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yet ANOTHER op-ed re Venezuela gets whoppers past the Guardian/Observer editors


RE: 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/10/hugo-chavez-hector-abad-latin-america-left 



Dear Guardian / Observer editors 



This op-ed by Hector Abad makes at least two false claims that should 

be corrected. 



It states 


"Chávez also claimed that the earthquake in Haiti was the work of the 

US marines. " 




This whopper originated win the ABC Newspaper in Spain which has a 

track record of publising such falsehoods about the Chavez government. 



As noted in this article 



http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5117 



"ABC noted that the information came from an obscure opinion post on 

the website of a Venezuelan state television channel, VIVE Television. 

The post referenced a supposed Russian military report on American 

seismic weapons.
 


All quotes subsequently attributed to Chavez regarding Haiti and 

earthquake weapons were in fact direct quotes from this web posting - 

none of which was ever uttered by Chavez." 




Abad's op-ed also states of Venezuela's fiscal deficit 



"..the fiscal deficit exceeds 20%." 



As the Guardian editors should know by now, numerous anti-Chavez 

sources (the IMF, Economist, and even Fitch) have all stated the 

Venezuela's fiscal deficit for 2012 was about 7 – 8.5% of GDP. 



I realize this is an Observer op-ed but it appears on the Guardian's 

website and you should care about correcting these falsehoods. 



Joe Emersberger 



Sources on 2012 fiscal deficit 



IMF 



http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2012/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?pr.x=91&pr.y=5&sy=2010&ey=2017&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=299&s=GGXCNL_NGDP&grp=0&a= 



Economist 



http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21571445-cost-postponing-inevitable-devaluation-out-stock 



"…a fiscal deficit which reached 8.5% of GDP last year…" 



Fitch 



FITCH: FISCAL, FX OBSTACLES LOOM FOR NEXT 

VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT 



Fitch Ratings-Chicago-08 March 2013: 



"We estimate that the central government's fiscal deficit exceeded 7% 

of GDP in 2012."

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