Daily Archives: 11/10/2009

Caribbean alarm grows over Venezuela drug trafficking

The clandestine flights originate from an area of eastern Venezuela which lies to the east of Maturin and Tucupita, near the Orinoco River Delta. The small aircraft fly towards the Atlantic Ocean, with Trinidad & Tobago on the port side … Continue reading

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Janissaries or Mercs?

President Hugo Chavez continues to consolidate his control. The National Assembly has approved a new armed forces law that merges the civilian militia into the regular armed forces, and also allows foreign nationals to serve in the Venezuelan military. Separately, … Continue reading

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Hay Chavez pa’ rato!

Skyping with a friend, who says: “There’s a group of brujos/psychics and seers who claim that fatman’s days as big boss are over by the end of this year.” There’s never any shortage of scenarios on how and when the … Continue reading

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Bolivarian Bankers can ignore the rules

We settled down for a little light Sunday reading – the just-published externally audited financial statements which Venezuelan banks are required by law to publish every six months. The financials are available to the general public at the Asociacion Bancaria … Continue reading

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Chavez gives Venezuela to everyone, except Venezuelans

“[This new regime] has brought with it a change of hands and a redistribution of the loot among a new group of friends, relatives, accomplices, and parasitic hangers-on that constitutes the political retinue of the Dictator. What great shame the … Continue reading

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Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco: “Person of Interest”

Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco, the Colombian-Venezuelan “entrepreneur” who operates out of Panama as a front-man (testaferro) and business associate of Public Works and Housing Minister Diosdado Cabello, is a “person of interest” to government law enforcement and counter-narcotics intelligence entities in … Continue reading

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