Friday, December 25th 2009 - 16:13 UTC

Newsweek predicts death of Fidel Castro and coup in Venezuela

Next year will see the death of the veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the fall of Venezuelan President following a coup, according to the predictions from the latest edition of US magazine Newsweek.

Wishful thinking or facts: Fidel, Chavez, Troy leader Cameron

The publication also anticipates that the Tories will be back in office in 2010 in the UK and a surging economy will turn Brazil into the “new China”.

The forecasts for Venezuela “strongman” Hugo Chavez are sombre: economic collapse and growing social unrest following “ten years of a buoyant domestic economy and the rocketing of international oil prices and demand”.

“The military intervene to oust Chavez and restore order as the XXI Socialism sinks into the well known scenario of the XX century: shortages, poverty and chaos”.

The fall of Chavez is the fourth of ten Newsweek predictions which is headed by US President Barack Obama’s strategy to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan, the collapse of the Chinese economy and a coup in Pakistan.

“For Fidel Castro it seems it will be his last year on this earth” forecasts Newsweek.

Following the death of the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, there will be room to help transform the island “but it will not happen overnight”. However “the inflexibilities of the past, such as (lack of freedom of speech and free press; migratory restrictions; personality cult; persecution of homosexuals, among others) associated to his name will be reassessed”.

The Obama administration will then send a high level delegation to re-establish formal dialogue with Havana. “In a short time, and probably towards the end of the year, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be announcing a plan for full normalization of relations by 2013”, according to Newsweek.

As to Brazil the “new China”, the magazine argues that the South American giant has advantages over the Asian power (China) which faces serious “risks in the horizon”, and over India that is “immersed in a region with instability threats on all its flanks”.

As 2010 advances Brazil will increase the gap with the rest of the BRIC countries, (Russia, Brazil, China and India).

Other forecasts include the Conservative victory in the UK; new international sanctions against the Iranian regime; a coup in Pakistan and the beginning of success in the Afghanistan campaign.

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1 Palomudo (#) Dec 25th, 2009 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
Fidel is an old man, no surprise if he dies but I doubt the Island will fall in Amaricans hands again. Cubans are unlike Americans, they are well informed and know what the USA is all about.

As for Chavez coup, that is wishful thinking, the Obama admin will never duplicate what they did in Honduras, a civil war will break out if Chavez is taken out which is what the US and Colombia's Uribe have been trying to do for years. Keep in mind a war against Venezuela means a war against Ecuado, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and I bet Brazil and Argentina are not going to stand by iddle, they know that if Venezuela falls in the US hands, they are next!

Iran: sanctions wont do much, so probably bubuyahoo might cross the insanity line and attack Iran, then we will see the US troops in Iraq and Afganistan wiped out, those Iranian bombs are already pointing at those locations and as soon as they are attacked they will fire, not to mention that Iran might even hit the Saudi oil refineries and oil will go to $300/barrel.

I predict that Tony Blair and Bush along with all theirs masters will go to jail and who know maybe we get to see them fried in an electric chair... that is my wishful thinking
Merry Christmas!
2 LH (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 12:30 am Report abuse
I agree with every word by Palomudo. This is only wishful thinking, this extremely poor and ignorant report should not be entitled “Newsweek Predictions”, but instead, “Christmas wishes by the leading minority that governs the USA”. I feel sorry for the bulk of the American people, what a sad existence not knowing what happens beyond their geographical borders, and for the most part, not understanding what happens within their lovely country!
The power of ideology goes beyond death, Newsweek should know this! Stop predicting nonsense based on Castro's death, I'm sorry to say that some of your wishes will never come true. It's too late! So fortunately! Merry Christmas!
3 A.L.Mirri (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 01:11 am Report abuse
It's pure wishful thinking, and the worse sort of political analysis. Even the favourable predictions towards Brazil are exaggerated, no to mention the nonsenses against the “enemies” of USA. What a poor article Newsweek has provided to its readers! What a big nonsense, what a egoistic wishful thinking!
4 nitrojuan (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 01:42 am Report abuse
THE END OF DICTACTORSHIP IN AMERICA !! Maybe people could be free in this new decade: In Cuba, In Venezuela and in Malvinas Occupied.
5 Nicholas (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 03:57 am Report abuse
Nitro, let's not forget Argentina, who will default “again” on it's debt and pushes Kristina the bimbo out of power...:)))))))))..Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..
6 Palomudo (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 05:04 am Report abuse
nitrojuan: Malvinas belongs to Argentina but have been stolen by the british empire, recently they announced large ammounts of oil in the Malvinas waters, I assume the only way to rescue these islands for Argentina would be by a united South America demanding it back, and guess who has already said that in public? ....Chavez!!

Cuba is a communist country because either you are an American whore and allow them to rape you or you are a communist and live under embargoes but with dignity, BTW Cuba has the best education and medical system in this hemisfere.

If you believe Chavez is a dictator then you should get properly informed, you have the right tool, use it properly (I am talking about the internet) Today more than ever Venezuelans are free and receiving the benefits stolen from them for decades before Chavez, Free healthcare, illiteracy has been erradicated, free education up to university, subsidiced food, better employment etc.

As for nicholas I assume he wants Menem back or maybe a dictator or two.
7 exocet82 (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 07:39 am Report abuse
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Palomudo!
8 YAN_KEL (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 09:37 am Report abuse
Mr Boludo (ouch, sorry, Mr Palomudo).

Today's venezuelan goverment is the most corrupted in the history of this country. I don't know if you are aware of the new class of the so called “boliburgueses”, people that 10 years ago had were “pata en el suelo” (sure you know what it means) and today they have millions of dollars, particular jets, yatches, etc., you name it. All close related to the government, including the president's family. This has been the lost decade for Venezuela. Poor people is still poor. Ranchos (you know what is a “rancho” in Venezuela) have soared. Inflation is the highest in South America and one of the highest in the world. Healthcare is on the floor (you probably are aware of the reality of the public hospitals, includin the status of the “Barrio Adentro” mission. Drop-out in education is higher than in the past. Subsidiced food, yes (“Arepa ” @ 5 bolivares), but lots of articles (Sugar, Coffee, Toilet Paper, etc.,) hard to find.
As for a democracy, it's is not. Just one man DICTATES the orders to the other, supposedly indepentent powers (Congress, Justice, etc). More than 50 politcos jailed and others exiled in many countries.
Summing up: a FIASCO
9 Luke weyland (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
Newspapers have been announcing Fidel=s death since 1953.
Violence is, such as a joint US/Colombian invasion or coup would be only method by which the PSUV could be overthrown for every one who opposes Venezuela's Chavez and the PSUV two support them. Free health care, free education, low unemployment, subsidized transport and food.
10 Ibolele (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 01:31 pm Report abuse
Newsweek first two predictions are Santa Claus for adults. Those predictions reflect the mood of the season for some ignoramus.
Brazil will continues to progress economically but nothing spectacular will occur.
11 LH (#) Dec 26th, 2009 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
It took some good deal of time, but the South American countries are slowly waking up. A long journey for everyone, yet all worth it. South America is enjoying for the first time, a taste of freedom. I doubt this precious asset will be given up easily. As for its dissidents, they are always welcome to come and live in the Northern hemisfere, where you will experience another type of freedom, or the “real and only” freedom, according to UN standards. That's the beauty of Planet Earth, there is room for all of us! Happy 2010 everyone!
12 p (#) Dec 27th, 2009 - 03:25 am Report abuse
YAN-KEL, I live in Venezuela and Canada and travel frequently to the USA and Europe.

You unfortunately are a victim of the media and are repeating the same bs the opposition preach each and every day here. Boliburgueses, yes there are some of those and yes corruption is still an issue in the country, it has been the standard in this country for the past 50 years and will continue to be until a new generation is created under socialism and not this capitalism that have made a minority of people in countries around this world to have it all and grotesque excess while the majority has nothing!

Chavez and his family are always acussed of being corrupted but proof of such has never been presented and those acussing Chavez are his oppositors who run the country for 40 years before him and destroyed it, today they represent less that 15% when put together, all they have is gringo support and that is why they still make some noice.

Ranchos have existed in Venezuela since the early 60's when the oil boom controlled by the USA force our politicians to become a raw material suppliers and importer of everything made in USA! transforming our countryside into iddle lands and forcing the campesinos to move to the cities to work in factories thus making ranchos anywhere they could. Today Chavez is reversing that and that is why today Venezuela is trading with brother nations of the South and Argentina are Brazil are transfering technology as well as China, Iran, Russia etc. But not the USA, they will not transfer anything but missery! Before Chavez, Venezuela never sold a drop of oil to any South American nation! the USA did not allowed, we were a colony, Chavez changed that and that is why they has declared war to Venezuela through their drug dealing puppet in Cocalombia. Did you know that Alvaro Uribe is #82 in the NSA drug list? now that the gringos have him by the b@lls he had to submit Colombia's soveriegnity. see the link

Educate yourself...don't let the media foul you!

Why do you think teh USA is getting ready to invade Venezuela through Colombia?...because politically and democratically it is impossible to remove Chavez, read the book “confessions of an economic hit man” write by a American economic's mercenary at the service of the CIA.
see the link here:
13 LH (#) Dec 27th, 2009 - 10:36 am Report abuse
P, your post is one of the most accurate statements of reality. I wish everyone had the chance and will to inform themselves and then settle down on the right side of the story. I too have had the chance to live in South America and the USA, and I could not be any happier to see the many wonderful things that the Chavez administration has brought about to Venezuela as well as to other South American countries. It saddens me deeply to see the intervention of Colombia. I can only hope that the Colombian people could do something to save themselves from this situation and more importantly, to save South America from an unfortunate and painful conflict. One day, there will be no more Alvaro Uribes or individuals alike leading any countries in South America. I am looking forward to seeing this happening. Happy 2010!
14 I (#) Dec 31st, 2009 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
I live in Colombia, living here is like waking up in “the matrix” everyday, the media, the internet... i want to be informed and get to know some of the truth, i would like to visit regullary websites that i can trust even a little bit, it seems to be that the people here can help me, please could you share with me some of your favorite news, opinion, etc, websites, thanks.
15 Bubba (#) Dec 31st, 2009 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
Palomundo or P left his brain on the train. Caracas is now the kidnapping capital of the world, and they have more murders on the weekend than Bogota ever had. Alvaro Uribe, who suffered personal loss in the decades long civil war, has brought a stability to Colombia, and because Hugo 'carabobo' Chavez supports the revolution (FARC), he has taken a positi0n against anything he sees as a threat to the advancement of his brand of socilaism. He has personally bankrupted the oil wealth of his nation to support the failed science of Karl Marx.

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