Re: [OPE-L] Workers' Self-management in Venezuela

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Wed Feb 23 2005 - 08:48:45 EST

Buenos dias Michael L:

>  Still, it's important to
> remember that the process does not advance without internal opposition. Of
> course, you say---  big capital; but, you should know that corruption and
> clientalism are the immediate problems and the 'mafia' is the immediate
> threat

No doubt.  Internal opposition from various sources (is there a common
word that is used now to describe them by the Venezuelan revolutionaries
-- like "momios" [mummies] in Chile or "gusanos" [worms] from Cuba?)
and *external opposition* as well:

--  "Venezuela's Chavez Accuses U.S. Government of Considering His
     Assassination" (a story which also broke on Sunday's airing of "Allo
     Presidente" [ < ]

-- "CIA Classifies Venezuela as Top 'Potentially Unstable Country'"
[ < > ]

This takes place in the context of a major anti-Chavez "media war"
in the US [many recent stories on this at
including  < >].
This is an ominous sign since all recent US imperialist interventions have
been preceded by a mass media campaign which sought to demonize the
"enemy" and prepare the public for a possible military intervention.

Of course, it would be naive to believe that the internal opposition and the
external opposition are unrelated to each other.

Please continue to report to us on developments in Venezuela ... and,
please, be safe.

Solidariamente, Jerry

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