Venezuela shuts nation's McDonald's in tax fight
Venezuela's tax body has shut all branches of McDonald's in the South American nation for 48 hours as punishment for alleged tax irregularities, the government said on Thursday. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is a harsh critic of the U.S. "empire" and of global capitalism. Since first winning elections ten years ago, he has raised taxes and often temporarily closes companies accused of failing to pay. Thursday's announcement affects McDonald's 115 restaurants in Venezuela, which remains one of the most Americanized corners of Latin America with a thriving shopping mall culture and a love of baseball. Chavez has nationalized the Venezuelan operations of U.S. oil companies and is engaged in an international legal battle with Exxon Mobil over compensation for its assets. The government often slaps big back-tax bills on companies with which it is fighting, and recently temporarily closed the Venezuelan offices of Pepsi, operated by a local food consortium.
If there's one company I know will survive this financial
P.S. Guess who Chavez is supporting for Presidency and praising the upcoming socialism in the US starting at January 2009?
Come on, guess before you click - there's a 99 percent chance you're correct. Perhaps it was a stretch? (source of that post is here)
Back in june - Hugo Chavez endorses ....
Guess what, the original Yahoo news item was removed... Was this related? Obama says that Chávez is an "easily led" threat
Candidate for the Democratic Party running for US President Barack Obama called Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez an "easily led" threat for the US security and expressed willingness to approach Venezuela and Cuba if elected president.
In an interview released on Wednesday by Chilean daily newspaper El Mercurio, the Senator said that Mexico was his priority in Latin America and talked about his plans to make a proposal on a migration reform during his first year in office in case of winning the presidential election on November.
Perhaps some Obama friends called Chavez and asked him to withdraw his support?
Barack Obama can breathe a sigh of relief as the Venezuelan leader, the latest of a number of unwanted endorsements, withdraws his support
In his quest for the White House, there are some endorsements Barack Obama can do without and today the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, did him a favour.
Chavez, who in the past implied that he favoured Obama over his Republican rival, John McCain, today declared a plague on both their houses.
In a speech to supporters, Chavez said there was no difference between the two and that US-Venezuela relations would not improve if Obama won in November. The problem, Chavez said, was the nature of the US itself.
"Let's not kid ourselves, it is the empire and the empire must fall. That's the only solution, that it comes to an end."
Thank heaven, will be the reaction of the Obama campaign, where there is a concerted effort to project a more hawkish image of their man and shed the earlier more dovish vibes.
There will also be relief that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group, has lost its earlier enthusiasm for their man, especially since a speech in June to the influential American Israel Political Action Committee. During a fervently pro-Israel address in which he pleged unwavering support for the Jewish state, Obama said the US should not talk to Hamas until it renounced terrorism and recognised Israel.
Afterwards, a Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, told Reuters that his group no longer had any preference in the US election. In the same vein as Chavez, Zuhri said: "Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and McCain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win."
So... Chavez isn't "endorsing" Obama. He is endorsing "the one" who will bring upon "neoliberalism". Never heard that word - is this the new euphemism to Marxism?
Exit question, if the communist party endorses Obama - what does that tell you about Obama? What about this bunch? Some more of the same...