Hugo Chavez dies after cancer battle
Hugo Chavez was in many western government offices considered a nutjub, and a provocateur.
He surrounding himself with bad friends, such as Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Libya's deceased leader Muammar Gaddafi.
When he spoke, he often went for his arch-enemy, USA, and said it loud, which many of his allied was thinking.
Most legendary is perhaps his remarks about the "smelling sulfur" at the podium, which Chavez spoke about just after the recent US president George W. Bush had been speaking.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by xuenchen
You really need to at least glance at the other side of an issue once in a while. Chavez rejected Obama after Obama's second year, almost as harshly as he rejected Bush, but go ahead and maintain your ignorance. Chavez spit in the face of the elite, in his own country and the global elite, the so called NWO... the people you claim to despise yet cheer on in your complete ignorance.
Feels good to take comfort in the sorrow of others eh?edit on 5-3-2013 by Kali74 because: (no reason given)
The President had been undergoing treatment for cancer since June 2011
Vice president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on television
Claimed the socialist leader had been 'infected by imperialist enemies' ( ) (typical)
Had been in 'very delicate' condition after developing respiratory infection
Returned from treatment in Cuba last month but has not been seen since
News comes just hours after two US officials expelled from country
Maduro claimed they planned to destabilise the country with military leaders
Daily_ Mail story
2216 GMT: VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE FOLLOWING CHAVEZ'S DEATH, MADURO SAYS
Hugo Chavez death: Live Report
Awash in oil wealth, Venezuela throughout the twentieth century enjoyed its own kind of exceptionalism, avoiding the extremes of left-wing radicalism and homicidal right-wing anticommunism that overtook many of its neighbors. In a way, the country became the anti-Cuba. In 1958, political elites negotiated a pact that maintained the trappings of democratic rule for four decades, as two ideological indistinguishable parties traded the presidency back and forth (sound familiar?). Where the State Department and its allied policy intellectuals isolated and condemned Havana, they celebrated Caracas as the end point of development. Samuel Huntington praised Venezuela as an example of “successful democratization,” while another political scientist, writing in the early 1980s, said it represented the “only trail to a democratic future for developing societies…a textbook case of step-by-step progress.”
We know now that its institutions were rotting from the inside out. Every sin that Chávez was accused of committing—governing without accountability, marginalizing the opposition, appointing partisan supporters to the judiciary, dominating labor unions, professional organizations and civil society, corruption and using oil revenue to dispense patronage—flourished in a system the US held up as exemplary.
Petroleum prices began to fall in the mid-1980s. By this point, Venezuela had grown lopsidedly urban, with 16 million of its 19 million citizens living in cities, well over half of them below the poverty line, many in extreme poverty. In Caracas, combustible concentrations of poor people lived cut off from municipal services—such as sanitation and safe drinking water—and hence party and patronage control. The spark came in February 1989, when a recently inaugurated president who had run against the IMF said that he no choice but to submit to its dictates. He announced a plan to abolish food and fuel subsidies, increase gas prices, privatize state industries and cut spending on health care and education.
Three days of rioting and looting spread through the capital, an event that both marked the end of Venezuelan exceptionalism and the beginning of the hemisphere’s increasingly focused opposition to neoliberalism. Established parties, unions and government institutions proved entirely incapable of restoring legitimacy in austere times, committed as they were to upholding a profoundly unequal class structure.
Chávez emerged from the ruin, first with a failed putsch in 1992, which landed him in jail but turned him into a folk hero. Then in 1998, when he won 56 percent of the vote as a presidential candidate. Inaugurated in 1999, he took office committed to a broad yet vague anti-austerity program, a mild John Kenneth Galbraith-quoting reformer who at first had no power to reform anything. The esteem in which Chávez was held by the majority of Venezuelans, many of them dark-skinned, was matched by the rage he provoked among the country’s mostly white political and economic elites. But their maximalist program of opposition—a US-endorsed coup, an oil strike that destroyed the country’s economy, a recall election and an oligarch-media propaganda campaign that made Fox News seem like PBS—backfired. By 2005, Chávez had weathered the storm and was in control of the nation’s oil, allowing him to embark on an ambitious program of domestic and international transformation: massive social spending at home and “poly-polar equilibrium” abroad, a riff on what Bolívar once called “universal equilibrium,” an effort to break up the US’s historical monopoly of power in Latin America and force Washington to compete for influence.
Originally posted by marg6043
Well I am sure the oil barons will now can go back and take away what they lost from their oil assets when Chavez too over and kick them out of the country
Occurs US government will make sure that if the Venezuelan new government wants anything to do with the US "benefits" they will have to pay back retribution from the loses.
What a nice future for Venezuela if the want to be "firends of the US", time to get Venezuela back in debt with the central banks.
Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a risk assessment and global analysis firm in Miami, estimated in a recent report that the Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has “amassed a fortune” similar to that of the Castro brothers in Cuba.
According to Jerry Brewer, president of CJIA, “the personal fortune of the Castro brothers has been estimated at a combined value of around $2 billion.”
“The Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has amassed a fortune of a similar scale since the arrival of Chávez to the presidency in 1999,” said Brewer in an analysis published in their website.
Brewer said that Cuba is receiving about $5 billion per year from the Venezuelan treasury and in oil shipments and other resources.
“We believe that organized bolivarian criminal groups within the Chávez administration have subtracted around $100 billion out of the nearly $1 trillion in oil income made by PDVSA since 1999.”
The announcement of Chavez's death came hours after Maduro met with the country's top political and military leaders about Chavez's worsening health condition and suggested someone may have deliberately infected Chavez with cancer.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
Wasnt a thread about this dumped into the hoax bin a few days ago??
id be annoyed if my thread was trashed and then its contents confirmed a few days later.
edit on 5-3-2013 by PhoenixOD because: (no reason given)
You think he's what your press has painted him to be. What he really is might be a little bit different. Every south or central american leader in the last 50 years has been vetted by the CIA and if they didn't pass muster, they've been ousted. Chavez was one of the only ones besides Castro who managed to evade the CIA coup d'etat when it seemed like he wasn't going to cooperate with lining the pockets of overseas bankers and oil barons. He probably did more for Venzuelans than any south or central american leader has done for their people in history.