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Venezuela’s Controversial President Hugo Chavez Dead At 58

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Posted on Mar 5, 2013 @ 15:04PM | By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Entertainment Editor


The controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died at the age of 58 after fighting cancer, the country’s vice president Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.

Chavez was one of Latin America’s most polarizing figures, whose ailing health in the last years caused him to seek treatment from his friend Fidel Castro’s hospitals for his pelvic cancer in Cuba in 2011, February 2012 and again in December.

Maduro said Chavez died “after battling a tough illness for nearly two years.”

He was a military academy graduate and paratrooper and founded the underground socialist organization the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement, named for the 19th century South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar.

The group led a failed coup in 1992 which landed Chavez in prison after 18 people were killed. He spent two years in prison and upon his release started the Populist Party the Movement of the Fifth Republic.

Chavez was democratically elected in 1998 and continued to hold on power through a series of actions including enacting a referendum to allow unlimited terms for himself and tightly controlling the media.

Despite the country’s oil wealth, unemployment and poverty remain high.

Mr. Chavez remained out of the public eye following his treatment in Cuba this year.

According to the Washington Post “Mr. Chavez left Venezuela deeply polarized, his supporters lionizing him as a courageous rebel determined to take on the elites, and his foes painting him as a dangerous demagogue and strongman,” and in the wake of the announcement of his death the BBC reports that two US diplomats were expelled from Venezuela for spying on their military.



http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/03/hugo-chavez-dead-cancer-president-venezuela/

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just read this a few minutes ago myself..... i know he was a dicator { i think that was the deal }  but my condolence`s too his kids, just when cuba announced he was recovering---------  this is some bad stuff ,,, for any family who has to deal with this { mother for me } and friends of the past ........ 

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Hugo chavez was a slimeball that kept the people poor and lived a luxurious lifestyle and didnt have the interest at heart for the people of Venezuela all signs of a dictator and looked up to Fidel Castro that should tell you something but they sit on a vast amount of oil reserves im sure the U.S is licking their chops now that Ghaddafi, and now Chavez are Gone.

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just read this a few minutes ago myself..... i know he was a dicator { i think that was the deal }  but my condolence`s too his kids, just when cuba announced he was recovering---------  this is some bad stuff ,,, for any family who has to deal with this { mother for me } and friends of the past ........ 

Understood. I'm sorry for your Mother.

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not saying he was a good guy at all folks....  but i am saying ------ cuba isn`t a great healing place either !!! wonder what ever happened to fidel?

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Prayers for his family... hopefully their new leadership will help bring their country up where it should be.

 

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not saying he was a good guy at all folks....  but i am saying ------ cuba isn`t a great healing place either !!! wonder what ever happened to fidel?

I never visited Venezuela.. I would have liked to but was told it's extremely violent... Cuba instead I visited several times (  7 or 8 times...medium stays were 1 or 2 months ...reason was mainly cos it's my ex-wife's country).... With all the limits it has..And it does have..... It's a very safe place and people are extremely friendly and kind... And they accomplished much with the very few financial means they have ( health, education, etc.)... Of course there are problems but again the streets are safe and People in general are great to talk to....I was struck by their cultural level and their knowledge of int'l events  ( political, social and cultural)..

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I live in Latin America and have many Venezuelan friends. Chavez passed away Dec 30th, they just announced it today. He loved his people and so many loved him. Not saying thats how I feel. You will be seeing an uprising in the next week or so.................

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in case you didn't know cuba is a good healing place. they have excellent doctors too, not to mention medical is FREE!!! now you know..lol

Yep.. Also education is totally free from kindergarten throughout University ( including room and board).

I live in Latin America and have many Venezuelan friends. Chavez passed away Dec 30th, they just announced it today. He loved his people and so many loved him. Not saying thats how I feel. You will be seeing an uprising in the next week or so.................

May be.. I happened to watch the live news on Italian TV a couple of hours ( or so) ago broadcasting live from the Caracas hospital where he supposedly died today at 16:25 local venezuelan time.

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Hugo chavez was a slimeball that kept the people poor and lived a luxurious lifestyle and didnt have the interest at heart for the people of Venezuela all signs of a dictator and looked up to Fidel Castro that should tell you something but they sit on a vast amount of oil reserves im sure the U.S is licking their chops now that Ghaddafi, and now Chavez are Gone.

Mybe not.  Sometimes the deveil you know is a far cry better than the devil you don't.

Good riddens..., one less commie in this world!

He was Socialist, not Communist.  Big difference.

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I never visited Venezuela.. I would have liked to but was told it's extremely violent... Cuba instead I visited several times (  7 or 8 times...medium stays were 1 or 2 months ...reason was mainly cos it's my ex-wife's country).... With all the limits it has..And it does have..... It's a very safe place and people are extremely friendly and kind... And they accomplished much with the very few financial means they have ( health, education, etc.)... Of course there are problems but again the streets are safe and People in general are great to talk to....I was struck by their cultural level and their knowledge of int'l events  ( political, social and cultural)..

Imagine that Both Socialist countrys...You don't mess around in cuba and cause any kind of trouble. Castro early in his years as dictator would not hesitate to use his police and troops and shoot anybody that was rumored to be anti-castro. Some cuban friends lucky enough to escape and come over here said his first 10 years was very bloody. They would march into homes with no trial and pull the family on the streets and shoot them in front of everybody. And then leave the bodies in the middle of the streets. Yea i would say they don't cause much trouble there. I'am sure your sad you lost a idol in chavez ,but this is one american thats glad he got this piece of @rap is gone.

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 Imagine that Both Socialist countrys...You don't mess around in cuba and cause any kind of trouble. Castro early in his years as dictator would not hesitate to use his police and troops and shoot anybody that was rumored to be anti-castro. Some cuban friends lucky enough to escape and come over here said his first 10 years was very bloody. They would march into homes with no trial and pull the family on the streets and shoot them in front of everybody. And then leave the bodies in the middle of the streets. Yea i would say they don't cause much trouble there. I'am sure your sad you lost a idol in chavez ,but this is one american thats glad he got this piece of @rap is gone.

Not my idol... As I said... I have a fairly good knowledge of Cuba  and not much of Venezuela....If you checked the 2 videos I posted.. One is CNN and the other is Fox....So I think it's fairly balanced, no?

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Mybe not.  Sometimes the deveil you know is a far cry better than the devil you don't.

He was Socialist, not Communist.  Big difference.

No big difference..., roots from the same ideology!  Socialists/communists/liberals/progressives..., all 'cousins'! Check it out my friend.  

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Hugo Chavez, popular Venezuelan president, dies

 

March 6 2013

 

 

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, born in Baranas State on July 28, 1954, died on March 5, 2013, after an almost two-year struggle with cancer. He last appeared in public on December 8, 2012, just before leaving for Cuba to undergo surgery there for the fourth time in an effort to arrest his illness.

In life, Chavez was almost a legendary figure. First elected to Venezuela's presidency in 1998, he was popularly re-elected three more times in 2000, 2006, and 2012. Candidates that supported Chavez's Bolivarian movement won National Assembly elections overwhelmingly. Chavez also won a 2004 presidential recall referendum, and three separate elections related to Venezuela's Constitution - all by large majorities.

Chavez was one of eight siblings born to school teacher parents who were so poor that he had to be raised by his paternal grandmother, whom he adored unreservedly. She encouraged his dedication to reading and the study of history.

An early infatuation with baseball took him to a military academy in Caracas on the theory that avenues were open there to a professional baseball career.

As an officer, he read historical and socialist material and came to admire Simon Bolivar and other progressive and revolutionary leaders, past and present, in Latin America. In 1994, Chavez went to Cuba where he met Fidel Castro. As a staunch opponent of the neoliberal economic policies that he saw crushing the hopes of millions in his country, Chavez began almost non-stop political barnstorming across Venezuela.

President Chavez applied himself to the task of converting the continental unity dreams of people like Simon Bolivar and Jose Marti into political and social alliances among Latin American and Caribbean nations. Under his leadership Venezuela took the lead role in promoting the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. Cuba was a close partner in this undertaking and worked with Venezuela also in the Union of South American Nations and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations.

As president, Chavez took on the task of building in his country what he called, "21st century socialism." He gave strong backing in 2007 to the formation of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

During his presidency, the government developed an elaborate network of social and humanitarian projects referred to as "missions." Health care, education, literacy, housing, food distribution, and job-creating missions were among these.

Over the 14 years of his presidency, poverty, malnutrition, and infant mortality fell. School enrollment, professional education, life expectancy, food production, and nationalization of key industrial enterprises all increased.

Socialist-inspired achievements under Chavez reversed the process of redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich that had been going on in Venezuela. The income gap between rich and poor narrowed, Profits from the nation's nationalized oil industry were used to fund education and infrastructure projects that benefited millions.

Chavez called on his people and others in Latin America to look out for their own common interests, which would not line up with those of multi-national corporations headquartered in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Some of those forces, in the U.S. and elsewhere, showed just how alarmed they were about this when they backed a failed April 2002 military coup against Chavez.

Right up until the president's death, his political opposition has received financial backing from business interests in the U.S. and elsewhere who are unhappy about the direction Venezuela has taken. Sabotage, protest, and recall campaigns since then have been funded from outside the country.

In announcing Chavez' death on March 5, Vice President Nicolas Maduro told Venezuelans that, "In this historic tragedy, we call upon men and women to be vigilante of peace and of respect for the homeland. We, civilians, and military people, take on his legacy, his challenges, his undertaking. With participation and support by all the people, his banners will be raised up with dignity. Thank you, a thousand times, thank you."

The Cuban government issued an official statement which said, in part: "President Chavez has carried out an extraordinary battle throughout his short and rich life. We remember him always as a patriotic soldier in the service of Venezuela and the Great Homeland (Patria Grande), as an honest, clear, daring, and brave revolutionary fighter, as a leader and supreme commander who reincarnated Bolivar in order to complete what he could not finish...The Cuban people feel he is one of their most distinguished sons and have admired, followed, and loved him as one of their own; Chavez is Cuban also!"

Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and other Latin American countries are taking special steps to mourn Venezuela's fallen leader.

 

 

http://www.peoplesworld.org/hugo-chavez-popular-venezuelan-president-dies/

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in case you didn't know cuba is a good healing place. they have excellent doctors too, not to mention medical is FREE!!! now you know..lol

 

You have been fooled by michael moore and the cuban propaganda machine. Cuba has 2 different medical systems, one for the tourists and another for the people from Cuba.

 

This is just a sample of how even Michale moore is liar. Followinf video is about medical system for the Cuban people:

 

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