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Bush, It Seems Has Lost Venezuela
By Joseph Ehrlich
SenderBerl & Sons

One of our clients just forwarded us this report. If true and accurate and we have no reason to 
believe it not to be so, Bush has lost Venezuela. Thereby, he is under incredible pressure to 
attack Iraq.

Now, as to the boarding of the North Korean cargo ship. We believe this may be a set up. For what? 
North Korea no doubt may board a cargo ship for Taiwan with US military supplies.

This is seriously out of hand. Bush must be ordered to stand down. He is losing. You have to know 
when to call a major time out.

Now, we want to say this one more time. If Bush goes into Iraq and it appears he has captured 
Baghdad, do not become complacent due to the appearance of a victory. We assure you that China and 
the Arab/islamic nations have planned against such an event.

This is all serious, serious, serious. This is not a video game. Moreover, war, battle and conflict 
is not the same it was before. It is time we show intelligence and put our best minds to the task 
and open up truth to public discussion, where it will become apparent that we are upon the wrong, 
not the right path.

Joseph Ehrlich
Sender, Berl & Sons Inc.
December 10, 2002 9:00 PM

Venezuelan Majority Takes to the Streets, Coup Plotters Hide

By Al Giordano
A Narco News Breaking News Editorial

These are the hours of immediate history.

As in Eastern Europe 13 years ago, the final defeat of dictatorial power in Venezuela came last 
night at the doors of its "control rooms" - the TV stations.

On Monday night, the Venezuelan majority - unwilling to allow an upper-class economic coup d'etat 
that poses dishonestly as a "strike" to unseat its democratically elected government - took to the 
streets on a scale only seen once before in the nation's modern history; as they had last April, 
when they turned back a military coup d'etat.

By early Tuesday morning the masses had every Commercial TV station in the nation surrounded. Their 
weapons were nonviolent and theatrical: pots, pans, fireworks and thousands of defiant but smiling 

Only at one TV installation in one of the outlying provinces - in Maracay State - did the public 
actually invade the facilities of a station that uses the public airwaves. Everywhere else, 
including at all the national TV stations in Caracas, immense restraint has been shown by the 
masses protesting outside of them.

The bluff of the former ruling class and its media - that their top-down imposed sabotage of the 
Venezuelan economy and oil industry of the past week is somehow a popular "strike" - has been 
called. The "strike leaders," including corrupt oil union boss Carlos Ortega, have, in recent 
hours, disappeared from public view, abandoning their own supporters among the upper classes.

To make sure the coup plotters don't flee the country, the neighbors of Simón Bolívar International 
Airport near Caracas have surrounded the airport as well.

The coup supporters, including the rogue ex-military officials from April's attack on democracy who 
in recent days have called unsuccessfully for military coup, promptly abandoned Plaza Altamira last 
night, their physical base: the public stage they had occupied continuously for the past few weeks.

Coup Plotters' Plaza Altamira is Empty

Confronted with the rising of the more massive and true majority of Venezuelan Civil Society, the 
rogue officers and the elite of Caracas have retreated, returning to their homes to watch the 
conflict on TV as fireworks boom in the air all around them.

Meanwhile, the ostensible "mediator" of the conflict has cynically called for government repression 
against the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators assembled outside the TV stations. With that 
action, Cesar Gaviria has lost any illusory credibility in his aspiration to "mediate" the 
Venezuelan conflict. He should return to Washington immediately.

Gaviria, Go Home
Gaviria, secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), has just squandered 
whatever credibility the organization tenuously had as mediator in the Venezuelan conflict. He 
should leave Caracas immediately - where he has become a destabilizing force against democracy and 
constitutional rule - and cease posing as a "mediator" of a power-struggle in which he is, now 
transparently, a partisan player.

On the very same day - Monday, December 9th - that the permanent council of the Organization of 
American States (OAS), representing all nations in América, stated that "all the countries of the 
hemisphere ratify unanimously our support for Venezuelan democracy," the OAS chairman, in Caracas, 
showed his contempt for that same Venezuelan democracy and the right of public assembly.

According to the French Press Agency (AFP), Gaviria "condemned" peaceful demonstrations by the 
Venezuelan people outside of pro-coup TV stations Globovision, Venevision, and other commercial 
media corporations. The "news coverage" of those media companies in recent days has been at extreme 
levels of simulation and dishonesty even for them: the people have had enough. Terming the popular 
assemblies as "acts of intimidation" against a "free press," Gaviria called upon the Chávez 
government to use repression against the demonstrators.

"The secretary general of the OAS is deeply worried about the acts of intimidation against the 
installations of some of the principal media of the country such as Radio Caracas Television, the 
De Armas Group, Venevision and Globovision," Gaviria stated through an OAS press release from the 
posh Melia Hotel in Downtown Caracas, according to AFP.

Gaviria expressed his "condemnation of such acts that put freedom of speech at serious risk," 
reported AFP, and made "an urgent call upon the authorities to take immediate action to cease such 
threats. There can be no doubt that press freedom and free speech are two totally consistent 
elements with the existence of democratic principles."

But in calling for government action against the free speech rights of the people to peaceably 
assemble, Gaviria revealed the false discourse of Power regarding "press freedom." For Gaviria (and 
some corporate "press freedom" organizations), the libertinism of a paid press takes priority over 
the liberty of free speech by all the people. Nothing is more frightening to them - nor more 
important for Authentic Democracy - than a scenario in which the masses confront this era's 
hijacking of the public airwaves by an elite minority.

For the past week, coup supporters demonstrated (as is their right, too) outside of Venezuela's 
public TV station, without a single word of protest from Gaviria or any "press freedom" 
organization, and without any repression from the Chávez government. Gaviria certainly did not term 
those demonstrations as "threats" or call on the State to "cease" them, as he did yesterday against 
the more popular demonstrations against media simulation.

The Venezuelan people have every right and duty to demonstrate outside of the commercial TV 
stations. Those media companies backed the failed April 2002 coup d'etat in that country with a big 
lie that "Chávez Resigned" when twice-elected President Hugo Chávez had not. For the past week, 
those commercial TV stations have nakedly attempted to provoke another coup by inventing another 
big lie - parroted by most of the U.S. and English-language press corps - that a management imposed 
work lockout in some sectors is somehow a "general strike." Like "Chávez Resigned," the use of the 
term "strike" is this week's big lie; repeated ad nauseam in the hope that it will be believed by 
the gullible among us.

The problem for the Big Liars is that the Venezuelan majority didn't buy it. The people - having 
watched foreign companies like McDonald's, Wendy's and British Petroleum lock their workers out for 
the imposed "strike" while the small neighborhood shopkeepers and businesses remained open - have, 
in this month of December of 2002, showed the world that "the big lie theory" for controlling 
public opinion no longer works.

Who the Hell is Cesar Gaviria?
Gaviria, the former Colombian president (1990-1994), was the chief beneficiary of the assassination 
of popular Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan, whose elimination cleared the way 
for the Gaviria presidency. Gaviria was the president who allowed paramilitary death squads to gain 
a foothold in Colombia. It was Gaviria who sold his nation's sovereignty to foreign powers and 
betrayed his own attorney general Gustavo de Greiff, after de Greiff had defied Washington by 
calling for drug legalization. And it was Gaviria who Washington later installed as 
secretary-general of the OAS in order to pave the way for Plan Colombia and military intervention 
in that country.

In recent days, Gaviria has ostensibly been in Venezuela as a "mediator" of the conflict between 
the oil-soaked oligarchy on one side and the supporters of the Constitutional democracy and the 
Chávez government on the other.

Washington's discourse this week has been to feign support for democracy in Venezuela (while 
Spaniard intelligence operatives from Europe handled the hands-on dirty work of this most recent 
coup attempt) by making proclamations of support for Gaviria as mediator.

Now that Gaviria has called for State repression against the peaceful assemblies spreading like 
wildfire tonight throughout Venezuela, the true goals of this US-backed act of "Mediation Theater" 
are obvious to all reasonable observers. This was an attempted coup in strike's clothing.

Foreign powers and billionaire economic interests tried to fix the game by installing their own 
referee, Cesar Gaviria, in Caracas. But he's not an umpire or referee. He's a player for the team 
that has now lost the contest, an advocate for destabilization and repression, and it is time for 
Gaviria to get the hell out of the stadium.

The only possible "mediator" of this dispute cannot be the commercial media nor foreign interests: 
It is, and will be, the Venezuelan people who now make the calls.

<>Lea Ud. el Artículo en Español

Excerpt from E-mail received tonight:

Venezuelan Crisis indicates U.S. oil price spikes and recession imminent... One of America's 
largest oil suppliers is about to stop deliveries.

Here is a link to the actual article (which is fairly short):

As the pressure on oil rises, the story becomes more interesting and Bush's urgency in capturing 
Iraqi oil now intensifies.

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