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16 November 2007 @ 04:56 pm
More news on Venezuela  

President Chávez is pushing for some constitutional reforms, among them removal of term limits only for the office of president.

From the end (page 2):

Chávez, who recently hinted at staying in power until 2031, might also be preparing for resistance if oil proceeds fail to prove abundant enough to finance his ambitions.

One of the reforms allows him to declare states of emergency during which he can shut down television stations and newspapers.
Current Mood: worriedworried
Kat: Programkat_chan on November 17th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Maybe he figures that if Musharaff can do it, and the US won't stop supporting him, what's he got to lose? It could even help relations with the US!
Hein: slotmachinefub on November 17th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
It is almost as if the worldwide reserve of democracy is running out. Six years ago, something terrible happened, and since then our governments use that to spy on us and to regulate what we do, see or hear. And if that doesn't work, well, there is always the pretext of battling against child pornography to create a state-wide website blacklist to control the population!
Dr3Am3nder: megesellschaftoi on November 18th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
I caught a couple clips on youtube from a couple different networks basically saying that RP supports like me who donated money this 5th "are in bed with islamofascists" - direct quote from one of them. Venezuela voting for Chavez and supporters into offices is no different than, if our votes weren't rigged and the presidential weren't decided by electoral council (or a judge), everyone voting into office green or libertarian party members. I love what Venezuela has.. for Venezuela, so don't get me wrong.. sure, some good things can be learned, but what I personally want is to return to limited central government and putting the power back into the constitution and bill of rights that have been so viciously eroded.
Dr3Am3nder: turkeygesellschaftoi on November 18th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
While most media were touting that they "believed" chavez supporters were killing and rioting I was watching video of opposition rioting, throwing tear gas, and setting fires as chavez supporters hid in a building on campus (and no one ever died). It's a shame that media hasn't even set that one strait yet. :) I also liked reading how a few thousand opposition students made a march, throwing rocks, setting a vehicle on fire, I think it was on the 3rd, just to generally ignore the hundred thousand plus of chavez supporters who peacefully marched just a couple days later flooding the streets (both in regards to the voting on constitutional revisions). Also interesting how most media leaves out comparing to other countries as it is the case with many and most EU nations that there is no term limit.. after all, there still has to be a vote, and Venezuela's notably open, fair, and well monitored by multiple internal and outside agencies. I've read briefs on most the proposed changes, and they are mostly minor and bring more power to the local arena / decentralizing.. so it's difficult to stomach the "dictator" stuff spouted by some.
Here's an article I came across today http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/2845
It's also annoying the spat there was over the king of spain telling chavez to shut up, since neither of them seem to think it's that big an issue, and also lie and say he called the king a fascist.. when what was really said was in reference to the former.. who indeed had/has direct ties to the fascist regime of old.. and also leave out that spain's own documents and statements have verified that indeed, the former king had indeed prior knowledge and active support of the attempted military coup to set up a dictatorship in 2002. It's a real political nightmare, and very embarrassing.. much as it is to live in a country that has in place the legal framework for creating a true dictatorship to attack a country like Venezuela in the media.. sorta ironic.
Tried as I did, I couldn't find the article I'd read last week.. it was good news, mayor of London met with representative members of I believe it was 11 other nations (Finland is the only other one I recall off the top of my head) to discuss support of Venezuela, tout the accomplishments in health care, education, transportation, the orchestras, foreign relations, and the shame of the portrayal by major media in some governments.
Dr3Am3nder: megesellschaftoi on November 18th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: heh
heh found some, may shift but was on the front page here:
also has some articles following.. looks like I've some reading to do. :)
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on November 18th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: heh
The proposed reform of Article 21 would add sexual orientation and health to the categories under which discrimination is prohibited.
The proposed reform of Article 64 would lower the voting age to 16, following the lead of Austria, Nicaragua and Brazil.
The proposed reform of Article 82 would codify the right the adequate housing for all Venezuelans and prohibit the state from taking any home as part of a judicial sanction.
The proposed reform of Article 87 would call for the creation of a social security fund for those Venezuelans that are self-employed or in the informal sector.
The proposed reform of Article 90 would decrease the workweek from 44 hours to 36 hours.
The proposed reform of Article 98 would protect the creation and communication of cultural goods.
The proposed reform of Article 100 would formally recognize and protect Afro-Venezuelan heritage and culture.
The proposed reform of Article 103 would articulate the right to education for all Venezuelans, and mandate that all public education through university be free of charge.
The proposed reform of Article 158 would mandate that the government take all steps to ensure the active participation of the citizenry in the country’s democratic system.
The proposed reform of Article 272 would establish that the Venezuelan penitentiary system direct its efforts towards the full rehabilitation of prisoners and respect their human rights during incarceration.