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    Latin America:
    Tuesday, March 12 @ 13:10:48 UTC
    Venezuela and Chavez By Gregory Shupak
    February 20, 2019 - fair.org

    Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country’s story has been almost entirely written out of media coverage of the effort to overthrow the Venezuelan government by the US, Canada and their right-wing partners in Venezuela and the region.

    Malnutrition in children under five was one of several social indicators that improved dramatically in Venezuela following the election of Hugo Chávez in 1999. (Source: Instituto Nacional de Nutrición/CEPR)

    Under Chávez, poverty in Venezuela was cut by more than a third, and extreme poverty by 57 percent (CEPR, 3/7/13). (These declines were even steeper if measured from the depths of the opposition-led oil strike, designed to force Chávez out by wrecking the economy.)

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    Latin America: Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela's vote for Chávismo
    Friday, April 19 @ 04:47:19 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Mark Weisbrot
    April 17, 2013 - guardian.co.uk

    After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month.  But the election was much closer than the polls predicted: a margin of just 1.6 percentage points, or about 275,000 votes.

    Capriles is demanding an audit of 100 percent of all votes; Maduro has apparently agreed.  But the audit is unlikely to change the outcome. Unlike in the United States, where in a close election we really don't know who won, the Venezuelan system is very secure. Since there are two records of every vote (machine and paper ballot), it is nearly impossible to rig the machines and stuff the ballot boxes to match. Jimmy Carter called Venezuela's electoral system "the best in the world."

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    Latin America: Chavez's Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation
    Saturday, March 16 @ 03:31:33 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Stephen Gowans
    March 16, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com

    The mass media's near universal defamation of Hugo Chavez, presumably to counter the outpouring of eulogies and tributes that attended the Venezuelan president's death, illustrates the lengths to which the wealthy (in whose hands the mass media repose) will go to vilify anyone who commits the highest international crime: curbing free enterprise.

    To say that the anti-Chavez obloquies have been over the top would hardly be an exaggeration. Author and journalist Terry Glavin, whose credentials as a propagandist on behalf of the capitalist faith have been solidly affirmed by his loosing possibly the most extreme diatribe against Chavez ever written, assures us the Bolivarian revolutionary was "a sadistic, egomaniacal thug," a "megalomaniac" at the center of an "autocracy," who left "millions of Venezuelans living in fear of the knock on the door in the night." ("Hugo Chavez, incompetent fake socialist," The Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2013.)

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    Latin America: Chavismo Lives!
    Wednesday, March 06 @ 17:38:35 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Stephen Lendman
    March 06, 2013

    Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized.

    Venezuelans expect no less. They want no part of their ugly past. They'll put their bodies on the line to prevent it. They did before. They'll do it again.

    Bolivarianism is policy. It's vital to preserve. It's polar opposite neoliberal harshness. America and Venezuela are constitutional worlds apart. More on that below.

    On March 5, word came at 4:45PM. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced it. "We have just received the most tragic and awful information," he said. Hugo Chavez Frias died. "It's a moment of deep pain."

    "Those who die for life can't be called dead," he said.

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    Latin America:
    Tuesday, March 05 @ 23:11:43 UTC
    Venezuela and Chavez By Dan Beeton - CEPR
    February 28th 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com

    A new op-ed in the Guardian by Ricardo Hausmann portrays a dystopian fictional Venezuela, one in which the Venezuelan government has run the economy into the ground despite abundant oil wealth, but yet its charismatic president continues to be re-elected through some sort of sinister trickery.

    Sound familiar? It should: it’s the same tired story repeated in the U.S. and U.K. media almost every day, but in this case Hausmann was apparently given free rein to present his own set of “facts.” It isn’t surprising that Hausmann would write something so divorced from reality; he went to elaborate lengths to invent a conspiracy theory about supposed fraud in Venezuela’s 2004 recall referendum by relying on fake exit polls. An independent panel of statisticians selected by the Carter Center determined that Hausmann and his colleague Roberto Rigobón had in fact found no evidence of fraud. [PDF]

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    Latin America: President Hugo Chavez has Died
    Tuesday, March 05 @ 20:41:56 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Tamara Pearson
    March 05, 2013 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    After two years of battling cancer, President Hugo Chavez has died today at 4.25 pm.

    Vice-president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on public television shortly after, speaking from the Military Hospital in Caracas, where Chavez was being treated.

    Military and Bolivarian police patrols have been sent out into the street to protect the people and maintain the peace. For now, things are calm here, with some people celebrating by honking their car horns, and many others quietly mourning in their homes. Around the country mourners are also gathering in the main plazas to rally, and in some cases, to pray.

    Maduro made the announcement just a few hours after addressing the nation for an hour, accusing the opposition of taking advantage of the current situation to cause destabilisation.

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    Latin America:
    Sunday, December 09 @ 06:30:53 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezVenezuelanalysis.com
    December 08, 2012

    Tonight President Hugo Chavez announced on public television that he will return to Cuba to receive surgery for new malignant cells, and that vice-president Nicolas Maduro will be in charge during his absence.

    Chavez said that the Cuban doctors informed him that the area where he has previously been affected will need to be operated on again, as new malignant cells have appeared.

    Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, and successfully underwent treatment for a recurrence of the disease in February this year.

    “Another operation is absolutely necessary... in the next few days, actually the doctor told me it should have been yesterday,” he said.

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    Latin America: Chavez and the New South America
    Wednesday, October 10 @ 11:42:37 UTC
    Venezuela and Chavez When Will Washington Accept the New Reality?

    By Mark Weisbrot
    October 10, 2012 - counterpunch.org

    Hugo Chávez was re-elected president of Venezuela on Sunday, by a margin of 11 percentage points. For most people who have heard or read about Chávez in the international media, this might be puzzling. Almost all of the news we hear about Venezuela is bad: Chávez is cantankerous and picks fights with the United States and sides with “enemies” such as Iran; he is a “dictator” or “strongman” who has squandered the nation’s oil wealth; the economy is plagued by shortages and is usually on the brink of collapse.

    Then there is the other side of the story: since the Chávez government got control over the national oil industry, poverty has been cut by half and extreme poverty by 70 percent. College enrollment has more than doubled, millions of people have access to health care for the first time, and the number of people eligible for public pensions has quadrupled.

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    Latin America:
    Tuesday, October 09 @ 10:03:34 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Ewan Robertson
    October 08, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    There have been domestic and international reactions to the reelection of Hugo Chavez last night in Venezuela’s presidential election, while the final vote tally has widened Chavez’s margin of victory to almost 11%.

    The numbers

    Chavez was reelected as Venezuelan president for the 2013 – 2019 period, defeating the challenge from conservative rival Henrique Capriles Radonski for the Roundtable of Democratic Unity coalition (MUD). It will be his third term in office under the 1999 constitution, and is his fourth election as Venezuelan president since 1998.

    With 96.7% of votes totaled, Chavez has won 8,044,106 votes (55.11%), to Capriles’ 6,461,612 (44.27%), widening his victory to almost 11%, greater than announced in the National Electoral Council’s (CNE) “first bulletin” results on Sunday night.

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    Latin America:
    Monday, October 08 @ 19:14:13 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Tamara Pearson
    October 8th 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    Last night we were squashed and pushed as the crowd surged into the Miraflores Palace to hear Chavez’s victory speech. People were so happy, they didn’t mind their feet being trodden on, the humidity of the air and the sweat of bodies and all the standing up, they were exuberant and they shouted and danced and jumped up and down and yelled out to strangers and threw beer up in the air, and even a few shoes. Yet, among them, I felt a bit down, because the results were quite close, because over six million people supported, by voting for Capriles, selfishness (he had focused his campaign on Venezuela ending its solidarity with other countries) and the destruction and sale of their country.

    The results

    With most votes counted, Chavez won with 8,044,106 votes, or 55.11% to Capriles’ 6,461,612 (44.27%) for a difference of 1,582,494 votes, or almost 11%. Chavez also won (according to the results as they are today) in 21 states and the Capital District (Caracas), and lost to Capriles in Merida and Tachira states,. He won in Zulia and Carabobo- where there are currently opposition governors. No one voted for the other candidates, with third place going to Reina Sequera with 0.47% of the vote.

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    Latin America: Chavez Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election with 54% of the Vote
    Monday, October 08 @ 19:11:58 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Ewan Robertson
    October 07, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    Hugo Chavez has won the Venezuelan presidential election with 54.42% of the vote against 44.97% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Chavez has made his victory speech, while Capriles has recognised his defeat.

    The “first bulletin” results were announced by the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, at around 10pm Venezuelan time, with 90% of the votes totaled, enough to give Chavez an irreversible victory.

    The CNE president said, “Once again we’ve had a calm electoral process, without problems, with the joy of this people who decided to vote massively today”.

    A spontaneous street party immediately kicked off in the centre of the Andean city of Merida, and a massive crowd of Chavez supporters began celebrating in front of the presidential palace, Miraflores, in Caracas.

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    Latin America: Venezuelan Opposition Falsifies Document as Part of Strategy
    Tuesday, July 17 @ 15:05:32 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezVenezuelan Opposition Falsifies Document as Part of Strategy to “Attack” the Armed Forces

    By Tamara Pearson
    July 17, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles gave a speech directed at Venezuela’s army, then posted a forged document online suggesting that the government was censuring the speech, in what president Hugo Chavez has said is part of a plan to “divide” the armed forces.

    Capriles posted the forged document on his Twitter account on Thursday, writing,“The government and its candidate have emitted a radiogram prohibiting our military barracks from turning on the television tonight” with a photo of the forged radiogram. That same night he broadcast a pre-recorded three minute message to the military on private channels Globovision, Televen, and Venevision.

    The document supposedly ordered the “explicit and absolute prohibition ...to watch any television programming” of “Globovision, Televen, and Venevision or any private radio” to the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB).

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    Latin America: Venezuela's Chavez News of Second Operation Provokes Opposition
    Thursday, February 23 @ 09:04:28 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezVenezuela's Chavez News of Second Operation Provokes Opposition and Press Rumours

    By Tamara Pearson
    February 23, 2012 - Venezuelanalysis.com

    Yesterday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he would require another operation, this time to extract a lesion from the pelvic region of his body. Opposition spokespeople and international press have speculated about the seriousness of the surgery, suggesting “uncertainty” before the presidential elections.

    Chavez said that he would be operated on this weekend in Havana, Cuba, by the same doctors who extracted his cancerous tumour last June. The lesion is 2cm in diameter and was detected last Saturday during his four-monthly check up in Cuba.

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    Latin America: Beating Up on Chavez
    Friday, January 20 @ 19:26:50 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Stephen Lendman
    January 20, 2012

    Since inaugurated in February 1999, he's faced open US hostility, including by go-along major media scoundrels.

    New York Times writer Simon Romero's among them. On January 6, he and William Neuman played both Chavez and Iranian cards headlining, "Increasingly Isolated, Iranian Leader Set to Visit Allies," saying:

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visiting "some of the United States' most ardent critics: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador."

    Chavez "is Mr. Ahmadinejad's most vociferous ally in the region." Central University of Venezuela Professor Elsa Cardozo said his visit gave Chavez a chance to "project his own style and radical message. His core supporters are very radical and he doesn't want to lose them."

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    Latin America: Exxon 'Loses' Venezuela Nationalisation Case
    Tuesday, January 10 @ 08:55:06 UTC
    Venezuela and ChavezBy Chris Arsenault - Al Jazeera
    January 9th 2012

    Hugo Chavez must be smiling.

    In the latest showdown between western oil companies and Venezuela’s populist president, Exxon Mobil is widely seen as the loser, after the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) ruled that the world’s biggest oil company would not be entitled to most of the damages it demanded after its fields were nationalised.

    "The ICC only awarded Exxon ten per cent of what they wanted," Chavez said recently. "You can make your own conclusions."

    Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state oil company, said on January 2 it would pay Exxon Mobile $255m, after accounting for money frozen in a New York bank account and outstanding debts.

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