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Francisco Toro

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Five Years From the End of Venezuela's Democracy

(18) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 6:16 PM

Some events are so momentous, so history shaking, all you need to refer to them is a date. 911 is, I suppose, the grand-daddy of them all, not to mention the main reference point American readers will have for the whole idea of the History Changing Date.

In Venezuela, we...

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Chavez's All Out Push to be President for Life

(25) Comments | Posted February 9, 2009 | 1:07 PM

It's a campaign ad, entitled "Hall of Fame." It opens in a computer-generated museum. As the camera pans from one dictator's portrait to the next, we hear a famous passage written by Venezuela's independence hero, Simon Bolivar, all the way back in 1819:

"Nothing is so dangerous...

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Is Hugo Chavez Ready for the Coming Fall?

(32) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 10:33 AM

Talk about Venezuela these days and people assume the argument splits neatly between two camps: nutty Pat Robertson-style Chavez-hating right-wingers who couldn't care less about the poor at home, let alone in South America; and sane, progressive folks with the sense to balance off concerns about Hugo Chavez's autocratic streak...

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For Chavez, Obama = Bush

(35) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 5:42 PM

You've gotta feel for Hugo Chavez. Things are not going well for him. Just six months ago, the guy was on top of the world: with sky high oil prices bringing in unprecedented amounts of money into his oil-rich fiefdom and, on top of that, the best of all possible...

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Chavez After the Oil Boom

(10) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 11:40 AM

It's not easy being a progressive Venezuelan opposed to the Chavez Regime. A lot of my leftie friends in the US look south and see a fresh, irreverent if slightly over-the-top leader sticking it to the man and fighting for Latin America's poor...understandably, they can't help but wonder if I...

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Why Chavez Wants To Be President for Life

(10) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 8:22 AM

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's narcissist-Leninist president, surprised precisely no one last week when he coyly gave his supporters "permission" to petition for a referendum to abolish presidential term limits. It didn't exactly come as a shock: Chavez has never really hidden his determination to exit the presidential palace horizontally.

This indefinite...

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