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Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:42 PM

‘Vampire’ holiday: The passing of Chávez


‘Vampire’ holiday: The passing of Chávez
By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

March 22, 2013

Transcribed from a March 8, 2013, audio column at prisonradio.org. The writer is a political prisoner housed at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville, Pa.

The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has brought out the malicious and carnal glee of the corporate press, who report breathlessly, not only on his mortal passing, but an end to the Bolivarian Revolution.

They are the voices of their vampire, Wall Street bosses, who delight in owning more of the earth, no matter how much misery they may cause for millions.

In fact, Chávez was beloved by the vast majority of Venezuelans — poor, Indian, and African — who saw in him their rising in the world.

Upon his death, seven nations declared days of mourning in his honored memory — Cuba, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Iran. Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, decreed three days of mourning and called Chávez an inspiration of the revolutionary transformation sweeping through Latin America.

Argentina’s president, Cristina Kirchner, also ordered three days of mourning to mark the passing of Chávez.

For millions of Latin Americans, Chávez brought dignity to them, by refusing to play the puppet for El Norte — the U.S. Empire.

He helped found ALBA [the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America], the International Latin American Bank, and became, in Fidel Castro’s retirement, a son of his spirit, who learned from his mentor how to resist the Empire.

According to virtually every newspaper in America, Chávez was ‘anti-American.’ Why?

Because he refused to bow, scrape and kiss the boots of Empire?

Because he wanted the oil wealth of the nation to be used for Venezuelans, instead of investors on Wall Street?

How many of us know that CITGO provided low cost heating oil to over one and a half million Americans, and that CITGO — a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuelan oil — did so with Chávez’s blessings?

Would an ‘anti-American’ make sure that over a million Americans are warm in winter at reduced cost?

Chávez was anti-imperialist, and he opposed how the U.S. ran roughshod over Latin American countries and their independence at will.

When he took to the rostrum of the U.N. and said, “The devil was here yesterday,” and that the place “smelled of sulphur,” he was a global hit — except for U.S. puppets.

The “devil” was U.S. Imperialism, still a dangerous, drone-invading, bomb- dropping threat to millions worldwide.

Chávez, on the other hand, was loved and admired by millions, both in and out of Venezuela. ˇViva Hugo Chávez!

http://www.iacenter.org/venezuela/maj_chavez032313//

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 10:59 PM

1. Since the author told the truth, it's my conviction the fascist spinners will not attack the article

and move ahead to simply attack the author.

He told the truth, and DU posters recognize it. Good article.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:22 AM

3. So,

 

I am glad we have you on record now that attacking the author is a bad thing. I've bookmarked this post. Expect it to be cited often.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:33 AM

4. I said you can't dispute his facts. It takes a determined a-hole to try to make a weapon

from that.

We all know what your cluster tries to do here. You're not going to win, no matter how many posts you bookmark.

You know a poster is really grasping at straws when it attempts to threaten DU'ers with using their posts against them in the future. Truly shabby.

We know what you're doing here. Nothing useful to Democrats.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:41 AM

5. I didn't comment on OP at all

 

I agree with OP 100%, so why would I dispute his facts?

I just find it amusing that you said that "people who can't dispute facts will attack the author" since that's what you do multiple times per day, so I pointed out that I was glad that you are on the record now.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:07 AM

2. Chavez was not anti-American, he was anti-American policies of always

supporting dictators and their crimes against the people.

It must be hard for the anti-Democracy Globalists to see how popular the man they have worked so hard, spent so much money on smearing, is around the globe.

Any normal person would come to the conclusion that our angry, anti-everyone who demands the sovereignty and independence of their own countries, policies are harming ourselves more than anyone else. Look at the mess this country is in. It's not as if we knew how to run a democracy, we don't. At least then maybe we would have the moral authority to criticize others.

It's no wonder China is taking our place as Numero Uno in the world. They are doing what we should have done, in countries like Venezuela who have resources we need. They are signing contracts with them, making business deals, respecting them and their right to their own resources. We, otoh, are like disturbed children, running around the world, thumping our chests, whining about 'terrorists' as if no other country ever had to deal with terrorists, like Iraq eg.

But most people still do not hate America or Americans, they do despise our government though. Meantime Chavez will continue to be loved around the world, and will continue to be the nemesis of all those who would destroy democracy. Maybe even more powerful in death than he was in life.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:42 AM

6. "They are doing what we should have done, in countries like Venezuela

who have resources we need. They are signing contracts with them, making business deals, respecting them..."

Do you mean respecting business deals as in expropriating the only non-governmental electric utility company in Venezuela, (created by contract with the Venezuelan government?) Yep, I can see your point. I can't imagine why other companies are not interested in doing business in Venezuela these days.

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Response to Catherina (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 09:08 AM

7. its always informative to get a convicted murderer's opinion

on foreign policy.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 04:53 PM

8. Not as important as to let non-convicted war criminals, torturers, human rights abusers,

and their enablers and protectors influence, decide and execute US (and UK) foreign policy.

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