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Thursday, June 15, 2006

COLUMN: VENEZUELANS SHOULD VOTE - WITH THEIR HANDS TIED

Venezuela's Dec. 3 presidential election looks increasingly flawed: Opposition leaders threaten to boycott it unless President Hugo Chávez allows some minimal fairness guarantees. If the rules of the game are not equitable, anti-Chavez voters should go to the polls with their hands tied, and turn the occasion into an international propaganda victory. Read the full column in The Miami Herald.

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Blogger Editor said...

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Thank You.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous the self-loathing miami cuban piglet said...

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12:38 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Right on, Andres! Good suggestion, I love it! We bloggers will spread the word!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing miami cuban piglet said...

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2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"NO SE TRATA DE TENER ELECCIONES PARA SALIR DE CHÁVEZ... SE TRATA DE SALIR DE CHÁVEZ PARA TENER ELECCIONES"


Las revoluciones no se cuentan y si se cuentan no es para perder. ¿Usted no ha oido nunca de la "Lista de Tascón", de la "Lista de Maisanta", de los que han sido asesinados por esbirros armados por disentir en una manifestación o en una plaza pública? Imaginese la violencia que generaría en el oficialismo que la oposición fuera de manos atadas, antes de la votación, durante la votación y después de la votación. La persecución política que existe aquí en Venezuela se dá más fuerte en los sectores de clase media en sus sitios de trabajo y en los sectores populares en los sitios donde habitan, los esbirros del gobierno elaboran listas (como las que ya mencioné) con las cuales presionan a la gente. Un Estado tan rico como éste, domina todos los sectores económicos lo cual no le permite muchas maniobras al ciudadano de a pie, y menos cuando todas las Instituciones que definen la Democracia y el Estado de Derecho están secuestradas por el Ejecutivo. En otras palabras, por los momentos el miedo es libre y la gente tiene miedo, ya que ha sido abandonada tanto por sus lideres como por las organizaciones internacionales. ¿Recuerde, aquí marcharon alrededor de un millón de personas en contra de Chavez en diversas ocasiones, y firmaron para revocarlo hasta 7 millones de personas en diversas ocasiones (la última lista era de casi 4 millones de personas)? Con todo esto ellos elaboraron la famosa "Lista de Tascón" y la "Lista de Maisanta".

Con respecto a su consulta con Jennifer McCoy, the Carter Center's head of Latin American operations, le diré que Jimmy "peanut head" Carter y Cesar Gaviria se dejaron hipnotizar por Hugo Chavez y como buenos sibaritas disfrutaron de todos los placeres que le ofreció el gobierno sin cuestionar las condiciones bajo las cuales se celebró el famoso "referendo revocatorio" y sus "resultados trampeados". Hoy estamos viviendo sus consecuencias.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Aleksander Boyd said...

Dear Andres,

I have read with interest your latest. However it merits some
observations: first I agree with you that participation should not be
the issue but rather the way in which the opposition participates. As
you're aware we have got quite explicit electoral legislation that gives
us the right to witness vote counts. It isn't for the CNE to decide upon
this, simply because they have no power to do so. Same occurs with the
REP audit.

Secondly why are you publishing the opinions of Jennifer McCoy, leading
representative of a joint that, to her own admission, failed to comply
with their own electoral observation rules in 2004? In what way can the
opposition, as she argues, increase voters' trust? And finally why is
she not bothered by the fact that recommendations made to the CNE by the
organization she represents on September 31st 2004 are yet to be
implemented? You can do better than that...

Perhaps you would be interested in introducing a FOIA with USAID to
find out how much American taxpayer money ended up in the Carter Center
coffer for having done such a botched job.

Talk is cheap Andres. Be aware of that.

Cordially,

Aleksander Boyd

7:07 PM  
Blogger Miguel Tormentas said...

¿por qué chávez no se daría el lujo de dar todas las garantías por absurdas que fueran, siendo que tiene el apoyo necesario para ganar con un buen margen?

1:31 AM  
Blogger guillermo said...

Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:05 AM
To: Oppenheimer, Andres
Subject: Venezuela


Lei su ultimo articulo y con respeto le digo varias realidades .
Sr. Oppenheimer, en Vzuela esta muy mal vista la Sra. McCoy ella tristemente no es un punto de referencia
el centro Carter esta sobradamente desprestigiado en Vzuela, lo que hace ver sus afirmaciones consecuencialmente viciadas.(Ud no se entero de que la oposicion ucraniana manifesto con pancartas su alegria de que el Centro Carter no hubiera estado en sus elecciones, eso fue posterior a lo que paso aqui.)
Por otra parte no se si Ud. esta enterado que en Vzuela hay represion lo cual hace dificil que la poblacion que se amarre las manos no tenga miedo de hacerlo, no hemos llegado al terror pero el miedo si esta implantado.(sin embargo reconozco que su idea es muy buena)
Por ultimo cuando Ud. escribe la palabra" dicen" pareciera que quienes se oponen a Chavez estuvieran especulando. Sr.Oppenheimer le sugiero se traslade a Vzuela y verifiquelas Ud. mismo y se dara cuenta
que aqui las especulaciones dejaron de serlo hace ya mucho tiempo . Crea lo que "dicen" porque es absolutamente cierto.
atentamente,
Guillermo vogeler

9:54 AM  
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9:58 AM  
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9:58 AM  
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10:00 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

I spoke too soon. When I got to the Jennifer McCoy part of the essay, I changed my mind.

That creepy, dishonest, slipshod woman has no place being quoted, has no business being cited as an 'authority' or as an 'expert.'

She's desperately trying to reclaim her shredded reputation after her slipshod, ignorant, disgraceful performance in August 2004. I don't care for dishonesty, I don't care for people who insist they never make mistakes. She's unrepentant about her own role in perpetrating Hugo Chavez's fraud. I cannot stand this person and think she has no place anywhere in the Venezuelan debate. She so desperately wants to get in good with the Davos Crowd, be the Washington Consensus girl, be Miss Probity, and all along, she's dishonest as hell, a key player in why Venezuela is now a tyranny.

Andres, please don't cite her as a source, please read her Carter Center report, where she insists that 'with the exception of what went on in the totalization room all was free and fair in the Venezuelan recall referendum.' Tell me, where does fraud occur EXCEPT in the totalization room? What's worse, her Carter Center report also said that they didn't bother looking at ballot boxes that were obviously tampered with. Well, why not? Wouldn't the fraud be MOST LIKELY to happen in obviously tampered-with ballot boxes?

This woman is a disgrace.

She's so bad she undermines YOUR credibility as an unbiased journalist, Andres. Please shun her. She's a fraudster desperately trying to reclaim her name. She's no good.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing miami cuban piglet said...

A.M. wrote: she undermines YOUR credibility



LOL, the CNN anchor Lou Dobbs did that some weeks ago.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing miami cuban piglet said...

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7:59 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Piglet: Please stop bothering us. You have nothing of consequence to say. Free Republic is more your speed. Why not go there?

9:31 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing right wing miami cuban piglet said...

A.M.



Free Republic? Isnt that the right wing conservative racist site? Arent you a right wing Cuban? Hey baby you vote the Freepers into office with your right wing vote. Dont your remember? You vote for the republican Lou Dobbs when they run.

As a Spanish speaking American you will have to get used to this overheated rhetoric. There is an old saying A.M Mora y leon. Be careful for what you wish for, because you may get it.

You wanted the right wing conservative base to be in power. Now they are. So sit back and enjoy the Free Republics, Lou Dobbs, and the Trancredos. After all you are all conservative republicans just like them.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter who Venezuela elects to lead them. Any society is only as good as its people and Spain dumped its hardened criminals onto their Latin American colonies, forever dooming them to a future of chaos, poverty, corruption, violence, and crime. There is no way out of that bind unless there is a complete and total genetic makeover of the people of Latin America.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous the self-loathing miami cuban piglet said...

Hmmmm, i didnt know that Spain dumped all of their trash into Latin America. It would explain why i dont get along that well with Latin Americans.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca Carter said...

Great opinion column. Thanks for the thoughts.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO HOW IS THAT COLUMBIAN THING GOING? YOU KNOW THE ONE WE HAVE SPENT $4BILLION ON IN THE NAME OF WAR ON DRUGS. WHEN REALLY IT IS A WAR ON THE POOR PEOPLE AND AN EXCUSE TO TRY TO OVERTHROW A DEMOCRACTICLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF VENEZULA

11:38 AM  
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7:37 PM  

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