Venezuela is the fourth largest supplier of oil to the United States — but Chavez won't play the game. Read the fascinating story behind the spin in a real-world struggle for freedom against the Powers That Were!
VENEZUELA IS THE LAST CHANCE
The New World Order is on its last legs. Shot, bleeding and on the run, the wounded beast is lashing out at anyone and anything it can in its final throes of death.
Venezuela is the fourth-largest exporter of oil to the United States. Therefore, it is no surprise that we are seeing a carefully-orchestrated campaign in the mainstream corporate media to utterly demonize its president, Hugo Chavez.
Stealing Venezuela's oil may be the last move the "Old World Order" feels it can make to save itself from inevitable destruction.
There is clear and undeniable evidence that an invasion is being planned through Colombia to overthrow Chavez' administration and install a puppet regime that will hand over Venezuela's treasure to the Powers That Were.
Such an infusion of new blood could resuscitate the vampire and allow the madness to continue.
However, Chavez is a very savvy leader, and has successfully exposed and blocked these plans thus far. The more we spread the awareness of what is being planned, and how he's fighting against it, the less likely it is that these diabolical plans will ever succeed.
If the plans to invade Venezuela collapse, this may represent the final checkmate of the Old World Order.
Once the Old World Order finally runs out of steam, Disclosure is inevitable — because they cannot pay for the secrecy to continue any longer.
The collapse of the old system must precede any honest and open revealing of our true heritage.
EPIC EVENTS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF
Any honest Disclosure must involve the defeat of the Old World Order first. However, even if they are not defeated, there is clear and undeniable evidence that some form of Disclosure is being planned either way.
This makes it all the more imperative that these power brokers not maintain their stranglehold on the media and political scene when these events come to pass — and their plans are definitely moving forward on that front.
The 'leaks' in mainstream media to prepare the public for an official Disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence are coming faster and faster these days.
Here's a sampling of the most recent stories that have emerged — further encouraging the general public to take that leap in logic and think the unthinkable:
Vast Ocean Once Covered MarsScientists have revived arguments over whether there was once an ocean on the surface of Mars by claiming that their analysis of existing data supports the hypothesis that water covered much of the red planet's northern hemisphere 3.5bn years ago.They believe their study of apparent marine deltas and valley networks in the journal Nature Geoscience bolsters the possibility that up to a third of Mars was under about 30 million cubic miles of water.Previous spacecraft investigations have pointed to the possible presence of an ancient ocean, with supporters for the idea that there is still a substantial amount of water under the surface as liquid or ice. Climate change over millions of years might have led to the disappearance of the atmosphere, which would mean that any water on the surface would boil away.Volcanic activity is among other explanations for apparent gullies, river valleys, flood plains, lakes, seas and other signs of water that have vanished.Gaetano Di Achille and Bryan Hynek, of the University of Colorado, led a team that analysed the distribution of supposed ancient delta deposits and river-valley networks on Mars. They found many of the deltas were at a similar elevation and suggested these might ring an ancient shoreline, providing strong support for a vast ocean once covering the northern plains of the planet.While admitting that the idea remained one of the greatest uncertainties in Mars research, they added that: "Our findings lend credence to the hypothesis that an ocean formed on early Mars as part of a global and active hydrosphere."
Pentagon Shape-Shifting Technologyhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7863181/Morphing-cars-and-planes-closer-as-Pentagon-develops-shape-shifting-robot.htmlPentagon research scientists have taken a first step towards "Transformers"-style shape-shifting cars and aircraft, with a robot that can fold itself like origami into different forms.At the moment the tiny robot – a sheet just half a millimetre thick, scarcely thicker than a piece of paper – only folds itself into a boat, like a child's toy, or a "paper glider" plane shape. But it is anticipated that in future it will be used to create full-sized cars and aircraft that morph as they move, or robots that can "flow" like mercury into small openings, or multipurpose military uniforms that can adapt to different environments…
It is hoped that, in the not too distant future, a soldier (or engineer) can carry a can, like a paint can, in his or her vehicle, filled with shape-shifting particles of varying size. By telling the particles via computer what shape they need – for example, a specific size spanner – he or she can make the particles form that shape.
Further down the line it could create clothing that can keep its wearer cool by day and warm by night, or aircraft's wings that can change aerodynamic shape in flight.
More Proof ETs Will Not Allow a Nuclear War – from Russia
Call for Disclosure in the European Union
UFO Hacker Front Page News on Daily Mail – Obama Pledges to Find a Way Throughhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1296362/Obamas-ray-hope-Gary-President-PM-discuss-plight-British-Aspergers-hacker-pledge-way-through.htmlBarack Obama last night gave fresh hope to Asperger's sufferer Gary McKinnon in his battle to avoid serving decades in an American jail.In a dramatic intervention, the U.S. President promised to find an 'appropriate solution' after David Cameron raised the plight of the computer hacker on his first visit to the White House.The Prime Minister said that while he recognised Mr McKinnon stood accused of a serious crime, he believed a 'way through' could be found.President Obama's agreement, in his first public comments on the affair, to work on a compromise recognising what he described as Britain's 'unparalleled' position as America's key ally, is the biggest breakthrough to date for Mr McKinnon, 44.It is also the first sign of the U.S. softening its stance over the terms of what critics say is a very one-sided extradition agreement between the two countries.Mr McKinnon, who is backed by a Daily Mail campaign, admits hacking into Nasa and Pentagon computers looking for evidence of UFOs and 'little green men'.The U.S. authorities claim he perpetrated 'the biggest military hack of all time' and that repairing the damage to their systems cost more than £436,000.But experts have cast doubt on that claim, and his family and lawyers argue that extradition could trigger psychosis and even suicide because of his mental condition.Senior Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs have all insisted he should stand trial in Britain and serve any sentence in this country – which now seems a possibility following President Obama's comments.Mr McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp, who watched Mr Cameron and Mr Obama speaking about her son's case at a press conference on television, said she believed that the two leaders would save her son from the 'terror' of a trial in the U.S.'I couldn't believe it when I saw them – I'm absolutely thrilled. I think it is amazing that David Cameron was prepared to stand up and do this during such tremendously important meetings,' she said.
Wooden Monument Found Near Stonehenge
More Than 100 Earth-Like Planets Found in Past Two Weeks (7/22/10)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1296841/More-100-Earth-like-planets-just-past-weeks.htmlMore than 100 planets that are a similar size to Earth have been discovered in just the past few weeks, it has been announced.The discovery was made by the space telescope Kepler which has been scanning the skies for planets that are orbiting stars since it was launched in January last year.The breakthrough raises the tantalising prospect that we may not be alone in the Universe.Scientists now believe that there are likely to be around 100 million planets in the Milky Way that harbour exactly the right conditions for life.And they expect to be able to identify around 60 of these habitable Earth-like planets within the next two years.Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov told a conference that a space telescope has uncovered 140 different planets which are around the same size as Earth.He described the remarkable breakthrough as ‘fulfilling the dreams of Copernicus’.Kepler finds planets by detecting almost imperceptible 'winks' – the tiny amount of dimming that occurs each time a planet moves across the face of a star.
Water on Moon is Widespread, Similar to Earth’sThe scientists said this provides "robust evidence for the presence of water in the interior of the moon from where some lunar rocks were derived. This demonstrates a closer chemical and geologic relationship between the Earth and moon than previously known. We must now re-evaluate the volatile inventories of the moon, relative to the Earth."
ETs May Be Trying to Contact Us Through “Cosmic Twitter”
I have always said that we cannot expect the secrecy around UFOs to be shattered unless the worldwide control system that enforces the secrecy finally crumbles.
There are ever-increasing signs that this
Saturday, July 10, 2010Alex Jones Video Linked on Drudge
Television Watching PlummetsNEW YORK (AP) — Americans avoided television in historic levels over the past week.CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox together had the smallest number of prime-time viewers last week in two decades of record-keeping, the Nielsen Co. said. Given the dominance of the big broadcasters before then, you'd probably have to go back to the early days of television to find such a collective shrug.The first week of July tends to be among the slowest weeks of the year in television, anyway, with families more engaged in barbecues and fireworks. The problem was magnified this year because July Fourth came on Sunday, largely knocking out one of a typical week's biggest viewing nights.
Secret Gold Swap Has Spooked the MarketIt takes a lot to spook the solid old gold market. But when it emerged last week that one or more banks had lent 380 tonnes of gold to the Bank of International Settlements in return for foreign currencies, there was widespread surprise and confusion.The news that a mystery bank has just pawned the family jewels gave traders a jolt – nervous about the sudden transfer of almost 20pc of the world's annual gold production and the possibility of a sell-off.In a tiny footnote in its annual report, the bank disclosed its unusually large holding of gold, compared with nothing the year before.The disclosure was a large factor in the correction of the gold price this week, which fell below $1,200 for the first time in more than a month.Concerns hinged on whether the BIS could potentially sell on this vast cache of bullion in the event of a default, flooding the market with liquidity. It appears to have raised $14bn for whoever's been doing the swapping – small fry on the currency markets, but serious liquidity in the gold market.Denominated in euros, gold has fallen 8pc since the beginning of the month and is now trading at a seven-week low of €937 per troy ounce.The big gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) – having peaked at record inflows in May – have also been showing net outflows over the past few days.Meanwhile, economists and gold market-watchers were determined to hunt down which bank is short of cash – curious about who is using their stash of precious metal for what looks suspiciously like a secret bailout.At first it looked like the BIS was swapping gold with a troubled central bank. After all, the institution is the central bankers' bank and its purpose to conduct transactions with national monetary authorities.Central banks in the troubled southern zone of Europe were considered the most likely perpetrators.According to the World Gold Council, central banks in Greece, Spain and Portugal held 112.2, 281.6 and 382.5 tons of gold respectively in June – leading analysts to point fingers at Portugal, or a combination of the three.But Edel Tully, an analyst from UBS, noted that eurozone central banks would be severely limited with what they could do with the influx of extra cash – unable to transfer it straight to governments or make use of the primary bond markets.She then listed the only other potential monetary authorities with enough gold as the US, China, Switzerland, Japan, Russia, India and Taiwan – and the International Monetary Fund.This led to musings that the counterparty was the IMF, making sense because the lender of last resort is historically prone to cash shortages and has been quietly selling off gold in the first half of the year.Renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair adopted this explanation. The panic came when people mistook a lease for a swap, he argues. Far from being a big release of gold into the market, it is simply a commercial arrangement between the IMF and BIS with a favourable rate of interest paid for the foreign currency.
Bilderberger Meeting Under Attack in Mainstream British Media
Senate Accepts Expanded Fed Audit
Medevev Sees Chance for New World Order
Russian Ruble Reserve Currency to End Dollar Dominance?
China May Drop Dollar for Currency BasketIn comments posted to the People's Bank of China Web site, the central bank's Deputy Gov. Hu Xiaolian said using a basket of currencies from the nation's top trading partners would allow the Chinese yuan to better reflect trading fundamentals."Compared with pegging to a single currency, the exchange-rate regime with reference to a basket of currencies will help adjust exports and imports, current account, and balance of payment in a more effective manner," she said.
United Future World Currency
California on the Verge of “System Failure”
Entering a Third Depression?
Federal Crackdown on Marketing Junk Food to Kids
Top English Docs Want Junk Food Crackdown
As many people have pointed out to me, the recent UFO sighting in China
I couldn't help but notice that Venezuela was popping up quite a bit in the mainstream media news recently.
As the fourth largest oil exporter to the United States, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is sitting on a prized piece of real estate — and that puts Venezuela in a different category than any other South American nation.
Oliver Stone and Hugo Chavez at Venice Film Festival
He threw a flower to the crowd, touched his heart, and even grabbed a photographer's camera to take a photo of himself as he strolled the red carpet with American filmmaker Oliver Stone. Mr. Chávez was on hand to be feted for the premier of Mr. Stone's new documentary "South of the Border," which aims to portray Chávez and other Latin American leftist leaders in a positive light…
"South of the Border" slams US media for demonizing Chávez. "You can't get a fair hearing for Chávez. It's an outrageous caricature they've drawn of him in the Western press," Stone told Variety…
"I have no reason to call him [Obama] the devil, and I hope that I am right," Chavez told reporters in Venice. "With Obama we can talk, we are almost from the same generation, one can't deny that Obama is different [from Bush]. He's intelligent, he has good intentions and we have to help him."
Hugo Chavez received a film star's welcome at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, when the Venezuelan president walked the red carpet with Oliver Stone for the premiere of the documentary "South of the Border".
Mr Chavez, who was accompanied by 50 bodyguards, played to the crowd, throwing a flower, touching his heart and, at one point, taking a photographer's camera to snap a picture himself.
The Hollywood director's latest film charts Stone's trip to meet the Venezuelan leader and his bid to "understand whether he was really the 'anti-American force' we've all heard about" in US and European media.
After a dramatic landing at the Venice Lido on board a carabinieri helicopter, Mr Chavez, who eschewed the typical boat arrival as he suffers from sea sickness, posed on the red carpet along with the director, who he described as a "hard worker".
Mr Chavez praised Stone's work for depicting what he said were improvements made across Latin America.
"Rebirth is happening in Latin America, and Stone went to look for it and he found it," Mr Chavez said. "With his cameras and his genius, he's captured a good part of that rebirth."
Before Mr Chavez arrived in Venice from Turkmenistan, Stone defended him the controversial Latin American leader a press conference to launch the documentary film.
"Chavez was elected by popular vote in no fewer than 12 different elections. And Venezuela has seen a clear economic improvement with him," Stone said.
He added that "South of the Border" was an attempt to combat western views that many Latin American countries were not democratic.
The documentary, he said, was meant "to combat the level of stupidity of the press".
"If you look now, there are seven presidents, eight countries with Chile, that are really moving away from the Washington consensus control," Stone said. "But in America, they don't get that story."
Mr Chavez was first elected in 1998, is a leading critic of US foreign policy and globalisation and has sought to achieve economic independence for his country while boosting cooperation with those around it.
"South of the Border" is showing out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, which ends Saturday with the awarding of the Golden Lion.
46 Warships and 7000 Marines On the Way to Costa Rica
Chavez Communes Stoke Venezuela Democracy Debate"We're talking about government by the people," said Ulises Daal, a pro-Chavez parliament deputy and one of the main promoters of the project.He says the legislative plan to set up self-sustaining, self-governing "socialist communes" builds on the existence of some 36,000 Chavez-inspired "communal councils" that already dot the country.Daal said 214 communes were already "under construction". Some have introduced barter markets and their own currencies.
Chavez Exhumes Remains of Simon Bolivarhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/7903792/Hugo-Chavez-exhumes-remains-of-hero-Simon-Bolivar.htmlMr Chavez suspects that Bolivar was murdered and did not die from tuberculosis, as most historians believe.Announcing the exhumation of his hero on Twitter, Mr Chavez said he "wept with emotion"."What impressive moments we have lived tonight. We have seen the bones of the Great Bolivar!" he wrote."That glorious skeleton must be Bolivar, because his flame can be felt. Bolivar lives!" he added.A team of forensic pathologists and criminal investigators are examining the remains to see if Bolivar was the victim of a conspiracy rather than illness, according to Venezuela's attorney-general, Luisa Ortega Diaz."We have important discoveries that will be announced to the nation at the appropriate moment," she said.
World At Risk of Economically Folding In on Itself
Hugo Chavez Threatens to Cut Oil to US Over Colombia DisputeCARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to cut off oil sales to the United States if Venezuela is attacked by its U.S.-allied neighbor Colombia in a dispute over allegations that Venezuela gives haven to Colombian rebels.Chavez made his warning in an outdoor speech to thousands of supporters, saying: "If there is any armed aggression against Venezuela from Colombian territory or anywhere else supported by the Yankee empire, we … would suspend shipments of oil to the United States!""We wouldn't send another drop of oil to its refineries, not a single drop more!" Chavez shouted, adding that the United States is "the big one to blame for all the tension in this part of the world."If actually carried out, such a threat would be a titanic economic blow for Chavez's government, which depends heavily on oil sales. The U.S. is the top buyer of oil from Venezuela, which is the United States' fifth biggest foreign supplier.But Colombia has not threatened military action, and it's likely Chavez made the warning in part to put Washington and Bogota on notice that he will not stand for a more aggressive international campaign to denounce allegations that leftist Colombian rebels are finding refuge in Venezuela.Chavez cut off diplomatic relations with Colombia on Thursday after outgoing President Alvaro Uribe's government presented photos, videos and maps of what it said were Colombian rebel camps inside Venezuela. Chavez called it an attempt to smear his government and said Uribe could be trying to lay the groundwork for an armed conflict.In 2008, Chavez also warned of a possible war with Colombia after its military carried out a cross-border raid on a rebel camp in Ecuador that killed a guerrilla leader, Raul Reyes. Chavez on Sunday appeared to be giving a new warning that he wouldn't tolerate anything similar in Venezuela."Chavez's threat to halt oil sales if attacked by Colombia is credible in my view," said Adam Isacson, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America…Chavez has often accused Washington of trying to unseat him since he survived a short-lived 2002 coup, and has emphasized that the U.S. threat could come through Colombia.Chavez recalled the Iraq war on Sunday, saying "the Yankee empire is an expert at inventing anything" to topple a government it opposes.U.S. officials have repeatedly denied Chavez's accusations of supporting plots against him, and have said Colombia is raising legitimate concerns to which Venezuela should respond.
Venezuela Will Suspend All Oil Shipments to US in Event of an AttackCaracas, Sunday, July 25, 2010 – After Venezuelan President Chavez revealed intelligence data yesterday during a national address indicating the imminence of an aggression against his government via Colombia with support from the United States, the country is on maximum alert.Today, the Venezuelan President suspended an important trip to Cuba to celebrate the July 26th anniversary of the Moncada Battle. Chavez was to meet with Fidel Castro, recently recuperated and active again in his nation's politics, and was scheduled to give the key address at the Moncada commemoration.
"After reviewing intelligence reports and other information all night, I have decided to suspend my trip to Cuba", declared Chavez on Sunday before tens of thousands of members from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). "The possibility of an armed attack against Venezuela from Colombia is too high, and therefore I will remain in the country".
Chávez also warned the US government that in the event of a military attack against Venezuela from Colombia or elsewhere, all oil supply will be suspended. "Let the United States know, that if any aggression is waged against us, we will cut off all oil supply to them. Not a single drop of oil for the United States!"
Venezuela currently supplies more than 15% of US oil needs, but also has seven oil refineries in US territory and over 14,000 gas stations run by CITGO, a Venezuelan-owned company. In January, the US Geological Survey (USGS) determined that Venezuela has the largest recoverable oil reserves in the world, with over 500 billion barrels and counting.
On July 1, Costa Rica, a nation whose constitution prohibits the presence of any armed forces, agreed to allow 46 warships and 7000 US marines inside its territory. Last October, Colombia signed a 10-year agreement permitting the US to occupy seven military bases and all civilian installations as necessary within its territory.
US Air Force documents from May 2009 revealed the intention behind the occupation of Colombian bases was to combat "the constant threat…of anti-US governments in the region", as well as to conduct "full spectrum military operations" throughout South America (see below).
US and Colombia Plan to Attack VenezuelaCaracas, July 24, 2010 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced this Saturday US plans to attack his country and overthrow his government. During a ceremony celebrating the 227th birthday of Independence hero Simon Bolivar, Chavez read from a secret memo he had been sent from an unnamed source inside the United States.
“Old friend, I haven’t seen you in years. As I said to you in my three prior letters, the idea remains the generation of a conflict on your western border”, read Chavez from the secret missive.
“The latest events confirm all, or almost all, of what those here discussed as well as other information that I have obtained from above”, the letter continued.
“The preparation phase in the international community, with the help of Colombia, is in plain execution”, manifested the text, referring to last Thursday’s session in the Organization of American States (OAS), during which the Colombia government accused Venezuela of harboring “terrorists” and “terrorist training camps” and gave the Chavez government a “30-day ultimatum” to allow for international intervention.
The letter continued with more details, “I told you before that the events wouldn’t begin before the 26th, but for some reason they have moved forward several actions that were supposed to be executed afterward”.
“In the United States, the execution phase is accelerating, together with a contention force, as they call it, towards Costa Rica with the pretext of fighting drug trafficking”.
On July 1, the Costan Rican government authorized 46 US war ships and 7,000 marines into their maritime and land territory.The true objective of this military mobilization, said the letter, is to “support military operations” against Venezuela.
ASSASSINATION AND OVERTHROW
“There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government”, revealed the document. President Chavez explained that “Mauricio” is a pseudynom used in these communications.
“The military operation is going to happen”, warned the text, “and those from the north will do it, but not directly in Caracas”.“They will hunt ‘Mauricio’ down outside Caracas, this is very important, I repeat, this is very important”.
President Chavez revealed that he had received similar letters from the same source alerting him to dangerous threats.He received one right before the capture of more than 100 Colombian paramilitaries in the outskirts of Caracas that were part of an assassination plan against the Venezuelan head of state, and another in 2002, just days before the coup d’etat that briefly outsted him from power.“The letter warned of snipers and the coup”, explained Chavez, “and it was right, the information was true, but we were unable to act to prevent it”.
US MILITARY EXPANSION
This information comes on the heels of the decision last Thursday to break relations between Colombia and Venezuela, made by President Chavez after Colombia’s “show” in the OAS.
“Uribe is capable of anything”, warned Chavez, announcing that the country was on maximum altert and the borders were being reinforced.
Last October, Colombia and the US signed a military agreement permitting the US to occupy seven Colombian bases and to use all Colombian territory as needed to complete missions.One of the bases in the agreement, Palanquero, was cited in May 2009 US Air Force documents as necessary to “conduct full spectrum military operations” in South America and combat the threat of “anti-US governments” in the region.
Sixteen Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian were killed when a military helicopter crashed near the Colombian border.
May 4, 2009
President Hugo Chavez said the soldiers were patrolling the 1,400-mile border separating Venezuela and Colombia when the local military base lost contact with their Mi-17 helicopter shortly after midday. The helicopter crashed in a mountainous area called El Capote, the state-run Bolivarian News Agency reported.
Two pilots and the entire crew were killed. Army Brig. Gen. Domingo Alberto Feneite and Cristian Velazquez, a civilian, were among the victims, according to the state news agency…
Neither Mr Chavez nor the Venezuelan military mentioned the cause of the crash.
The president lamented that dozens of Venezuelan soldiers have lost their lives in recent years trying during their duties to prevent violence from Colombia's decades-long armed conflict from spilling over into Venezuela.
The socialist leader also rebuked US allegations that his government has failed to prevent border incursions by Colombian rebels and right-wing paramilitaries.
"They say we don't patrol the border. How many lives has Colombia's conflict cost us Venezuelans?," Mr Chavez said.
US Spends 4 Million in 3 Years to Buy Media Overthrow of Chavez
US State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) evidence more than $4 million USD in funding to journalists and private media in Venezuela during the last three years. This funding is part of the more than $40 million USD international agencies are investing annually in anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela in an attempt to provoke regime change
The funding has been channeled directly by the State Department through three US agencies: Panamerican Development Foundation (PADF), Freedom House, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
In a blatant attempt to hide their activities, the State Department has censored the names of organizations and journalists receiving these multimillion-dollar funds. However, one document dated July 2008 mistakenly left unveiled the names of the principal Venezuelan groups receiving the funds: Espacio Publico (Public Space) and Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (Institute for Press and Society “IPYS”).
Espacio Publico and IPYS are the entities charged with coordinating the distribution of the millions in State Department funds to private media outlets and Venezuelan journalists working to promote US agenda.
The documents evidence that PADF has implemented programs in Venezuela dedicated to “enhancing media freedom and democratic institutions” and training workshops for journalists in the development and use of “innovative media technologies”, due to the alleged “threats to freedom of expression” and “the climate of intimidation and self-censorship among journalists and the media”.
According to the documents, PADF’s objective is to “strengthen independent journalists by providing them with training, technical assistance, materials and greater access to innovative internet-based technologies that expand and diversify media coverage and increase their capacity to inform the public on a timely basis about the most critical policy issues impacting Venezuela”.
However, while on paper this may appear benign, in reality, Venezuela’s corporate media outlets and journalists, together with US agencies, actively manipulate and distort information in order to portray the Venezuelan government as a “communist dictatorship” that “violates basic human rights and freedoms”.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only do media and journalists in Venezuela have a near-absolute freedom of expression, during the past decade, under the Chavez administration, hundreds of new media outlets, many community-based, have been created in order to foster and expand citizens’ access to media. Community media was prohibited under prior governments, which only gave broadcasting access to corporations willing to pay big money to maintain information monopolies in the country.
Today, corporate media outlets and their journalists use communications power to publicly promote the overthrow of the Venezuelan government. The owners and executives of these media corporations form part of the Venezuelan elite that, under the reigns of Washington, ran the country for forty years before Chavez won the presidency in 1998.
What these documents demonstrate is that Washington not only is funding Venezuelan media, in clear violation of laws that prohibit this type of “propaganda” and “foreign interference”, but also is influencing the way Venezuelan journalists perceive their profession and their political reality.
The State Department funding not only is used to create and aid media outlets that promote anti-Chavez propaganda, but also to capture Venezuelan journalists at the core – as students – in order to shape their vision of journalism and ensure their loyalty early on to US agenda.
FUNDING FOR ANTI-CHAVEZ WEB PAGES
One of the PADF programs, which received $699,996 USD from the State Department in 2007, “supported the development of independent media in Venezuela” and “journalism via innovative media technologies”. The documents evidence that more than 150 Venezuelan journalists were trained by US agencies and at least 25 web pages were created with US funding.
During the past two years, there has been a proliferation of web pages, blogs, and Twitter, MySpace and Facebook users in Venezuela, the majority of whom use these media outlets to promote anti-Chavez messages and disseminate distorted and false information about the country’s political and economic reality.
Other programs run by the State Department have selected Venezuelan students and youth to receive training in the use of these new media technologies in order to create what they call a “network of cyber-dissidents” against the Venezuelan government.
Oliver Stone and Hugo Chavez at Venice Film Festival
"South of the Border" slams US media for demonizing Chávez. "You can't get a fair hearing for Chávez. It's an outrageous caricature they've drawn of him in the Western press," Stone told Variety.
'Democratizing' Venezuela's airwaves
Apparently, Chávez also can't get a fair shake in his own country either.
"Venezuelan officials moved forward on Tuesday with efforts to 'democratize' the country's airwaves by closing nearly 30 more radio stations, a month after 34 media outlets were shuttered for 'abusing' free speech," reports Agence France-Presse. "We are democratizing the communication media and ensuring true freedom of expression," said Chávez last month.
Getting back to P-based text here