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    The United Nations cannot be reformed : Chavez tells the people of the US to fight for socialism Chavez Speech Shocks UN By Jorge Martin Monday, 03 October
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2005
      "The United Nations cannot be reformed": Chavez tells the people of
      the US to fight for socialism

      Chavez Speech Shocks UN
      By Jorge Martin
      Monday, 03 October 2005

      Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recently in the United States,
      where he delivered an address to the United Nations, met with
      activists in South Bronx, and gave several interviews to US media
      outlets. Throughout his visit Chavez brought the message of the
      Bolivarian Revolution to the people of the United States, discussing
      everything from global warming and the aftermath of Katrina to
      imperialism and the war in Iraq.

      President Chavez's recent visit to the United Nations on September
      15th caused a major commotion in the United States. First of all, the
      Bush administration tried to block and delay the visit, so that
      Chavez's appearance would not coincide with Bush's at the United
      Nations. Most of Chavez's entourage (doctors, media, security
      personnel) spent four days locked up in the presidential plane at a
      military airfield 200 miles away from New York City, in a clear
      diplomatic provocation.

      But when Chavez finally spoke at the UN assembly he delivered a very
      powerful and damning speech. The main thrust of it was that the United
      Nations did not work and could not be reformed. However, he added that
      in the meantime three measures should be taken as a matter of urgency:
      the abolition of the right of veto in the Security Council, the
      inclusion of countries from the South on the council, and to move the
      UN outside of the United States since this was the country that had
      violated the most UN resolutions! This was certainly the most shocking
      thing that had been heard in the meeting rooms of the UN in a long
      time. When the chair of the session tried to cut his speech short,
      Hugo Chavez replied, "I understand that President Bush spoke for 20
      minutes here yesterday, so I will finish my speech". Chavez was also
      instrumental in denouncing the manoeuvre organised to get a resolution
      on the Millennium Goals passed. He explained how only a small group of
      35 countries (excluding Cuba and Venezuela) had been involved in the
      drafting of the document and that most heads of state had only
      received a copy, in English, five minutes before it was supposed to be
      passed by acclamation without a vote. You can read a full transcript
      of the speech in English and Spanish, and you can also listen to it in

      President Chavez then had some meetings with the community in South
      Bronx. At a packed meeting with more than 2000 trade union and
      community leaders and activists he reiterated that "we are convinced
      that the road to hell is the road of capitalism... in Venezuela we are
      trying to build a new socialism, a XXI century socialism... a
      socialist democracy". He explained how he originally thought that one
      could have capitalism with a human face, but that "today, after seven
      years of revolution, and having travelled around the world ... and
      having read and having seen what I have read and seen in this seven
      years, I am now convinced that on the road of capitalism it is not
      possible to save the world". He then repeated his offer to supply
      cheap heating fuel to the poor communities in the United States so
      that poor people would not die of cold during the winter. He offered
      to do this through CITGO, the US subsidiary of the Venezuelan
      state-owned company PDVSA. He insisted that he was

      in favour of the real unity of the Americas, not based on the Free
      Trade Agreement being pushed by the Bush administration, but rather,
      unity based on the unity of the peoples, unity from below. You can
      read the full speech in Spanish on the Ministry of Communication and
      Information website.

      During the trip Chavez also gave two very important interviews to the
      US media. One to Democracy Now! the network of community TV and radio
      stations, in which he discussed many issues, including global warming,
      the aftermath of Katrina, imperialism, the war in Iraq, etc. He once
      again appealed to the people of the US, as opposed to the Bush
      administration, to play their necessary role in saving the planet. The
      alternative, Chavez said, is "like Rosa Luxemburg said: socialism or
      barbarism". You can read a transcript of the interview and watch the
      video on the Democracy Now! website where you can also purchase a DVD
      of it.

      He was also interviewed on the popular Nightline programme on ABC
      News. Hugo Chavez very skilfully replied to the questions of Ted
      Koppel, and made it clear once again that Venezuela had a conflict
      with the US administration (which had participated in the April 2002
      coup and tried several times to overthrow his government) but not with
      the US people. "We love the people of the United States, and our
      desire is to have a world of brothers in peace," he stressed. Chavez
      also condemned the hypocrisy of the so-called war on terror, and
      pointed out that fundamentalist preacher Pat Robertson had publicly
      called for his assassination and was still at large.

      A transcript of this very interesting interview can be read on the ABC

      These were a couple of days full of events in which the message of the
      Bolivarian Revolution was brought right to the belly of the beast, to
      the people who can play a key role in defeating imperialism - the
      working people of the US.




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