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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Europe: Eu-Russia Tensions; Western

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: EUROPE: EU-RUSSIA TENSIONS; WESTERN
HEMISPHERE: VENEZUELA, CHAVEZ'S REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE;
SAO PAULO


1. "Cold War Signs"

Center-right national circulation and influential daily O Estado de S.
Paulo editorialized (5/28): "In addition to the Middle East horrors, a
new focus of international tension has continued to expand in recent
months and weeks. It is the remarkable deterioration of the relations
between Russia and the West. Without any exaggeration, they have never
been worse since the collapse of the USSR. The tension, resulting from
an escalation of misunderstandings and reciprocal accusations, revives
a phrase that everyone thought buried: 'cold war'.... At the root of th
new conflict are the Kremlin's trend of imposing itself on former
vassal Baltic States such as Estonia and Lithuania - which not only
obtained independence, but also joined NATO - and to influence the
European Union's policies.... The strategic military problem created by
the U.S. decision to install anti-missile shields in Poland and the
Czech Republic must be added to that [worsening]."

2. "Ch vez Takes Another Step To Suffocate Any Opposition"

An editorial in business-oriented Valor Economico (5/29) maintained:
"The closing of Caracas Television represented not only a tough blow
against the opposition, but also a more significant advance in the
Venezuelan government's control over the media, one of the basic keys
of Ch vez's '21th Century's socialism.' Now the government has five
television networks, while all private networks have given up
criticizing the government because they fear challenging Ch vez. The
president has transformed formal mechanisms of democracy into a
grotesque representation and has cut one by one the chances of a
political opposition to run for power.... As with all of the opposition
sectors against the president, the television station participated in
2002 in the mistaken strategy that resulted in the quasi coup that
removed Ch vez from the presidency for just two days.... RCTV should be
given first the right of defense, but nothing happened. Ch vez has
created all the conditions to make the opposition a mere decorative
figure, and to pave the way to maintain himself in power for two more
decades. The rapid changes he has promoted in Venezuela's structures of
power has put the nation on an irreversible course towards a leftist
caudillo-type government.... Ch vez is following the example of Stalini
dictatorships. After creating a political infrastructure that ensures
his permanence in power, he begins to frequently interfere in private
life."
McMullen

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