Archive for August 12th, 2007

August 12, 2007

Washington Post: In Argentina, an $800,000 Puzzle

By Monte Reel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, August 10, 2007; A09

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 9 — Days after authorities discovered a suitcase full of nearly $800,000 that had been taken on a private airplane carrying Argentine and Venezuelan officials, one of those officials has resigned and suspicions of a government scandal have grown.

A Venezuelan businessman was detained at a Buenos Aires airport Saturday when customs officials found $790,550 in undeclared cash in his luggage. The incident preceded Monday’s arrival here of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, leading to questions about the possibility of a link between the businessman and the Venezuelan or Argentine governments.

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August 12, 2007

In Venezuela, Chávez designs socialist state for 21st century

Agosto 12, 2007 Por: Martha Colmenares

 

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Claims the needs of workers put ahead of profits

By Juan Forero, Washington Post | August 10, 2007

CARACAS — At a sleek, airy factory built by Venezuela’s populist government, 80 workers churn out shoes — basic and black and all of them to be shipped to Fidel Castro’s Cuba, a leading economic partner.

With no manager or owner, the workers have an equal stake in a business celebrated as a shining alternative to the “savage capitalism” President Hugo Chávez constantly disparages.

“Here there are no chiefs, no managers,” said Gustavo Zuniga, one of the workers, explaining that a workers’ assembly makes the big decisions.

There is also no need to compete — production is wholly sustained by government orders.

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August 12, 2007

Un venezolano muere cada media hora a causa de la violencia

Agosto 12, 2007
Por: Martha Colmenares

 

violencia Según cifras de la UNESCO, Venezuela encabeza la lista de países más violentos. Las mismas aportadas por el CICPC, Cuerpo de Investigaciones Cientifícas, Penales y Criminalísticas, el organismo policial en nuestro país, para junio de 2006, revelaron que un venezolano muere cada media hora. A partir de esta aseveración, extrañamente, existe dificultad para tener acceso a una oportuna información oficial, aunque es del dominio público la gravedad de la situación. La exposición por los medios de comunicación, sobre cifras y porcentajes relacionados con los altos índices de inseguridad que acechan al venezolano, incluso para los presos, son considerados por el gobierno, con una manifiesta indiferencia e ineptitud para garantizar la vida ciudadana, como ataques a su gestión, porque pareciera, que más conviene ocultar estos “%”:

– En 791% aumentaron los ajusticiamientos en Caracas durante los últimos 8 años

– En 426% han aumentado los casos de Secuestro

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