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Festive Left Friday Blogging: It was ten years ago today…

…that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play:

Actually, the Venezuelan people didn’t need no stinkin’ band. They rescued their president from a US-backed coup attempt with no outside help whatsoever, and with him, their democracy. The State Dept. would rather you forgot all about that, no doubt. But I’m not about to . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: It was ten years ago today…

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Evil Dictator Makes Venezuela Happy!

Film at 11. Meanwhile, the story:

Last Friday, the Washington Post highlighted a global happiness survey released last year by the polling firm Gallup, which found that Venezuela is the fifth happiest country in the world. According to the poll, 64 percent of Venezuelan respondents said their well-being was thriving.

The poll measured . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Evil Dictator Makes Venezuela Happy!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: René González comes home, and so does Chavecito

René González, a Cuban anti-terror agent (and one of the famous Cuban Five, imprisoned in the US on espionage charges) gets a supervised leave of absence to visit his sick brother back home. As you can see in the video, it was a time for happy tears. It won’t be a permanent stay, unfortunately, . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: René González comes home, and so does Chavecito

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Ode to Life

Venezuelan rap sensation Rodbexa got together with Truko, and they’ve got a new song out. It’s a tribute to Chavecito, of course. Sure to be another big hit!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Gorgeous, George!

OMG, look who got arrested earlier today:

Yes, that’s George Clooney. The movie star. He’s now free, along with his dad and a group of other prominent activists who were protesting on behalf of the people of Sudan, in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC.

Clooney and the other protesters were . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Gorgeous, George!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: I’m a whut, I’m a whut, I’m a WHUT?

Two nicely naughty young ladies play a lovely ditty for the Pigman. Say, maybe he can use THIS as bumper music, now that everyone he WAS using is telling him to fuck the hell off.

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

Via Cubadebate’s Facebook page, some fresh photos that came in just now:

Now, who might that healthy, hearty-looking guy be? Surely not the same walking corpse that the lamestream media, on the orders of a crapaganda-peddling putschist private “intelligence” (ha!) outfit known as STRATFOR, have been writing off for dead already?

Oh yeah, and . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito gets a visitor

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Playing catch-up with El Ecuadorable

Sigh. What’s a girl to do when she’s looking for Latin American lefty-porn to give her readers their Friday fix of progressive pulchritude? All the news is full of Chavecito and his maybe-recurred cancer (or maybe-just-scar-tissue, did-THAT-ever-occur-to-you-crapaganda-whores?). And we all know what naughtiness Evo has been up to lately (yawwwwwwwwwwwn). So what else is there . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Playing catch-up with El Ecuadorable

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito throws down

And gives the right-wing candidate and sham primary victor, Henrique Capriles Radonsky, notice that he’s got to stand and deliver, or leave with his tail between his legs:

Here’s the gist of what he said. Accept no lamestream substitutes. And remember that word majunche (it means “little wimp”, more or less), you’re gonna be . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito throws down

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

Looks like Simón Bolívar will have even more company in orbit. In addition to his Bolivian and Ecuadorian counterparts, he’s going to be joined by another Venezuelan satellite, named after another independence hero:

The new satellite, “Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda”, represents a great leap for the development of technological independence in Venezuela, said president . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lucky 13

It’s 13 years now since Chavecito was sworn in as president of Venezuela. And, contrary to all the right-wing lamestream media naysayers up here, he’s not dead yet, and neither is Venezuelan democracy, which is going stronger than ever.

And of course, that was the plan 13 years ago yesterday, when Chavecito swore . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lucky 13

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Two million and counting!

Ahem. Make that two and a HALF million…

And now, the story from Aporrea:

At 10:06 this morning, and three months shy of his second anniversary on Twitter, President Hugo Chávez made history as the most-followed head of state on the social network, with two and a half million followers.

1394 tweets, following 21 . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Two million and counting!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Flamengo comes to Bolivia

…and Evo had a great time meeting one of the great Brazilian soccer team’s heroes (and his own too, no doubt), Ronaldinho:

Evo also presented Ronaldinho with a special medal for his outstanding contribution to South American sportsmanship:

And there was a friendly match between Flamengo and a local team, Universitario de Sucre, . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Flamengo comes to Bolivia

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito’s back, beeyotches!

And here he is, proving that his health is fully recovered from last year’s nasty cancer scare:

…and that he’s fit and ready for his re-election campaign. He looks and sounds it, all right. Nice to see he’s regained the weight he lost during treatment. He’s his usual burly self, not painfully thin, the . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito’s back, beeyotches!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito’s back, Cristina’s on the mend

Good news from Venezuela…

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, will return on Sunday with his well-known TV program, Aló Presidente, which has been on hiatus for seven months. This will be the first show since Chávez recovered from the cancer that was diagnosed in June, said a government spokesman on Wednesday.

“This Sunday, Aló . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito’s back, Cristina’s on the mend

Festive Left Friday Blogging: The kids are all right…or should I say LEFT?

Who says so? No less an authority than The Pew:

Young people — the collegiate and post-college crowd, who have served as the most visible face of the Occupy Wall Street movement — might be getting more comfortable with socialism. That’s the surprising result from a Pew Research Center poll that aims to measure . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: The kids are all right…or should I say LEFT?

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Caption Time in Bolivia

It may be the holiday season for most of us, but Latin American heads of state aren’t getting any rest. While Evo is off signing bilateral agreements in Peru with Ollanta, his vice-president, Alvaro García Linera, is holding down the fort at home.

Now, the big question of the day: What do you suppose . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Caption Time in Bolivia

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Fidel’s Guinness record

Courtesy of Cubadebate, we have the following amusing little item to celebrate today:

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, is the person subject to the greatest number of assassination attempts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records and, surely, the archives of the US Central Intelligence Agency, the principal . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Fidel’s Guinness record

Festive Left Friday Blogging: ¡Feliz Chavidad!

Just in time for the holidays, the latest decorations from Venezuela:

Figurines of Chavecito, Simón Bolívar and other Venezuelan historic heroes decorate a nativity scene.

Of course, Reuters chose to focus first on the local Grinches who don’t like it, but they’re outnumbered, as usual.

And for those who think he . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: ¡Feliz Chavidad!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Tweet of the Day

Courtesy of a Venezuelan tweep:

“Sometimes Rafael Correa makes me think I’m gay.”

Ladies ‘n’ gents, he’s talking about THIS fine-ass dude here:

The president of Ecuador, arriving in Caracas, Venezuela, for a LatAm summit.

And totally reminding me that I, too, am a gay man trapped in a woman’s body, if . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Tweet of the Day

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Mike check on Aisle 4!

Here you go, folkies…your iconic image from the craptastic retail event known as Black Friday (also known, by those in the know, as Buy Nothing Day):

This young woman got a rent-a-cop escort out of a Wal-Mart in Cincinnati. She was kicked out for doing an Occupy-style “mike check”.

Love her attitude. And . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Mike check on Aisle 4!

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lula’s new ‘do

First, it was Lugo; then, Chavecito. Now, a new South American head of state (pun intended) has gone bare:

The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, shaved his beard and head in anticipation of hair loss due to chemotherapy, which he began on October 31, for laryngeal cancer.

The job of . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Lula’s new ‘do

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Sexy Back

Seen on Facebook: This was, according to my source, taken at Occupy Austin. No word on whether that’s a real tattoo or just penned on for the protest’s duration, but it’s the cleverest use of skin-as-canvas I’ve seen so far. And a timely reminder for US citizens about what’s really at stake in the struggle. […] . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Sexy Back

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito likes…

According to Aporrea, Chavecito loves this Calle 13 song: It isn’t hard to see why. Brilliant lyrics, and a bang-on message. If you’re not crying by the end of it, better check for a pulse. . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Chavecito likes…

Festive Left Friday Blogging: The Greatest Love Story on Earth

“Occupy Love”, featuring Asmaa Mahfouz, the young Egyptian woman who started the protest movement that eventually came to occupy all of Tahrir Square, toppling Hosni Mubarak and setting in motion a revolution that is still very much in pro… . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: The Greatest Love Story on Earth