Soviet cogitations: 4390 Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 16 Jun 2004, 17:30 Politburo
26 Nov 2008, 17:44
Summery, as good as any, from the article:
Sean Penn wrote:
Soon to be Vice President-elect Joe Biden was rallying the troops: "We can no longer be energy dependent on Saudi Arabia or a Venezuelan dictator." Well, I know what Saudi Arabia is. But having been to Venezuela in 2006, touring slums, mixing with the wealthy opposition and spending days and hours at its president's side, I wondered, without wondering, to whom Senator Biden was referring. Hugo ChÃ¡vez FrÃas is the democratically elected president of Venezuela (and by democratically elected I mean that he has repeatedly stood before the voters in internationally sanctioned elections and won large majorities, in a system that, despite flaws and irregularities, has allowed his opponents to defeat him and win office, both in a countrywide referendum last year and in regional elections in November). And Biden's words were the kind of rhetoric that had recently led us into a life-losing and monetarily costly war, which, while toppling a shmuck in Iraq, had also toppled the most dynamic principles upon which the United States was founded, enhanced recruitment for Al Qaeda and deconstructed the US military.
By now, October 2008, I had digested my earlier visits to Venezuela and Cuba and time spent with ChÃ¡vez and Fidel Castro. I had grown increasingly intolerant of the propaganda...
...I had three primary motivations for this trip: to include the voices of Brinkley and Hitchens, to deepen my understanding of ChÃ¡vez and Venezuela and excite my writing hand, and to enlist ChÃ¡vez's support in encouraging the Castro brothers to meet with the three of us in Havana. While my understanding through Fernando was that this third piece of the puzzle had been approved and confirmed, somewhere in the cultural, language and telephonic exchanges there had been a misunderstanding. Meanwhile, CBS News was expecting a report from Brinkley, Vanity Fair was expecting one from Hitchens and I was writing on behalf of The Nation.
I found the article interesting enough, thought other people might want to read it as well. Here it is.
Alis Volat Propriis; Tiocfaidh Ar La; Proletarier Aller Länder, Vereinigt Euch!
Soviet cogitations: 231 Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 May 2008, 04:27 Pioneer
26 Nov 2008, 22:12
Good Article. A lot of the bullshit that comes from politicians & the media about Cuba and Venezuela is ridiculous. I cringe everytime I hear someone say Chavez is a dictator or when someone says the Castros are committing genocide on the Cuban people.
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