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    Chavez And The Caribbean

    Venezuela's Chavez calls for anti-imperialist unity as he woos Caribbean


    Posted 2/17/2007 10:51 AM ET


    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) is embraced by St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves upon Chavez's arrival in Kingstown Friday.

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, seeking inroads in a region where the U.S. has long been the dominant influence, called on Caribbean states to join his fight against imperialism.
    During a Caribbean tour that began Friday, the leftist leader is promoting Venezuela's sales of fuel under preferential terms to Caribbean nations and highlighting its public works projects in the region.

    On Saturday, Chavez was in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to unveil a plaque marking where a fuel storage facility will be built and to visit a liquid natural gas facility constructed under his Petrocaribe program. Petrocaribe, an agreement between Venezuela and 14 Caribbean countries, offers deferred payment and long-term financing for fuel shipments.

    "Today is the time of the people, of unity," Chavez said Friday evening upon arriving at St. Vincent, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, met onlookers and kissed several youngsters. Chavez said the Caribbean should be a "sea of resistance" to imperialism.

    Earlier Friday, Chavez was in the mountainous, forested island of Dominica, where he addressed a crowd at a new fuel storage tank built by Venezuela, one of five the oil-rich nation has pledged to construct there. "An empire of Latin America and the Caribbean will be greater than the empire of Star Wars and cannot be stopped," Chavez said.

    Petrocaribe is widely seen as a bid by Chavez to vie with the United States for influence in the Caribbean. Chavez has had acrimonious relations with Washington, but Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that did not concern him.

    "We shall make no apologies ... that President Chavez is our friend and the people of Venezuela are our friends," Skerrit said to widespread applause.

    Skerrit also announced his government's acceptance of a Venezuelan offer to build an oil refinery that would process some 10,000 barrels a day.

    Atherton Martin, president of the Barbados-based Caribbean Conservation Association, recently said a refinery is "incompatible with the image of the country as a nature island."

    But Chavez assured Dominicans that it would not harm the ecology of the island, which promotes itself as an ecotourism destination.

    "We did not come to pollute your country," Chavez said.

    Dominica — one of the Caribbean's poorest countries whose economy is based on fading agriculture and tourism — has also received asphalt, university scholarships and $12 million for housing through the Petrocaribe initiative.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    Hugo Chavez calls for more unity between Venezuela and Caribbean countries

    Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez has called for greater unity between Caribbean countries and Venezuela to give effect to his "Bolivarian integration" which he said is necessary for the future socio-economic development of the region.

    President Chavez arrived in Dominica Friday to open an oil storage facility being funded by Caracas as part of the Petro Caribe initiative.

    Mr. Chavez is the second Venezuelan leader to visit Dominica since Andres Perez did so in 1989.

    The Venezuelan President is also scheduled to hold talks with President Nicholas Liverpool and sign four cooperation agreements covering education, tourism, communications and economic development.

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    DOMINICA
    Chávez opens fuel depot, woos DominicaVenezuela's President Hugo Chávez opened a Petrocaribe fuel storage facility in Dominica.

    ROSEAU, Dominica - (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made a plea for Caribbean unity as he opened a fuel storage facility on this poor island on Friday, as part of a program offering Caribbean countries fuel on generous terms.

    ''We are one nation -- the Caribbean nation,'' Chávez told Dominica leaders in the capital, Roseau, where representatives of the two governments signed agreements on cooperation in tourism, education and other fields. ``Let's get together, truly.''

    Under its Petrocaribe initiative, Venezuela has sent petroleum products and other aid to needy Caribbean countries to help them counter rising energy prices. Recipients are offered deferred payment and long-term financing for fuel shipments.

    Dominica -- one of the region's poorest nations, with an economy based on fading agriculture and tourism -- has received asphalt, fuel storage tanks, university scholarships and $12 million for housing.

    The 5,000-barrel fuel storage tank is one of five that Venezuela has pledged to build here under Petrocaribe, an agreement between Venezuela and 14 Caribbean countries signed in 2005 amid the sharp spike in oil prices.

    Petrocaribe is widely seen as an effort by Chávez -- long at odds with Washington -- to make inroads in a region where the United States is a major trading partner.

    But Foreign Minister Charles Savarin said the former British colony's close ties to Caracas do not signal any distancing from Washington.

    ''Our relationship with Venezuela does not adversely affect our relationship with any other country,'' Savarin told local DBS radio. ``We are friends with the United States.''

    During Chávez's one-day visit, officials also planned to discuss a proposed refinery that would process some 10,000 barrels a day and have enough capacity to export refined oil.

    Earlier this week, the Caribbean Conservation Association urged Dominica to reject the proposal.

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    De Yankees put Comrade Ralph on their No Fly Sh8t list as yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marabunta View Post
    De Yankees put Comrade Ralph on their No Fly Sh8t list as yet?
    Only TIME will TELL.

    However, I am 101% behind the COMRADE.

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    Well I hope Dr. Gonsalves just plays his cards right and don't get himself in too much contentions with this ever-evolving mercenary global empire.

    Of all the heads of states on the planet, I am sure Mr. Bush is practically the dumbest of them all (maybe a few might be at his level) but unfortunately he leads the most powerful military too ever exist.....mankind days are just numbered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFFan View Post
    Well I hope Dr. Gonsalves just plays his cards right and don't get himself in too much contentions with this ever-evolving mercenary global empire.

    Of all the heads of states on the planet, I am sure Mr. Bush is practically the dumbest of them all (maybe a few might be at his level) but unfortunately he leads the most powerful military too ever exist.....mankind days are just numbered.
    The COMRADE knows what he is DOING....I have CONFIDENCE that he is DOING the RIGHT THING.

    But I know where you're COMING from.....BUSH might ATTEMPT to do what his ADMINISTRATION supported in VENEZUELA, the OVERTHROW of CHAVEZ....LUCKILY it FAILED.

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    Exchange one impimperialist for another.
    Any leader who would take on so much poweris dangerous.
    Chavez is the same as Bush - obsessed with power - and the idiot lemings follow both of them like the pied piper over differnt precipices.
    Its good that he confronts America under imperialist Bush - its bad that he is a power hungry dictator wannabe.
    That cant be good!

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    Venezuela's Chavez calls for anti-unity as he woos Caribbean


    Posted 2/17/2007 10:51 AM ET


    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) is embraced by St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves upon Chavez's arrival in Kingstown Friday.

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, seeking inroads in a region where the U.S. has long been the dominant influence, called on Caribbean states to join his fight against imperialism.
    During a Caribbean tour that began Friday, the leftist leader is promoting Venezuela's sales of fuel under preferential terms to Caribbean nations and highlighting its public works projects in the region.

    On Saturday, Chavez was in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to unveil a plaque marking where a fuel storage facility will be built and to visit a liquid natural gas facility constructed under his Petrocaribe program. Petrocaribe, an agreement between Venezuela and 14 Caribbean countries, offers deferred payment and long-term financing for fuel shipments.

    "Today is the time of the people, of unity," Chavez said Friday evening upon arriving at St. Vincent, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, met onlookers and kissed several youngsters. Chavez said the Caribbean should be a "sea of resistance" to imperialism.

    Earlier Friday, Chavez was in the mountainous, forested island of Dominica, where he addressed a crowd at a new fuel storage tank built by Venezuela, one of five the oil-rich nation has pledged to construct there. "An empire of Latin America and the Caribbean will be greater than the empire of Star Wars and cannot be stopped," Chavez said.

    Petrocaribe is widely seen as a bid by Chavez to vie with the United States for influence in the Caribbean. Chavez has had acrimonious relations with Washington, but Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that did not concern him.

    "We shall make no apologies ... that President Chavez is our friend and the people of Venezuela are our friends," Skerrit said to widespread applause.

    Skerrit also announced his government's acceptance of a Venezuelan offer to build an oil refinery that would process some 10,000 barrels a day.

    Atherton Martin, president of the Barbados-based Caribbean Conservation Association, recently said a refinery is "incompatible with the image of the country as a nature island."

    But Chavez assured Dominicans that it would not harm the ecology of the island, which promotes itself as an ecotourism destination.

    "We did not come to pollute your country," Chavez said.

    Dominica — one of the Caribbean's poorest countries whose economy is based on fading agriculture and tourism — has also received asphalt, university scholarships and $12 million for housing through the Petrocaribe initiative.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    Chavez Calls for Anti-Imperialist Unity
    Chavez calls for anti-imperialist unity, touts Venezuelan projects as he woos Caribbean

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 17, 2007
    By DUGGIE JOSEPH Associated Press Writer
    (AP)



    (AP) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday touted the fuel facilities and public works projects his government has built in the Caribbean in an effort to make inroads in a region where the U.S. has long been dominant.

    The fiery leftist leader, on a tour of the region, also called on Caribbean nations to join his fight against U.S. hegemony.

    "Down with U.S. imperialism! Long live the people of this world. We must join together and we will be free," Chavez said at the site for a new airport on St. Vincent. Venezuela and its close ally Cuba have provided $200 million for the airport.

    In a wide-ranging speech, Chavez blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement, which combines the markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico, and promoted his socialist political movement loosely based on the ideas of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar.

    The crowd, however, did not respond with applause to the Venezuelan leader's vitriolic statements.

    Earlier, Chavez unveiled a plaque on St. Vincent marking where a fuel storage facility will be built and visited a liquid natural gas facility constructed under his Petrocaribe program. Petrocaribe, an agreement between Venezuela and 14 Caribbean countries, offers deferred payments and long-term financing for fuel shipments.

    Petrocaribe is widely seen as a bid by Chavez to vie with the U.S. for influence in the Caribbean. The U.S. is the biggest trading partner of most countries in the region and their largest market for tourism.

    Many Caribbean nations are still buying oil from elsewhere, including oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago, where the prime minister has resisted the Venezuelan initiative and traded barbs with other regional leaders over the deal.

    On Friday, Chavez visited the mountainous, forested island of Dominica, where he addressed a crowd at a new fuel storage tank built by Venezuela, one of five facilities the oil-rich nation has pledged to construct there.

    Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit also announced his government's acceptance of a Venezuelan offer to build an oil refinery that would process some 10,000 barrels a day.

    "We shall make no apologies ... that President Chavez is our friend and the people of Venezuela are our friends," Skerrit said to widespread applause.

    Chavez assured Dominicans that the construction of an oil refinery would not harm the ecology of the island, which promotes itself as an ecotourism destination. Conservationists have objected to the plan, fearing the environmental impact.

    "We did not come to pollute your country," Chavez said.

    Dominica _ one of the Caribbean's poorest countries whose economy _ has also received asphalt, university scholarships and $12 million for housing through the Petrocaribe initiative.

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    These are the signs of the times. W just have to pray that our respective island leaders make the wise and best choice in the interest or all our countries.

    Ditto on the power hungry comment.

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    I see what Chavez is trying to do but at the same time i think he better be cautious... (The U.S is watching all of this)

    And it is a good thing on what he is trying to do by giving away oil and helping other Caribbean Nations out but at the same time, you must ask, what is this mans agenda (REALLY)?

    As long he does not intrude on TnT soil with his propaganda about oil this and oil that, which we don't need since we have own own plus LNG, it's all good.... If other, then War might be on the horizon....

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    Dr. Gonsalve looks alot like Don Rohas...they know each other?

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    OECS governments sign ALBA memorandum

    Published on February 19, 2007


    By Duggie Joseph
    Caribbean Net News St Vincent Correspondent
    Email Address: duggie@caribbeannetnews.com



    KINGSTOWN, St Vincent: Three Member-states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Have signed a memorandum of understanding with Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, supporting the principles of the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America, ALBA.

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, signed the memorandum at Campden Park last Saturday, at a rally in honour of Chavez.

    Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are the countries associated with ALBA, and Dr Gonsalves said it was the brainchild of Chavez, who put forward the view that “there is another way in which we in the Caribbean and Latin America can cooperate with one another for the benefit of our own people in their own humanisation.”

    Dr Gonsalves listed the principles of and specific programmes of ALBA as “solidarity, cooperation, peace and justice.”

    "Nobody can be against countries coming together to act out these principles for the benefit of their citizens," Dr Gonsalves said.

    Before ending his visit, President Chavez was defiant as he called on the people of the Caribbean "to put back the process to become a powerful Caribbean.”

    "Up to what time are we going to keep on waiting quietly? Up to what time are we going to continue fearing, being scared about the situation? Enough! Let's get the Caribbean united. Let's defeat those who pretend to keep us the dominated and divided. They are in Washington; we know who they are... the US empire," Chavez said, through a female interpreter.

    "However, not only in Washington. Those who want to keep us divided are here also in St Vincent. Here, we have people who want us divided."

    While in St Vincent, President Chavez visited the site at Argyle where an international airport is to be built with assistance from Mexico, Cuba, Taiwan and Venezuela.

    Speaking at Argyle, in the presence of a number of Cuban volunteers who are in St Vincent to install energy-saving bulbs, Chavez hit out at the USA, criticising President George Bush's plan to seek alternative energy to the use of oil.

    "They want to replace all the oil that currently America is consuming by bio-diesel. Currently they are producing ethanol out of corn; now the United States is announcing a special plan for ethanol, so now corn, instead of being grown to feed the cattle, the animal and the people, they are going to use this corn to feed the vehicles," Chavez said.

    "So look at these contradictions, in case the world decides to follow the idea of President Bush in a few decades, we need to devote all the fertile lands on this planet, all the agricultural experts and engineers on this planet, all the farmers, labourers of the land of the whole planet. All the watering waters use for the fields al the agricultural machinery on the planet, all the agricultural technology on the planet, all these resources then should therefore being devoted to grow food not for the people, not to feed the poor but to feed the vehicles. Millions and millions and millions of cars that are today are stifling societies around the world, following this irrational model of development imposed by these Empires, only to move and to feed the vehicles in the United States."

    President Chavez quoted Lenin who he said stated that imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism: "We could say stupidity is the highest stage of imperialism."

    Chavez said some American scientists are today denouncing that they have received pressure from the US government not to publish their reports of the environmental situation confronting the world, as he touched on the environment.

    "And why were those reports altered? Because they warned about the risk of the future of mankind on this planet," Chavez said. "The ocean, for instance; there is an increase in the level of the oceans worldwide. Why? Because there is a melting of the poles. The Arctic Ocean for instance, there is a melting of the ice on this area."

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    I try to keep an open mind, but I'm starting to think that Chavez
    is a nut. In the same speech he complains about the effects of
    global warming as well as the US' efforts to create cleaner burning
    energy sources that would reduce greenhouses gases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlocks View Post
    I try to keep an open mind, but I'm starting to think that Chavez
    is a nut. In the same speech he complains about the effects of
    global warming as well as the US' efforts to create cleaner burning
    energy sources that would reduce greenhouses gases.
    He is FAR from BEING A NUT.

    However, he might not be ACADEMICALLY VERSED on certain TOPICS.

    I am WILLING to SUPPORT his ALBA INITIATIVE for the REGION over what is COMING out of WASHINGTON.

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