Speaking of Hugo Chavez

By August 18, 2008Energy, Trade

Amity Shlaes mentions Hugo Chavez in her Washington Post op-ed cited below, an impetus to catch up to what Venezuela’s anti-American, oil-rich, aspiring-and-almost-there dictator is up to. 

  • CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is moving ahead with the nationalization of foreign-owned cement companies, President Hugo Chavez said Sunday, a day before the expiration of a 60-day period for negotiating compensation.
  • SAN PEDRO, Paraguay (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday promised Paraguay’s new leftist president a steady supply of fuel to prevent shortages that could cause civil unrest.
  • MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Venezuela signed over three more oil fields to a joint venture with Belarus on Wednesday, with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declaring that the two nations were strongly united in their resistance to “U.S. imperialism” and Washington’s “lackeys.”
  • Chávez Sees Cuba as a Model (WSJ) — It is no secret that Hugo Chávez wants to be just like Fidel Castro someday. And last week he took a step closer to that goal by laying down 26 new decrees designed to eviscerate property rights and further consolidate economic power in the presidential palace. He also nationalized the third-largest bank in the country.
  • Several weeks ago, Venezuela President Hugo Chávez provided free energy-saving light bulbs to some low-income residents of Houston, Texas. This magnanimous act probably gained him a few American fans. In late March of this year, he also announced his plan to fund “an energy revolution” in Venezuela.
  • CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two years ago, New Hampshire refused to accept heating oil from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the pro-Castro U.S. critic who once called President Bush “the devil.” But with fuel prices rising, well, free oil is free oil. With the state’s blessing, New Hampshire residents will be receiving some of the fuel this winter.

Meanwhile, Colombia President Alvaro Uribe is in Atlanta at the Americas Competitiveness Forum promoting hemispheric prosperity, markets and democracy.
 

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