Libya We will Not Forget, We are here and We Will Fight to get our Country Back


Libya We will Not Forget, We are here and We Will Fight to get our Country Back

 

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 “Facts about Libya and Qaddafi” 
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LIBYA – THE REAL TRUTH
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Kadhafi’s Africa: The Untold Story
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/44987167

~ Human Rights for the Third Millennium ~
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/44212580

“GREENBOOK”-by M.A.G. (synthesized voice-English)
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/43189504

LIBYA – By T.J. Coles. Axis of Logic
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/41777361

Yes, I’m saying that it’s all lies
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/41729945

Direct Democracy: The Secret of the Effectiveness of Peoples` Resistance to Imperialism
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/41610562

International Workers Day: Muammar Qaddafi on Democracy in Industry
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/41293510

GREEN ENERGY
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/39404802

Life is a…
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/39154941

What is unique about the 240-day war/aggression against Libya
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/37913318

After 35 years People’s Power goes Global
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/37793891

Saroukh el-Jamahiriya
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/36094231

New York Times interview with Lizzie Phelan
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/36047468

The Poison of Bernard Henry? Levy
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/35948508

Mathaba 3.0 and the Universal Jamahiriya
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/35278364

GREEN STORM IS COMING.
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/35723423

A message to the Libyan people: it is through you that Africa will be united
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/35800082

Historic Speech of Gaddafi to UN General Assembly, 2009
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/29506627

!!! Muad’Dib Al Gaddafi !!!
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/29624189

LIBYA S.O.S. – WHERE IS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH ?
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/30264177

Libya The [K]Night That Killed The Lies
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/30594978

Gaddafi&Libya
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/30713762

Tribute to The Great Leader
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/31038523

!!NATO WAR CRIME IN LIBYA!!
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/32478300

The Jamahiriya Continues
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/32628468

DESERT ROSE – THE GREAT MAN – RIVER BUILDER
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/34070074

LIBYA – THE REAL TRUTH
http://vimeo.com/album/1806059/video/35134248

Facts about Libya and Qaddafi
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The Truth About Libya, Gaddafi, and the illuminati
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Life in Libya under Gaddafi: – excellent example of classic ‘dictatorship’ regime
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=121744697901968
Don’t forget Qaddafi’s Greradjena od greatest Achievement: Libya’s Great Man-Made River
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=121731741236597
|GADDAFI UN>PLUGGED AND UN>CENSORED|:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=121731924569912

Muammar AL Gaddafi – honest, the hero of his people, dignified and courageous man! 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=121734434569661
Why the West Wants the Fall of Gaddafi?
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123323051077466
Why Is Gaddafi Being Demonized ? “
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=125708630838908
Kadhafi’s Africa: ” The Untold Story “
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123335017742936
The TRUTH About Gaddafi’s Libya
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=122337861175985

STATEMENT OF THE BROTHER LEADER MUAMMAR AL GADDAFI
AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=130002233742881
Libya’s leadership is a decision for Libyans!
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=128839240525847
Bombing of Libya – punishment for Ghaddafi for his attempt to refuse US dollar
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123440861065685

LIBYA: ALL ABOUT OIL, OR ALL ABOUT BANKING ?
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=125841887492249
Why Mainstream Media Refuses to Report the West’s Shocking New Colonialism
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=133163693426735
Humanitarian Neo-colonialism: Framing Libya and Reframing War (Creative Destruction Part III)
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=129027577173680
Ten reasons why the U.S. war in Libya is a CIA operation
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=128415890568182

The End of America
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=122747914468313
A World Overwhelmed By Western Hypocrisy
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146931182049986
“Three Fat Men” and the ‘American Dream’…
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=125670607509377
Dear President Obama, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Cameron,…
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123429791066792

PEOPLE From All Around The World DEMAND:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=124344717641966
Welcome to the Violent World of Mr. Hopey Changey
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=133388073404297
Who is “OPPOSITION” in Libya
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=172724499470654
Libyan “rebels”
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=150517068358064

“DEAR” BRAINWASHINGTON PPL,THIS MUST BE CLEAR…
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=131187370291034
DARE To Tell THE TRUTH ABOUT GADDAFI AND LIBYA
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=131177173625387
GhaddafiSpeaks’s Channel:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=171277826281988
“8 Reasons For Attacking Libya” 
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=129458887130549

The aggression over Libya is “all about oil”?
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=133735276702910
Libya: The other side of the coin
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146233768786394
‘The Destruction of a Nation’
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=126025847473853

THE GREAT MAN – RIVER BUILDER
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=252214648128864
Horrors Of US-NATzO..//..GREED OVER LIBYAN SECRET TREASURE
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=264407013576294

THE ‘REVOLUTION’ IN LIBYA AND THE NEW NATO ATTACK
An interview with “Diana” From Libya
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=259913947356890
A Spaniard’s Testimony from Libya
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=259919104023041
The pseudo-revolution in Libya and the Degenerate “Left”
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=259879670693651
The pseudo-revolution in Libya and the Degenerate “Left”
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=259879704026981
The Obama doctrine, the transnational elite and the NATO attack on Libya
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=259879764026975

How Freedom* Came to Libya part 01 and part 02
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=234221629949082
Entanglement of humanity for oil, gold and central bank of Libya!
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=224021614302417

Why do I support Gaddafi and Libyan people?
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=218642261507019
Understanding the Green Book & Libyan politics, the easy way
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217981541573091

Gold, Oil, Africa and Why the West Wants Gadhafi Dead
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=135845489840290
WHY “THEY” ARE ATTACKING AFRICA(N)/LIBYA(N) LEADER M.A.GADDAFI ?!
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=247985461885116
Bankers raping and pillaging…
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=246079342075728
The West_Pro-NWatO Media isn’t reporting the meaning behind Libya
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=246062422077420
NWatO BOMBS LIBYA, to ‘prevent’ burying of the American buck.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=223640460986283

GET UP OF YOUR CHAIRS – GROW UP !!! DO SOMETHING !!
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=216439001706429

How to STOP Imperialists/Banksters NATO killers ?! Any Suggestions, solutions, ideas ?
http://www.facebook.com/questions/214799551908226/?qa_ref=pt

We, People of the World Don’t Recognise and Don’t Allow a Seat for NTC in UN. Did We Allow THAT !?
http://www.facebook.com/questions/223476231040558/?qa_ref=pt

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NATO MEDIA “Rebels” CRIMES

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New video showing Syrian rebel brutality emerges


New video showing Syrian rebel brutality emerges

AFP Photo / Mezar Matar

AFP Photo / Mezar Matar

A video smuggled over the Syrian border by a former rebel features a mass execution of government soldiers by the Jund al-Sham group fighting Assad. The latest example of rebel brutality comes as Washington prepares to intervene into the conflict.

The video, obtained by New York Times and which has gone viral online, is a mobile phone recording of an execution that took place in April. 

Seven government soldiers are shown shirtless on their knees in somewhat fetal positions with their faces to the ground. Some have their hands tied behind their backs. 

Rebels stand behind the condemned men, pointing their firearms down at them and listening to their leader chant the verdict. 

“For 50 years, they are companions to corruption,” the commander of the group says. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.” 

Having pronounced that, the man shoots the soldier closest to him. Other gunmen immediately follow suit to execute the rest of the captured soldiers. The dead bodies are then dumped into a well.

The man who smuggled the video across the border is former assistant to the chief of the group, who says he defected from it because he could no longer stand atrocities performed by his brothers in arms, according to New York Times.

The runaway, concealing his identity for security reasons, explains the seven soldiers were executed after videos of them raping civilians and looting were found on their cell phones.

The group he belonged to is little-known and not large, consisting of 300 fighters. It’s called Jund al-Sham, sharing the name with three international terrorist groups. 

The rebel commander is Abdul Samad Issa, 37, also known as ‘the Uncle’ because two of his deputies are his nephews. According to his defected assistant the man believes his father was killed during a 27-day government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in 1982, led by the father of Syria’s current president. Thus, fighting government forces now is partly a matter of personal revenge for Issa.

The video is one in a series of episodes raising questions over methods used by the rebel forces, some of which actually claim links to terrorists.

One of the groups, associating itself with Al-Qaeda attacked a Christian village on Wednesday.

In June, a teenage boy was allegedly executed by an Al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition group for supposedly blaspheming.

In May, the world was shocked to see a video of a Syrian rebel apparently eating the heart of a slain government soldier.

source: rt.com/news

 

Colonel Gaddafi’s Legacy? Unregulated Libyan weapons ‘flood’ Syria


Colonel Gaddafi’s Legacy? Unregulated Libyan weapons ‘flood’ Syria

AFP Photo / Philippe Desmazes

AFP Photo / Philippe Desmazes

With a massive stockpile of loosely supervised Gaddafi-era weapons, Libya resurfaces as a key player in the Syrian conflict, with more reports emerging that rebels get material through official and rogue channels, despite UN condemnation.

It is just the enthusiasm of the Libyan people helping the Syrians,” explained Fawzi Bukatef, a former revolutionary commander, who has recently been appointed as ambassador to Uganda, to the New York Times.

According to the paper, Qatari C-17 cargo planes – capable of carrying a payload of more than 70 tons – have landed at least three times in Libya this year, each time to pick up a shipment of weapons that were then taken the Turkish-Syrian border, and passed onto the rebels. 

Earlier this week, British-Libyan arms dealer Abdul Basit Haroun boasted to Reuters that weapons reach Syria not only by numerous charted flights, but also on ships – concealed among humanitarian aid.

The process is not controlled by the weak central government; instead, a handful of opportunistic middlemen have emerged.

The authorities know we are sending guns to Syria, Haroun said. Everyone knows.” 

Libyan assembly member Tawfiq Shehabi said the government tacitly supports the activities of dealers like Haroun, himself a brigade commander during the successful uprising against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

After the end of the war of liberation, he became involved in supporting the Syrian revolution… sending aid and weapons to the Syrian people,” said Shehabi. He does a good job of supporting the Syrian revolution.

Kornets anti-tank missiles

Kornets anti-tank missiles

Haroun and others insisted that they work according to an “above-board” scheme, whereby rebels initially approach the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the moderate wing of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, which then asks Turkey, the gateway for the majority of weapons, to sanction a shipment. 

Once shipments – which initially comprised mostly light weapons, but have more recently included Soviet-era Kornets anti-tank missiles, and Konkurs-M guided rockets – arrive in Turkey, they are then distributed among the assorted rebel units. 

As the rebels do not fight under a single command, pre-agreed formulas are used to make sure that various brigades are armed proportionally to their manpower and needs, according to Safi Asafi, a coordinator commander on the border who spoke to the New York Times.

Asafi said that the weapons were not officially distributed to “blacklisted” groups, such as the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, but that this was merely a formality, with the extremist Islamists simply purchasing the weapons from the “approved” units.

A report by Time magazine at the end of last month showed that weapons trafficking is not restricted to the semi-official channels, with shadowy backers driven by ideology, religion and profit managing to set up separate deals.

The piece detailed a negotiation between a former Libyan anti-Gaddafi fighter, and a group of leading Islamic organizations fighting Assad. The Islamists said that they did not recognize the authority of the FSA, and described their commanders as corrupt failures”.

The people involved described the talks – conducted in a hotel on the Turkish side of the Syrian border – as a routine, and everyday occurrence, as volunteers, mercenaries and arms dealers congregate in several border towns. 

Restrictions on official weapons supplies to rebels by their sympathizers in the West and the Arab world have been in place for most of the past two years, and have made it almost inevitable that a haphazard weapons trade would boom around the conflict that is estimated to have taken more than 90,000 lives the UN estimates. 

Nonetheless, the United Nations has severely criticized Libya for proliferating weapons at “an alarming rate”.

A report released in April said that Libya, whose substantial stockpile is largely controlled by tribal militias and even private citizens, is enriching the arsenals of a range of non-State actors, including terrorist groups.” 

It is unclear if the torrent of badly controlled shipments will be stemmed, now that most Syrian allies have lifted their weapons supply restrictions, or if the trade will move to arm those not catered for by official channels.

source: rt.com/news/libya-syria-weapons-rebels-117/

 

The NATO Pro-War Left Keynote the National Conference for Media Reform! Y’all Come for the Party


                   The NATO Pro-War Left Keynote the National Conference for Media Reform!
 Y’all Come for the Party
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Keynote Rally and Plenaries

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Once a day we’ll all gather in a single room to get inspired, feel the energy of our fellow conference-goers and demonstrate our power as a movement working to change the media and build a better democracy. On day one, we’ll look back at the history of the media reform movement — and how we got to where we are today. On day two, we’ll celebrate our victories and achievements. And on the final day, we’ll look to the future and plot our roadmap for change.
These sessions will feature award-winning artists, Hollywood luminaries, visionary activists and organizers, veteran journalists, D.C. heavyweights and more. Look for can’t-miss performances, rousing speeches, musical interludes and other surprises.


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Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo


Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo

By Greg

Palast Tuesday, March 5, 2013 For BBC Television, Palast met several times with Hugo Chàvez, who passed away today.   As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as a FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television.  DVDs also available.

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Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It’s the oil. And it’s the Koch Brothers – and it’s the ketchup.

Reverend Pat Robertson said,

“Hugo Chavez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.” It was 2005 and Robertson was channeling the frustration of George Bush’s State Department. Despite Bush’s providing intelligence, funds and even a note of congratulations to the crew who kidnapped Chavez (we’ll get there), Hugo remained in office, reelected and wildly popular.

But why the Bush regime’s hate, hate, HATE of the President of Venezuela?

Reverend Pat wasn’t coy about the answer: It’s the oil.

“This is a dangerous enemy to our South controlling a huge pool of oil.”

A really BIG pool of oil. Indeed, according to Guy Caruso, former chief of oil intelligence for the CIA, Venezuela hold a recoverable reserve of 1.36 trillion barrels, that is, a whole lot more than Saudi Arabia.

If we didn’t kill Chavez, we’d have to do an “Iraq” on his nation. So the Reverend suggests,

“We don’t need another $200 billion war….It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

Chavez himself told me he was stunned by Bush’s attacks: Chavez had been quite chummy with Bush Senior and with Bill Clinton.

So what made Chavez suddenly “a dangerous enemy”? Here’s the answer you won’t find in The New York Times:

Just after Bush’s inauguration in 2001, Chavez’ congress voted in a new “Law of Hydrocarbons.” Henceforth, Exxon, British Petroleum, Shell Oil and Chevron would get to keep 70% of the sales revenues from the crude they sucked out of Venezuela. Not bad, considering the price of oil was rising toward $100 a barrel.

But to the oil companies, which had bitch-slapped Venezeula’s prior government into giving them 84% of the sales price, a cut to 70% was “no bueno.” Worse, Venezuela had been charging a joke of a royalty – just one percent – on “heavy” crude from the Orinoco Basin. Chavez told Exxon and friends they’d now have to pay 16.6%.

Clearly, Chavez had to be taught a lesson about the etiquette of dealings with Big Oil.

On April 11, 2002, President Chavez was kidnapped at gunpoint and flown to an island prison in the Caribbean Sea. On April 12, Pedro Carmona, a business partner of the US oil companies and president of the nation’s Chamber of Commerce, declared himself President of Venezuela – giving a whole new meaning to the term, “corporate takeover.”

U.S. Ambassador Charles Shapiro immediately rushed down from his hilltop embassy to have his picture taken grinning with the self-proclaimed “President” and the leaders of the coup d’état.

Bush’s White House spokesman admitted that Chavez was, “democratically elected,” but, he added, “Legitimacy is something that is conferred not by just the majority of voters.” I see.

With an armed and angry citizenry marching on the Presidential Palace in Caracas ready to string up the coup plotters, Carmona, the Pretend President from Exxon returned his captive Chavez back to his desk within 48 hours. (How? Get The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, the film, expanding on my reports for BBC Television. You can download it for free for the next few days.)

Chavez had provoked the coup not just by clawing back some of the bloated royalties of the oil companies. It’s what he did with that oil money that drove Venezuela’s One Percent to violence.

In Caracas, I ran into the reporter for a TV station whose owner is generally credited with plotting the coup against the president. While doing a publicity photo shoot, leaning back against a tree, showing her wide-open legs nearly up to where they met, the reporter pointed down the hill to the “ranchos,” the slums above Caracas, where shacks, once made of cardboard and tin, where quickly transforming into homes of cinder blocks and cement.

“He [Chavez] gives them bread and bricks, so they vote for him, of course.” She was disgusted by “them,” the 80% of Venezuelans who are negro e indio (Black and Indian)—and poor. Chavez, himself negro e indio, had, for the first time in Venezuela’s history, shifted the oil wealth from the privileged class that called themselves “Spanish,” to the dark-skinned masses.

While trolling around the poor housing blocks of Caracas, I ran into a local, Arturo Quiran, a merchant seaman and no big fan of Chavez. But over a beer at his kitchen table, he told me,

“Fifteen years ago under [then-President] Carlos Andrés Pérez, there was a lot of oil money in Venezuela. The ‘oil boom’ we called it. Here in Venezuela there was a lot of money, but we didn’t see it.”
But then came Hugo Chavez, and now the poor in his neighborhood, he said, “get medical attention, free operations, x-rays, medicines; education also. People who never knew how to write now know how to sign their own papers.”

Chavez’ Robin Hood thing, shifting oil money from the rich to the poor, would have been grudgingly tolerated by the US. But Chavez, who told me, “We are no longer an oil colony,” went further…too much further, in the eyes of the American corporate elite.

Venezuela had landless citizens by the millions – and unused land by the millions of acres tied up, untilled, on which a tiny elite of plantation owners squatted. Chavez’ congress passed in a law in 2001 requiring untilled land to be sold to the landless. It was a program long promised by Venezuela’s politicians at the urging of John F. Kennedy as part of his “Alliance for Progress.”

Plantation owner Heinz Corporation didn’t like that one bit. In retaliation, Heinz closed its ketchup plant in the state of Maturin and fired all the workers. Chavez seized Heinz’ plant and put the workers back on the job. Chavez didn’t realize that he’d just squeezed the tomatoes of America’s powerful Heinz family and Mrs. Heinz’ husband, Senator John Kerry, now U.S. Secretary of State.

Or, knowing Chavez as I do, he didn’t give a damn.

Chavez could survive the ketchup coup, the Exxon “presidency,” even his taking back a piece of the windfall of oil company profits, but he dangerously tried the patience of America’s least forgiving billionaires: The Koch Brothers.

How? Well, that’s another story for another day. [Watch this space. Or read about it in the book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. Go to BallotBandits.org).

Elected presidents who annoy Big Oil have ended up in exile—or coffins: Mossadegh of Iran after he nationalized BP’s fields (1953), Elchibey, President of Azerbaijan, after he refused demands of BP for his Caspian fields (1993), President Alfredo Palacio of Ecuador after he terminated Occidental’s drilling concession (2005).

“It’s a chess game, Mr. Palast,” Chavez told me. He was showing me a very long, and very sharp sword once owned by Simon Bolivar, the Great Liberator. “And I am,” Chavez said, “a very good chess player.”

In the film The Seventh Seal, a medieval knight bets his life on a game of chess with the Grim Reaper. Death cheats, of course, and takes the knight. No mortal can indefinitely outplay Death who, this week, Chavez must know, will checkmate the new Bolivar of Venezuela.

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But in one last move, the Bolivarian grandmaster played a brilliant endgame, naming Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, as good and decent a man as they come, as heir to the fight for those in the “ranchos.” The One Percent of Venezuela, planning on Chavez’s death to return them the power and riches they couldn’t win in an election, are livid with the choice of Maduro.

Chavez sent Maduro to meet me in my downtown New York office back in 2004. In our run-down detective digs on Second Avenue, Maduro and I traded information on assassination plots and oil policy.

Even then, Chavez was carefully preparing for the day when Venezuela’s negros e indios would lose their king—but still stay in the game.
Class war on a chessboard. Even in death, I wouldn’t bet against Hugo Chavez.

source: us4.campaign-archive2.com