Chavez holding a victim of the flooding in the presidential palace, Miraflores.
The church in the United States calls Chávez
an atheist. Some Christians have even called for his assassination.
For instance, Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting
Network's The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition
of America, called for the murder of the Venezuelan President.
"You know, I don't know about this doctrine
of assassination, but if he (i.e., Chávez) thinks
we're trying to assassinate him, I THINK THAT WE REALLY
OUGHT TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT. It's a whole lot cheaper
than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments
will stop. But this man is a terrific danger to the
United States ... This is our sphere of influence, so
we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine,
we have other doctrines that we have announced. And
without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south,
controlling a huge pool of oil. That could hurt us very
badly. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE HIM OUT, AND I THINK
THE TIME HAS COME THAT WE EXERCISE THAT ABILITY. We
don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one,
you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier
to have some of the covert operatives do the job and
then get it over with."
My heavens! Has Robertson never read Matthew 5:21?
"Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill
shall be in danger of the judgment."
The fact is, however, Chávez, is no atheist;
he is probably more of a Christian than Robertson. Chávez
"Our Bolivarian revolution is very Christian.
I have a friend who isn't Christian, but lately has
said he is a Christian ... his name is Fidel
Castro ... I talk to [Castro] a lot about Christ
each time we see each other, and he told me recently,
'Chávez, I'm Christian ...'"
Last Fall, Chávez addressed a rapturous crowd
of poor Christians in the Bronx in New York city where
he shared the pulpit with Jesse Jackson and former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Also present were officials
from the Cuban government. As he walked into church he
was greeted with loud applause and chants of,
"Chávez, friend, the people are with
Chávez pulled a cross from his pocket and declared
himself to be an "AUTHENIC CHRISTIAN WHO SERVES THE
POOR." Chávez later said of the event:
"I felt a love for the poor people of the Bronx."
Father Roy Bourgeois, a Catholic Liberation Theologian
who is perhaps best known for leading demonstrations against
the U.S. Army's training school for Latin American military
officers (and death squad leaders) at Ft. Benning, Georgia,
said of Chávez:
"We've got a president and a government here
THAT'S ON THE SIDE OF THE POOR that is offering the
poor a vision that gives them hope and promise for a
better way of life."
In late November, Venezuela was hammered
by torrential rains and flooding that left 35 people dead
and roughly 130,000 homeless.
In late November, Venezuela was hammered by torrential rains
and flooding that left 35 people dead and roughly 130,000 homeless.
If George Bush had been president, instead of Hugo Chavez, the
displaced people would have been shunted off at gunpoint to
makeshift prison camps--like the Superdome--as they were following
Hurricane Katrina. But that's not the way that Chavez works.
The Venezuelan president quickly passed "enabling laws"
which gave him special powers to provide emergency aid and housing
to flood victims. Chavez then cleared out the presidential
palace and turned it into living quarters for 60 people, which
is the equivalent of turning the White House into a homeless
shelter. The disaster victims are now being fed and taken
care of by the state until they can get back on their feet and
return to work. [WE URGE YOU TO SEE APPENDIX
1 OF THIS ARTICLE.]
The details of Chavez's efforts have been largely omitted in
the US media where he is regularly demonized as a "leftist
strongman" or a dictator. The media refuses to acknowledge
that Chavez has narrowed —
the income gap,
provided health care for all Venezuelans,
and raised living standards across the board.
While Bush and Obama were expanding their foreign wars and
pushing through tax cuts for the rich, Chavez was busy improving
the lives of the poor and needy while fending off the latest
wave of US aggression.
Washington despises Chavez because he is unwilling to hand
over Venezuela's vast resources to corporate elites and bankers.
That's why the Bush administration tried to depose Chavez in
a failed coup attempt in 2002, and that's why the smooth-talking
Obama continues to launch covert attacks on Chavez today. Washington
wants regime change so it can install a puppet who will hand
over Venezuela's reserves to big oil while making life hell
for working people.
Recently released documents from Wikileaks show that the Obama
administration has stepped up its meddling in Venezuela's internal
affairs. Here's an excerpt from a recent post by attorney and
author, Eva Golinger:
"In a secret document authored by current Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Craig Kelly,
and sent by the US Embassy in Santiago in June 2007 to the
Secretary of State, CIA and Southern Command of the Pentagon,
along with a series of other US embassies in the region, Kelly
proposed "six main areas of action for the US government
(USG) to limit Chavez's influence" and "reassert
US leadership in the region".
Kelly, who played a primary role as "mediator" during
last year's coup d'etat in Honduras against President
Manuel Zelaya, classifies President Hugo Chavez as an "enemy"
in his report.
LEAKS REGARDING CHAVEZ FROM STATE DEPARTMENT CABLES
the enemy: We have to better understand how Chavez thinks
and what he intends...To effectively counter the threat
he represents, we need to know better his objectives
and how he intends to pursue them. This requires better
intelligence in all of our countries". Further on in
the memo, Kelly confesses that President Chavez is a
"formidable foe", but, he adds, "he certainly can be
taken". [Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans Against
Venezuela, Eva Golinger, Postcards from the Revolution]
- NO WONDER THE US GOVERNMENT
WANTS TO SHUT WILILEAKS DOWN AND SILENCE JULIAN ASSANGE.
[Please see our article, "Julian
Assange: Hunted by the US Government."]
The State Department cables show that Washington has been
funding anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela through non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) that pretend to be working for civil
liberties, human rights or democracy promotion. These groups
hide behind a facade of legitimacy, but their real purpose is
to topple the democratically elected Chavez government.
Obama supports this type of subversion just as enthusiastically
as did Bush. The only difference is the Obama team is more discreet.
[Please see our article, "Are US
Presidents Afraid of the CIA."]
Here's another clip from Golinger with some of the details
on the money-trail:
"In Venezuela, the US has been supporting anti-Chavez
groups for over 8 years, including those that executed the
coup d'etat against President Chavez in April 2002.
Since then, the funding has increased substantially. A May
2010 report evaluating foreign assistance to political groups
in Venezuela, commissioned by the National Endowment for Democracy,
revealed that more than $40 million USD annually is channeled
to anti-Chavez groups, the majority from US agencies.... [Please
see our article on the way the NGOs attempted to topple Chavez,
"The AFL-CIO and Death Squads."]
"Venezuela stands out as the Latin American nation where
NED has most invested funding in opposition groups during
2009, with $1,818,473 USD, more than double from the year
before....Allen Weinstein, one of NED's original founders,
revealed once to the Washington Post, "What we
do today was done clandestinely 25 years ago by the CIA..."
(America's Covert "Civil Society Operations":
US Interference in Venezuela Keeps Growing", Eva
Golinger, Global Research) [Please see our article, "The
Devil Was Here."]
Larry Palmer: a black "toady" to America's
On Monday, the Obama administration revoked the visa of Venezuela's
ambassador to Washington in retaliation for Chávez's
rejection of nominee Larry Palmer as American ambassador in
Caracas. Palmer has been openly critical of Chavez saying there
were clear ties between members of the Chavez administration
and leftist guerrillas in neighboring Colombia. It's a roundabout
way of accusing Chavez of terrorism. Even worse, Palmer's background
and personal history suggest that his appointment might pose
a threat to Venezuela's national security. Consider the comments
of James Suggett of Venezuelanalysis on Axis of Logic:
"Take a look at Palmer's history, working with the U.S.-backed
oligarchs in the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Paraguay, and
Sierra Leone, South Korea, Honduras, "promoting the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)." Just as the U.S.
ruling class appointed an African-American, Barack Obama to
replace George W. Bush with everything else intact, Obama
in turn, appoints Palmer to replace Patrick Duddy who was
involved in the attempted coup against President Chávez
in 2002 and an enemy of Venezuelans throughout his term as
U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela."
Venezuela is already crawling with US spies and saboteurs.
They don't need any help from agents working inside the embassy.
Chavez did the right thing by giving Palmer the thumbs down
The Palmer nomination is just "more of the same";
more interference, more subversion, more trouble-making. The
State Dept was largely responsible for all of the so-called
color-coded revolutions in Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan
etc; all of which were cookie cutter, made-for-TV events that
pitted the interests of wealthy capitalists against those of
the elected government. Now Hillary's throng want to try the
same strategy in Venezuela. It's up to Chavez to stop them,
which is why he's pushed through laws that "regulate, control
or prohibit foreign funding for political activities".
Cracking down on NGOs is the only way he can defend against
US meddling and protect Venezuelan sovereignty.
Chavez is also using his new powers to reform the financial
sector. Here's an excerpt from an article titled "Venezuelan
National Assembly Passes Law Making Banking a "Public Service":
"Venezuela's National Assembly on Friday approved new
legislation that defines banking as an industry 'of public
service,' requiring banks in Venezuela to contribute more
to social programs, housing construction efforts, and other
social needs while making government intervention easier when
banks fail to comply with national priorities."...
"The new law protects bank customers' assets in the event
of irregularities on the part of owners... and stipulates
that the Superintendent of Banking Institutions take into
account the best interest of bank customers — and not
only stockholders... when making any decisions that affect
a bank's operations."
So why isn't Obama doing the same thing? Is he too afraid of
real change or is he just Wall Street's lackey? Here's more
from the same article:
"In an attempt to control speculation, the law limits
the amount of credit that can be made available to individuals
or private entities by making 20% the maximum amount of capital
a bank can have out as credit. The law also limits the formation
of financial groups and prohibits banks from having an interest
in brokerage firms and insurance companies.
"The law also stipulates that 5% of pre-tax profits of all
banks be dedicated solely to projects elaborated by communal
councils. 10% of a bank’s capital must also be put into a
fund to pay for wages and pensions in case of bankruptcy.
"According to 2009 figures provided by Softline Consultores,
5% of pre-tax profits in Venezuela's banking industry last
year would have meant an additional 314 million bolivars,
or $73.1 million dollars, for social programs to attend the
needs of Venezuela's poor majority."
SPECULATORS… Winning big and losing big but whose money?
"Control speculation"? Now there's a novel idea.
Naturally, opposition leaders are calling the new laws "an
attack on economic liberty", but that's pure baloney. Chavez
is merely protecting the public from the predatory practices
of bloodthirsty bankers. Most Americans wish that Obama would
do the same thing.
According to the Wall Street Journal, "Chávez
has threatened to expropriate large banks in the past if they
don't increase loans to small-business owners and prospective
home buyers, this time he is increasing the pressure publicly
to show his concern for the lack of sufficient housing for Venezuela's
28 million people."
Caracas suffers from a massive housing shortage that's gotten
much worse because of the flooding. Tens of thousands of people
need shelter now, which is why Chavez is putting pressure on
the banks to lend a hand. Of course, the banks don't want to
help so they've slipped into crybaby mode. But Chavez has shrugged
off their whining and put them "on notice". In fact,
on Tuesday, he issued this terse warning:
"Any bank that slips up...I'm
going to expropriate it, whether it's Banco Provincial,
or Banesco or Banco Nacional de Crédito."
Bravo, Hugo. In Chavez's Venezuela the basic needs of ordinary
working people take precedent over the profiteering of cutthroat
banksters. Is it any wonder why Washington
God bless you all!
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Throughout Latin America a rich tapestry has long existed
when it comes to Catholics who have fought with the poor
and challenged the establishment. The Brazilian Franciscan
Friar Frei Betto, Monseñor Óscar Romero
of El Salvador, and Father Camilo Torres who left the
order in the mid-1960s and joined the Army of National
Liberation (ELN) in Colombia are all examples of this
coming together of politics and theology. Marxists, Christians
and left-wing politics mix in this region like in few
Franciscan Friar Frei Betto, Monseñor Óscar Romero of El Salvador, and Father Camilo Torres
With this in mind, it is interesting to follow relations
between the Catholic Church and the President of Venezuela,
Hugo Chávez Frías, who is himself a believer
For a start, much evidence indicates that the Chávez
administration is genuinely engaged in a series of ambitious
policies aimed at reducing poverty and forging Latin American
integration. Secondly, if President Chávez is sincere
about his religious beliefs, his stance is certainly not
out of kilter with the actions of countless Catholics
throughout Latin American history who have also run into
conflict with Church authorities.
Regarding the first point, a brief look at the practices
of past Venezuelan governments highlights why Venezuela
needs the radical change currently underway. In the past,
previous administrations in Caracas were all too keen
to sell the US cheap oil under market value while they
in turn siphoned state profits through PDVSA, the state-owned
oil company. According to one Business Week report
last year, the country today, "is a far cry from
the 1990s, when Venezuela welcomed the big oil companies
to invest in marginal fields at a time of low prices."
Having negotiated new joint ventures, the report notes
that "Chávez has sharply hiked royalties and
taxes on these operations to an effective take of more
than 80%" while the revenues themselves are spent
on, "lavish programs for Venezuela's poor, from monthly
stipends for needy students to rice-and-beans subsidies
for the barrios."
BARBARA WALTERS' INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT CHÁVEZ
ABC News' Barbara Walters sat down with President Hugo
Chavez of Venezuela for an interview in which Chavez shares
his views on the United States, President Bush and America's
2008 presidential elections. Video: ABC News
Speaking at the Pastoral Action Center in New York in
2005, President Chávez stated his admiration for
Jesus Christ because,
"He confronted the religious hierarchies. He confronted
the economic power of the time. He preferred death in
the defense of his humanistic ideals, and fostered change..."
Speaking with Chilean sociologist Marta Harnecker about
his close encounter with death during the April 2002 coup—the
soldiers assigned to execute him refused to carry out
their orders—President Chávez said,
"I began to recite my prayers with my crucifix.
I was ready to die with my dignity."
Maybe due to his close brush with death or the fact that
the late Cardinal Ignacio Velasco signed the 'Carmona
decree', which dismantled the country's democratic institutions
by "Dictator-For-a-Day," businessman Pedro Carmona,
Chávez bitterly condemned Velasco's stance during
the two day coup. Monsignor Roberto Luckert—also an outspoken
opponent of Chávez—was going to hell, according
to the President, to which Luckert responded that if that
was the case, Chávez is 'going to hell, too'. As
if the flames were not hot enough, US televangelist Pat
Robinson in August 2005 called for Chávez's assassination.
Recently, however, events have taken a turn for the better
with Chávez stating that:
"The Catholic Church, its priests at all levels,
(should) take a step toward the forefront of the debate...You
are welcome in the debate on building socialism, our
socialism." In return, the Venezuelan Episcopal
Conference has called for a "style of socialism
that upholds free speech, tolerates opposing views and
respects religious education."
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