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Hugo Chavez seizes Hilton Hotel in “the public interest”

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has a habit of acquiring and nationalizing various businesses from gold mines to factories. This week he ordered the “acquisition by force” of a the Hilton Hotel on Venezuela’s Margarita island.

The resort hotel includes a 590-foot freeform swimming pool, casino, gym and a white sand beach.The hotel also includes the La Scala Restaurant and a bar. It has 280 rooms and 154 time-share suites. The hotel was recently the site of the Africa-South America Summit which was attended by Muammar Gadhafi (who set up his often controversial luxury tent on the beach), Robert Mugabe and others.

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A few years ago, the government seized and rebranded a Hilton in Caracas. Now known as Hotel Alba it has been used to entertain Chavez supporters from around the world.

Last year, a law in Venezuela was passed which referred to the tourism industry as “public interest,” setting the stage for nationalization efforts when it comes to hotels and resorts.

We are moving so fast in this direction in the United States as to make your head spin.  We have an administration who is attacking free speech on every side and who has as a world view and desire that this country be transformed into a socialist society.  Our president has shown more love to Hugo Chavez than he has citizens of his own country who happen to disagree with the direction he is taking us.

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H/T:  Luxist

Posted:  10.14.09

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“Historic” handshake between Obama and Chavez

Well, President Obama bows to the Saudi king, he plays footsy with Castro, and now a high-five and a handshake for Hugo Chavez.

I hear now there is a second encounter today where Chavez presented the president with a book entitled Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano, where the author spends over 300 pages expounding on the “horrors” and “injustices” that the western world has plagued on Latin America.

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So should we be surprised at our president?  No.  It was all there to see before the election – from his own statements to those he has chosen as associates and mentors through his relatively few years of adult life.  So it really does not surprise me, just sickens me to see it.  And the only criticism our president seems to have is criticisms of his own country while bowing and scraping to thugs in other countries.

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Before the election there were some facts that should have been made known by the media, but were not.  Instead, the MSM played down connections that I believe are important.

See interesting fact here and some more Here.

Posted: 04.19.09

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Filed under Barack Obama, Human Interest, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, patriotism, politics, President Barack Obama, Uncategorized