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Venezuela Diplomatically Breaks Up With Colombia

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Posted on Jul 23, 2010
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, shown here in a stock photo, told Colombian officials they had 72 hours to leave his country.

With a “tear in the heart,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced that his government has broken all relations with Latin neighbor Colombia following a tiff in which the Colombian state accused Venezuela of harboring leftist guerrillas.

The guerrillas belong to FARC, which has been at war in one way or another with the Colombian government since 1964. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia after Bogota charged that leftist guerrillas it is fighting are holed up in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has said.

“I announce with a tear in the heart: Venezuela breaks off from this moment all relations with the government of Colombia,” Chavez told journalists at the presidential palace on Thursday.

“We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” the president said live on state television, as he hosted a visit by Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona.

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By Xntrk, July 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

I saw this headline in Google News yesterday, and attempted to track down the story. Google’s links were to the Voice of Am and other usual Propaganda Sheets. Prensa did not report it in depth. Al Jazeera’s report is as close as I could find to an ‘unbiased’ article - and that is not saying much for it [I’ve noticed in the past 6 months that Al Jazeera is increasing parroting US views, except for Israel and the Palestinians].

With new Presidents in so many South American and Central American countries, it is hard to see how this is going to shake out. I read another story a couple of days ago that Costa Rica pushed thru a resolution at the group of Central American Nations favoring the reinstatement of Honduras. Nicaragua was not present, and Ortega claims the resolution is not legal as such votes require a unanimous vote with all members voting. More important then the resolution, imo, is that Costa Rica’s new President is allowing the US to use/build naval bases on its territory, increasing the noose around Venezuela

Has anyone heard anything about Brazil? They too had an election, and Lula’s no longer in charge. Venezuela desperately needs Brazil and Argentina, along with its other friends to counteract the US manipulations

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By Peter Knopfler, July 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

Its all a show, Most Columbian military installations are now American Airbases, all of them. Easy to check on. Cocain money can help pay off China. Costa Rica now a Naval Base 44 War ships nearby, I say that a containment of Hugo, blockade like CUBA. All part of the Global Military Industrial Complex, goes world-wide over 700 bases. No surprise here new Columbian President is a USA Puppet, very simple nothing out of the ordinary. Hugo still gets to keep his gas stations in America Ha Ha!

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By Aaron Ortiz, July 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

*hand

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By Peetawonkus, July 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

If Washington cut off all military aid and drug enforcement aid and that “aid” money we’re not supposed to know anything about, Columbia’s corrupt government wouldn’t last past lunch hour. Fear, intimidation and US money are the only things holding this failed state up.

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By Commune115, July 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Colombia is gearing up to be the US’s tool to carry out aggression against Venezuela. Make no mistake, imperialism is aiming at toppling Chavez.

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By Aaron Ortiz, July 23, 2010 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

I am amazed by the editor and author’s inability to see through propaganda and
see the issue at had clearly. This article’s bias is astounding.

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