariq Ali, The Old Man and the Sea, Venezuela
Mafia Network Involved in Murder of Venezuelan Prosecutor Danilo Anderson Finds Sanctuary in Miami – español
By Jean-Guy Allard
“My brother was a victim of an international plot, involving a number of people who, upon realizing they were being investigated by the Public Ministry, fled the country and are currently being protected by the United States government, “ said Lourdes Suarez Anderson, denouncing the murder of her brother, the Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
In an interview from Caracas, Suarez, also an attorney, indicated that “despite the countless requests that the Attorney General’s office has made to have them brought to Venezuela,” a number of suspects have found refuge and protection in the country that denounces all “sponsors of terrorism” at its convenience.
In fact, with the “disappearance” to the United States of the banking grifter Nelson Mezerhane, one of the main people involved in the crime, there are now around a dozen individuals linked in one way or another with Anderson’s murder who now reside in U.S. territory. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, luis posada carriles, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged C-4, Danilo Anderson, DISIP, Ernesto González González, Federal Bank of Venezuela, francisco chávez abarca, Francisco Pimentel, globovision, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Henry López Sisco, hugo chávez, Jaime Escalante, Joaquín Chaffardet, Johán Peña, José Guevara, Lourdes Suarez Anderson, Montesinos, Nelly Rojas, Nelson Mezerhane, Otoniel Guevara, Patricia Ppoleo, Pedro Lander, Pedro Morales, Roberto Alonso, Rolando Guevara, Salvador Romaní
Colombia: Uribe’s Farewell Spectacle – español
Atilio A. Boron
Translation: Machetera and Manuel Talens
Álvaro Uribe, the empire’s unconditional pawn, took his leave from the Colombian presidency with a new provocation: the denunciation of FARC camps which he claimed to be established on Venezuelan territory. Being neither dimwitted nor lazy, the U.S. State Department came out in unconditional support of the accusation put forth by Bogotá at the Organization of American States (OAS), encouraged by the supposed “resounding” proof presented by Uribe, denouncing the government of Hugo Chávez for allowing the FARC camps to be set up and for carrying out various military training programs for some 1,500 guerrillas on Venezuelan soil. With amazing insolence, Philip Crowley, the State Department spokesperson declared that Venezuela’s response [in terminating diplomatic relations with Colombia] was “unfortunate” and “petulant” and threatened that “if Venezuela fails to cooperate in whatever follow-on steps are made, the United States and other countries will obviously take account of that.” It must be remembered that since 2006, the United States has included Venezuela in the list of countries that are unwilling to cooperate in the struggle against terrorism. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela issued a declaration along the same lines, saying that Uribe’s denunciation was “very serious.” Both statements cast a heavy shadow of doubt about the intellectual capabilities of both officials and, what’s worse, feed the suspicion that with their fondness for lies, the moral caliber of both is not all that different from that of Álvaro Uribe. Continue reading
Posted in Colombia, Ecuador, Imperialism, The Coming Latin American War, Venezuela
Tagged alvaro uribe, CIA, DEA, false positives, FARC, FBI, hard power, Manta, manuel noriega, militarization, paramilitaries, Raul Reyes, smart power, soft power
Terrorist’s Capture a Warning of Possible Conspiracy Against Venezuelan Government – español
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
teleSUR (Caracas) – Venezuela’s lawyer in the Posada Carriles case, José Pertierra, warned that the terrorist recently arrested near the International Maiquetía airport (in the northern state of Vargas), Francisco Chávez Abarca, “is not the person who detonated or placed the bomb,” but the person who recruited killers to carry out the action. He urged authorities to investigate “who was going to meet with this individual” during his time in Caracas.
Venezuela’s attorney in the extradition case of Luis Posada Carriles, José Pertierra, warned that the presence in this Latin American country of the terrorist Francisco Chávez Abarca, who was arrested this Thursday, could respond to a planned conspiracy against the government of President Hugo Chávez and even an attempt on his life.
“I’m sure that (Chávez Abarca) didn’t come to Venezuela to get some sun on Isla de Margarita. It’s very probable that he had a hidden, terrorist plan,” Pertierra warned in an exclusive interview with teleSUR. Continue reading
"Potbelly" Francisco Chávez Abarca is on the Interpol Most Wanted list for his involvement in various explosive attacks in Cuba in the 1990's
Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in Venezuela – español
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, reported today that the Salvadoran Francisco Chávez Abarca, accused of being Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, and the author of various explosive attacks in Cuba, was arrested in a nighttime intelligence operation on Thursday when he tried to enter Venezuela.
In an address from Miraflores Palace (the government headquarters), the Venezuelan leader explained that Abarca was arrested in the airport at Maiquetía (in the north) and was transferred to the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) for interrogation.
Nicknamed “Potbelly,” Chávez Abarca is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list due to his implication in various attacks with explosives in Cuba in the 1990’s. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, English translations, luis posada carriles, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged CIA, cubana flight 455, ernesto cruz león, extradition, fabio di celmo, francisco chávez abarca, hugo chávez, luis posada carriles, SEBIN
Telesur (Caracas) – José Pertierra: “The United States would prefer to see Posada Carriles dead rather than extradite him.” – español
José Pertierra, the lawyer representing Venezuela in the case of the extradition petition for the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, says that the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a biological solution for the case. The solution is to prolong the trial, because “the more time that passes, the more probable it is that he’ll die and do away with the extradition case.”
“That’s why, at every opportunity, the prosecution asks for a delay, because the solution they’re seeking is a biological solution; they’d rather see him dead than extradited. It’s not that they want to kill him, but they know that he’s an elderly man and the more time that passes, the more probable it is that he’ll die and do away with the extradition case,” he said in an interview granted to teleSUR. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Cuban Five, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged Adriana Perez O'Connor, Bodeguita del Medio, CIA, cubana de aviacion, gerardo hernandez, habeas corpus, Hernan Ricardo, Hotel Nacional, ladies in white, luis posada carriles, Osama Bin Laden of Latin America, santiago alvarez, Trinidad, tropicana, u.s. interests section