Friday, July 07, 2006

What's Shaking With Chavez?

Hugo Chavez never fails to provide good blogging material. He's such a busy paranoid kooky anti-American media whore that if he were the leader of a larger (or nuclear armed) country he'd be a real danger. Hat tip to Donklephant for pointing me to two of these articles. And now I present what may become a regular piece:

What's Shaking With Chavez?

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Chumming it up with Cindy Sheehan

CARACAS, Venezuela - Cindy Sheehan, who gained international fame when she camped outside President Bush’s ranch in an anti-war protest, plans to pitch her tent again, Venezuela’s president said Sunday as he urged activists worldwide to help bring down “the U.S. empire.” Chavez said Sheehan had invited him to join her April protest at Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch. Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, held a vigil outside Bush’s ranch during the president’s vacation in August, attracting some 12,000 peace activists and reinvigorating the national anti-war movement. more

Sucking Up to the Iranian Govt

Meanwhile, the firebrand presidents of Iran and Venezuela also took advantage of the 53-nation African Union summit to declare solidarity with the impoverished continent and lash out at the West.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed Iran's controversial nuclear program, which the United States and the European Union want rolled back despite Tehran's insistence that its ambitions are peaceful. more

Trying to Form an International Anti U.S. Coaltion

Chavez urges Africa to unite against US

BANJUL (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on Africa on Saturday to forge closer ties with Latin America to combat what he called a threat of U.S. hegemony.

Chavez, whose repeated criticism of America has raised hackles in Washington, called on an African Union summit to cooperate with Latin America in everything from oil production to university education to counter "colonial" meddling in developing nations. more

Venezuela's Chavez planning arms-for-oil trip to N. Korea

North Korea and Venezuela are discussing a strategic alliance motivated by a common goal — expanding anti-American forces.

During Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il in late July, the two countries are also expected to craft an oil-for-arms deal.

Venezuela's leader is most likely to fly to Pyongyang at the end of July on the occasion of his planned trip to Russia on July 25. Chavez told reporters that he plans to discuss science and technology cooperation with the North.

Analysts in Seoul say Kim and Chavez would mainly discuss forming a "strategic alliance" against the United States. more

Demanding that the U.S. and the EU apologize for Slavery

US and Europe must apologize for slavery: Chavez

BANJUL (Reuters) - Europe and the United States should apologize to Africa for the cruelties of slavery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday, calling on Africa to resist what he called modern day U.S. colonialism.

Attending a summit of African leaders in Gambia, Chavez said both Africa and Latin America had been blighted by slavery and colonialism for centuries, to the benefit of Europe and North America. More

Showing off His New Russian Made Weapons

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez marked Venezuela's independence day on Wednesday, showing off Russian fighter jets his government is planning to buy and new helicopters and rifles it purchased after Washington blocked U.S. arms sales to Caracas.

Two Sukhoi SU-30MK fighters sent from Russia roared overhead as troops, tanks and vehicles filed past Chavez and his counterparts from Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay who were visiting for a summit of the Mercosur trade bloc. He has already bought Kalashnikov rifles and attack helicopters from Russia. More

And trying to get onto the UN Security Council

Chavez challenges US over Security Council seat

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez challenged the United States on Thursday to try to block his attempt to secure a U.N. Security Council seat as he seeks to curb Washington's "imperialist" influence.

A U.N. General Assembly vote set for October to award two-year Security Council seats to five nations is the latest arena for sparring between Caracas and Washington, which views Chavez as a strongman using Venezuela's oil wealth to promote an anti-democratic agenda throughout Latin America. more

In Closing

Is Chavez a threat to to the U.S.? Not yet.

However he will eventually court every nation that bears a grudge against the U.S. and after that maybe start courting every group that bears America ill will. Hopefully he'll get voted out sooner rather than later but thats provided he doesn't make himself dictator of Venezuela.

And then the U.S. would have a real problem. Because given the sheer number of times he tries to make problems for the U.S. if he stays in office long enough he will eventually manage to become one himself. After all, those articles cover only the past 9 days reporting what he's been up to which means he's busier than a one-eyed cat watchin two mouse holes.