Archive for August 4th, 2007

August 4, 2007

Ease of doing business ranking

Another ranking … another independent source that reveals the truth … I think that anyone supporting Chavez should go there and live there, at least for 2 years, but without tour … finding a job, if you are reading this you speak English, that already give you and edge. Go ahead, try. Please let’s know.

http://www.doingbusiness.org/EconomyRankings/Default.aspx?direction=asc&sort=1 

August 4, 2007

Populism For a Price

As increedible as this might appear, I still think there is some good in the politics Chavez do. As I have expressed before, the countries need to help each other, with the intention of stopping genocides, or helping the poor out of their misery, or to get rid of dictators (Fidel, Hugo, etc). Some of this efforts may not be recoverable in economics terms. However, they must be done. Without opportunity and justice for all, the world will never see peace. Chavez does what he does not for the good of the people – he would not do all other criminal acts if that was the case – but in this case, Morales seems to at least be giving away this money in a sort of less political tint way as Hugo does.

Bankrolling Morales’s Social Initiatives, Chávez Steers Bolivia From Washington
By Peter S. Goodman

ORURO, Bolivia

Allama-wool hat swathing his head, Santos Paredes took the floor with photos in hand — images of a half-built medical clinic in his village on the high plains of the Andes. Paredes, the mayor, entreated Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, for money to finish the job.

“I ask for your blessing,” Paredes said, laying the pictures across a red-velvet tablecloth as the president leaned in for a look. Morales was here to distribute aid supplied by his ideological kinsman, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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August 4, 2007

Cuba, con Fidel tras bambalinas

Pese a la enfermedad que lo obligó a apartarse del gobierno, Fidel mantiene su derecho a veto.

La ausencia de cambios es lo más notable que ha ocurrido en Cuba en este año sin Fidel. Experto del Instituto de Estudios sobre América Latina conversó al respecto con la Deutsche Welle.

 

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August 4, 2007

Sean Penn Takes Back Seat on Chavez Tour

Published: August 3, 2007

 

LA GRITA, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez reveled in his role as host to Hollywood star Sean Penn as they traveled together through the Venezuelan countryside in an open jeep, stopping to greet adoring crowds.

The Oscar-winning actor said little Friday, beyond saying he was working as a freelance journalist, following up on reporting stints in Iraq and Iran. In any case, his star power was clearly eclipsed by the populist president, who took the wheel, honking to the crowds, signing autographs and gathering letters from people asking for help.

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