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The Corruptive Failure of Hugo Chavez's BolivarIan Revolution

The Corruptive Failure of Hugo Chavez's BolivarIan Revolution

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Apr 26, 2012
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Column 042312 Brewer
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Corruptive Failure of Hugo Chavez'sBolivarian Revolution
By Jerry Brewer
Thirteen years ago Hugo Chavez was sworn in asPresident of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. And then, with his "Bolivarian Revolution" ideology,Chavez set out to build a mass movement toimplement"popular democracy ,economic independence, equitable distribution of revenues,and an end to political corruption."
President Chavez's Bolivarianism,a slanted and sinister interpretation of Simon Bolivar's rule anddoctrine, was an extreme and forced socialistperspective that has imposed horrific sacrifices onthe Venezuelan people and their once cherishedhomeland. It is not a democracy; there is virtually no economic independence and equitabledistribution of revenue; and political corruption haseen a rampant unwelcomed commodity. His"Bolivarian Revolution" is clearly a leftist politicaland social movement that is reminiscent of the failed and shameful 50 year Cuban revolution of Fidel Castro. With little doubt, a parallax view of the HugoChavez' government exists and it is anything buttransparent. Without a modicum of diplomacy in his veins,Chavez has probably inflicted more lastingstructural damage on Venezuela's politicalinstitutions, economy, and people than any other
president in Venezuela's history.
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has essentially een destroyed by the Chavez leftist regime, this toan oil company that generated over 90% of thecountry's foreign exchange earnings, whileproviding jobs to around 100,000 employees.Chavez's incompetence has apparently led to "over$50 billion of financial debt to this institution."
However, Chavez's fortune grew considerably as Venezuela's wealth rapidly diminished.Eladio Aponte, a Venezuelan Supreme Court judgeremoved from his post last month for allegedly assisting a drug trafficker, has accused the Chavezregime bosses of "systematic manipulation of thecourts, including meddling in drug cases." Officialshave revealed that Aponte has been in contact withU.S. DEA officials in Costa Rica, where he fled overtwo weeks ago, having been "flown out aboard a U.S.government plane."Hugo Chavez's regime ended cooperation with theDEA in 2005.
 Aponte is making open statements about Chavezregime corruption that mirror many similar ones by former Chavez government officials, as well as those y a major Venezuelan drug trafficker, WalidMakled, who is being held by Venezuelan authoritiesand who the U.S. is seeking to extradite.
 An affidavit for extradition for Makled, issued inNovember 2010 by the U.S. District Court, SouthernDistrict of New York, states: "From approximately 2006 through August 2010, Walid Makled-Garciaoperated and controlled several airstrips located in Venezuela." The airstrips "were used by differentdrug trafficking organizations in order to fly multi-thousand kilogram quantities of cocaine out of  Venezuela, to locations in Central America."
On April 10, 2006, one of these flights that departedfrom Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela, landed in Campeche, Mexico with 5,600
kilograms of cocaine. DEA sources listed in theaffidavit that Makled "makes payments to the Venezuelan police and national guard" to guaranteesafe departure from Venezuela without "law enforcement interdiction or intervention."
The Chavez regime was also accused of funneling"hundreds of thousands of dollars" to the campaignof Argentina's (now) President Cristina Fernandezde Kirchner.In 2007, Venezuelan businessman Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson arrived in Argentina on a privateflight hired by Argentina's state oil company with Venezuelan state officials, carrying nearly "US$800,000 in cash which he failed to declare."Chavez had planned to travel to Argentina in August2007 to refinance billions of US dollars in Argentinedebt through bond purchases and announce anatural gas deal. And now, the Argentine President recently announced that her government will seizecontrolling interest in the YPF oil company in Argentina, "51 percent of which is owned by theSpanish oil concern Repsol." This action mirrorsmany of Chavez's actions in nationalizing businessesin Venezuela.The recent accusations by former Supreme CourtJudge Aponte included a statement saying he wasfrequently "told by the presidential palace how torule on judicial cases that the government wasinterested in." He claims he was "often contacted" y Alejandro Castillo, a federal prosecutor, whom Aponte described as being part of a group of "preferred" officials inside the Attorney General'soffice who worked closely with the ChavezMiraflores Palace.
 Aponte reported that the directives of the justicesystem in Venezuela come from judges andprosecutors in the "Vice President's office" who"regularly" meet to "discuss what action to take inlegal cases that [are] important to the government."One such case he cites was an order by seniorgovernment officials to release a Venezuelan army 

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