Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Chávez Wins To the Displeasure of the West


Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías won the presidential election with a comfortable lead over his rival in a contest that many called a choice between socialism and capitalism. In the South American country, socialism won, to the great displeasure of the West. What the election means for the future of Russian-Venezuelan relations is a continuing and strengthening of close ties and cooperation on all fronts. This cooperation is something that doesn’t please the West and those in Washington’s sphere of influence. This includes social and cultural collaboration, energy production and the development of energy resources, business, manufacturing, agricultural, and scientific development, and, lastly, cooperation in military development and cooperation.

Speaking to ecstatic supporters gathered around the presidential palace on the eve of his clear victory in the national elections, Chávez declared, “Venezuela will continue along the path of democratic and Bolivarian socialism in the 21st century”. In an election that many in the West saw as a referendum pitting the ideals of socialism against those of capitalism, the people of Venezuela made their choice loud and clear, and they’re happy with the Democratic Socialism that Chávez championed.

Shortly after the election results became clear, President Putin spoke with and congratulated the charismatic Chávez, wishing him continued success in the post of president. During the course of the conversation, both leaders gave high marks to the level of mutually-beneficial cooperation reached by both countries and confirmed Russian and Venezuela’s shared aim to strengthen what’ve traditionally been friendly relations. The leaders also spoke about further developing and completing many joint plans and stated their commitment to continuing the constructive dialogue between the governments of both countries at all levels.

On the other side of the spectrum, the reaction from the West was far from warm, with the White House reacting faster than it did when President Putin was re-elected, but not congratulating the re-elected leader himself. The frosty reaction from the White House to the leader who not long ago said he supported American President Obama came in the form of a terse press statement congratulating the Venezuelan people, not Chávez himself. As one of the few countries left in the world which pursues a robust and independent foreign policy agenda and internal policies which are far from those which Washington would characterise as being in keeping with their own self-serving interests, Venezuela has found itself increasingly in Washington’s sights. Recently, it’s even been openly discussed, albeit in hushed tones, that the West may have plans to eliminate Chávez and even launch military aggression against the OPEC member.

In the field of energy alone, Venezuela has been a thorn-in-the-side of the USA for a long time, with Washington displeased over many of the policies and practises of the state oil company PDVSA, including what it sees as “discount” prices offered to Venezuela’s “Socialist Allies”. Venezuela has some of the largest oil reserves in the world and the West is displeased that they aren’t able to get their hands on the pie as much as they would like to. On Monday, analysts at J P Morgan predicted that the win by Chávez would further stifle foreign investment, meaning there will be much less possibility of the West getting their share of Venezuela’s riches. Experts and analysts from all the over the world may also see the win by Chávez as a cementing of his position on the American list for régime change, with many continuing to say that after Syria and Iran, Venezuela would be next.

9 October 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service



Tuesday, 17 April 2012

America, “Their” America


The just-ended OAS summit in the Columbian resort of Cartagena de Indias was doomed to fail from the beginning. On the eve of the opening of the summit, two powerful explosions rocked Columbia, one close to the American embassy, but the summit went ahead anyway. The pre-summit preparations exposed deep-seated differences and intractable contradictions between Anglo-Saxons and Latin Americans in that region.

Vladimir Davidov, Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, said, “None of the documents from the previous summits have been ratified, and no one expected tangible results from the current sixth summit of the Americas. The statements by President Barack Obama are evidence that the USA hasn’t found the right solution to the evil that’s dogging the Americas. The issue isn’t about a one-off solution of the distribution of narcotics by illegal drugs barons. The solution to this problem requires joint efforts from the states involved, but any solution should take into account the historical-cultural traditions of Latin America. Therefore, you can’t wave aside the idea of legalising narcotics, it has grassroots support spearheaded by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, and it’s backed by several of the regional heads of state”.

The summit in Columbia convened behind closed doors because of the sharp differences between Latin American states on one hand, and the USA and Canada on the other, over the role of Cuba in the contemporary life in the region, as well as over the Malvinas. Central and South American leaders supported the inclusion of the Cuban issue and the Argentine (Malvinas) matter in the final communiqué, but Washington and Ottawa blocked the issue, and, in protest, leaders of the so-called “Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America” refused to take further part in the two-day summit. Davidov continued, “Now, inter-America relations can’t be on the same level as they were during the cold war era. Keeping Cuba out in the cold is unacceptable to Latin American states, and they’ve made it clear at the latest summit of the Americas. In his pre-election campaign, Obama promised to turn a new page in dealing with Havana. Latin American countries are frowning on his attempt to renege on that promise”.

There are several burning issues, including grinding poverty, the illegal drug trade, and natural disasters, to mention a few, which call for concerted efforts to be solved, but which unfortunately are being neglected because of wrangling over political supremacy.

16 April 2012

Aleksandr Sudnishnikov

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

There’s a cause célèbre in the American media concerning 11 Secret Service agents supposedly shacking up with hookers in their hotel rooms. That’s old news… everybody knows that such frisky hijincks were going on for years. I think that the real shocker was the bomb going off near the US Embassy, but for some reason, the US media doesn’t want to talk about THAT… could it be that our little Latin bros don’t like us as much as official propaganda has it? Could be…

Note well that the Republicans are equally deep in the cover-up… no one wants to admit that Latin Americans have had it with Yanqui condescension and nastiness. Indeed… the gringos may have patted their “little brown brothers” on the head once too often (which is often a cover for American multinational corporations kicking Latin American states in the arse).

Which is more important? Is it a bunch of Secret Service agents tomcatting around or is it a bomb going off near the embassy? I think that every grounded person knows the answer to that one…


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