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Today in Hillary History- July 24, 2007

“Irresponsible and Frankly Naïve”

“I thought that was very irresponsible and frankly naïve to say you [Presidential candidate Barack Obama] would commit to meeting with Chavez and Castro or others within the first year”

-Sen. Hillary Clinton

“Clinton, Obama in war of words over ‘rogue leaders’”
Article Link: cnn.com
From Elise Labott
July 25, 2007


“Irresponsible and Frankly Naïve”

“I think it is a terrible mistake for our president [George W. Bush] to say he will not talk with bad people. You don’t make peace with your friends – you have to do the hard work of dealing with people you don’t agree with,”

-Sen. Hillary Clinton

“Clinton Blasts President Bush’s Foreign Policy”
Article Link: Associated Press / wcbstv.com
April 22, 2007

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Reportage 2013 Roundup

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New WikiLeaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez government
April 6, 2013

In a secret US cable published online by WikiLeaks, former ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to infiltrate and destabilize former President Hugo Chavez’ government.

Dispatched in November of 2006 by Brownfield – now an Assistant Secretary of State – the document outlined his embassy’s five core objectives in Venezuela since 2004, which included: penetrating Chavez’ political base,” “dividing Chavismo,” “protecting vital US business” and “isolating Chavez internationally.

The memo, which appears to be totally un-redacted, is plain in its language of involvement in these core objectives by the US embassy, as well as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), two of the most prestigious agencies working abroad on behalf of the US.

According to Brownfield, who prepared the cable specifically for US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the “majority” of both USAID and OTI activities in Venezuela were concerned with assisting the embassy in accomplishing its core objectives of infiltrating and subduing Chavez’ political party:

This strategic objective represents the majority of USAID/OTI work in Venezuela. Organized civil society is an increasingly important pillar of democracy, one where President Chavez has not yet been able to assert full control.”

In total, USAID spent some one million dollars in organizing 3,000 forums that sought to essentially reconcile Chavez supporters and the political opposition, in the hopes of slowly weaning them away from the Bolivarian side.

Brownfield at one point boasted of an OTI civic education program named “Democracy Among Us,” which sought to work through NGOs in low income regions, and had allegedly reached over 600,000 Venezuelans.

In total, between 2004 and 2006, USAID donated some 15 million dollars to over 300 organizations, and offered technical support via OTI in achieving US objectives which it categorized as seeking to reinforce democratic institutions.

Much of the memo details efforts to highlight instances of human rights violations, and sponsoring activists and members of the political opposition to attend meetings abroad and voice their concerns against the Chavez administration:

“So far, OTI has sent Venezuelan NGO leaders to Turkey, Scotland, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Uruguay, Washington and Argentina (twice) to talk about the law. Upcoming visits are planned to Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia.”

In his closing comments, Brownfield remarked that, should President Chavez win re-election during the December 2006 elections, OTI expected the “atmosphere for our work in Venezuela” to become more complicated.

Ultimately, it seems that the former ambassador’s memo wisely predicted a change in conditions. Following his re-election, President Chavez threatened to eject the US ambassador from Venezuela in 2007, amid accusations of interfering in internal state affairs.

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Hugo Chavez dies
Conservatives, despite not really liking him, do not celebrate or gloat at his passing. Some discuss what positive effects may result for the Venezuelan economy and South American politics from him no longer being in power.

Margaret Thatcher dies
Leftists throw actual parties celebrating the death of an old woman who hasn’t been in power for over 20 years.

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#SOSVENEZUELA

#SOSVENEZUELA

First of all, sorry for my bad English, this is being written quickly. 
I write this post on this network because most Tumblr users are foreign-Americans, Europeans, and others- PLEASE HELP SPREAD. 
VENEZUELA My country is a disaster, the national police and violent groups by government lash students. 
At this time I am told that many are on the streets, hiding under cars, or refugees in some buildings. 
The tension we live is indescribable. 
At the time we go around complaining of 6 dead and 200 prisoners, most students. 
This is not a civil war, it is a slaughter against students demanding a better future.

The government is the one who gives the orders of attacking students # SOSVENEZUELA

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La primera foto es de una manifestación en Venezuela a favor de la revolución. La segunda es de una de las recientes protestas contrarrevolucionarias. Ojo en el color de las camisas de los participantes - y también en el color medio de la piel - de cada grupo.

The first photo is of a pro-revolutionary rally in Venezuela. The second is from one of the recent counter-revolutionary protests. Notice the color of the participants’ shirts - as well as the average skin tone - of each group.

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HUGO CHAVEZ AND “DEMOCRACY”

Recently, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela declared a state of emergency on Venezuela’s borders that touch Colombia. He and his party shut down the border and ordered a mass roundup of Colombian immigrants. Many of these immigrants are forced to carry their luggage on their backs and travel to Colombian refugee shelters. They are forced to give up their family, friends, life and home. 

How did Venezuela get like this? How did its infrastructure become so dependent on dictatorship and full control? How did Hugo Chavez- the man who once stood for democracy and freedom- change the foundation of the Venezuelan Government and contribute to its deteriorating condition today?

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