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Mercosur summit on 29 July in Caracas, according to Venezuela and Paraguay

Friday, July 11th 2014 - 01:45 UTC
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The much delayed Mercosur summit will finally take place at the end of the month in Caracas, according to sources from Paraguay and Venezuela. During the last OAS meeting, Venezuelan Foreign minister Elias Jaua confirmed to his Paraguay peer Eladio Loizaga that the date is 29 July and that the consultation process has been completed. Read full article


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  • Troy Tempest

    I wonder if the Argentinian Chair of Mercosur will be pushing forward the agenda of FTA with EU, fast enough for Brazil ?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 02:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    My guess is? the agenda will be filled with discussions on, you got it.

    The injustice of the American legal system, accompanied by, of course, the obligatory declaration of support for the Argentine sovereignty claim of the Malvinas.

    Somewhere in there and time permitting they just may discuss the EU and will probably totally ignore the plight of the Venezuelans.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 05:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Why are they bothering to flog a dead donkey?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 06:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 3

    Because they haven't enough money to afford a dead horse.

    However, would any of 'us lot' take a bet that this meeting will take place?

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    I'm surprised with all the blackouts and violence they still hold meetings in Caracas.
    I wouldn't go there if somebody paid me.

    Jul 11th, 2014 - 12:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Let's see if these donkeys can keep the lights on for the duration. ..

    In other news, the Chavista factions are starting to fracture, leftwing splinter groups have held street protests accusing Maduro of being a “traitor to the revolution”.
    Oh, and they have taken to wearing BLUE to show their seperation.....


    Jul 12th, 2014 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    Interesting news and good for you!

    Funny that we see nothing on MP about this.

    Where does the “Blue” faction originate from?

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 03:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 7 Troy Tempest
    “Where does the “Blue” faction originate from?”

    It could be the colour Chubby went just after he died and before he went green AND they still expected the Russian experts to make him stop falling to bits and smelling lke one of TMBOA's farts.

    Just a thought.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 05:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Chavez managed to unite some very disparate major and minor political parties, socialist/leftwing groupings, factions, sub-factions and borderline illegal subversives, thugs, gangsters and petty criminals.
    His oratory skills, charisma and promises to the rural and urban poor pulled in the votes.
    With the caudillo now deceased for well over a year now Maduro is losing grip. I believe the 'revolution' will eat self due to internecine political strife, greed and jealously.
    The economic collapse should speed things up a bit.

    The 'blue' is La Marea Socialista group, originally hardcore Chavistas, now rebelling against his protege MasBurro.

    In other news,
    There has also been attemped kidnappings of political figures by their own ”companeros' in power struggles in Apure region. Seems like the little people of the revolution soon get shut out when there is land and treasure to be divvi-ed up!
    I'll post in more detail on that if you wish.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    8, 9, thx Gents

    Yes, ilsen,

    Very encouraging, please tell us more about Venezuela, you're doing a far better job than MP !

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Local infighting in Apure
    News came in of a conflict between two Chavista groups in the Southwestern region of Apure, bordering with Colombia. A group of eight armed men went into the hacienda of 46-year old rancher Juan Carlos Rodríguez Torres and tried to kidnap the rancher. They didn't succeed because he was not there.

    The first detail: Juan Carlos Rodríguez Torres is the brother of Miguel Rodríguez Torres, the current minister of Interior. Miguel Rodríguez Torres was one of Chávez's military pals. He was the officer who commanded the bloody attack against the president's palace back in February 1992 during the coup led by Chávez.

    Second detail: Juan Carlos also works as “political consultant” to his brother, the minister.

    Third detail: Juan Carlos' hacienda has an area of five hundred hectares. That is not small for the brother of a ‘socialist’ revolutionary. The place is located in the municipio Rómulo Gallegos of Apure.

    Agents of the police, under Miguel Rodríguez Torres' control, detained Oscar Montilla, member of a group called Frente Campesino Ezequiel Zamora. Montilla was accused of coordinating the attempted kidnapping. They accused him of commanding the men who tried to do the kidnapping. He was taken into custody to the alcaldía of Alto Apure and, according to deputy Zambrano, another Chavista, he was beaten up there. Alto Apure is a 10-year old entity, a sort of Über-municipality comprising the municipalities of Rómulo Gallegos and of Páez. It was created in 2004 by Chávez's suggestion.
    The mayor of Alto Apure is Jorge Rodríguez Galvis, Miguel Rodríguez Torres's father.
    Jorge wants to become the next governor of Apure.

    Anyway: there is a conflict between the Rodríguez clan and the governor of Apure, Carrizález. The police are, according to Montilla, trying to link him and Carrizález to the kidnapping.

    That's just the start. What do I expect? Carrizález's days as governor of Apure are counted.

    Ps. Jorge Rodríguez Galvis had already been accuse

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 10:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    ...bastards... !!

    OMG, it's so blatant!!

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Perhaps they should hold the summit in the Financial Centre known as The Tower of David?
    Also known as the world’s tallest, vertical slum, it is nearing the end of its days. A Chinese consortium has reached an agreement with Venezuela’s central government that will lead to the eventual evacuation of the invaded building.
    Abandoned amid construction, the Tower was supposed to be an international financial center. After it sat unoccupied & half-buit, squatters invaded in 2007, with the blessing of Chávez.
    In May, Ernesto Villegas, Minister for the Transformation of Caracas, visited the vertical slum. According to the state news agency, Venezolana de Televisión, Villegas told inhabitants that thanks to Chávez, Venezuela doesn’t have a “right-wing government that will kneel to the power of speculative businessmen, or a repressive government that, with any doubt, would hand the building to the financial sector.”
    Quickly Villegas’s promises turned to dust. In June a Chinese consortium reached a deal with Maduro’s administration to build their own international financial centre inplace.
    Villegas, the same man who guaranteed the protection of the squatters, is the one in charge of the eviction operation.
    So, that’s over a thousand families being made homeless in this socialist paradise.

    Bit of background.....
    In 2007 Chávez signed a cooperation fund with China. This has served as a loan arrangement for the Chavista government, paid with oil. So far, Venezuela has received US$86 BILLION to finance development projects. Really, not much can be seen of this...
    In 2013 US$84 million from the Chinese-Venezuelan Fund was embezzled by several government officials. So far, only eight culprits are under trial.....

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    $84b wasted and stolen by politicos ?? !!

    It absolutely boggles the mind.

    All this assault on the people of Venezuela, and everyone is watching soccer and bickering over a biter, or Argentina not dredging a channel...

    Come on, MercoPress !
    Where is your news gathering - not really interested in a farm in Staffordshire...

    Saw an amazing video documentary interviewing inhabitants of the Tower of David.
    Main interviewee was a Caracas bank teller, who said a great many who lived there were just like him, working poor with families. They had a surprisingly ordered and safe life in the Tower, that had a community org. to run things and security forces to keep out “ undesirables”.

    Couldn't find that, but here is a link to life in the Tower:

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 03:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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