Chávez is increasingly performing his duties
Jorge Arreaza said he met on Tuesday with President Hugo Chávez in Havana, Cuba. He asserted the Venezuelan president approved funds for projects in different areas. They authorized the purchase of the Center for a New Life Transition -a building originally intended to host a major mall in Caracas downtown that was seized by the government
Arreaza told state-run television channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) that Chávez approved funds for projects in different areas.
He explained that some of the funds would be used to purchase parts for free government-issued laptops called "Canaimitas," which the government has delivered to schoolchildren. He noted that free laptops would be delivered to high school students as of this year.
On the other hand, he stressed that Chávez approved the purchase of the Center for a New Life Transition -a building originally intended to host a major mall in Caracas downtown and that was seized by the government. "It will have another purpose now," he said.
Further, Arreaza announced that another nine towns would be included in the digital television program.
"This is part of the new era of digital television, which is operating in 13 cities across the country," he said. Pilots tests are under way throughout the country, with more than 100,000 decoders delivered, he wrapped up.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.