- One of our clients just forwarded us this report. If
true and accurate and we have no reason to believe it not to be so, Bush
has lost Venezuela. Thereby, he is under incredible pressure to attack
- Now, as to the boarding of the North Korean cargo ship.
We believe this may be a set up. For what? North Korea no doubt may board
a cargo ship for Taiwan with US military supplies.
- This is seriously out of hand. Bush must be ordered to
stand down. He is losing. You have to know when to call a major time out.
- Now, we want to say this one more time. If Bush goes
into Iraq and it appears he has captured Baghdad, do not become complacent
due to the appearance of a victory. We assure you that China and the Arab/islamic
nations have planned against such an event.
- This is all serious, serious, serious. This is not a
video game. Moreover, war, battle and conflict is not the same it was before.
It is time we show intelligence and put our best minds to the task and
open up truth to public discussion, where it will become apparent that
we are upon the wrong, not the right path.
- Joseph Ehrlich
- Sender, Berl & Sons Inc.
- December 10, 2002 9:00 PM
- Venezuelan Majority Takes to the Streets, Coup
- By Al Giordano
- A Narco News Breaking News Editorial
- These are the hours of immediate history.
- As in Eastern Europe 13 years ago, the final defeat of
dictatorial power in Venezuela came last night at the doors of its "control
rooms" - the TV stations.
- On Monday night, the Venezuelan majority - unwilling
to allow an upper-class economic coup d'etat that poses dishonestly as
a "strike" to unseat its democratically elected government -
took to the streets on a scale only seen once before in the nation's modern
history; as they had last April, when they turned back a military coup
- By early Tuesday morning the masses had every Commercial
TV station in the nation surrounded. Their weapons were nonviolent and
theatrical: pots, pans, fireworks and thousands of defiant but smiling
- Only at one TV installation in one of the outlying provinces
- in Maracay State - did the public actually invade the facilities of a
station that uses the public airwaves. Everywhere else, including at all
the national TV stations in Caracas, immense restraint has been shown by
the masses protesting outside of them.
- The bluff of the former ruling class and its media -
that their top-down imposed sabotage of the Venezuelan economy and oil
industry of the past week is somehow a popular "strike" - has
been called. The "strike leaders," including corrupt oil union
boss Carlos Ortega, have, in recent hours, disappeared from public view,
abandoning their own supporters among the upper classes.
- To make sure the coup plotters don't flee the country,
the neighbors of Simón Bolívar International Airport near
Caracas have surrounded the airport as well.
- The coup supporters, including the rogue ex-military
officials from April's attack on democracy who in recent days have called
unsuccessfully for military coup, promptly abandoned Plaza Altamira last
night, their physical base: the public stage they had occupied continuously
for the past few weeks.
- Coup Plotters' Plaza Altamira is Empty
- Confronted with the rising of the more massive and true
majority of Venezuelan Civil Society, the rogue officers and the elite
of Caracas have retreated, returning to their homes to watch the conflict
on TV as fireworks boom in the air all around them.
- Meanwhile, the ostensible "mediator" of the
conflict has cynically called for government repression against the peaceful
pro-democracy demonstrators assembled outside the TV stations. With that
action, Cesar Gaviria has lost any illusory credibility in his aspiration
to "mediate" the Venezuelan conflict. He should return to Washington
- Gaviria, Go Home
- Gaviria, secretary-general of the Organization of American
States (OAS), has just squandered whatever credibility the organization
tenuously had as mediator in the Venezuelan conflict. He should leave Caracas
immediately - where he has become a destabilizing force against democracy
and constitutional rule - and cease posing as a "mediator" of
a power-struggle in which he is, now transparently, a partisan player.
- On the very same day - Monday, December 9th - that the
permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS), representing
all nations in América, stated that "all the countries of the
hemisphere ratify unanimously our support for Venezuelan democracy,"
the OAS chairman, in Caracas, showed his contempt for that same Venezuelan
democracy and the right of public assembly.
- According to the French Press Agency (AFP), Gaviria "condemned"
peaceful demonstrations by the Venezuelan people outside of pro-coup TV
stations Globovision, Venevision, and other commercial media corporations.
The "news coverage" of those media companies in recent days has
been at extreme levels of simulation and dishonesty even for them: the
people have had enough. Terming the popular assemblies as "acts of
intimidation" against a "free press," Gaviria called upon
the Chávez government to use repression against the demonstrators.
- "The secretary general of the OAS is deeply worried
about the acts of intimidation against the installations of some of the
principal media of the country such as Radio Caracas Television, the De
Armas Group, Venevision and Globovision," Gaviria stated through an
OAS press release from the posh Melia Hotel in Downtown Caracas, according
- Gaviria expressed his "condemnation of such acts
that put freedom of speech at serious risk," reported AFP, and made
"an urgent call upon the authorities to take immediate action to cease
such threats. There can be no doubt that press freedom and free speech
are two totally consistent elements with the existence of democratic principles."
- But in calling for government action against the free
speech rights of the people to peaceably assemble, Gaviria revealed the
false discourse of Power regarding "press freedom." For Gaviria
(and some corporate "press freedom" organizations), the libertinism
of a paid press takes priority over the liberty of free speech by all the
people. Nothing is more frightening to them - nor more important for Authentic
Democracy - than a scenario in which the masses confront this era's hijacking
of the public airwaves by an elite minority.
- For the past week, coup supporters demonstrated (as is
their right, too) outside of Venezuela's public TV station, without a single
word of protest from Gaviria or any "press freedom" organization,
and without any repression from the Chávez government. Gaviria certainly
did not term those demonstrations as "threats" or call on the
State to "cease" them, as he did yesterday against the more popular
demonstrations against media simulation.
- The Venezuelan people have every right and duty to demonstrate
outside of the commercial TV stations. Those media companies backed the
failed April 2002 coup d'etat in that country with a big lie that "Chávez
Resigned" when twice-elected President Hugo Chávez had not.
For the past week, those commercial TV stations have nakedly attempted
to provoke another coup by inventing another big lie - parroted by most
of the U.S. and English-language press corps - that a management imposed
work lockout in some sectors is somehow a "general strike." Like
"Chávez Resigned," the use of the term "strike"
is this week's big lie; repeated ad nauseam in the hope that it will be
believed by the gullible among us.
- The problem for the Big Liars is that the Venezuelan
majority didn't buy it. The people - having watched foreign companies like
McDonald's, Wendy's and British Petroleum lock their workers out for the
imposed "strike" while the small neighborhood shopkeepers and
businesses remained open - have, in this month of December of 2002, showed
the world that "the big lie theory" for controlling public opinion
no longer works.
- Who the Hell is Cesar Gaviria?
- Gaviria, the former Colombian president (1990-1994),
was the chief beneficiary of the assassination of popular Colombian presidential
candidate Luis Carlos Galan, whose elimination cleared the way for the
Gaviria presidency. Gaviria was the president who allowed paramilitary
death squads to gain a foothold in Colombia. It was Gaviria who sold his
nation's sovereignty to foreign powers and betrayed his own attorney general
Gustavo de Greiff, after de Greiff had defied Washington by calling for
drug legalization. And it was Gaviria who Washington later installed as
secretary-general of the OAS in order to pave the way for Plan Colombia
and military intervention in that country.
- In recent days, Gaviria has ostensibly been in Venezuela
as a "mediator" of the conflict between the oil-soaked oligarchy
on one side and the supporters of the Constitutional democracy and the
Chávez government on the other.
- Washington's discourse this week has been to feign support
for democracy in Venezuela (while Spaniard intelligence operatives from
Europe handled the hands-on dirty work of this most recent coup attempt)
by making proclamations of support for Gaviria as mediator.
- Now that Gaviria has called for State repression against
the peaceful assemblies spreading like wildfire tonight throughout Venezuela,
the true goals of this US-backed act of "Mediation Theater" are
obvious to all reasonable observers. This was an attempted coup in strike's
- Foreign powers and billionaire economic interests tried
to fix the game by installing their own referee, Cesar Gaviria, in Caracas.
But he's not an umpire or referee. He's a player for the team that has
now lost the contest, an advocate for destabilization and repression, and
it is time for Gaviria to get the hell out of the stadium.
- The only possible "mediator" of this dispute
cannot be the commercial media nor foreign interests: It is, and will be,
the Venezuelan people who now make the calls.
Ud. el Artículo en Español
- Excerpt from E-mail received tonight:
- Venezuelan Crisis indicates U.S. oil price spikes and
recession imminent... One of America's largest oil suppliers is about to
- AL GIORDANO AND NARCONEWS BREAKS THE MEDIA CARTEL WITH
ACCURATE REPORTS FROM CARACAS
- Here is a link to the actual article (which is fairly
- As the pressure on oil rises, the story becomes more
interesting and Bush's urgency in capturing Iraqi oil now intensifies.