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Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:05 PM

Hugo Chavez depicted as tyrant for challenging western oil domination: McQuaig

Hugo Chavez depicted as tyrant for challenging western oil domination: McQuaig
Venezuelan leader redirected vast sums of national wealth to the swollen ranks of Venezuela’s poor.


/ PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA MCQUAIG
Columnist Linda McQuaig with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez after she interviewed him at the presidential palace in Caracas for her 2004 book on the oil industry, 'It’s the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet.'

Had Hugo Chavez followed the pattern of many Third World leaders and concentrated on siphoning off his nation’s wealth for personal gain, he would have attracted little attention or animosity in the West.

Instead, he did virtually the opposite — redirecting vast sums of national wealth to the swollen ranks of Venezuela’s poor, along with free health care and education. No wonder he alienated local elites, who are used to being first in line at the national trough.

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He was accused of muzzling the press, although anyone who’s ever turned on a TV in Caracas knows there’s no shortage of Fox News-style media outlets carrying a frothy mix of celebrities, U.S. sitcoms and anti-Chavez tirades.

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What actually appears to have infuriated the western establishment was Chavez’s audacity in challenging — and scoring some victories against — western dominance of the world economy.

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Up until the 1970s, the major western oil companies, known as the Seven Sisters, controlled the world oil market through a cartel established at a secret retreat at Achnacarry Castle in Scotland in 1928. The Achnacarry agreement set out in detail how the companies would maintain their lucrative control of oil markets into the future, setting quotas among themselves, never competing with each other and preventing competitors from getting in on the action. (Page 41)

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http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/03/12/hugo_chavez_depicted_as_tyrant_for_challenging_western_oil_domination_mcquaig.html

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Reply Hugo Chavez depicted as tyrant for challenging western oil domination: McQuaig (Original post)
Catherina Mar 2013 OP
Demeter Mar 2013 #1
ocpagu Mar 2013 #2
Judi Lynn Mar 2013 #3
bvar22 Mar 2013 #4
Catherina Mar 2013 #6
bemildred Mar 2013 #5
Catherina Mar 2013 #7
bvar22 Mar 2013 #8
Catherina Mar 2013 #9
ocpagu Mar 2013 #12
polly7 Mar 2013 #10
indepat Mar 2013 #11

Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:20 PM

1. Viva Chavez Para Siempre!

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:43 PM

2. Right on.

 

"Had Hugo Chavez followed the pattern of many Third World leaders and concentrated on siphoning off his nation’s wealth for personal gain, he would have attracted little attention or animosity in the West."

If Chávez was willing to use his oil to grant new private jets, islands and expensive cars of half a dozen billionaires, instead of using it to help dozens of millions of people in need, he would receive a quite a positive covering by Western press. If, on top of that, he was another of those crazy right-winger "banana-republic" generals, slaughtering people by the thousands and ignoring the needs of his country, quartering the nation's riches to the delight of big business, he would probably be a great pal of US and used as a "role model" to Latin America by the usual media parrots - which are probably the only "progressives" of the planet that only criticize leftist governments and only praise right-wing nuts.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:59 PM

3. Love Linda McQuaig's way with words! Brava.

Venezuela's putrid elites are most surely the ones used to being first in line at the "national trough" and as we all know, they sucked it all up, and there was NO "trickle down" leftovers for the vast poor majority.

Thanks for this great article.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 02:30 PM

4. I regret that I only havbe one REC to give to this thread.

Last edited Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:57 PM - Edit history (2)

Under the Chavez Presidency,
Venezuela was not in debt to international bankers.

Venezuela did not borrow cash from the International Monetary Fund for any "structural adjustments".

Venezuela used oil money for social services, and to assist other Latin American countries in developing their OWN resources independent from the IMF and predatory Global Corporations.

The Ruling Elite 1% are forced to demonize Chavez because
he set a very bad example for the developing world
by keeping those resources for the people of Venezuela,
and OUT of the hands of the Global Corporations and the Global Ownership Class.


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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:06 PM

6. I wish I could rec your post because it spells out the fundamental truth

And then Hugo committed heresies like letting Morales pay for his oil in cows and coming to the rescue of defenseless countries like Haiti that were being squeezed dry by the same people who still think nothing of of trading in human flesh to slave away for generations.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:03 PM

5. It's always about the money.

Anybody that thinks something as sacred as money should just be handed out to poor people because they need it is clearly all set to tyrannize the rich, elected or not.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 03:08 PM

7. Tyranized, terrorized. Those poor innocent lambs lol

Well said

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 07:11 PM

8. I only have one Rec,

but I can kick important threads.

The part that makes me CRAZY, is that out Foreign Policy toward Latin America NEVER changes,
Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter.
We WILL support Right Wing Police States,
and condemn emerging true Populist Democracies.

You would think that in a country that pays so much Lip Service to "DEMOCRACY", our Foreign Policy would reflect this "love" for open Democracy,
but that OPPOSITE is true,
again, Democrat/Republican doesn't matter.
There is absolute bi-partisan agreement in demonizing these democracies.
I was unpleasantly surprised to find that Hillary and John Kerry were a couple of Chavez' harshest critics.


VIVA Democracy!
I PRAY we get some here soon!
WE outnumber THEM.



You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.
Solidarity99!
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Response to bvar22 (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 08:22 PM

9. That part drives me crazy too

Do you speak Spanish? Or read French? Chavez sang quite a little song about the mutual lack of love between him and the lady in red. I think it's as funny as hell. He's not mean about anything as he responds to some nonsense Hillary said about how the Venezuelan people were suffering so, but he doesn't mince his response either.



And Heinz... The grudge Kerry and his wife have isn't going away until they get all their lucrative holdings back. You probably know this already but posting it for the record


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Chavez's Robin Hood thing, shifting oil money from the rich to the poor, would have been grudgingly tolerated by the US. But Chavez, who told me, "We are no longer an oil colony," went further - too much further, in the eyes of the American corporate elite.

Venezuela had landless citizens by the millions - and unused land by the millions of acres tied up, untilled, on which a tiny elite of plantation owners squatted. Chavez's congress passed a law in 2001 requiring untilled land to be sold to the landless. It was a program long promised by Venezuela's politicians at the urging of John F. Kennedy as part of his "Alliance for Progress."

Plantation owner Heinz Corporation didn't like that one bit. In retaliation, Heinz closed its ketchup plant in the state of Maturin and fired all the workers. Chavez seized the Heinz plant and put the workers back on the job. Chavez didn't realize that he'd just squeezed the tomatoes of America's powerful Heinz family and Mrs. Heinz' husband, Sen. John Kerry (now, Obama's nominee for US Secretary of State).

Or, knowing Chavez as I do, he didn't give a damn.

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http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/13800-big-oil-big-ketchup-and-the-assassination-of-hugo-chavez



Venezuelan Authorities Seize Idle Heinz Ketchup Plant

By GREGORY WILPERT – VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM
Caracas, Venezuela, September 9, 2005—Venezuelan military seized a Heinz Ketchup plant in Venezuela’s Monagas state last Monday. Heinz company representatives complained that the seizure represented, “a violation of property rights and free trade as well as due process.” Venezuela’s Minister for Agriculture and Land, Antonio Albarrán, argued, though, that 80% of the plant actually belongs to the workers and that Heinz bought the plant illegally in 1996. The plant has been closed for nearly a decade, according to Albarrán.

The take-over of the Heinz plant in the town of Caicara, Monagas, was carried out by Venezuelan troops at the request of the pro-Chavez state governor, José Gregorio Briceńo. The move comes at a time that the Chavez government is investigating over 700 closed enterprises, evaluating them for their suitability for worker takeovers, via expropriation.

Workers at many other factories and businesses have begun taking matters in their own hands, not waiting for the government to act in the expropriation of idle factories.

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According to Máspero there are currently eight businesses in Venezuela that workers have occupied, to which belongs the Heinz plant in Monagas. Others include Probamasa, a corn processing plant owned by the food and beverage company Polar; a plant belonging to the dairy company Parmalat, in Machiques; Parmalat in Barquisimeto; Sideroca Proacero in Cabimas; the valve factory Inveval in Los Teques; the paper plant Invepal in Morón; and the meat-packing company Fribarsa in Barinas. Only two of these, Inveval and Invepal, have completed the full legal procedure for turning the plants over to the workers.

Máspero explained, “First we occupy and then we resolve the issue of ownership, as there is always a reason for the occupation.” As an example she cited the recently occupied Promabrasa, where “the workers told us that for over six months now the business owes them back pay. We requested an inspection by the Ministry of Labor and they are carrying out all the legal procedures.”

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PUBLISHED ON SEP 9TH 2005 AT 1.00AM
http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/1352

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Response to Catherina (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 16, 2013, 01:56 AM

12. LOL.

 

Hilarious video. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:29 PM

10. Thanks for this Catherina. nt.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:56 PM

11. Enough to make one wonder of all the governments the U.S. has had a hand in over-throwing since

WWII, how many had leaders in the Chavez mold who tried to use the nation's wealth/resources to provide better lives for its people, especially the poor, and how many of those leaders were essentially in bed with big oil and the like. With our national policies largely driven by right-wing priorities/agenda since WWII, the U.S., imo, has been unwilling to tolerate the impertinence of a leader/government that strives to promote the general welfare of their own citizens rather than the welfare of big oil et al.

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