Support for Maria Corina Machado

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I read today of the renewed efforts of the Venezuelan authorities to clamp down on Sumate and their leaders, in particular Maria Corina Machado. Most recently they prevented her from attending a World Economic Forum event.

One of the privileges of working in the free software community is the interaction between different groups trying to bring together social and economic change. People like Maria are inspiring leaders, because they devote themselves to a cause much greater than any one person’s life, but in the process they sacrifice many of the comforts that many of us take for granted. It would be much easier to watch from the sidelines, emigrate, or simply ignore the situation.

I know that the Ubuntu community is very active in Venezuela and I hope they will not also some day face repression. It seems the country is on a knife-edge, facing tough decisions that will have a major impact on the quality of life of citizens there for decades.

96 Responses to “Support for Maria Corina Machado”

  1. Talfin… Es todo! » Mark Shuttleworth da su apoyo a Maria Corina Machado de SUMATE. Says:

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  2. Esperanzo Says:

    Very well mark. Congratulations…you are a great man

  3. José Molero Says:

    Mark, I really apreciate your work for the Free Software Movement, I’m a faithful Ubuntu’s user and it’s good can talk about politics and other stuff with you.

    You say in Original Post that “I know that the Ubuntu community is very active in Venezuela and I hope they will not also some day face repression”.
    I’m glade to tell you that the Ubuntu Comunity is far to be victim of repression, in fact, The Venezualan government it’s impeling the use of Free Software in his institutions to preserve the rights of the citizens to not be slaves of mayor corporations.

    About Maria Corina Machado and SUMATE, they are sorounded by a efficiency myth, but I’m a witness of the fraud made by this organization. The identity of my dead grandfather was used in a signature campaing of sumate to claim for the presindential referendum. I can’t trust in a person who can take advantage of a dead person.

    P.S. Sorry for my crappy english

  4. Karla Maria Says:

    Viva Maria Corina Machado, una mujer valiente.
    Fuera Hugo Chavez dictador de Venezuela.

  5. Al. Go. Says:

    Mark, take a look a this web site. You will learn many things about Venezuela that you don’t know and Sumate’s leaders won’t tell you either.


  6. Al. Go. Says:

    Right now, 05/22/2007 02:15 pm local hour in Venezuela, ONCE AGAIN!!! President Chavez has stated his support for Free Software.

  7. Roberto R. Says:

    The Venezuelan government has made a state policy to label people that oppose it as conspirators. I personally don’t like many opposition leaders, that doesn’t make them dishonest or criminals. You can buy the so called “Tascon list” on the streets, write their Venezuelan ID number and check if they “signed” against the president in a referendum that was clearly constitutional. Such list has been used to deny services and access to employment. I was several times surrounded by Chavez supporters because I was buying an opposition newspaper, long before the demonstrations started in 2002. I simple went to buy it somewhere else and the kiosk that I used to buy my newspaper only has the Chavez media nowadays. I believe that there are a lot of people tolerant to such totalitarian practices if such bias agrees with their own political views. Some people see injustice only when we sympathize with the oppressed. Have you even try to put yourself in the position of someone that democratically is trying to disagree with Chavez? Do it for a couple of months and you will suffer Chavez idea of “democracy”. You could simply check the insults that two governors received these days because they refused to join Chavez new party. Using the poor as an excuse to generate a new political class that like to drive luxury cars and drink 18 year old whisky is nothing new in this planet. We are living our own form of fascism, with its symbols and its old practices. You may like to called “light” because they are not shooting people on the street… but is simply supported by fear and lies.

  8. Nelson Delgado Says:

    “Right now, 05/22/2007 02:15 pm local hour….has STATED his support for free software”…. yes, that’s true, he STATES his support… he DECREES his support, but it’s only politics and demagogy. Go any time to one of the “working” DIEX (Identification and Immigations) office and take a look at their brand new multi-million dollar Identification and Immigration sytem working over brand new HP machines running Windows XP professional! Man, if you would trully support free software, would’t you be very interested in something so estrategically important as your country’s identification database?… man, the guy doesn’t even care about free software, he uses it politically!!!… come and see for youself, I’ll personally take you and show you how big of lie is this free software support.

    Nelson Delgado (yes, I already know I’m in the Tascon and Maisanta list!)

  9. Blissfull Says:

    I was going to say something long and rational here.

    I decided it was too much effort.

    Mark: Thanks for supporting homicide. Tirany and terror.

    – Thanks for supporting the people who helped orchestate a massacre of Venezuelans.

    – Thanks for helping opress horrible people like my Father In Law who was jobless for years, and was given, as his, lands that HADN’T been used in years, where not cultivated and where left to rot, lands he has put to produce with his own hands now, his own tools and sweat and effort.

    – Thanks for supporting people in here who not only call Luiggino, a friend of mine for a long time a shill (however misguided or not his views might be or not), btu have started pages like where they collect photos and descriptions of “Chavistas” to write venom about them, and help identify them for assesination.

    – Thanks for possibly supporting propaganda used by the media to help instate an extreme right dictator for 3 days, in the same vein as what happened with Allende in Chile, did you know then the good, nice opressed forces of Chile latter rounded up “socialists” or anyone labeled as such, and massacred them in stadiums and camps? great ethnic cleansing!

    – Thanks for taking the word of some people in here at face value, (well I could be asking for the same, I frankly don’t give a sh.. anymore). Rational people like Ed who says not to trust “Chavistas” for their possition itself, then those people run to the streets hitting their chest and screaming “Chaves is dividing us!!”

    – Thanks to everyone who has pointed how much the “Tascon” list has been “used” to “deny” access to X or Y, and yet look at the ceiling and whistle when the turn comes to talk about the countless people fired from their jobs for not wishing to join a strike designed to overthrow a “dictator” that had been democratically elected. Or for example the shows of violence, screams, insults or discrimination many public pro-chavez figures suffer when attending a private or elitist restaurant.

    – Thanks for prefering to support the people who burned tires and garbage in their neighborhoods, who stringed a wire with NAILS in it side to side in a major avenue to “defend themselves” from attacks and people that never came. Home grown elitist vigilantes who demanded a safeharbour pass from me to let me go to MY HOME.

    – Thanks for supporting the politics that starved our people so much “to improve economy” that it caused a generalized riot in 1989, and that chose the right response to that was to send the military on the streets to kill as many people as possible. Many of which still lie in unopened tombs.

    And to everyone that might or possibly will comment in here after me (even Mr. Mark himself) about me being maybe a shill or another Chavist PR engine, or at best a deluded person, my only happyness is that you’re SO disconnected from reality, so far from what is really going on in the country and the world, and SO dellussional and based on your own mythos and alternate reality, that soon you’ll be all functional schizophrenics and by your own inability to comprehend or interact with the world around you, you’ll become a null threat to anyone decent, you will have secluded yourselves in your alternate reality, and leave us decent people alone.

  10. bruni Says:

    Thank you Mark for your post.

    The persecution of Sumate is one of the most despicable things that Chavez goverment has been doing.
    The goverment used an old law that dates from the time of dictator Juan Vicente Gomez to accuse the
    Sumate directive of..treason, because they received 30k from the NED. If found guilty, they risk up to 16 years
    in prison!

    The real reason is to nstigate fear. Chavez does not accept dissent of any type and he wants to make sure that
    there is no organized entity like Sumate that can ask the right questions and organize people to defend
    their electoral rights. And, of course, it is there to make sure that there is no other Sumate to compile
    signatures for another referendum.

    Meanwhile, Chavez uses the goverment money to finance whatever he wants in any way he wants. I compiled
    during the campaign a series of ads that appeared in local newspapers, paid by the goverment with public
    funds. The official election entity never condemned those ads.

    Now, if the persecution of Sumate is despicable the Tascon list and the Maisanta program is political marcarthism of the XXI century.
    The persecution of Sumate and the Maisanta program go hand to hand to insure even more that nobody in his right
    mind would ever attempt to collect signatures against the President.

    The names, ID numbers, personal adresses, voting centers and goverment program affiliation of
    14 million voters were, with goverment approval, extracted from the databases of the electoral entity, that
    is supposed to protect personal information. It was then published in a web page by deputy Luis Tascon and
    is now used by the goverment to know who signed to ask for a Referendum to remove Chavez. People have been
    fired and are denied jobs or contracts because of the list.

    It has created a climate of discrimination that had never existed before in Venezuela.

    ….and this is the goverment that persecutes SUMATE for getting 30K from the NED and wants to put Maria
    Corina and her collegues in jail for 16 years!

    About Ubuntu programmers being REAL Chavez supporters (many civil servants are FORCED to support him)…if they really exist, there is definetely a contradiction. Free software means freedom, openess and democracy and those are the values Chavez is truly against.

    My references on the illegal use of goverment propaganda:

    A short sotry about my impression when I checked the Maisanta program that contains the Tascon list.
    The screenshot is real. It is the entry of president Chavez in the database. it gives you an idea of the type of
    information that the program makes available.

    The video showing the story of the List is here. It shows the testimony of those
    that were fired because they signed and the amazing speeches of the

    An English post on the list:

  11. J.C. Says:

    Dear Mark:
    I could start telling all sort of things in response to your original post, or either any of the comments here on your page.
    I could state, as a “True Venezuelan” as someone wrote before (So we do suppose there are “Untrue Venezuelans” around?) certain things about what I do see and live with every day of my life these past 35 years. I could tell you the story of this country, first hand, since I have any memory notion. And that comprehends entirely the “Personal Computer” era since its beginnings.

    I could either say “I´m Pro/Against Chavez/Sumate” or whatever. I strongly believe some of the posters/commenters here would inmediately label me as they DO seem to have an inmediate need to label everyone/everything, True/Untrue venezuelan, Pro/Against Chavez, Pro/Against Sumate et al, seemingly so that is a greater force in labelling than in using some logic when giving out ideas.

    I admit it. I am a well-educated Venezuelan, who had access to technology before and after Chavez, who had education before and after Chavez (stating that “before” was not even easy to get it), who had travelled and who has certain skill as to get a life on his own, making money on his own, raising a family on his own, since before any of this even started. This said, I must say I am not a wealthy man, nor a poor one. So I have no big interests to defend, except mine and my family´s.

    Here in Venezuela, in the past, we experienced certain kind of friction between right-wing parties which turned in charge for more than 40 years. The Left wing was only ignored, except when making noise at meetings at the Central University in Caracas. Still, the easy-goingness once described here was still constant, even between contenders, just because there was not enough fuel to heaten up more a flame war between parties. Chavez appeared in 1992, and nobody knew about him. He was a noone, could be just about any soldier but right then he did something a lt of people was willing to do but was very afraid to. Ever wondered why? Just take a look at our history, it will talk for itself.

    Then it came another presidential period, with a strange prelude which included the first trial to a president here, and a temporary presidency to fulfill the end of term, until we had elections again and re-elected a former president of our country for the second time. And then Chavez came out again, and won the next elections.

    I would be lying if I said I have made a lot of money with this president. In fact, my money does not come from him, I do work for a US-Based telecom corporation with offices in Venezuela, long before Chavez won his first election. From my cubicle, though, I can see my boss every day complaining Chavez this, Chavez that, but right now he has 4 automobiles, 2 of them very expensive and luxury ones, and he does lives in one of the most expensive zones of our city. Also, I see the company I work on, growing up on plans and clients and structure, so I certainly wouldn´t say there is much of a crisis going up in here. And not, we do not work for the government neither.

    I would not say I do live a luxury life, nor that I need it. I do live comfortably, though, and must admit, when I see something wrong, I am also complaining. And responsibility goes to the one who it pertains for. Up to now, though, I could´t say my way of life has felt down or been lowered or anything like that. If so, certain things are starting to ease on me.

    But, fact is, nowadays debate slike this DO have something to be fueled with. A small group of people who used to have the power here for 40-plus years, which are also in control/ownership of the stablished media (Remember CNN, FOX, by any chance?) are watching certain businesses being shortened out and given back to the people (Basic industries, for an instance). The Machado Family is, certainly, one of those conglomerates. Maria Corina is, no less, their heir.

    Here in Venezuela we saw Miss Machado and her group deceive those who supported her with a very suspicious management on the choosing of the presidential candidate for the opposition, and saw their organization rather randomly appear/dissapear when convenient or not, than being a steady force of work towards Democracy in Venezuela. That only makes it worse for them, since they would not fall precisely in the “Social workers” category. Makes us think rather on the “Economic Lobbyst” option, and that is why most of us Venezuelans have lost an important amount of Faith in Sumate. Their veil has fell off for most of us, long ago.

    Unfortunately, as I am concerned it does, most of this information does not pass Venezuela´s frontiers, as I have checked myself by travelling and checking the news from other places. Friends and family spread toward other countries confirm me too, and that makes me think most of the true is just not been said. As much as people telling films like “Revolution will not be televised” or “Keys of a massacre” are a montage. These ones are not. Believe me if you care, I do happen to live nearby, so I was there that same day and hour. What I Saw is what you will see in those, but anyway.

    Anyway… my concern is not whether you like us Venezuelans or not, whether you are pro or against Chavez or not. I Never liked politics, and that´s why, maybe, I chose to make my life out of Computing, a world where most of the time “undo” exists, where certain situations can be either controlled or expected, pretty much unlike real life in a country like this, where changes are happening every day. But certainly, I cannot say these are for the worst.

    My concerns, however, are that I chose Linux once I got tired of big corporations such as Microsoft et al trying to take over everyone, as I see Linux as a truly viable alternative to feel free to develop and build without having to steal from anyone (In Venezuela there is a HUGE deal of software piracy on the streets, which I am VERY against since I am also a developer and would not like a product made by me with profit benefits to be stolen, so that´s why I chose to be on the OSS side) as as such I see on the whole Linux platform (And specially in Ubuntu) a world of inclusion, of possibilities. The same way I am seeing it around me, hard to perform (as once Linux was) and hard to make changes on your old-time habits (As Linux does), slow to learn (as Linux, again) but giving you tools to build for yourself, to give yourself the power to grow up, with deep roots into the core of things so it´s becoming each time stabler, more solid, more true to its principles. Just like Linux, anyway.

    I am pretty sure you are not much aware of the “true reality” lived here by the “True Venezuelans”. Not those living in the east-side of the city (The wealthier one) or those who might have their daddy´s inherited fortune making businesses at risk for playing games, but those who go to work everyday, who travel acrosss the country with some frequency, who try not to live with a bondage over the eyes any longer, and who try hard to make a living in here, with or without politics, with or without Chavez. Just because was it not him, then anyone could have been, but changes needed to be made, and so it happened.

    I have also read your next post, and even still it sounds logical, I will allow myself the luxury to disagree. As I said before, Our country´s events are performing way much like Linux itself, and Ubuntu seemed to me pretty much in agreement with what is happening here. Your endorsement of Maria Corina is, quite contrary, a huge dissapointemt. More than that, it is out of place.

    Do not confound courage with acting.

    One of the things I backed Ubuntu was precisely because of the ideology behind it. Now I am not so sure. I´d rather pay any company who remains true to their economical principles, than backing up a project which all of a sudden makes such a flip-off on their ones.

  12. Ed Says:


  13. Federico Iosue Says:

    Soy Chavista y uso Ubuntu. Cuàl es el problema?

  14. Al. Go. Says:

    Nelson, you, more than anybody -I suppose!, know all the problems Onidex is having right now, implementing the passport request all over the country, via internet. Also, giving the ID card (cédula de identidad) to all citizens, in few minutes (Not having to wake up at 3 am to go to a queue, pay in stamps and then wait 6 more months to obtain your ID like it was when the oposition governed here). Do you think that all these things are made overnight?. If they have problems making it with the common software know by almost everybody, what can be expected with a software that is hardly beginning to be common?. It’s not only to install the software, it’s that all those people be well trained and well practiced. That takes time, lots of time. Be patient man.
    Also, by the way, when the opposition governed here for 40, the word “temporary” means for them “more than 10-15 years or, in some cases, forever”, then, why with this government you don’t have patience?

  15. orvtech Says:

    and as spected, 48 hours latter im banned. so basically if I am am not pro-chavez i do not have the right to ask questoins about ubuntu ro GNU in which is conformed by part of the staff that supposely spread GNU linux in venezuela.

    here is my previous post so that we can recall what is really going on with the revolution and how we (any one that doest not agree with the government gets excluded).

    here is what is being propagated in some IRC channels in [b] [/b]: “Los que usen Ubuntu y estén con Chávez a cambiarse de distro:”

    so basically they will most likely ditch gentoo because of your right to speach and said out loud what you think. most likely this post that i am making will imply me getting [b] kick/banned [/b] from the server and my site getting hacked. I am sure that there will be more than one stating that what im saying is a lie.

    PD: here is a screshot [/i]

  16. Nelson Delgado Says:

    Al.Go: ok I’ll try to digest this,,, let’s see, this regime has been in office since…I think … febuary 1999?… well that’s a little over 8 years!… that’s equal to 2 US presidential terms! Well, the poor guy didn’t have the time and the tools to do the work… what can you expect! right? He only had this little to his favor: elected in ’98 with almost 70% of the votes, 3 “leyes habilitantes” (power to decree laws without the need for approval from congress), 1 “congresillo” (a small congress of his own with full powers), 1 “asamblea constituyente” (pro-new constitution assembly) conformed in 95% by his supporters, 1 shinny brand new constitution, built especially for him, a congress totally (100%) composed by his loyal supporters, a judicial power and supreme court designated by that (100% loyal) congress, the attorney general-comptrollership-general prosecutor-etc all his personal friends, 90% (21 out of 23) of all state governors and 85% of all city mayors belonging to his political party and alies, a CNE (National Elections Council) designated by that same congress, BILLIONS of $$$ to dilapidate (the highest oil prices in the history… today at almost 60$/barrel), sales tax between 16% and 11% for 8 years, IDB (bank transaction tax) between .75% and .50% for about 6 years, 3 national TV channels (the fourth one starting may 28), 1 international TV channel, several dozen radio stations and daily newspapers, about 1 hour a day of compulsory goverment propaganda in the commercial TV channels (70% of it in Prime time), thousands of hours of “cadena nacional” (all TV and radio stations transmitting simultaneously his speeches), third millenium information technology, almost total control of mass comunications… well, poor guy!… how can a man govern a 26 million people rich oil contry on those terms!… yeah, I remember back in ’75 when I went to get my first passport, I was there before 6:00 am, and it was almost noon when I got my passport!!!… could you imagine such inefficiency!… wow!, with all that amount of computer power available in 1975!!!…. yeah man patience, and more patience, let’s give the guy some more time… how about until 2027? Could that be enough for him?.. or should we give him more power?… more technology and money?… my wife and kids?

    Nelson Delgado

  17. Johan Hernandez Says:

    Thanks for supporting us Michael!

    My opinion: We need more OpenSource organization in Venezuela because the government just unlikes USA and that’s the reason for get started using Linux Software and drop Microsoft Products, is just a cheap political strategy.

    With or without this Repression we still can do a lot of things with Debian/Ubuntu, we only need real democratic state. Chavez is supporting linux but that is not a good reason to let him destroy Venezuela.

  18. roml Says:

    i do support both nelson and johan, and about your comment nels really nice review of all this 8 years that chavez has been seated there in the chair, and about johan i think chavez is not doing this open source movement because people likes linux he is doing it just because its free.

  19. guachos Says:

    In my opinion, i think, you people are destroying the comunity, mixing political things with Ubuntu. And all started when Mark said what he is supporting Maria Corina Machado. When we know (venezuelans) what represent Maria Corina Machado in Venezuela, her ONG is a fake, she is a fake. She poisoned the comunity and leave us with a big confrontation.

    I am sorry with my english, but i had to share my opinion.

  20. orvtech Says:

    Guachos, it is ironical that you talk about separating political from the community when you are expressing yours. the ‘tarifados’ will always find a way to brain wash the people either using ‘the community’ or in forums like this like you.

    Let me tell you, it is not Mark damaging the community it is people like you who pretend to be helping the community to brain wash it. it is communities where the government have seeds like you can see in .

    how ever i do agree with you that politics MUST be separated from the community, i should be able to go to a CNSL either with a shirt of Che Guevara or with one with the picture of Carmona o Carriles and now one should have a problem with that; sadly it isn’t so. lets just work around this with a bit of tolerance.


  21. guachos Says:

    Ok, i have my political opinion, but the damage is there, and put yourself in our shoes. How do think we are feeling when Mark support Maria Corina Machado? when he is far away and dont know anything about the reality of Venezuela. You have your view of the reality, i have my view of the reality, each one have our view of the reality, but we are in Venezuela. If someone else like Mark said what he said, he cant expect another thing what broke the comunity in Venezuela. You cant deny us like we cant deny you, so dont tell us brain washers or “tarifados”. Maybe the comunity was broken long time ago, and the comment of mark just explode the bomb. But what moment to explode this.

  22. orvtech Says:


    I think this got out of hands, Mark made this statement on his personal blog, thus making it a personal opinion. it was not a Ubuntu communicate. how ever on his next post he states why hi makes this opinion and do an analogy between Venezuela’s government and Zimbabwe and i do think that it was broken before Mark made this comment, i also do feel that ‘better sooner than latter” for this ‘bomb’ to explode. like we say “Al mal paso … darle prisa”.

  23. Artemis3 Says:

    Its funny some comments mention the “Tascon” list, as so few people seem to ignore its true origin. First, nobody has been so bad for the Free Movement in Venezuela than him (Luis Tascon); he might support Chavez, but that doesn’t mean we all agree with him, or his visits to talk with Bill Gates and almost destroy the law that was meant to establish the use Free Software for the public administration.

    Now where does this “Tascon” List comes from? Let’s explain it a little for Mark and non Venezuelans first.

    In 2004, the supposedly “suppressed” opposition groups, led by Sumate, a political organization funded by the US Gov (something forbidden by law here), promoted the use of a constitutional right established in the constitution approved by referendum in 1999; that any elected authority might have his post revoked via referendum. Well in order to call for this, they first needed to collect enough signatures.

    So Sumate and the rest of the opposition groups collected signatures in the streets. Desperate by lack of enough supporters, they started to fake signatures, and forging signatures of people without their permission; and lots of them… When the council received them and proceeded to check, only a fraction of the signatures could be verified, the others where put on hold and had to be either verified or removed in a second process. While in the middle of this, Sumate obtained “somehow” (stole, etc) old database records from the electoral institution; then they proceeded to cross these records with the people who signed. From this, they could “guess” who was pro-chavez (not signed but in the database) and who wasn’t (signed). Of course many people signed because of fear of losing their jobs, and Sumate encouraged bosses to make sure they check employees signed, by bringing a proof (usually a small paper with the date, place when and where they signed).

    Don’t you love what Sumate does in my country Mark? Keep reading…
    Sumate compiled this highly inaccurate database of “anti-chavez” or “dubious” people and started distributing it to some selected people and organizations, usually large corporations who started to use it as a filter. Then, one of the people working at Sumate sold it to a Tascon colaborator. Tascon, put this list online in his web site, to use it the other way around: to check if you did appeard as not having signed against Chavez; from this point onward, and because it was the first who made it public, it was to be referred as “The Tascon” list, when in reality it was from Sumate.

    Then the opposition, seeing the conveniently named “Tascon” started accusing the government of persecution and of filtering of people with this list. Months later Chavez in public ordered the burial of this list for better of worst; it was highly inaccurate to begin with, and it has caused a lot of discrimination both in the private sector and in the state. Of course Chávez orders only affect the State owned institutions, the private sector who is still against Chavez is probably using it, despite its many mistakes, death people, wrong names, people who appears signing against Chavez when in fact didn’t, and people who signed who don’t appear… Obviously these lists were illegally obtained, are illegal to use, and unconstitutional, but don’t be mistaken, its origin is:


    So Mark, how do you feel? supporting Sumate feels just like supporting the apartheid.

    When i told you that supporting them is, essentially, supporting George W. Bush, it was not because of his short sighted “you with us are you are with the terrorists” view; its because, they do exist solely because the US Government and its various institutions built this organization here. It is not the first time the US gov meddles with affairs in other countries, if you do your research, you might find your Sumate equivalent in your own country, whenever its illegal or not, the USA gov doesn’t care about international law; they simply don’t care about sovereignty. Anything goes as long as this protects “US interests” (corporations).

    Once you start ignoring pretty faces and fake acting, and start searching the truth, you will start to discover so many bad things you might wonder how did you made this serious mistake in the first place. Diplomats usually avoid involving themselves in issues they don’t know or don’t have an explicit order to do so for good reason. By supporting Sumate, without learning the facts, You, Mark Shuttleworth is now being portrayed by the right wing opposition groups as their hero in defending their “lost freedom”; and of course becoming a synonymous of Bush policies and basically becoming a bad example for the left wing groups of the world. While i might hate this oversimplification of things as much as you, you have not made enough efforts to stop it. Furthermore, some people are now saying for real that you do support Sumate.

    Try to understand Mark, picture yourself among the ones who supported the jailing of Nelson Mandela. I’m trying to find examples to illustrate the deep disaster you are causing here. The damage you have done to the Ubuntu community is almost unrecoverable, unless you publicly cut all relationships with Maria Corina Machado and Sumate; otherwise you will always be linked to the opposition and, whether you like it or not, to George W. Bush. You can say 100 times you don’t support Bush, then people will point to Maria Corina Machado. You think just anyone can walk into the whitehouse and receive a warm welcome? That picture tells a lot. This organization is the product of the US Gov, not an innocent NGO who simply won the support of GW Bush administration.

    Now some people are starting to say that those who use Ubuntu are against Chavez; pretty much like the groups who you should know, tell you that eating in McDonalds means supporting US Imperialism.

    By this highly miscalculated act, Mark, you are causing the Ubuntu name to become equal to the US corporations (Like McDonalds) that many people hate and become the first to be bashed in demonstrations because its seen as a foreign factor destroying their own way of life.

    Are you feeling a little of what my words are trying to express? You must not continue on as if you simply used your right of free speech, you are now being considered someone who is interfering with Venezuela’s right to have its own type of democracy. This is going to hurt Ubuntu PR in a way you could have never imagined, as word of Mark Shuttleworth supports Maria Corina Machado slowly propagates.

    How about this Mark, go to google or your favorite search engine and type “sumate”. Start reading… How about “Maria Corina Machado”? Start reading. Pay attention when the information comes from private media, state media, or independent media. Pay attention to country of origin. Watch the documentaries, read the books (specially Eva Golinger’s “The Chavez Code” ( ISBN-10: 1567513484 ISBN-13: 978-1567513486 ) You are too involved now to back off, unless you ceased all contact with Sumate; but i think its too late now, the damage is done; all that is left is damage control, but only if you commit yourself and don’t ignore the issue.

  24. orvtech Says:

    Artemis3, nice job on telling this story, can i read one bout cowboys now? how about one about the ‘maisanta’ application? which is available to download from many ED2K links?

  25. Johan Hernandez Says:

    I can understand you Artemis3, you are not not Venezuelan, but if you really are I will ask you this:

    Do you like Cuban Doctors bought by chavez for Oil?
    Do you like a quote of only 2000$ by year and let chavez control your economy?
    Do you like Civilians with guns (who likes chavez) ready to shoot you when you just say “i don’t like politics”?

    Can you tell me what chavez gave you for you supporting him?

    yeahh ovrtech, Artemis3 should post a cowboys story.. I will like it.

  26. J.C. Says:

    I could reply to Johan… but I am pretty sure the loose bearings of his posting might as well excuse his purposes. Specially when cuban doctors are here covering the well needed workplaces where a vast majority of Venezuelan doctors refused to go for years. And I am old enough to affirm that. By first hand knowledge. Then it comes the Dollar quota… In most other countries, there is no real need to buy things from the outside (which could even be considered some kind of smuggling) because there are enough internal industries as to fulfill most of the needed supplies in any field. I think the point in there is, if we never stop the drainage of external smuggling and perform a big kickstart to our own industries, we´ll get stuck to what we have been in the last 150 years: An absolutely external-dependant country with no production and technology of its own. Maybe it could not look like the best way to do so, I agree, but it is a way to do so. Do YOU have another, more efficient, all-expenses-covered way to do it?

    Then the civilians with guns… come on… I DON´T LIKE POLITICS. That´s why I got into computer science in the first place. And I have said so loudly and clear even in the very middle of several very-politically biased circles of friends. And I´m not shot yet. Let´s say I have spent at least 8 years “waiting to be shot at”. And still counting.

    And I said before, I get not a single cent from the Government. I just try to keep objective and clever, sometimes even distancing myself from the always contaminated media to be able to understand what´s going on around me.

    I just came here again, originally, to make an amend on my first statement. And that is… I just don´t give a damn fuck if Mr. Shuttleworth, with all due respect, supports or not Sumate & Co. The same way I don´t give a damn fuck about Politics. I have survived more than four long decades of right wing and now left wing governments, and still have a life, a family, a future. And certainly do not see any threat to any of them. So, back on topic… Ubuntu, as I do feel it… has already grown to be more than the sole purpose or desire of Mr. Shuttleworth (whether he likes it or not) and therefore is prone to “fall into the hands” of about anyone, which as long as the OSS policies are respected, might as well use it for whatever he/she wants. So what´s the fuzz about? That´s indeed part of the whole freedom concept, and CERTAINLY, each one´s consciousness will be rather a larger judge on everyone than whatever opinioin we might post here, even Mr. Mark´s own consciousness.

    I could, or could not, keep on using Ubuntu. For I know that, sooner or later, that who acts on behalf of everyone´s goodness (and that DOES includes respecting each one´s discretion and ideology) will have his efforts retrieved back, and amplified, as much as the one acting on bad behalf will have it back too. So excuse me, Mr. Shuttleworth, for using maybe too many words to initially trying to make you change your mind. I cannot expect so, wouldn´t it be underrating your own POV? . “Boys will be boys”, and probably will never change of idea. But the good already made by Ubuntu is already on its way, and probably in some unstoppable way.

    And that should be enough.

  27. orvtech Says:

    To discuss if mark is right or wrong is to loose time. as J.C. said it “…respecting each one´s discretion and ideology…” it was his personal opinion and not a ubuntu news letter or so.

    what is clear for me here is that a significant percentage of the so called free software community of Venezuela is government driven (im not saying that most of them but a significant percentage ) . they hide behind the developers and collaborators of the community to indoctrinate socialism and government interest in to young people; some of them will alienate, discriminate and offend who ever makes use of his free speech right as i have proven before (a gain… im not saying all of them).

    They should be ashamed for taking this position representing a open source community, others should apologize for offending or for trying to make others to take back their words, their personal opinions.

  28. Rafael Says:

    Thank you Mark for showing support for democracy in Venezuela.
    These are very dark days here.
    A TV station is being closed down because they are one of the strongest opposers of this semi-democratical regime.
    People are being forced to join the new socialist party (I´m not making this up, a family member works in one of the ministrys and people there are being forced.)This socialist party is going to be the only one allowed by Chavez. Any members of the other pro-Chavez parties that do not join the Chavez proposed party are being labeled as traitors by Chavez himself.Some democracy huh?

    Thank you again! I am a loyal Ubuntu user and now I´m even more proud of this fact.

  29. Nelson Delgado Says:

    Man, this time tou really did it! You committed the worst of all sins!… REPENT!!!…Did you really think you were allowed to have your own opinions when those are contrary to the ideas of the “Revolución Bolivariana” and it’s almighty leader? How could you dare show some support to those “dirty-lowdown-imperialist-capitalist-pigs”… By the responses emitted here you can see for yourself that intolerance is the name of the game… In any moment we’ll have a long “Cadena Nacional” where our “Big Brother” (any resemblace with Orwell’s 1984 is just coincidence!) is verbally going to tear you to pieces and ridiculize and make fun of you and call you all sorts of foul names, just as he does with Bush, Condolezza, Insulza, the Pope, Gaviria, Walessa, etc… and decree that public administration must not use Ubuntu or derivatives.

    That’s the truth in this “poor” rich oil contry, that what’s happening with RCTV right now… the regime is closing them down because they wouldn’t repent and they dared to have their own editorial position… In resume, you ARE allowed to have you own opinion… as long is it’s approved by “Big Brother”… so, you better draw back (as Venevisión, the other mayor TV channel did) in order to survive in this country.

    As a matter of fact, I just arrived from from the CNSL (Congreso Nacional de Sofware Libre- National Free sofware Congress) that’s going on today and tomorrow (May 25/26) here in Maturín, Venezuela, and could hear the representation of the UBV (Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela) discussing about what distro should they use now that they are going to remove Ubuntu fron their workstations… pity!

    Nelson Delgado (and by the way, this IS my real name, not a pseudonyn)

  30. orvtech Says:

    @ Nelson Delgado
    ” …. As a matter of fact, I just arrived from from the CNSL (Congreso Nacional de Sofware Libre- National Free sofware Congress) that’s going on today and tomorrow (May 25/26) here in Maturín, Venezuela, and could hear the representation of the UBV (Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela) discussing about what distro should they use now that they are going to remove Ubuntu fron their workstations… pity! … ”

    noo. thats a lie, they are not that selfish and they are not using the F.S. to brainwash young people. and this screen shot of an IRC channel stating what you said is an virus attacking my laptop. and the fact that i cant access #cnsl at is just pure and mere coincidence. 😉

  31. Nelson Delgado Says:

    orvtech: I’ll try not to make this personal… but I’d appreciate you would’t call me a liar… because I live in this city and I know many people who work/study there, and that’s what i saw and heard from some of those short-minded people, besides, I doubt they can brainwash me at my 50 years… but, let me get this clear…you say that the theme of the day for 2 consecutive days in the channel #unplug at was a virus???… and none of the op’s had the power to change it?.. and I saw it too without using YOUR laptop?… so my PC is infected with the same virus?… and I am the liar? Sorry buddy, I can’t swallow that one even if you throw you chavez doll at me! Well, at least they changed the theme of the day at #unplug, today it reads: FELIZ CUMPLE Rxxxzxxdy

    Nelson Delgado

  32. orvtech Says:

    Nelson, Now i am confused… re we still `ironia($COMENTARIO)` ??? because i was. i also find it strange/funny how none of them have come foward explaning a logical razon of why changing distro that is not political driven.

    let this weekend be a ‘350’ and freedom weekend.

  33. Ronald Mendez Says:

    Good day, im here just to correct some stuffs you’ve just said, Chavez isn’t oppositing America, because (me as Venezuelan and living in “America”) America is a mix of “north america, central amerca and south america”, I should remember Chavez is pushing the national government for the use of GNU/Linux and open sources alternatives, personally I work in a government University, we’re changing all our Operating Systems to GNU/Linux and that’s a very good begin for a free comunity. Thanks very much and have a good day.

    P.D: Forgot to say… we using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 😉 and working for an Ubuntu based distribution.

  34. Ronald Mendez Says:

    And yes, Sumate and Maria Corina Machado made very bad things here in the country, isn’t a secret. Before you trying to help them you should get more information about their history.

  35. Ricardo C. Fernández de C. Says:

    Hey Nelson, do you know who is paying for the CNSL? Let me give you a hint: your beloved president 🙂
    So easy to talk bad about a president and what he is doing but is not easy to accept that you enjoy the Congress he is paying for. Yup this DICTATORSHIP president pays a lot of money to make a Congress (Free Software) all around the country. SO EVIL!
    Orvtech get over it man, is just an IRC, if they banned you go to another IRC channel, no biggie, btw you can join #velug channel in just dont cry like a baby if we talk like grown up people.

    Be carefull people, this president is brainwashing YOU to make YOU use FREE SOFTWARE! damn im so scare, i can’t belive someone is trying to MAKE ME use FREE SOFTWARE! yeah this guy is pure evil, it freaks me out.

  36. orvtech Says:

    Ricardo C.

    It is not about being banned it is about you people using the free software to brainwash/indoctrinate young people. it is about you guys throwing away ubuntu just because some one expressed his personal opinion on his personal blog. I do feel that you are missing the big picture here. and yes. it is no biggie i am used to being alienate by you people just because i signed and no, i do not like velug, they are to elitist for my taste.

    Do not forget that just because some one is paying for something it is free for you this has a cost and because you think it is giving it to yo for free it doesn’t mean that it is good for you. For example the free guns that where given to the tupamarus doesn’t mean that they are good for the population, i can come with more examples but we will go again back to 2 or 3 days of discussion.

    take care.

  37. Jose Says:

    I live in Venezuela, for that I can speak better than Claudio on the subject. In this country it seems that they have changed the meaning of many things. For example, which SUMATE is coup participant, that RCTV (television channel that the government ordered to close to say what really happens in Venezuela and no what Chávez wants, measured that will be made today (27 May 2007) cash of at midnight) is coup participant, that those that we only showed against the government carrying flag of Venezuela, also we are coup participants. But at no moment the government mentions ominous the 4 of February and 27 of November of 1992, when country experienced a bloody Coup and assassinated men vilely disarmed, who simply drive themselves to their works. The 11 of April of 2002, also called coup participants to us, that day the only one who shot was the government towards a pacific march that gone to the government palace, as much Bush as Chávez seems to me the worse thing, but at least first it allows that it is protested in front of the government house.

    Terrorists call to us who we protested pacifically by our rights consecrated in the Constitution in front of the military and between bombs, but the FARC of Colombia who set afire churches with children inside the Government calls friends.

    Nine years of Government saying that the country gone a be invaded from the United States, but the only one that has invaded Venezuela has been the Cuba of Fidel Castro, that made to be able to dominate it Venezuelan petroleum, search about Machurucuto, thing that at the moment and thanks to Chávez has made.

    The sin of Maria Corina was organized to those who differed of the government of Chávez, to gather the signs which activated the Referendum of 2004, which underwent a great number of ties on the part of the electoral counsel.

    I can’t say that this government is success, when no fulfilled promise.

    In conclusion, I do not believe in democratic coup participants, and I hope that this type of governments does not continue appearing in Latin America, although Pinochet was of the worse thing with its town I do not think we deserve one equal one in Venezuela, and I can say that we like Chile, Argentina and Brazil, we have happened previously through that experience with the Government of General Marcos Perez Jimenez (1948-1958).

    Greetings, Jose

  38. Nelson Delgado Says:

    Ricardo: I’m sorry man, thank you for showing me the light! Until today I thought our government was paying for all those events with OUR TAX MONEY or from the income produced by the exports of OUR OIL (I even REALLY thought that the oil belonged to the NATION as it states in the bolivarian constitution of 1999… thank God you made me understand the truth!!!). Now that I know that our “beloved president” is paying for everything with his own money (Bill Gates beware!… now you’re Nº 2!) I can understand why 50% of the conferences were about how well the regime is doing things and how great our “BELOVED LEADER” is… LONG LIFE TO OUR LEADER! (capital letter of couse…for respect you know)…

  39. Javier Says:

    Good Bye Ubuntu.

  40. totedati Says:

    to sum up all messages …. Mark, is time for a trip to venezuela, preferably not a short one … and to see whith you eyes what is going on …

    I’m not say that you opinion is wrong or not but i see clearly that a lot of thing is in cloud fluf and modern media chanels is not helping you to have a clear and honest opinion about what is going on ….

  41. orvtech Says:

    I would like to extend an invitation to all of the Americans that are Pro-Chavez that defend his position… here i go:

    You´re American You Live in USA You don´t like American Goverment. Me Neither, I´m Venezuelan.
    You´re American You Live in USA You like Venezuelan Goverment. I don´t like Venezuelan Goverment. I´m Venezuelan

    Which are our diferences?

    You´re American, I´m Venezuelan.
    You live in USA. I live in Venezuela.
    You know American Goverment. I know Venezuela Goverment.
    You like Venezuelan Goverment. I don´t like Venezuelan Goverment.

    My proposal:

    You should Move to Venezuela for 1 year living like a Venezuelan, I would like
    to move to USA and live for 1 year and live like an American.


    This are you´re you´re rights living like a Venezuela citizen:

    you have the right to be victim of crime
    you have the right to be beated if critizcs the goverment instead of Chavez
    you have the right to be called “escualido” if you´re not Chavez supporter
    you have the right to go to “Perez de Leon Hospital” and buy medicines by
    yourself, right from your poor pocket
    you have the right to wait for 1 year and buy a brand new cheap car
    you have the right to eat meat, as soon you could find some
    you have the right to drink all milk you want, as soon you could find it
    you have the right to work as a goverment employee, only if you´re are or
    simulate being a Chavez supporter.
    you have the right say wharever you want, but be carefully talking shit of
    goverment close to “Esquina Caliente” in Caracas Downtown.
    you have the right to see any tv program you want it, only if our President is
    not talking bullshit as he uses to in all tv chanells and saying stupid jokes.
    This terror movie saga, we call it “Cadenas”.
    you have the right to dream having a new home, and save as much money you can
    like a rat race behind inflation.
    you have the right to get help from goverment, as soon you wear a red shirt,
    say Chavez is on earth and perfect almost a living saint, and you hate
    Americans and American Empire.
    You have more rights, but you will know them as soon you stay here like a
    Venezuelan(as matter a fact, like a poor Venezuelan).

    Now you know some reasons i don´t like Venezuelan Goverment, I wish I could
    have the oportunity to know your Goverment better and I would like to know if
    I like the American Goverment as you like Venezuelan Goverment.

    I´m sorry my bad English, i could improve it when i could work there and earn
    enough money for paying english studing.

  42. George Says:

    One single question about the funding issue: Would I use any *buntu IF Microsoft had put a single penny on it?
    No, thanks. So, funding does matters. I stopped using and recomending Suse by the time Novell and MS set that so called “ip deal”. And there was not a Suse funding by MS.

  43. Artemis3 Says:

    More movies about Venezuela… (trailers)

    The War On Democracy Film Trailer by John Pilger

    Creating Enemies by Richard Mahoney

    Let me remind you that Maria Corina Machado is directly involved in the coup of 2002.
    She signed a decree that abolished all the institutions and fired all the elected authorities.
    She is backed up by the Bush administration, opposed to social advance and direct democracy.
    She spreads lies everywhere she goes and people like Mark are easy (and convenient) prey for her…

  44. Blog de José Miguel Parrella Romero Says:

    […] in Venezuela were shocked by Mark Shuttleworth’s claims against Hugo Chávez Government and supporting María Corina Machado, a minor opposition leader in the […]

  45. Psichofra Says:


    1. Elevación de la autoestima de los venezolanos
    2. Establecimiento de la soberanía del país
    3. Recuperación de la industria petrolera
    4. Recuperación de la OPEP como organización defensora de los precios del petróleo
    5. Colocación de Venezuela en el mundo
    6. Metro de Valencia listo
    7. Metro de Maracaibo, a inaugurarse sus 3 primeras estaciones
    8. Metro de Los Teques
    9. Trolebús de Mérida
    10. Transbar de Barquisimeto
    11. Centrales hidroeléctricas de Caruachi, de Barinas termoeléctrica del Zulia
    12. Ampliación de la Petroquímica X Módulos de Barrio adentro, CDI, SRI, CAT
    13. Universidad del Deporte en Cojedes
    14. Ampliación de las relaciones de Venezuela con Asia, África y Europa
    15. Traída de vaquillonas de Argentina y Uruguay para mejorar nuestra ganadería
    16. Dotación de hospitales con incubadoras y otros equipos traídos de Argentina, Alemania, Uruguay y otros
    17. Creación de Conviasa
    18. Creación de CVG Telecom
    19. Rescate de tierras para la agricultura
    20. Entrega de tierras a campesinos
    21. Liberación del país del FMI
    22. Diversificació n de nuestro comercio con más países en el mundo, hoy en día le vendemos a Estados Unidos, Cuba, Jamaica, todo el caribe, Argentina, Uruguay, India, China, Lituania y muchos otros países a los cuales antes no le vendíamos, dependíamos del mercado estadounidense
    23. Diversificació n de la producción
    24. Desarrollo del SENIAT de manera que hoy dependemos menos del petróleo, la recaudación esta por encima del petróleo.
    25. Aumento de las reservas petroleras con la recuperación de La Faja del Orinoco
    26. Aumento de las reservas internacionales
    27. Ingreso a MERCOSUR
    28. Creación de la Universidad Bolivariana, está en todos los estados.
    29. Apertura de estudios de bachillerato, mediante la Misión Ribas para miles de personas
    30. Alfabetización de más de millón y medio de personas por lo cual la UNESCO nos declaró país libre de analfabetismo
    31. Disminución de la pobreza crítica de 80% 1998 a 30% 2007.
    32. Aumento del número de personas que hoy tienen agua potable y electricidad
    33. Atención a cientos de personas de calle mediante la Misión Negra Hipólita
    34. Atención a cientos de niños de calle
    35. Cosecha record de arroz
    36. Rumbo a cosecha record en maíz
    37. Aumento del número de pensionados del Seguro Social
    38. Aumento del salario mínimo a 238 dólares, siendo ahora el más alto de América
    39. Elevación de pensiones del Seguro Social al salario mínimo
    40. Atención a cientos de personas que quedaron sin vivienda
    41. Aumento de las pensiones de los viejitos a 307.000 bolívares
    42. Solidaridad de nuestro país con pueblos hermanos que han recibido males de la naturaleza en Chile, Perú, Ecuador, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, en consonancia con nuestra constitución y las lecciones de los héroes de la patria
    43. Construcción del Cardiológico Infantil donde a menos de 1 mes se han realizado ya 60 operaciones y tiene capacidad para 4000 operaciones al año
    44. Desarrollo de la autopista Antonio José de Sucre
    45. Desarrollo de la autopista José Antonio Páez de Portuguesa a Barinas
    46. Autopista Acarigua-Barquisimeto ejecutada en 80%
    47. Tren de La Rinconada a Cúa
    48. En construcción tren de Maracay a Barquisimeto
    49. Viaducto Caracas-La Guaira
    50. Creación de Petrosur
    51. Creación de Petrocaribe
    52. Creación de Telesur
    53. Creación de Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN)
    54. Creación de Vive TV
    55. Recuperación de más de 10.000 planteles educativos
    56. Creación de 58.236 nuevas escuelas
    57.Se estableció nuevo régimen de concesiones petroleras, nueva relación con las empresas petroleras
    58. Eliminada la apertura petrolera y se sustituyó por una política justa para el país recuperando nuestro petróleo
    59. Establecimiento en todos los contratos petroleros, del gas y otros, que los tribunales facultades para dirimir controversias son los tribunales venezolanos, anteriormente se dirimía en tribunales del exterior
    60. Creación de fábricas como la de tractores, bicicletas y automóviles con nuestros socios iraníes
    61. Asociación con Brasil para construir refinería en Pernambuco donde se procesarán 200.000 barriles diarios de petróleo venezolano
    62. Creación del ALBA como alternativa al ALCA
    63. Papel importante en la elección del secretario general de la OEA
    64. Logro de precios más justos para nuestro petróleo
    65. Disminución de la inflación desde 30 a 9%
    66. Miles de personas han recuperado la vista en la Misión Milagro
    67. .Limpieza del río Guaire, actualmente en proceso
    68. Dragado del río Misoa en Zulia, para proteger a los habitantes de las crecidas del río
    69. Ampliación de las líneas que transportan electricidad a los hogares zulianos
    70. Independizació n de la Fuerza Armada Nacional de la influencia de la Escuela de Las Américas, escuela de torturadores
    71. Salida de la Misión Militar de Estados Unidos de Fuerte Tiuna
    72. Salida de técnicos estadounidenses que realizaban espionaje de los cuarteles de la FAN
    73. Diversificació n de mercado para abastecerse nuestra Fuerza Armada
    74. Creación del Banco del Tesoro
    75. Creación de INAMUJER
    76. Nuevo Puente Venezuela en el Zulia para conectar Zulia con Barinas
    77. Creación de un fondo financiero en dólares para apalancar las inversiones para el desarrollo China (4000) Venezuela (2000)
    78. Creación de fondo financiero en dólares Irán (1000), Venezuela (1000)
    79. Creación de planta de cemento venezolana
    80. Creación de planta de cemento venezolana Irán-Venezuela
    81. Buena venta de PDVSA de su Refinería Lyondell-Citgo en mil trescientos catorce millones de dólares su 41%, en la cual había perdido más de mil ochocientos, vendiendo salimos ganando
    82. Elaboración del satélite Simón Bolívar que será entregado por China a Venezuela en 2008 y permitirá a nuestro país desarrollar la telemedicina, la teleeducación y lograr independencia de información, además, podremos los venezolanos acceder al satélite gratis, con sólo adquirir una antena para ello
    83. En los contratos de creación de fábricas figura una cláusula que establece la transmisión de tecnología a los venezolanos, es decir, que no quedaremos amarrados, sino que podremos hacer nuestras propias creaciones, aun cuando los contratos terminen
    84. Liberamos a PDVSA de la comisión de valores de Estados Unidos pagando la deuda correspondiente
    85. Disminución de la deuda pública de 47,5 puntos en 2003 a 25 puntos en 2006
    86. Inauguración de la Línea 4 del Metro de Caracas
    87. Extensión de la línea 3 Metro de Caracas desde Plaza Venezuela a la Rinconada
    88. Misión Barrio Adentro
    89. Creación de diversas paginas web que sirven de apoyo para algunos tramites legales y / o consulta ” Solicitud de pasaporte ” (http://www. , Consulta de las cotizaciones del SSO (http://www. ivss.gob. ve), http://www.cadivi. ,y muchas otras
    90. Misión Identidad que permitió dar identidad a miles de ciudadanos que no disfrutaban de sus derechos ciudadanos por falta de cédula de identidad
    91. Modernización del Canal del Estado VTV
    92. Recuperación de nuestro pasado histórico
    93. La acción del gobierno ha logrado que pasemos de 14.5 millones de personas con el servicio de aguas servidas en 1998 a 21 millones en 2006
    94. Están en proceso de saneamiento los ríos Acarigua en Acarigua, Guanare en Guanare, Turbio, Tocuyo, Yaracuy, Motatán, Tuy, San Pedro, Guaire y varios otros en diversos estados del país como parte del plan nacional de saneamiento de ríos, lagos y lagunas
    95. En 1998 la inversión en ambiente era de 15 mil millones de bolívares, en 2006 es de 1 billón de bolívares
    96. En 1998 18,7 millones de personas, es decir, el 80% recibían agua potable en Venezuela, la revolución ha logrado que 25 millones de personas, es decir, el 93% reciban agua potable, se espera que para el 2010 todos los ciudadanos reciban agua potable
    97. Hemos disminuido la mortalidad infantil en 27% desde 1998
    98. Hace 8 años la recolección de aguas servidas era de 62%, ahora estamos en 80%
    99. Acaba de inaugurar el presidente la estación de aguas servidas de Ciudad Ojeda, forma parte del programa de saneamiento del lago de Maracaibo que estará limpio en 2012
    100. Edición de más de 50 millones de libros de distribución gratuita para elevar el nivel cultural de nuestro pueblo
    101. Dotación de las bibliotecas públicas del país
    102. Creación del programa Simóncito para atender a los niños desde antes de nacer
    103. Recuperación de más de 10.000 planteles educativos
    104. Dotación de todos los preescolares rurales, indígenas y fronterizos
    105. Creación de 75.000 bibliotecas de aula 119. Creación de más de 6.000 escuelas bolivarianas
    106. Pago de todos los pasivos de los maestros y aumento sustancial de sueldo
    107. Pago de todas las deudas con profesores, médicos y jubilados
    108. Todos los liceos pasados a bolivarianos para mejorar la calidad de la educación media
    109. Jubilación a maestros de las escuelas católicas Fe y Alegría que en 50 años no habían recibido jubilación, ni siquiera aguinaldos
    110. Recuperación por PDVSA de más de 26.000 millones de dólares en la renegociación petrolera
    111. Creación de los Distritos Sociales de PDVSA para asistir a cientos de comunidades en el país
    112. Inauguración de Mega Aldea Universitaria en Valles del Tuy
    113. Plan penitenciario que contempla la construcción de ciudades penitenciarias a fin de resolver la problemática de las cárceles
    114. Disminución en 8,13% de la deuda de la República
    115. Creación y desarrollo de la Misión Ciencia
    116. Creación del CIGMA
    117. Extensión del período de lactancia materna que obliga a los empleadores a darle más semanas a las madres para dedicar a amamantar a su niño(a)
    118. Red Nacional de Radioterapia, equipada con equipos traídos de Argentina en intercambio por fulloil, la red está conformada por 19 centros
    119. Creación y desarrollo de Ruedas de Negocios con varios países que han traído inversión al país
    120. Unidad de Cobalto de Radioterapia y Medicina Nuclear en Barquisimeto
    121. Planta Láctea Cantón en Barinas
    122. Empresa cogestionaria Invepal
    123. Vía expresa Pampatar-Juan Griego-La Asunción en Nueva Esparta
    124. Remodelación y construcción de estadios para la Copa América 2007
    125. Plan nacional de gasificación, gas directo para todas las comunidades
    126. Viviendas para los damnificados de la tormenta Brett , del terremoto de Cariaco
    127. Plan nacional de turismo que responde a las características de nuestro país para mostrar las bondades de nuestra naturaleza al tiempo que la protegemos
    128. Crea-ción de Redes de Innovación Productiva dentro de la Misión Ciencia para agrupar a nuestros creadores
    129. Creación de Ciudad Jesús Enrique Lozada en asociación con la Universidad del Zulia en el estado del mismo nombre
    130. Declaratoria de inamovilidad laboral, para impedir despidos
    131. Garantía de atención gratuita y suministro de medicamentos a enfer-mos de VIH
    132. Creación de Ciudad del Cine
    133. Proyecto Orinoco Magna Reserva, Blo-que 7 149. Programa de Medicina Integral Comunitaria que graduará 10.000 médicos en esa área
    134. Salvación, rescate y mejoramiento del Instituto Venezolano de los Seguros Sociales
    135. Creación de un nuevo Servicio Nacional de Salud encabezado por Barrio Adentro 1
    136. Reinaguración, es decir, reacondicionamiento de importantes liceos en la capital, tales como: Luis Espelozín, Gran Colombia, República de Bolivia, Agustín Aveledo, Andrés Bello, algunos otros y escuelas técnicas
    137. Expulsión de las Nuevas Tribus que estaban conquistando para el Imperio a nuestros indígenas y robando secretos ancestrales
    138. Apertura del teatro Teresa Carreño, La Estancia y el Centro de Arte Rómulo Gallegos a toda la población con obras nacionales e internacionales, hoy en día el teatro se auto-financia y todo nuestro pueblo dispone de tarifas que le facilitan el acceso
    139. Red de Casas de Alimentación para personas en necesidad
    140. Programa de sustitución de ranchos por viviendas (SUVI)
    141. Nuevo viaducto Caracas-La Guaira, se entregará en primer trimestre 2007
    142. En construcción la nueva autopista Caracas-La Guaira
    143. Recuperación del puerto de La Ceiba en el estado Trujillo, este puerto es importante para sacar el petróleo de Tomoporo y producción agrícola y ganadera de esa región
    144. Apoyo y desarrollo del deporte nacional que ha conducido a ganar más medallas por ciclo olímpico que en cualquier etapa de la 4ª República, pero más todavía, que conduce a la preparación física de nuestro pueblo
    145. Desarrollo de plan de independencia alimentaria que liberará al país de importar el 70% de alimentos como ha ocurrido y ocurre todavía
    146. Política definida de defensa del ciudadano con la promoción de una nueva cultura para los cuerpos policiales, para acabar con la impunidad, las protestas de la comunidad se dialogan, no se reprimen
    147. Recuperación del Patrimonio Cultural en todo el país
    148. Combate definido y contundente al narcotráfico y liberación de nuestro país del espionaje de la DEA
    149. Limpieza en la ONIDEX donde ahora, aun cuando todavía existe corrupción, ésta está siendo quebrada
    150. Cedulación de toda la población
    151. Acuerdos para la construcción de gasoducto suramericano
    152. Construcción de la interconexión de gas oriente-occidente (ICO)
    153. Acuerdo con Colombia para suministro mutuo de gas de acuerdo con las necesidades de ambos países
    154. Plan de desarrollo de diferentes ejes para ocupación del territorio nacional, ejes norte-llanero, por ejemplo
    155. Eliminación de cobro de matrículas en los colegios del estado
    156. Creci-miento del sector automotriz en 123.7% en 7 años
    157. Misión Madres del barrio para apoyar a 200.000 madres con dificultades económicas
    158. Misión árbol que contempla la siembra de 20 millones de árboles en 2006 y está en plena realización
    159. Tenemos permanente información semanal mediante Aló Presidente y otros
    160. Rescate de la identidad, la cultura y el arte del país
    161. Aprobación por la OEA de la Carta Social de las Américas propuesta por nuestro país
    162. Junto con Uruguay, Venezuela es el país donde más se aprecia la democracia, logro de Hugo Chávez pues antes de 1998, Venezuela figuraba casi de último
    163. Derrota, en la conferencia de Quito, de la proposición de Estados Unidos de convertir a las Fuerzas Armadas latinoamericanas en policías
    164. Recuperación del Instituto Autónomo Ferrocarriles del Estado (IAFE)
    165. Plan ferrocarrilero nacional, en ejecución
    166. Creación del Sistema de Democratizació n del Empleo (SISDEM) de PDVSA lo que impide la venta de puestos petroleros
    167. Se acabó la solidaridad automática, si un funcionario maltrata a un ciudadano, se le somete a la justicia, ejemplos los casos Kennedy y La paragua
    168. Por primera vez en la historia de Venezuela se respeta la división de poderes, cada poder practica su autonomía
    169. Venezuela ha diversificado sus proveedores en el mundo en todos los ámbitos
    170. Logro de una posición respetable para Venezuela en el concierto mundial de naciones
    171. Baja de las tasas de interés lo cual presionó el gobierno a los banqueros
    172. Plan ahorro de energía, cambiando luz amarilla por luz blanca
    173. Recuperación de la majestad presidencial, ayer cuando un presidente hablaba la gente apagaba el radio, hoy, hay millones de personas que sintonizan el discurso presidencial
    174. Subió la esperanza de vida al nacer a 73,18 años
    175. Más de 200 mil nuevos bachilleres graduados en la Misión Ribas
    176. Más de 800 nuevos técnicos superiores graduados en la Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela
    177. Plan nacional de siembra de la caraota, para liberar a nuestro país de importar ese rubro
    178. Formación de entrenadores deportivos integrales mediante pro-grama de intercambio con Cuba
    179. Salida de los estados Sucre y Trujillo de la posición de más pobres a estados en desarrollo, gracias a la combinada acción de los gobiernos de esos estados con el gobierno nacional
    180. Creación de empresa mixta con China para fabricar computadoras, ya se han entregado 20.000 de esas computadoras fabricadas en China, antes de fin de 2006 se comenzarán a producir en Venezuela
    181. Autopista Charallave-Ocumare que será inaugurada en enero 2007
    182. Creación por CVG-Telecom de 26 centros pilotos para telefonía en sitios donde no existe
    183. Creación de fábrica de fibra óptica
    184. Trece trimestres seguidos de crecimiento de la economía
    185. Posicionamiento de nuestro país en varias organizaciones internacionales como la presidencia del grupo parlamentario latinoamericano y en el desplazamiento de los adecos cetevistas en la OIT, presidencia de la Organización Latinoamericana de Gobiernos Intermedios, presidencia del Parlatino
    186. Bajón del índice de desempleo a un dígito
    187. Éxitos de la misión Negra Hipólita : 13 medallas traen deportistas rescatados por Negra Hipólita
    188. Construcción de la primera Clínica Popular Indígena, está en Apure, además se construye una extensa red de diez ambulatorios para los indígenas
    189. Creación de la Zona Industrial de Palavecino, estado Lara
    190. Democratizació n de la información mediante la creación y desarrollo de cientos de medios alternativos
    191. Aprobación de la Ley de responsabilidad social en radio y televisión
    192. Recuperación del programa Gas Natural para Vehículos
    193. Atención permanente y prioritaria a damnificados, único gobierno que ha hecho eso en la historia de Venezuela
    194. Más de 3 millones de niños y niñas participaron en la selección de los atletas de los juegos deportivos escolares 2006, nunca esto había ocurrido
    195. Hoy la economía venezolana se sostiene no sólo sobre el petróleo, sino que también sobre el justo pago de impuestos por la acción de un SENIAT serio y organizado y de los intereses que aporta el Banco del Tesoro y operaciones de compra de bonos de países amigos con lo cual hemos ganado algún interés financiero
    196. Aumento del consumo de alimentos por los venezolanos y hasta se dan gustitos, según dijo CONSECOMERCIO, los sectores de la D y de la E
    197. En los Olivitos, estado Zulia, la población del ave flamencos del caribe, especie amenazada de extinción, aumentó a 6700, la mayor reproducción en los 20 años de existencia de ese centro de protección
    198. Solución al problema de cupo universitario con la extensión de la UNEFA, la creación de la Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela, creación de más tecnológicos, aumento del cupo en la Universidad Simón Rodríguez y otros entes universitarios
    199. Creación de la primera escuela robinsoniana técnica petroquímica y agroambiental de Venezuela
    200. Creación de 255 escuelas técnicas donde estudian 203 mil alumnos, la meta es llegar a 500 escuelas técnicas para 500 mil alumnos
    201. El gobierno más demócrata que ha tenido Venezuela, con mayor libertad de expresión, sin persecución por ideas políticas
    202. Eliminación del Impuesto al Débito Bancario
    203. Creación del Banco de Desarrollo (BANDES)
    204. Creación de BANDES Uruguay
    205. Creación del Banco del Sur
    206. Inauguracion de PDVAL produccion y distribucion de alimentos

    Pásalo a todos los venezolanos y extranjeros, el que tenga ojos que vean.
    Tu compa de los medios de comunicación alternativos y comunitarios, divulga estas buenas noticias, es tu deber como revolucionario.
    Yo coloco mi granito de arena.


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