Chavez Arresting Political Opponents

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    Hugh Chav is doing his best to eliminate any opposition that might oppose him.

    Venezuelan Government Arrests Chávez Opponent - WSJ.com
     
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    obama ordered dick cheney arrested today...

    why is that not news and your OP is?
     
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    huh ??...do you have a link for this bombshell ?
     
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    How predictable...yawn.
     
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    Along with Felipe Acosta Carles and Jesus Urdaneta Hernandez, Baduel was one of the original launchers of Chavez's military conspiracy in 1982, and therefore a founder of the Bolivarian Revolutionary Army-200. (EBR-200 in Spanish.) He is thus in broad support of the same tenets of Bolivarian socialism as Chavez, and it's not entirely accurate to identify him as a "political opponent." Along with such individuals as Francisco Arias Cardenas (now re-united with Chavez), and Herma Marksman, it would be more accurate to describe him as an individual with a personal feud with Chavez, not a political one. Regardless, it's not apparent how Chavez stands to gain from "eliminating" him, since his abolition of term limits has already been passed by a referendum.

    As for Rosales, any corruption on his part would be hardly surprising, as he signed Pedro Carmona's decree that abolished critical democratic bodies in Venezuela during the coup. It's rather telling that the Wall Street Journal would mention Baduel's role in the coup, but not Rosales's, of course.

    Altogether, this is rather one-sided, and doesn't bother to investigate the possible legitimacy of corruption charges against these men.
     
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    Family doesn't arrest family! :D
     
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    Yes, but ultimately we're all biologically related, albeit extremely distantly. ;)
     
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    Well, the arrests might be a little less cynical if corruption wasn't rampant in the Chavez government.

    "Corruption, Mismanagement, and Abuse of Power in Hugo Chávez's Venezuela" by Gustavo Coronel (Cato Institute: Development Policy Analysis)

    Simple fact is that the allies of Chavez who are corrupt remain untouched because they support Chavez whereas those who are not allies are arrested. The game is as old as the day is long.
     
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    Typical acts of a tyrant! March out a vote for unlimited termship even if it gets voted down, run it out against until it passes. Then eliminate and legit candidates! He should just do what ASSSSad does, only put his name on the ballot!
     
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    I see the Stato Institute hasn't abandoned its typical propensity for inaccuracy. Bit of a shame that this one doesn't instill any of that cynicism though. :lol:

    I'm somewhat busy at the moment, but my immediate impression is that this document first seeks to be uniquely critical of Chavez while glossing over the monstrously corrupt record of Jaime Lusinchi, for instance. Little evidence is presented that the actual degree of corruption in Venezuela has increased relative to that of prior administrations; instead, raw and absolute comparisons are made without consideration of the increase in oil wealth brought about by nationalization. Then, of course, there are lines that are blatantly inaccurate, such as this one.

    So I'll have to look at this paper in greater detail.
     

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