Chavez demands the arrest of Bush and Perez

The president of Venezuela demanded that an arrest warrant for the former president of the United States and the Zionist regime because of the crimes that they committed.

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, spoke to reporters while entering a hotel in Doha, the capital of Qatar. He condemned the decision of the international courts to issue an arrest warrant for Umar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan. He considered it as an act of judicial terrorism and disrespect for the third world.

Chavez entered Doha to participate in a conference of 22 Arabic countries and 21 Latin American countries. He asked the question: Why do they not issue the arrest warrants for George Bush and Shimon Perez?

Islam Times


Ten years ago, a new era began in Latin America

Today (feb.2) does not just mark 10 years of Revolution; it marks 10 years since the beginning of a new era in Latin America, the start of a new day, President Hugo Chávez said, addressing a large crowd who braved the rain to commemorate one decade of the Bolivarian Revolution.

A new political, economic and geopolitical map is taking shape in the region, Chávez affirmed. He was accompanied by Cuban First Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura; Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit; and President Evo Morales of Bolivia, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, President Manuel Zelaya of Honsuras, and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

The people welcomed them after the closing ceremony of the 4th Extraordinary Summit of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) in this capital.

During the summit, in Miraflores Palace, Chávez thanked the Cuban Revolution for the support it has given to the process of change initiated in Venezuela in 1999.

“It would be impossible for us to estimate the horizon or the magnitude of the support given by the Cuban Revolution to the Bolivarian Revolution,” the Venezuelan president affirmed.

Referring to the 10 years of changes in Venezuela, Chávez said that the decade could be “summed up in three words that express the immense efforts of the people throughout these years: revolution, independence and socialism.”

Morales noted that the ALBA has facilitated important advances in health and education in his country, and highlighted the decisive help of Cuba and Venezuela in eradicating illiteracy and in providing medical care to more than 300,000 Bolivians within the Operation Miracle program.

Ortega said that integration and unity are the only way to respond to the global crisis. Skerrit and Zelaya made similar comments.

All of the heads of state present signed two agreements on food security and sovereignty, including the formation of a grannacional (“one great nation”) food production enterprise, to be financed by the ALBA Bank. (SE)

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Ecuador Giving U.S. Air Base The Boot

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MANTA, Ecuador — When U.S. officers stationed in this humid coastal city give reasons they should continue their decade-old airborne surveillance mission, they talk not only about fighting drug runners on the open seas but about the $71 million they’ve spent to renovate and maintain the city’s airport, and the $6.5 million they inject each year into the local economy.

But the government of Ecuador has decided, and Washington has apparently agreed, that one of the most important foreign outposts in the United States’ war on drugs will close. The 450 U.S. Air Force personnel and contractors stationed at a military base that shares the airport’s runway will be leaving next year.

This decision reflects both the prevailing political climate here — standing up to the United States tends to be widely popular — and a new economic reality. With major projects underway in Manta by the Venezuelan government and a Hong Kong company, the U.S. dollars don’t amount to much.

President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela stood alongside President Rafael Correa of Ecuador in July to announce a jointly financed $6 billion oil refinery to be constructed on the outskirts of Manta. And Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holdings has begun building what will be among the largest deep-water ports on the west coast of South America, a $523 million project with piers, cranes, tuna-boat terminals, roads, and the capacity to eventually handle 1.6 million shipping containers a year at the continent’s closest point to Asia.

“The U.S. stopped being the benchmark of what is good for Latin America,” said Gustavo Larrea, Ecuador’s security minister. “Because Latin America did everything that the U.S. asked it to do and wasn’t able to get out of poverty, the North American myth lost political weight.”

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