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U.S.: Democracy in Venezuela in Peril
Friday November 18, 2005 7:01 AM
By HARRY DUNPHY

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democracy in Venezuela is in grave peril because President Hugo Chavez is trying to concentrate power in his own hands, a top State Department official said Thursday.

Newly appointed Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, in charge of Latin American affairs, told a congressional committee that Chavez's government was "subverting democratic institutions by using them to restrict the rights of those who disagree with it, slowly undermining economic freedoms and rejecting the opportunities of globalization.''



Shannon's remarks were the latest in a verbal battle between the Bush administration and Chavez. At this month's Summit of the Americas, Chavez led a protest against U.S. policies and opposed President Bush's efforts to win support for a hemisphere-wide free trade zone.



In a speech Thursday night in Venezuela, Chavez called President Bush "an assassin'' and accused the United States of meddling in his country's affairs.


"The people of the United States are governed by an assassin ... a crazy man!'' said Chavez, a self-style revolutionary.



Chavez, first elected in 1998 and up for re-election next year, insists he supports democracy and accuses the U.S. government of falsely branding him authoritarian because it disagrees with his socialist policies. He has close ties with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.



Shannon said Chavez was centralizing power in the executive and politicizing the judiciary.



"The impact on the civic, political and economic life of the country is evident in increased self censorship by the media, lack of public confidence in the electoral system, reluctance to express disagreement with government policies for fear of retribution and capital flight,'' Shannon said.



Shannon said the Bush administration was working with the 34-nation Organization of American States, the European Union and others, "sensitizing them to the threat to regional stability posed by the Venezuelan government's arms shopping spree and its support for radical political movements.''



In May, the Chavez government signed an agreement with Russia to purchase 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. Bush has expressed concern the weapons could fall into the hands of groups such as leftist rebels in Colombia.

Texas: Democracy in U.S. in Peril
Friday November 18, 2005 7:01 PM
By L. Savage

Texas (TNP) - Democracy in the U.S. is in grave peril because President George W. Bush is trying to concentrate power in his own hands, a top Venezuelan official said Thursday.

Newly appointed Secretary Daniel Lopez, in charge of Latin American affairs, told a congressional committee that Bush's government was "subverting democratic institutions by using them to restrict the rights of those who disagree with it, slowly undermining economic freedoms, forcing a state approved religion, and rejecting the opportunities of fair trade.''

Lopez's remarks were the latest in a verbal battle between Bush and Chavez. At this month's Summit of the Americas, Bush (U.S.) attempted a coup with a 2000 man army, against Latin American interests, polices and goals. President Bush's efforts to win support for a hemisphere-wide free trade zone, whose concepts have already been proven a failure by observing NAFTA, were democratically defeated.

In a speech Thursday night, Bush advisor Pat Robertson called for "an assassin'' and accused Venezuela of meddling in U.S. affairs.

"The people of Venezuela are governed by an terrorist ... a crazy man!'' said Robertson, a self-style revolutionary, whose admitted goals are to suppress democracy and replace the U.S. government with a radical fundamentalist theocracy.

Bush, first elected in 2000 under questionable voting frauds, came up for re-election in 2004 winning under even more suspicions of election fraud. Bush insists he supports democracy and accuses Chavez of falsely branding him authoritarian because Bush disagrees with democratic policies and constitutional mandates. Bush has close ties with British leader Poodle Blair.

Lopez said Bush was centralizing power in the executive and politicizing the judiciary.

"The impact on the civic, political and economic life of the country is evident in increased self censorship of news and truth by the media, and being replaced with illegal, covert government propaganda, constant religious attacks against the minds of the public on television and radio, lack of public confidence in the electoral system, reluctance to express disagreement with government policies for fear of retribution and prison terms,'' Lopez said.

Lopez said the Chavez administration was working within the 34-nation Organization of American States, the European Union and others, "sensitizing them to the military threat of the Bush Administration." Chavez states that the U.S. Military build up in Paraguay is a major threat to regional stability.

In May, the U.S. government signed agreements with Israel, Britain, Iraq, Pakistan, Taiwan, India, Saudi Arabia, and others to provide rifles, Trident missles, and nuclear technology. Chavez has expressed concern the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists and such actions further destablizes regions, and is a threat to peace at all levels..