RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

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RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby RYP » Thu May 02, 2013 6:20 pm

2.5.13

How credible is Robert Young Pelton?

From left: Mark Wedeven, Megan Smaker and Robert Young
Pelton after release by Colombia's AUC.
Fabulists, embellishers, and fradusters are often found in the media. The United States has no shortage of professional exaggerators, when it comes to military exploits and accomplishments. Sometimes men who claim to have “served” in “active duty” in Vietnam for instance—providing the perception of wading through rice paddies, were actually sitting at a desk job and never once picked up a rifle.

Imagine then my surprise when I came across a bizarre set of contradictions involving a celebrated adventurer: Robert Young Pelton. This is how Pelton describes himself:

"Author and filmmaker Robert Young Pelton is renown for overcoming extraordinary obstacles in his continued search for the truth. Pelton’s career consists of bypassing media, border guards, and military groups with the purpose of getting to the heart of the story..."

One of his bold claims: “He has been kidnapped by right wing death squads in Colombia..."

Pelton is a man who has become a brand name for danger. A quick Google search will provide plenty of proof of his adventures into dangerous places. Pelton regularly survives mortar shells, terrorist attacks, waltzes through war zones, meets impossible to find fugitives, and always escapes without a scratch. Some of the time his tales are personal accounts with no secondary evidence whatsoever. If he is to be believed, he is a modern day action-figure—an Indiana Jones. The extract above comes from his very own site, comebackalive.com, a commercial online platform where punters can read about his travels, and buy travel kit, insurance, but most importantly, it is a huge ad for his ongoing book sales. Pelton is also a frequent writer for such respected outlets such as Foreign Policy.

I came across Pelton when I was reading about an incursion that Colombian guerrillas did into Panama, killing four people in the villages of Paya and Púcuro in January 2003. I recently published in Colombia’s Semana and collaborate regularly with its journalists, and so I thought I’d do a column on the AUC and their human rights violations.

In a National Geographic interview with Pelton, entitled "Adventure Magazine Reporter Recounts Ten-Day Kidnapping by Colombian Death Squad" the following can be read:
Robert Young Pelton, along with two traveling companions, Mark Wedeven and Megan Smaker, was kidnapped on January 14th by a right-wing paramilitary group in Panama's Darién Gap. The Bloque Elmer Cardenas, a splinter group of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, released Pelton and the two young backpackers last Thursday after holding the trio captive for ten days in the jungle borderland between Panama and Colombia.
The news of Pelton's kidnapping was hot. It was published far and wide. But a claim by his companion Mark Wedeven, made right after his release and distributed by the Associated Press, contradicted Pelton's narrative:
"Wedeven said he never felt that he and his fellow travelers were abducted. "We were not kidnapped," Wedeven said. "During the time we were with the AUC we did not have any problems.""
Unfortunately Mark Wedeven died in 2010 after being caught by an avalanche in Mount Rainier. However a program about his time in Panama and Colombia called “Locked up Abroad,” also for National Geographic, aired in 2010. In the program, Wedeven's personal account of what happened is aired, and says "we weren't restrained, our hands were never bound…" which would reinforce earlier claims about not having been kidnapped. Wedeven also contradicts Pelton's claims of having walked into a firefight. Wedeven states that they were walking towards the location where gunfire was heard, and were surprised and ambushed by four men.

Megan Smaker, also party to the expedition, seems to lean more towards Wedeven's version, saying "After about 30 minutes, they came to the top of a ridge, where five rebels popped up with AK-47s..." as opposed to Pelton's "I don't know if you know what it's like when you walk into a firefight—but they were wired and twitchy, shouting and yelling."

I kept digging. The more I found the more I realized something was off, like reports in the Colombian media, that claim that Pelton et al were sort of “intercepted” by the AUC while they were walking in the Darien jungle (Wedeven & Smaker version), and protected by the AUC until they could be safely handed over to religious authorities, which indeed happened. There's also an actual press release sent by AUC commander Carlos Castaño to Reuters, where he claims that Pelton and his companions were found wandering in the Urabá, Chocó region, and were escorted out of the area for their own safety.

So here we have a party of seven people (Pelton, Wedeven, Smaker, guide Victor Alcazar, and three Kuna porters), crossing the Darién Gap. It is highly suspect, in my opinion at least, that a seasoned traveler to the world's most dangerous places, as Pelton claims to be, wanders into an area known to be dangerous with a 22-year-old blonde without any experience in similar situations (a volunteer firefighter) that he allegedly met online, and some other 22-year-old thrill seeker, equally clueless and inept, that Pelton bumped into in a map shop in Panama (I am not joking—these were Pelton’s companions). The accounts about what happened in Colombia simply don't match, most parties contradict what Pelton claims. Then, the three of them were handed over to a priest, completely unharmed. No ransom or other demands were made in exchange for these valuable hapless Americans. What kind of a kidnapping is that? Meanwhile, Colombian authorities believed this all took place in Colombian territory, while Panama's former President, Mireya Moscoso, claimed it happened in Panama.

In the meantime, Pelton's expedition guide (Pelton the all-conquering hero of the world's most dangerous places hired a jungle tour guide), Victor Alcazar, is quoted as saying that they were camping on a river bank, when they were intercepted by a dozen paramilitaries.

Other versions [see here, and here] relate to three Kuna indians going towards Arquía, a town in the Chocó region, when they heard a voice ordering them to stop and then some shots. They started running back towards Paya, and on the way they encountered Pelton and co, and warned them, but they decided to carry on.

I couldn’t believe these contradictions so I began to make some phone calls. Undermining even further Pelton's version, a source that became involved in getting the AUC to safely escort Pelton out of Darien to hand him over to priests, told me by phone that "Pelton was never kidnapped," but rather "invented" the whole thing.

Shades of Professional Fabulist Greg Mortenson


Greg Mortenson
The fact that Pelton spent a few days with the AUC in Colombia is not in question. Rather it is what would appear to be his embellishment of events, his twisting the truth, for commercial reasons. Fact checking such tales is practically impossible: Wedeven is dead, guerrilla commanders that "kidnapped" him can't be reached. There are no easily accessible communications to Kuna indians, though perhaps Smaker would like to shed light on how and where exactly she first met Pelton (not in Panama I've been told). Pelton's account appears to be made up, he turned a “found walking in the jungle by the guerillas and then escorted by them to some priests” into a “kidnapped by right wing death squads in Colombia” story. Pelton has literally dozens of tales ranging from Chechnya to Mogadishu to Papua New Guinea. All places where locals would never be trusted if they contradicted this National Geographic explorer, so what else has he been inventing?

In 2009 I was working for a human rights group and was a staff member at an event in Norway, the Oslo Freedom Forum. Mortenson, a household name, was one of the guest speakers. Mortenson was the hugely famous American who had been setting up a schools for girls in Pakistan. It turned out that Mortenson's books, sales of which netted him millions, were based on a wholesale fabrication of events. Some of the biggest lies included being present in Mother Teresa’s bedroom as she lay there just hours after her death, and being kidnapped by the Taliban. All lies. And nobody could contradict him. One man, Jon Krakauer, began to peel back the voluminous layers of bullshit and the entire house of cards came crashing down. Mortensen was not just a fraudster with his book, he was also defrauding the foundation he had created by spending millions of dollars on private jet travel, and pumping up sales of his book by having the foundation buy them in bulk to keep them at the top of the best-seller lists.

Finally, I did reach out to Pelton, with some of my questions, he replied dismissively:
"You can check with local news sources for independent photographs and accounts of the event. Just google it. There is plenty of video footage taken as well."
There are sources allright, Mr Pelton, some linked above, and the independent accounts do not support your version. It does strike me as odd that Colombian guerrillas would free Pelton and his travel companions just like that. It seems implausible. Someone like him is a huge bargaining chip, and I certainly don't buy macho stances from a gringo supposedly talking his way to freedom with Colombian criminals, who BTW were coming back from a killing spree in Panama. So I am throwing down the gauntlet, and hoping there are others who can help me crowd-source research into what appears to be the military version of Greg Mortenson.
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30.4.13

Henrique Capriles: el radical


El video que he colocado aqui arriba fue colgado en Youtube por Smartmatic. En el mismo puede observarse al Secretario de la Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, afirmar que las maquinas de votación de Smartmatic han sido "auditadas suficientemente" (ver min. 1.50). La primera vez que escuché a Aveledo hacer tales declaraciones me alarmé, luego de lo cual le envié correos electrónicos a mi para nada desinformada lista de contactos en Venezuela, a ver si podían indicarme cuándo, dónde, cómo, y por quién habían sido hechas tales auditorías, por cuanto, hasta donde sabía, la unica vez que las maquinas de Smartmatic habían sido auditadas fue en Fila de Mariches, el 23 de noviembre de 2005, justo antes de las elecciones legislativas. En aquella auditoría, en presencia de observadores electorales de la Unión Europea y de la Organización de Estados Americanos, se demostró que el secreto del voto estaba comprometido.

Nadie sabe...

Ninguno de los recipientes de mis misivas solicitando información sabe dónde, cuándo, cómo y por quién fueron hechas esas auditorias a las que se refiere Aveledo. No hay reportes al respecto. Ni artículos de prensa. En ningún lado. Nadie vio nada. Nadie presencio nada. Nadie escribio un tweet, o un comentario en Facebook, sobre algo tan crucial. ¿Puede sorprender entonces que el video de las declaraciones de Aveledo esté siendo utilizado por Smartmatic como propaganda?

Quienes si presenciaron la única auditoría que se le ha hecho a las maquinas de Smartmatic hasta el momento, observadores electorales de la Unión Europea (ver pag. 25), concluyeron:
While the source codes are owned by the CNE they are for commercial reasons not made available for public scrutiny and no independent third party audits have been conducted on any part of the electronic voting system.
O para ponerlo mas claro, "el código fuente (de las máquinas) es propiedad del CNE y por razones comerciales no está disponible a escrutinio público y no se han realizado auditorias independientes en ninguna de las partes del sistema electrónico de votación." Desde luego que Smartmatic no va a utilizar lo citado como muestra de la eficiencia y fiabilidad de su sistema de maquinitas de lotería devenidas en dizque el "mejor sistema electoral del mundo". Vale recordar que absolutamente todos los procesos electorales en los que ha participado Smartmatic hasta ahora fuera de Venezuela, y que han sido auditados como se debe, en todos se han descubierto fallas en su sistema. En todos.

Pero Smartmatic no viene al caso hoy. El punto de este artículo es exponer la actitud hipócrita, deshonesta y maniquea de ciertos líderes de la oposición. A quienes hemos reclamado, por años, que se exija un mínimo de condiciones electorales al CNE se nos ha tildado de radicales, y de abstencionistas. Hace apenas seis meses esa era la postura oficial de la oposición para con quienes argüíamos que se debe condicionar la participación electoral, no adoptando posturas abstencionistas, sino exigiendo el respeto a la ley.

Las maquinas de Smartmatic no se auditan desde noviembre de 2005, a pesar de lo que diga el irresponsable Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, y lo mismo aplica al registro electoral, el cual no ha sido debidamente auditado desde el 2005. Ahora Henrique Capriles, quien ha declarado desconocer los resultados de las elecciones del 14 de abril, está basicamente exigiendo al CNE lo mismo que otros llevamos años reclamando. ¿Quién lo llama radical? ¿Quién lo describe como abstencionista?

Veamos lo que dice la Ley Orgánica del Sufragio y Participación Política (ver LOSPP):
Artículo 95. En el Registro Electoral se hará constar:
1. Los nombres, apellidos, número de cédula de identidad, sexo, fecha de nacimiento, nacionalidad, profesión y los impedimentos físicos de los ciudadanos que tengan derecho a ejercer el sufragio, conforme a la Constitución de la República y esta Ley;
2. La indicación de si sabe leer y escribir;
3. La residencia del elector con todos los detalles de su ubicación exacta, con indicación de la Vecindad Electoral, Parroquia; Municipio y Entidad Federal;
4. El Centro de Votación y la Mesa Electoral en donde le corresponde votar al elector;
5. La cualidad de cada elector necesaria para ser seleccionado como miembro de los organismos electorales, conforme a lo dispuesto en el Título VII de esta Ley, así como la identificación detallada del lugar donde realiza las actividades que lo hacen elegible; y,
6. La condición de suspensión y su motivo, cuando sea el caso.
Parágrafo Único: Los datos señalados en este artículo deberán ser incluidos en las copias de la lista de electores que se le entreguen a los diferentes partidos o grupos de electores cuando así lo soliciten.
Artículo 156. Las máquinas para la automatización de las votaciones, escrutinios, totalización y adjudicación, sus equipos, programas y bases de datos correspondientes, deberán estar debidamente probados, almacenados y resguardados en locales adecuados ubicados en el municipio donde serán utilizados, con un mes de anticipación por lo menos a la fecha de realización de las elecciones, y una vez instalados no podrán ser mudados o manipulados por persona alguna, salvo lo que al respecto pueda disponer a los fines de su resguardo, mantenimiento, chequeo y conservación el Consejo Nacional Electoral mediante resolución especial.
Es decir, leyes vigentes permiten exigir al CNE tanto el escrutinio / auditoría a las maquinas de votación como al registro electoral. ¿Cómo puede describirse la solicitud y exigencia de aplicación de leyes vigentes como una actitud radical? Ahora el radical es Capriles, y los siete millones y pico que votamos por él. Si nos hubieran escuchado antes, quizás la situación fuera otra. Habiendo dicho esto, el movimiento opositor no necesita políticos como Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, que le mienten al pais con toda desfachatez y además desdeñan a quienes piden el respeto a la ley.

Venezuela necesita un líder de oposición que le hable con toda claridad al país, y al mundo, sobre la realidad electoral, y repita hasta la saciedad que los procesos electorales en Venezuela son, y han sido desde 2004, total y absolutamente fraudulentos. Ya basta de mentecatos, de mentirosos, de incapaces, que nos hacen avanzar un paso y retroceder una docena. Ya basta de colaboracionistas estilo Teodoro Petkoff, quien clama que nuestro sistema electoral es a prueba de fraude. Ya basta de representantes con poca o ninguna capacidad y menos preparación ante el CNE como Felix Arroyo, Enrique Marquez o Ramon Jose Medina. Ya basta de voceros que contraríen publicamente las declaraciones del líder de la oposición, como Ocariz. ¿Hasta cuándo tendremos que calarnos tal caterva de inutiles?
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25.4.13

Ministro Ricardo Molina: el fascista


El "Ministro" Ricardo Molina nunca se pudo imaginar que sus palabras lo harían famoso. Su padre, el insigne Manuel Isidro Molina Gavidia, fue durante la mayor parte de su vida un incansable luchador contra lo que su hijo ahora representa: un regimen abominable al cual "no le interesa en lo absoluto lo que dicen las normas laborales". ¿Cómo, habiendo tenido un padre como ese, quien sufrió en carne propia la persecución por motivos políticos, puede el "Ministro" Molina haber expresado, con tal convicción además, las infelices declaraciones que lo han catapultado a la "fama"? Es una pregunta que nos hacemos en casa, desde hace unos dias, mi esposa y yo.

Desde que conocí a la familia Molina, a través de Fidelina Molina y su esposo Rómulo Hidalgo (amigos de mi padre), a los 14 años de edad, siempre me había llamado la atención el evidente divorcio entre sus dizque posiciones políticas, militantes de izquierda, y su forma de vida. No existía tal discrepancia en el caso de Manuel Isidro Molina Gavidia, quien vivía de forma frugal, casi asceta, con respecto al materialismo. Pero algunos de sus hijos, como Fidelina, y ciertamente sus nietos, me parecía a mi, como que no habían entendido el mensaje, en el sentido que una persona que asume el comunismo como ideología política, como ellos manifestaban haberlo hecho, no puede, mejor dicho, no debe, perseguir la acumulación de riqueza como último fin, cosa supuestamente característica del capitalismo.

Tendría yo eso, 14 o 15 años, cuando en una conversación les dije: "qué de pinga Ustedes hablando del comunismo y de Cuba como la gran panacea, cómodos aqui, comiendo parrilla en ésta quinta en La Mara, con dos carros estacionados en el garage, negocio, etc. Por qué no se van a vivir a Cuba, a ver si allá pueden hacer lo que aqui?" Comunistas de urbanización.

Esa hipocresía siempre me molestó, pero entendía que la adopción de dicha postura política no era producto del estudio, del arribo a la misma por convicción propia, sino un reflejo de lo que, toda la vida, habían escuchado al "viejo Manuel" decir, quien era un motivo de orgullo familiar, un valuarte, un intelectual autodidacta, gran emprendedor, "una biblioteca andante", como decían algunos de sus nietos.

Los últimos años de vida de Manuel Isidro Molina Gavidia, transcurrieron de forma placentera, en una cabaña en las afueras de la ciudad de Mérida. Allí fuimos acogidos mi esposa (nieta de Manuel Isidro Molina Gavidia y por tanto sobrina del "Ministro") y yo muchos años más tarde, cuando decidimos montar un pequeño negocio en esa ciudad. En compañía del "viejo Manuel" pasamos muchas horas, agradabilísimas, en las cuales continuamente le preguntaba sobre uno u otro hecho o personaje de la política contemporánea de Venezuela. Pero sobre todo, lo increpaba sobre el comunismo. Para aquel entonces, 1997-1998, el fracaso del experimento del dictador Fidel Castro ya era harto conocido, para cualquier persona medianamente informada y objetiva. Y por ello en conversaciones, le pregunté cómo podía un regimen castrador de libertades, como la Cuba castrista, ser objeto de admiración y apoyo; "cómo puede alguien medianamente inteligente defender tal cosa?" le decía. Hasta que una vez me dijo, con la expresión de quien ha perdido algo querido, algo así como "si yo hubiera sabido en mis años mozos el precio, el costo humano del comunismo, nunca lo habría apoyado."

Ahora vemos como uno de sus hijos, el "Ministro" Ricardo Molina, asevera con absoluta convicción y claridad, que las leyes no importan, en lo absoluto, si acaso a alguien se le ocurre expresar una postura política distinta a la del regimen del cual forma parte. Tanto su padre, y por consecuencia él mismo, vivieron muchas penurias, precisamente por adoptar una postura política contraria al estatus quo de la época. Como en el caso de Jorge Rodriguez, la víctima se convierte en victimario. Y ése es quizás el peor legado de Hugo Chavez: el haber exacerbado el odio, el haber hecho del odio una postura política, digna de vitoreo "así, así, así es que se gobierna!", el haber tornado el odio en el elemento central de su dizque revolución. De tal ralea, de tal lumpen intelectual, es imposible esperar otra cosa que no sea radicalización, violencia, violación de derechos humanos, civiles y políticos, por lo dicho: les "importa en lo absoluto". Son un salto atrás estos tipos, un retroceso a tiempos de Boves y su ejército de resentidos patasucia, y no con votos precisamente fueron vencidos la vez primera.

Lo bueno de todo esto, es que la revolución está siendo televisada en todo su dantesco esplendor. La escoria chavista es estrella, es foco de atención, magnificada por millones de mensajes de texto, de videos, en Twitter y Facebook, en los despachos de las agencias noticiosas mundiales, en internet, salvando barreras culturales y lingüísticas, y eso es lo bueno, que los 15 minutos de infamia del "Ministro" Ricardo Molina ya son parte de la historia contemporánea de Venezuela. El "Ministro", sin duda, carece de la capacidad intelectual para apreciar la gravedad de su fascismo. Pero otros si la tenemos, y nos aseguraremos de recordarla. Los hijos de muchos padres que hoy viven la penuria impuesta por el castro-chavismo recordarán sus palabras y sus hechos, de la misma forma que el "Ministro" recuerda lo sufrido por su padre a manos del dictador Marcos Perez Jimenez. Eso perdurará, él lo sabe, aun cuando no entienda la dimensión y consecuencias de su radical y degenerada postura.
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23.4.13

@willycochez Panama puede ayudar a Venezuela contra el lavado de dinero


El Embajador Willy Cochez, en referencia a personas allegadas al régimen dizque ilegítimo de Nicolás Maduro, hizo un comentario a través de su cuenta en Twitter que me llamó la atención: "Desde ya ofrezco mis servicios de abogado para recuperar los bienes y $ de Vzuela q esos fariseos y boliguerses trajeron a Panamá." (sic)


En esa misma línea, el Embajador Cochez había hecho otro comentario: "Cuándo nuevo gobierno solicite información s/ cuentas y propiedades aquí,autoridades judiciales Panamá cooperarán. Me encargaré de q así sea" (sic)

Sería maravilloso que Venezuela tenga un gobierno en el futuro en el cual se investiguen, sin miedo a las consecuencias políticas, los abundantes hechos de corrupción ocurridos desde que el caudillo Hugo Chavez llegó al poder en 1998. Pues no solo aumentó exponencialmente el número de casos de corrupción, las fortunas mal habidas durante la era chavista alcanzan unas cifras que son imposibles de ignorar. La corrupción en Venezuela es un monstruo de mil cabezas que llega a todos lados y no distingue entre posiciones políticas. Lo más triste es que la sociedad venezolana no parece ver la corrupción como problema, sino como oportunidad.

Tomemos un caso reciente: el "empresario" revolucionario Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco. Ese individuo pasó de parquear carros en el estacionamiento de su padre en el Hotel Hilton en Caracas, a tener más de 250 empresas y una fortuna que superó en el 2006 los 1.600 millones de dólares. Ello no le tomó ni 10 años. Cómo se explica ese enriquecimiento, sin mencionar ilícito en el contexto? Veamos otro caso: Derwick Associates, una compañía de maletín, creada por un par de veinteañeros, que pasaron de ser office boys a recibir 12 contratos del estado venezolano -sin licitación- para la instalación de plantas termoeléctricas, en un período de 14 meses, lo cual les reportó réditos que bien podrían exceder los 1.000 millones de dólares. Mil millones de dólares en 14 meses, nada mal no?

Tanto Fernandez Barrueco como los directivos de Derwick Associates (Alejandro Betancourt y Pedro Trebbau) registraron empresas en Panamá, en las cuales testaferros designados obstaculizan la identificación de los verdaderos dueños, y la examinación de las actividades de dichas empresas. En lo que se percibe como el gran beneficio de operar en centros offshore, el anonimato es uno de los servicios más preciados, ya que ni se declaran cuentas, ni se pagan impuestos, ni hay forma de averiguar (de no ser que las autoridades de determinado país tomen cartas en el asunto) si el flujo de dinero es producto de actividades lícitas.

El problema es que Fernandez Barrueco y los "bolichicos" de Derwick Associates no son los únicos venezolanos que "operan" en Panamá. Prácticamente todos los ladrones de cuello blanco que han hecho fortunas ilícitas en Venezuela en los últimos 14 años o tienen presencia en Panamá (bancos, casas de bolsa, etc.), o han utilizado el sistema financiero panameño, o tienen compañías registradas en Panamá lo cual les permite operar con absoluta impunidad.

El Embajador Cochez dice estar dispuesto a colaborar cuando un nuevo gobierno solicite información. Pero qué pasa si dicho nuevo gobierno no se cristaliza? Qué pasa si Henrique Capriles no llega al poder? Acaso los boliburgueses que esconden sus fortunas en Panamá, o que utilizan Panamá como una gran lavadora de dinero, no deben ser investigados por las autoridades panameñas, independientemente de si un hipotético gobierno de Venezuela solicite información al respecto?

Al ofrecimiento del Embajador Cochez, le voy a agregar otro: en calidad de periodista de investigación con más de una década exponiendo casos de corrupción en Venezuela, desde ya me pongo a la disposición de las autoridades panameñas para identificar e investigar a los venezolanos que han utilizado Panamá para legitimar capitales obtenidos de forma fraudulenta.

Panamá no necesita solicitudes de Venezuela para impedir que su sistema financiero sea utilizado para lavar dinero venezolano. Panamá no necesita la participación de Venezuela para salvaguardar la integridad de su sistema financiero. Panamá no necesita a Henrique Capriles para demostrarle al mundo que toma con toda seriedad normas internacionales contra el blanqueo de capitales. Para lo anterior tan sólo se necesita la voluntad política de las autoridades panameñas. Esta por verse si existe dicha disposición.

En cualquier caso, vaya su palabra por delante Embajador Cochez, aquí tiene a un colaborador muy bien dispuesto a empezar con la tarea lo más pronto posible.
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18.4.13

Derwick Associates settles out of court

Last week a source in D.C. tipped me about Al Cardenas' desperation to "get out of" Derwick Associates lawsuit as "quickly as possible." I wrote to Cardenas and Joseph DeMaria to enquire about it, alas neither replied. Last Friday, Derwick Associates settled out of court its spurious lawsuit in Miami against Banco Venezolano de Credito (BVC), Oscar Garcia Mendoza, and Rafael Alfonzo. It's been reported that Derwick's sole requirement was to get a no-countersue guarantee from BVC et al. Readers may recall that the whole thing started with a couple of articles by an award winning journalist (Cesar Batiz) in Venezuela's most read newspaper (Ultimas Noticias), about a huge corruption racket, in which fly-by-night (Derwick Associates), run by two twenty-something year olds (Alejandro Betancourt Lopez and Pedro Trebbau Lopez), overcharged the Venezuelan State in the hundreds of millions of dollars, in a series of no-bid energy contracts awarded by utterly corrupt officials of the Hugo Chavez regime, in mysterious and most probably illegal circumstances. The novelty of this case in particular, is that the two halfwits running said company thought it would be great to prosecute its perceived critics (BVC et al) in a court of law in Miami. Well, that turned out to be a costly mistake, as predicted. After this deeply embarrassing u-turn Derwick Associates may be thinking that they got away with it, but truth is their problems have just started.

In subsequent posts, I shall be further exposing Derwick's associates (pun intended) in the USA: Hector Torres, Al Cardenas and, especially, FTI Consulting. Stay tuned...

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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Weez » Thu May 02, 2013 9:29 pm

I demand a refund for the used copy of DP5 I bought off of Amazon.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Fenrisco » Fri May 03, 2013 4:22 am

Did I just read 2,000 words of a guy claiming that it's not really kidnapping if you don't get roughed up and/or killed? As hit pieces go it's a bit of a wet fart.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Bronco » Fri May 03, 2013 5:52 am

What ever happened to Megan?
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby AdventureDoc » Fri May 03, 2013 6:52 am

"How credible is Robert Young Pelton?
a seasoned traveler to the world's most dangerous places, as Pelton claims to be, wanders into an area known to be dangerous with a 22-year-old blonde without any experience in similar situations (a volunteer firefighter) that he allegedly met online"

That right there is bad ass...some people bring guns, water, food....Nah, RYP brings a blonde! That is all the cred you need in my book!
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Osiris » Fri May 03, 2013 8:00 am

Friendlyskies isn't 22...
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby nowonmai » Fri May 03, 2013 10:10 am

Mach will have just had a cataclysmic, multiple orgasm (and has probably already emailed the author).
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby lightstalker » Fri May 03, 2013 5:39 pm

Mach is probably too busy hanging out in the lingerie section at Macy's.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby RYP » Fri May 03, 2013 6:14 pm

Megan is a comedienne and going to Stanford. No that wasn't a typo or a joke.

She has done well. I have advised her not to climb mountains to avoid a mysterious death by persons unknown engaged in a global conspiracy.

I asked conspiracy boy how deep he wanted to go in his pocket to bet me if I could produce both video and written transcripts. He never wrote me back. Cuz I spose that would ruin his riff.

Deustche Welt did something similar in which a "reliable source" insisted that I hired a cameraman to film all the things in my adventures and I would just make them up a la Bear Grylls shtick. I pointed out to the chairman of the board that his media organization had made a wise decision in hiring an anonymous "source" instead of watching, reading or researching all the shit that is out there. There seems to be people who can sell this stuff but of course they need journalists that live off hype. If I find hater articles I usually post them here so they can't erase them.

Anyways DW literally erased the article and every mention of the article from the internet. I don't even know how to do that.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Kurt » Fri May 03, 2013 8:43 pm

RYP wrote:Anyways DW literally erased the article and every mention of the article from the internet. I don't even know how to do that.


That is hard to do. But if it does not go "viral" then a notice of copyrighted material to any place that publishes or links to it will usually get it removed.

But you always risk the "oh yah?!" kind of response which will make everyone see what you did not want them to see.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Misanthrope » Mon May 06, 2013 2:47 pm

Not one mention of the mustache? How can anyone riff on the macho, compensation issues without touching on the mustache? Bullshit....
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby Bronco » Mon May 06, 2013 3:52 pm

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Megan is a comedienne and going to Stanford.

Was her spelling a joke? I actually had trouble reading the stuff she posted here, but figured that as a fire fighter she'd never really need to know how to spell. That all changes if she misspelled everything on purpose.

On the topic at hand: I think the author of that piece skipped over some of the qualifying information. As I recall RYP emailed the FARC before ever heading down to the Darien Gap and it was RYP who suggested that they all sing just so the FARC would hear happy voices before they opened fire. (I thought that was a great idea, by the way.)
I also gathered that Father ____ was the chosen man for doing prisoner exchanges and also served as a conduit for safely routing RYP and company back out of the forest.
So, this guy wants to quibble about whether you were guests or prisoners? Toss him out of the plane while flying over the Gap. See how he does.
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Re: RYP Hype. Fanboys in Colombia

Postby RYP » Mon May 06, 2013 11:44 pm

I had spent some quality time with all the leaders of the FARC. Mono, Marulando, Reyes, Cano... I also set up an interview with the leader of the AUC, Carlos Castano and his former LT so it wasn't like I was trying to impress anyone by going for a hike.

The funny part is that I did that because people thought I was tweaked after I came back from Liberia with the ultra violence on camera and I actually enjoyed myself. I decided to do a hiking and camping story about a burned out old adventurer hiking with two eager young adventurers and we would try to get at the heart of what makes us do what we do.

Turns out I was the first to hike the trail in three years (the guys that did it before were kidnapped) and I walked into 175 members of the AUC on their way to invade Panama. I cautioned the two folks to downplay their kidnapping while in country and describe it as a battlefield detention because the AUC has a long reach in Colombia and outside of the region. People were murdered, villages were burned. We were under armed guard 24/7. Mark had a meltdown after the event. Meg was ok and did some interview. I flew to Iraq cuz the war was kicking off there. Same shit, different outfit.

What numbnuts doesn't know is that the State Dept essentially held us hostage and were leaning on us to press charges...while in country. Trying to make us poster children to go after Carlos and the AUC BEC. The AUC BEC is the oldest and most violent paramilitary group in Colombia. I pointed out that they weren't going to be around when an angry man with a chainsaw shows up at my house to tamper with the evidence. Mark and Meg agreed that this was Colombia's war and we weren't going to crusade for State despite being kidnapped.

I didn't do the trip for any other reason that I didn't do it when I was 19 and decided to get a tan and break people out of jail in San Andres instead of tramping through a jungle.

The author of the offending blog is welcome to come and collect his $1000 bucks if he can prove I wasn't kidnapped and I didn't interview Frances Ona in Bougainville. He hasn't responded of course. They never do.

Oh and you are right, they usually go for the mustache. Have no idea why.
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