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Hugo Chavez, the cokehead?

Hugo Chavez“It all,” as the orphanage nuns used to tell us children, “comes out in the wash.”

Venezuela’s big-talking President Hugo Chavez has revealed that he regularly consumes coca—the source of cocaine.

In other words, save for the palace, the trappings and the fawning celebrities, Hugo Chavez seems to be just your average cokehead.

Kudos to savvy El Nuevo Herald reporter Casto Ocando for revealing one explanation where Chavez gets his bully personality.  It’s enough to restore your faith in the Mainstream Media.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, January 21, 2008

The US Defense Secretary’s Cindy Sheehan moment

The next time US Defense Secretary Robert Gates gets a Cindy Sheehan moment against NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, accusing them of being ill-prepared to fight off an insurgency, he should keep it to himself.

  Gates, who unleashed a storm in harsh NATO criticism on Wednesday, was already back-pedaling on Thursday.

  But by the time he was rephrasing his intemperate remarks, Canadian, anti-troop, publicity hound New Democrat Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton had already seized upon the moment.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, January 18, 2008

North Americans aiding Hekmatyar, a deadly misunderstanding

International terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, alleged recipient of an approximate $130,000 sent his way by former Kalamazoo-area congressman Mark Siljander, seems to have no trouble finding supporters on North American soil.

  Siljander, a former US delegate to the United Nations, was indicted yesterday for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising ring that is accused of sending more than $130,000 to an al-Qaeda and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

  “The money, sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2003 and 2004, was masked as donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.” (, Jan. 16, 2008).

By Judi McLeod Doug Hagmann- Thursday, January 17, 2008

Al Qaeda one up on Las Vegas Tech Show

osama bin laden  The highest of high technology was showcased at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas last week.  Among big tech changes coming your way, the ability to watch Digital TV programs on your cell phone, lap top—or car navigation system—while driving.

  If the lady stopped next to you at the red light stays kaput when the light turns green, she’s likely emerged in the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Within a week of the Las Vegas Tech Show, came the announcement that Oprah is launching her own network.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Media Matters for America Treasurer among Who’s Who on George Soros Democracy Alliance

With David Brock getting the lion’s share of the attention as the benighted “King of Switcheroo” over at Media Matters for America, who pays any attention to members of his board of directors?

  Guess that’s how most folk missed that Media Matter’s Treasurer, Rachel Pritzker Hunter is among the Who’s Who in the George Soros $100 million clearing house known as the Democracy Alliance (DA).

By Judi McLeod - Monday, January 14, 2008

Pictures of chained-by-the-neck hostages should haunt moral supporters of Chavez & Sarkozy forever

It didn’t take Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez long to show where he is coming from on the recent release of two Colombian hostages by their cruel captors.

  In the space of two short days, Chavez has taken on the role as numero uno PR flak for the dreaded Revolutionary Armed forces of Colombia (FARC), the hemisphere’s biggest kidnapping force with 14,000 armed fighters.

While Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has managed to push the world’s most expert kidnapping contingent back into the jungle, Chavez attempts to bring them out as heroes.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, January 13, 2008

Confession of an Iranian Terror Czar

“In fact, the public has the right not only to justice but to protection. For if, as a consequence of incompetence or cynical realpolitik, the true culprits are not tracked down and prosecuted, they and their government sponsors are free to orchestrate further murderous outrages. And experience shows that this is precisely what they do.”—David Horovitz, The Jerusalem Post, October 11 2007

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Saturday, January 12, 2008

Whatever happened to negotiations for the promised release of Ingrid Betancourt?

The silence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is deafening on the tragic fate of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

No questions from Sarkozy yesterday when Clara Rojas, who was kidnapped in 2002 along with Betancourt and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo, a former Colombian member of congress, taken hostage in 2001, were set free and flown to waiting family members in Venezuela.

Surely his question should have been: What about Ingrid Betancourt?

By Judi McLeod - Friday, January 11, 2008

Colombian hostages free at last!

No one could have better described the joy over the news that two women hostages held by Colombian rebels had been set free than the Colombian radio network Caracol on its website today: “At last, they’re free!”

“At last” in this case was six long years and those simple words unleashed a stream of joyful tears across the land.

  “Here, it is like Christmas all over again,” Bogotá Free Planet publisher Ernesto Pardo, told Canada Free Press (CFP) this afternoon.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ugly and painful sores result of prolonged severe antibiotic abuse in Red China

ugly soresThe so-called “Killer Super bugs” now stalking world hospitals is yet another `Made in China’ export.

“On December 19, 2007 the Health Department of Hong Kong Government acknowledged that reported cases of community super bug infection have increased to 175 cases with 2 deaths for the year ending 10/31/2007 and about 10% came from massage salons in Hong Kong and Mainland China.” (Next Magazine, #930, Jan. 3, 2008).  “The super bug (antibiotic resistant Staph Aureus bacteria) may cause fatal disease with 50% mortality.”

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, January 10, 2008

Trading with the Enemy

“Dear David, I badly need your help.

Some time ago a Russian newspaper “Vremya Novostei” published a story written by Arkady Dubnov, one of the best informed Russian journalists on Central Asia, about the alleged role of the US Air Force in heroin traffic from Afghanistan to Europe.

He wrote that the US Air Force transported 85% of heroin produced in Afghanistan. Dubnov quotes anonymous Afghani sources (there are also some accusations of Karzai’s brothers who take part in this scheme).

By David M. Dastych - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Who killed Benazir Bhutto and why

(Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir wrote an insider’s analysis of the situation in Pakistan, following the brutal killing of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi, on December 27, 2007. His article will be first published in a leading Polish weekly “Wprost”(vprost = direct) on Monday, January 7, 2008. Today we present some excerpts from this article in a short preview. The full text will be posted on the CFP on Monday. – David Dastych)

By Hamid Mir - Friday, January 4, 2008

Today’s DNA could prove Hugo Chavez a liar

While arrogant Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Hollywood sidekick director Oliver Stone held the world at bay over the Christmas holidays waiting for the release of a 3-year-old hostage, the little boy could have been in a Bogotá orphanage all the while.

  “Relatives of a child born to a hostage mother and a guerilla father will undergo DNA testing Tuesday to determine whether the child is still a captive—or in a Bogotá orphanage, as the Colombian president has charged.” (AFP, Jan. 1, 2008).

Proof that Emmanuel is in a Bogotá orphanage would prove Chavez, prancing about Villavicencio in the signature red beret and fatigues of his paratrooper days as the global court jester of all time.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Auld Lang Syne with Cindy Sheehan

  You’d think the parents of troops serving in Iraq could count on a break from Cindy Sheehan on the first day of the New Year, but thanks to the White Rose Coalition, Sheehan will be front and center at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

  “Local and national pro-impeachment and pro-Peace American citizens will stage non-violent protests and demonstrations throughout the Rose Parade on Tuesday, 0/01/08, New Year’s Day with support from Cindy Sheehan and the Camp Casey Peace Institute.” (9/11TruthLA, Nov. 28, 2007).

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Pointing finger of blame for assassination at Punjabis with Jack Layton’s apparent approval

  It didn’t take long for opportunistic Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton to cash in on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

  Taking time out from his anti-war activities and home for the holidays, Layton turned out yesterday at a Queen’s Park protest rally staged by the Pakistan People’s Party of Canada (PPP-Canada).

By Judi McLeod - Monday, December 31, 2007