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Native Chief Seeks Funding From Venezuela's Chavez in Oil Fight

World  (tags: Canada, oil, indigenous rights, Hugo Chavez )

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Terrance Nelson, chief of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, has sent a letter to Chavez asking for a $1 million donation or loan, which he says he will use to hire lawyers to force two companies to share revenues from two pipelines that will be bu

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Dave Kane (308)
Thursday April 17, 2008, 3:59 pm
I betcha Chavez comes through with the dough -- it's only US dollars after all ; )

Joycey B (750)
Thursday April 17, 2008, 7:28 pm
Thanks Mark.

Marian E (152)
Thursday April 17, 2008, 7:43 pm

I think if the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation people were united in this, it would help to convince President Chavez of the merits of the case.

Additionally, this may be problematic in convincing that there is merit to the case. "TransCanada's Keystone and Enbridge's Alberta Clipper projects will each run pipelines through southern Manitoba on their way from Alberta to the U.S. Midwest. Neither pass through the Roseau River reserve land, but Nelson says it will pass through what he considers the band's "traditional territory."

Thank you Mark.


Marena Chen (200)
Friday April 18, 2008, 9:19 am
Money from CHAVEZ????

Simon Wood (207)
Friday April 18, 2008, 12:08 pm
Hi Marena Chen, yes money from Chavez. Didn't you know that the democratic government of Chavez has already given the Indigenous people of the U.S.A. huge discounts on heating oil? It adds up to about $1 billion in discounts, if I remember correctly.

The democratic government of Chavez has done plenty more for the poor people of Latin America and the Caribbean outside of Venezuela: selling oil at generous below-market prices, giving free eye operations to thousands of people, and other things, plus much, much more for the people of Venezuela:

free meals for school children (to ensure that poor children get adequate nutrition, and go to school instead of work);

the right to free quality medical care for all people in Venezuela (this program is still being expanded, because there are many medical staff to train and many medical centres to build to be able to ensure this right);

the right to free education (including university level education) for all people in Venezuela;

plus on top of that, a huge economic growth and rise of incomes in real terms for the majority of people in Venezuela;

the founding of community councils for all citizens to discuss things, get government funding, and take action on things, to increase grass roots people power and democratic participation;

plus taking land from the rich and giving it to the poor, and much, much more!

If you get your information about Venezuela from the capitalist media, you probably won't know this. But if you get your information from the alternative media, then you can learn this. I recommend the following websites:

Common Dreams
Green Left Weekly
Information Clearing House
Le Monde Diplomatique
The Militant
Mother Jones
New Internationalist
Socialist Worker
World Socialist Web Site

Blue B (855)
Friday April 18, 2008, 12:21 pm
Absolutely right, Simon!

TV/radio broadcast stations carried news of Venezuelan Oil company: Citgo commercials advertising home heating oil for 40% less than the market price. Citgo has contributed 100 million gallons of home heating oil which eqals 400,000 gallons distributed to 16 states in the U$A. Hugo Chavez contracted with former Congressman Joe Kennedy, and together they have been doing this for years. Venezuela owns Citgo, and Citgo is the only major oil comany doling out "cheap oil" for poor people in the U$A. The people who benefit from Joe Kennedy's home heating program do not have to pay for the oil. He raises money through donations to buy the oil directly from Citgo. He has been doing this for at least 10 yrs. that I know of.

[hat tip: Stephen R.]


Blue B (855)
Friday April 18, 2008, 12:26 pm
Some background ifnormation from Greg Palast:

CRUISINí FOR A BRUISINí WITH HUGO Hugo Chavez has an attitude problem. Only last April the Venezuelan president escaped a kidnapping by the Chairman of the nationís Chamber of Commerce. This weekend, Chavez is facing a recall petition by the angry rich of Venezuela. He also faces the wrath of an angry rich American president who does not appreciate Chavezí bad attitude toward globalization a la Rumsfeld.

Yvonne W (229)
Friday April 18, 2008, 1:36 pm
I'm betting Hugo will give them the cash. He's done more for poor Americans than Bu$h ever Thought about doing! That's why Bu$h HATES Chavez, because Chavez calls a devil a devil when he sees one!

Yvonne W (229)
Friday April 18, 2008, 1:40 pm
Check out Hugo Chavez's Very Excellent Windfall Oil Profit Tax by Raymond J Learsy

"...In any case, we are dealing with a commodity that has left all ballast of free market determination far behind. The results are profits for oil companies that are so egregious that they surpass all definition of "windfall profits." If monopoly collusion is viewed by our laws as illegal, then the monopoly/cartel induced oil prices we are currently experiencing and paying for at the pump are in effect crooked profits and it is time our government acts to redress this injustice visited on all of us, and finally begins to level the playing field.

How ironic, in our ongoing saga with the oil barons, that we need Hugo to show us the way."

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 24, 2008, 3:01 pm
Thank you Mark ,Simon , Blue and Yvonne !
The people in this country need an education when it comes to learning about the real Chavez and not the one Bush and media want us to believe.
I hope the Anisninabe get the money from Chavez and win in court ,,its the least the Canadian government can do for these people .
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