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Chavez gets go ahead to join Arab League at last.

category international | miscellaneous | other press author Friday July 21, 2006 18:32author by iosaf Report this post to the editors

"peace in the region"

At long last, the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela will take its place at the League of Arab states.
This is a diplomatic coup for the Latin American state, considering its not arabic or even remotely Islamic.

Only a great leader such as Hugo Chavez and his minister for African affairs Reinaldo Bolivar could have achieved such. Though detractor are quick to point out that Venezuela will at first only be an "observer state" at the League's meetings and as such won't have any power to vote or present resolutions - but the important news is this :- Hugo Chavez will get to stand in the family photos.

Hugo greets his arabic brother Amr Moussa (or it might have been Ahmed Benhelli) [they all look alike] in Caracas last Tuesday.
Hugo greets his arabic brother Amr Moussa (or it might have been Ahmed Benhelli) [they all look alike] in Caracas last Tuesday.

http://libe.com/actualite/monde/194662.FR.php
http://noticias.canalrcn.com/noticia.php3?nt=32170
http://www.europapress.es/europa2003/noticia.aspx?cod=2...ch=69
http://www.2001.com.ve/noticias_2001online.asp?registro...68159

On a serious note, analysts see this as the opening move of new attempts to create a "non-alligned block" within multi-state organisations which work in concerted effort even at the UN. This idea was first put forward by Iosaf (me) in early 2006. I think closer co-operation from kuala lumpur to the Andes will help fix the price of oil and allow for the chinese to help people like the Bolivians exploit thier natural resources at a price which globally yields more benefit to more poor people.

* Ireland is not in the League of Arab states.

author by iosafpublication date Fri Jul 21, 2006 18:39Report this post to the editors

This suggests a return to the geopolitical strategy of the first Venezuelan nationalisation of hydro-carbons and the "secret" agreement between the then Venezuelan government and the core states of the Arab League to use oil and gas pricing and supply as a lever on the USA.
That led to the "oil crises". Great fun was had by all, emissions were down, everyone was on the dole, and Israel went to war with its neighbours until the CIA and KGB assassinated everyone involved. You were all mostly kiddies but will remember the power cuts and romantic flicker of the candle light in your homes as your mammy dished out bread pudding yet again.
learn every time & do it better next

author by pat cpublication date Fri Jul 21, 2006 18:52Report this post to the editors

Collins English Dictionary says: Occam's razor n a variant spelling of Ockham's razor.

I shave with Occam's razor every morning. You can keep the archaic spelling. Anyway its named after Wiiliam of Occam.

Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate

I remember the oil squeeze that Iosaf mentions but I must have missed out on the CIA & KGB assassinations or maybe I just forgot it. So, Iosaf please give more details about these assassinations. I love a good conspiracy theory.

author by iosafpublication date Sat Jul 22, 2006 01:46Report this post to the editors

http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1064655...Num=0

included in the package are air assault planes and helicopters. Keen Chavez fans will know about the deal he signed with Spain during 2005 at the same time as neighbour Uribe of Colombia for US fighter jets "to fight the war on drugs". But that deal got really complicated when the USA exerted pressure on its NATO ally Spain and disallowed certain components relating to high tech navigation then only produced in the USA to be included in the package. This proved to be an example of the wekaness of the neo-liberal free market capitalist system, as the Spanish just tendered their EU partners ( & also NATO partners ) to copy the US technology, which the Europeans found they could do (almost as well as the Chinese in fact but with higher labour costs on account of the social welfare and pension thing). But before the order could be delivered, Venezuela went looking for rival products and once started the deal with Russia couldn't be Welshed on - which means :

Chavez has now bought 2 rounds of the same technology from rival arms markets. This surprises analysts and the sort of liberal washy types who are against arms all over the place. But at least Hugo is safe. Now all we have to see is if the loony US right will claim arms sold by either the EU or Russia to Caracas are used in the middle east.

If you're wondering where Hugo gets the money from to buy all these arms - or who he would use them against - the answera are very simple. (a) He sells oil and collects 3rd world debt from his neighbours (b) he doesn't have anyone to use them on - but they do look good in photos and keep his military happy.

That would prompt some of you (quite probably on neither the pro-Chavez or anti-Chavez side) to ask does Hugo have a problem with keeping his military happy???

Well lets put it this way - they asked for helicopters to fight cocaine barons and ended up getting 12mm F11's with Eurobus navigation systems and a whole load of shit got post Soviet fighter jets.
They're well pleased. Chavez is going from strength to strength.

author by iosafpublication date Sat Jul 22, 2006 21:51Report this post to the editors

Busy weeks these through the Summer holidays, as well as signing a less than a billion euro contract with the Russians for whatever they call mig fighters in the 21st century, chavez went to the Mercosur gig. It was in argentina coz they do good catering (c/f http://indymedia.ie/article/75832#comment159580 )

Pakistan is an observer at the Mercosur thing. They're not generally considered to be a tippy toppy democracy, latin, or producers of oil or telly. But they are very good at observing.

Castro came along as well, and got dotish, coz lets face it he really is the grand old man. older than Haughey, Paisley and Lenin put together. He reminded the leaders of the other nation states and observers of mercosur that here are many who wouldn't have expected to see him at such a gig Then at his most effective in tear jerky since the best days of the UN - he added me included. thereafter all the pathos an aged Othello called into the photoshoot could muster. Fidel Castro has truely mastered old age. Chile's mrs Bachalet nodded significantly savouring the historic moment "didn't expect to make it meself either" .....
Chavez smiled, (he's an observer but always looks good in photos) he knows all about Fidel's emotional manipulations, his blood brother is Venezuela's ambassador to Havana and he's got dinky planes now.

Outside on the street hundreds of thousands of people carried Palestinian and Lebanese flags - perhaps in response - perhaps in concert - president Kirchner of Argentina (& host leader on account of the catering and pretty good security record) reminded everyone watching that Mercosur @ least from the ocean of Bolivia to the migs of Venezuela, to the striking school kids of Chile to the cooks of Argentina to even the Brazilians who require translators to the observing mountain tops of Pakistan -

"agreed in spirit"
strength 2 strength

author by iosafpublication date Fri Jul 28, 2006 19:17Report this post to the editors

Hugo Chavez has been touring the world last few days, he went to Russia to thank them for his 53 helicopters and 34 planes ("migs") and stayed two days meeting Mr Putin (boring photo) and then taking time out to hug Kaleshnikov, the inventor of the "kaleshnikov" which Hugo says keeps his great nation safe.
Thereafter Hugo boarded Hugo 1 his presidential aircraft and flew to Qatar the emirate which alone in his brother arabic states boasts a waterworld. Quite an achievement to have a waterworld in the middle of the desert, but the Qatarans saw a tourist opportunity and with the help of Canadian architects and lots of oil dollars have suceeded in building the first disney land type water resort in the desert, where good muslim families can splash about. ( no photos )
Then yesterday Hugo went and visited Iran - they signed accords on banking, oil and shook hands.
( no photos ) I can't tell you if they talked about the succesful first launch of an alledgedly Iranian made missile in the last 24 hours by Hezbollah, or the news that the leader of HZB may be hiding in the Iranian embassy in Lebanon.

I doubt they even swapped notes on oil slick prevention, since as oil producing states they ought be expert in that sort of thing, and since an Israeli airforce attack yesterday there is a 15,000 tonnes oil spill at the coast of Beirut in Lebanon.

To put this in perspective, the Prestige was carrying 30,000 tonnes and sank off coast.

"now the little birdies are suffering too"

author by Robbieilepublication date Fri Jul 28, 2006 19:37Report this post to the editors

I have heard some strange reports lately. One being that Chavez is linking up with that unspeakable beast the Presisident of BelloRuss. Surely Chavez is not consorting with one of the last Stalinist Dictators in Europe? Hoping you can inform us further.

The second oddity I encountered were rumours that Chavez was intriguedv by Castrati singing, collected what recordings there were and was anxious to track down any existing Castrati. Elucidate further!

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