Archive for ‘NYT – The New York Times’

December 4, 2007

U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, discussed Iran’s nuclear program at the White House.


 WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.

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November 29, 2007

In Chávez Territory, Signs of Dissent

November 30, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov. 29 — Three days before a referendum that would vastly expand the powers of President Hugo Chavez, this city’s streets were packed with tens of thousands of opponents to the change on Thursday, a sign that Venezuelans may be balking at placing so much authority in the hands of one man.

Even some of Mr. Chavez’s most fervent supporters are beginning to show signs of hesitation at supporting the constitutional changes he is promoting, including ending term limits for the president and greatly centralizing his authority.

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November 3, 2007

For Venezuela’s poor, music opens doors

Wilfrido Galarraga, 21, played trumpet on the roof of his home in La Vega, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, as his nephew Onil Galarraga, 8, joined in on French horn.
Wilfrido Galarraga, 21, played trumpet on the roof of his home in La Vega, a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, as his nephew Onil Galarraga, 8, joined in on French horn. (Globe Photo / David Rochkind)

CARACAS — By the time Lennar Acosta was introduced to classical music at age 15, he had been arrested nine times for armed robbery and drug offenses. A year into the youth’s sentence at a state home, a music teacher came to offer the delinquent, abused, and abandoned children there free instruments, instruction, and an opening to a new life.

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August 12, 2007

In Venezuela, Chávez designs socialist state for 21st century

Agosto 12, 2007 Por: Martha Colmenares



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 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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July 8, 2007

Media Mogul Learns to Live With Chávez

This is funny. This is supposed to be an account of the success of Cisneros in today’s Venezuela. To me this is nothing but a rather formal confession of the deal made between Chavez, Cisneros and Carter. It is clear what Chavez and Cisneros gained in the deal, what is not clear at all is what was there for Carter. History will reveal the truth. The “Nobel” ex president is going to wish for that day never happened.



David Rochkind/Polaris, for The New York Times

Gustavo A. Cisneros once was a leader of Venezuela’s opposition.

Published: July 5, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela, July 4 — Three years ago, the media mogul Gustavo A. Cisneros was a leader of Venezuela’s opposition and his television network, Venevisión, regularly lambasted President Hugo Chávez.


So antagonistic were relations that Mr. Chávez accused him of conspiring to topple him. Government agents raided Mr. Cisneros’s ranch, fishing camp and offices.


The tensions were resolved only after former President Jimmy Carter, a longtime friend of Mr. Cisneros, brokered a meeting between the men in 2004 before a referendum to determine whether President Chávez should be recalled from office.

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