Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | October 4, 2011

Recent news from Venezuela

The FARC leader Alfonso Cano may soon be treated at the San Cristóbal Central Hospital in Venezuela’s Táchira department. The Venezuelan politicians, Leomagno Flores, Abelardo Díaz and Homero Ruiz, have come forward to say that is the real motive why the Venezuelan Health Ministry has been equipping the hospital.

In August, Venezuelan authorities dismantled 13 drug labs in Venezuela. They were located near the border with Colombia in Táchira and Zulia. It was estimated the labs produced about 10 tons of processed cocaine per month.

A group of American Republicans have asked that Hugo Chavez be included in the “black list” of those who aid terrorism. Connie Mack, the chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, said in  a hearing held last summer that there is ample evidence of ties between Chavez and the FARC, Hezbollah, narcotraffickers, as well as Iran and Siria. Thomas Delare, the director of Terrorism Finance and Sanctions Policy in the Economic Bureau of the State Department, said Venezuela has not done enough against terrorism.

However, the real issue is 10 percent of oil exports to the United States come from Venezuela.

C-Span. Economic Sanctions on Venezuela, Part 1

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