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Honduras has a new president December 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — carolagibson @ 6:46 pm

Members of ALBA opposed election in Honduras at the Ibero-America Summit

Honduras has a new president.  This past Sunday, the people of Honduras elected a new president in a peaceful and civil manner that has shocked the international community.  Many countries do not recognize the new government because of way ex-president Zelaya was substituted. I must make a statement here, I will not write about what is right or wrong with the elections, I always had said that we must respect the decision of other nations and that we should not get involved.  I want to talk about something that as a communication major impacted me a lot.  The elections in Honduras was a major news event this past weekend, and Telesur was there to cover the event.  It is about Telesur and Chavez influence on the media that I will write about.

As we all know, Telesur is a television network funded and supported by Chavez.  In plain words it will broadcast what he wants the world to know.  On one hand, Chavez has closed many television stations, radio stations and newspapers; while on the other, he is replacing those mediums with his own channels.  Now, he can control what people hear, see, and read.  It is a win win situation for him.

The countries are grouped in the ALBA not recognize the elections as “illegal and illegitimate” because they were “organized by a dictatorship that has been ignored by the Honduran people and the international community.” The constitutional president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, remains in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa since last September. From there, called the elections a “lie” that only seeks to “wash the face of a military coup. [Taken from Telesurtv.net]

Telesur broadcast to all the ALBA nations, it is presented as a channel with news and educational programming reaching all audiences.  Well in the recent coverage to the elections in Honduras, Telesur announced that the turn over of voters in Honduras was less than 35%, while respectable news sources like CNN and BBC put the marks close to 65%.  Why would Telesur do something like this? It is obvious that Chavez wants to undermined the election in Honduras and force the international community to reject the new elected government.

This video is a broadcast of RT, a Russian news medium which has the same intentions as Telesur.

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Online Sources:

  • Image: Telesurtv.net
  • News Clip: Telesurtv.net
  • Video: YouTube, RT.com
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Chavez is closing banks in Caracas

Filed under: Uncategorized — carolagibson @ 6:41 pm

"All my money is still there. My salary, savings are there," said Deisy Avila.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some 750,000 people are affected by the liquidation of two banks and the closing of two more by the government.  I know that many people in Caracas are worried about the situation, they see themselves with no savings and everything they worked so hard to put aside for later is now gone.

The Venezuelan government has closed down four banks, saying authorities uncovered major financial problems after they took over the banks due to irregularities in their operations. Two of the banks, Canarias and ProVivienda, will be permanently closed and their assets auctioned off, Ali Rodriguez, the finance minister, said on Monday. “The damage caused has been so great that it has severely compromised the solvency of these institutions which therefore requires closed door intervention and their liquidation,” Rodriguez said. [Taken from aljazeera.net]

Why is the government doing this, according to the finance minister, Chavez Administration wants to clean the banking industry.  Minister Rodriguez, claim that these banks were close becase “violations of solvency regulations and unexplained capital increases.

what about thepeople?

“How can I pay for my shopping, my boy’s school? How will I survive? Who will answer for my money?” said employee and depositor Fabiola Martin, among 200 people thronging the Caracas headquarters of one of the banks, Banco Canarias. [taken from reuters.com]

I know that things were really hard in Venezuela, but this has made everything worse.  I see the image on the left, and I can’t help sympathizing with the desperation and frustration this woman must be experiencing right now.  There is no words that can really help in times like this, but I will say to all those affected by the closing that my prayers are with you.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece explaining the closing of these banks, I encourage you to read the article and make your own conclusions.  Just in case the title of the article is  “Caracas Shuts Banks, Sealing Insider’s Fall” you can click on the title to see the full article, but sometimes the WSJ will remove it from is edition and put it in archives, so you can search by title.

Again, I have no words to express my sadness from what has happened.  Many people has spend the whole year saving their money to spend it during the holidays and now they have nothing.  It is a real tragedy.

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Online Sources:

  • Image: Reuters.com
  • News Clip: aljaseera.net
  • News Clip: wsj.com