Dear Guardian / Observer editors
This op-ed by Hector Abad makes at least two false claims that should
"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
"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
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.
Sources on 2012 fiscal deficit
"…a fiscal deficit which reached 8.5% of GDP last year…"
FITCH: FISCAL, FX OBSTACLES LOOM FOR NEXT
Fitch Ratings-Chicago-08 March 2013:
"We estimate that the central government's fiscal deficit exceeded 7%
of GDP in 2012."
yet ANOTHER op-ed re Venezuela gets whoppers past the Guardian/Observer editors