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Hugo Chavez: Dead Tuesday in Caracas at 4:25

From the AP: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_VENEZUELA_OBIT_CHA...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country's vast oil wealth to his political advantage.

A self-described "subversive," Chavez fashioned himself after the 19th Century independence leader Simon Bolivar and renamed his country the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

He called himself a "humble soldier" in a battle for socialism and against U.S. hegemony. He thrived on confrontation with Washington and his political opponents at home, and used those conflicts to rally his followers.



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good. another one bites the

good. another one bites the dust. Now if just the old fart dictators here in the US would kick off.

this is gonna be a bad year

for my fantasy dictator league

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

I admired the man, not his policies

I admired the man, not his policies. He was a big man, a great man, though his socialist and populist policies were erratic, divisive, and will doubtless prove harmful in many respects.

Still, I'm pretty neutral when it comes to petty third world socialists. Best to stay out of others' business.

Which is what we DIDN'T do in 2002, which led to the U.S. suffering a tremendous blow to prestige and influence in Latin America.

People were so distracted by the War on Terror during that time, I don't think many understand just how huge the blow to America was when the CIA backed an army coup against Chavez, and Colin-Powell's state department prematurely congratulated the plotters and recognised their military regime -- only to have it collapse in their laps WITHIN HOURS.

Chavez arrested the plotters and purged the army and all other government agencies. U.S. corporations were thrown out. Nationalising quickened. But more importantly, all other governments in Latin America awoke to the glaring blunder and felt threatened.

By the end of George W's second term, ONLY Colombia could be said to be a U.S. partner and ally in South America. Before George W., the WHOLE CONTINENT was our ally and trading partner.

George W basically killed the Monroe Doctrine. It takes a particularly incompetant nitwit to do that. But it also takes an extremely confident and determined man like Chavez to take total advantage of his powerful opponent's stupidity and win so brilliantly in the end.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

"War is a racket" Smedley Butler

"I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil intersts in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

Submitted by TJV123 on Tue, 03/05/2013
I heard someone say it best that the socialist revolutions in South America were an unintended consequence of the spread of US Fascism there. In other words, had out military and intelligence not "paved the way" for US corporations to take over/exploit their entire continent, socialism never would have been able to take root there.

I just find it interesting

that Aaron Russo was told by Nic Rockefeller that Venezuela was a take over target. Let's see who is in power now.

I only admire one thing about the man

He demanded his country's gold back from the thieving bankers and got it shipped back to Venezuela.

That is the only thing that I liked about him.

You gotta admit

Hugo calling Bush ”El Diablo” in front of the world was a great moment.

“The devil is right at home…. The devil himself is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came right here…And it still smells of sulfur today.” Hugo Chavez; address to the UN General Assembly 9-20-06

No man is an island,

entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee." --John Donne

Breaking News: As of 7:15 pm central time

Hugo Chavez is still dead.

Repeat: Breaking news

Hugo Chavez is still dead.

Also, so is Elvis.

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

Nah.

I just saw Elvis up at the grocery store.

One less evil person

Hugo Chavez is on par with Obama, IMO. They speak in helping out the poor yet they live in absolute luxury. They have but one intention and that is power.

We must always remember and study people like Hugo and Obama, but we must put in the history books the truth or at least be objective.

Before addressing Chaves as a saint!

These dictators are all the same, THIEVES!

They give a little to the poor and keep a lot for themselves!

http://newsfromvenezuela.tumblr.com/post/867542155/analyst-e...

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He did give fuel to the poor. No other leader did.

Chavez offers oil to Europe's poor
Venezuelan President promises fuel to the needy and proclaims 'final days of the North American empire' before visit to Britain today
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/may/14/oil.venezuela

Here are some other links about his death:
http://www.dailypaul.com/276993/venezuelas-hugo-chavez-is-dead

May he rest in peace.

Hugo Chavez was a dictator. enough said.
grant

I do not speak ill of the dead.

He smelled sulfur, and so do I. R.I.P.

sovereign

Forgive my stupidity, but your opinions would be appreciated...

was Hugo Chavez a good guy or a bad guy? Thanks!

Yes. Depends on who you ask. His cronies or those with blowback.

Questions I would ask.

How many political prisoners?

How many executions by due process?

How many killed extra-judicially?

Free includes debt-free!

What if just the average Venezuelan were asked?

I wonder what they would say?

So I ixquick Hugo Chavez political prisoners
and find this: http://tellchavez.com/en/
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then this: Hugo Chavez executions by due process
and I find this: http://www.academia.org/hugo-chavez-the-aaup/
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Hugo Chavez killed extra-judicially
and I find this: http://www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200507021643
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So I wonder about John Pilger: http://johnpilger.com/videos/the-war-on-democracy
Pilger doesn't seem to talk about political prisoners, executions,, and extra-judicial killings. I wonder why?

...

when fascists control your executive socialists will hedge the

legislature.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

The fascists lead to socialists and

The Libertarian is the blow back response.

sovereign

yes but popular soveriengty is in the face, not the body

fascists always go for the face, and socialists cling to the body to separate nationalists from unionists.....

libertarians are the meal.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Its a decission and

A responsibility.

sovereign

I heard someone say it best

I heard someone say it best that the socialist revolutions in South America were an unintended consequence of the spread of US Fascism there. In other words, had out military and intelligence not "paved the way" for US corporations to take over/exploit their entire continent, socialism never would have been able to take root there.

zing!!

That is absolutely correct. Blowback defined..

Confessions of an Economic Hitman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUDTRfbs-oM

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul