Tweet on Twitter The recent death of Hugo Chavez brought forward a wave of international grief and controversy for the late Venezuelan President who has been an integral part of Latin American politics. The article suggests that instead, Chavez should have followed the example of other oil rich nations and built skyscrapers and lavish monuments for his people. After all, Chavez did not invade nations, overthrow governments, commit mass murder, torture, or starvation through sanctions, and neither was he credibly accused of a single political murder.
Hugo Chavez is the most controversial head of state in the world and also the most maligned. I believe that a man should be judged for what he does, or attempts to do, not by what he says, or what others say about him.
Hugo Chavez was born the son of working class parents, and grew up in poverty living with his grandmother; he was first elected by middle class working people, and won with a huge majority.
It also seems odd that he got rid of the presidential limo and donated his princely presidential salary to benefit the poor.
Most dictators only travel in armoured limousines and flaunt their wealth. The photos we see of Chavez show him driving a jeep, riding on the back of trucks with the people, or mingling with people on the street; strange behaviour for a dictator, or even a president. Venezuela was a wealthy country due to natural resources, mainly oil, but the wealth was all going into the coffers of the elites, and multi national oil, and mining companies.
By nationalizing oil Hugo Chavez has been able to eradicate illiteracy, provide free health care, education, pensions, and numerous other social programs. Venezuela is also the refuge of four and a half million Colombian refugees, acknowledged by the UN as the largest refugee problem in the world, who are supported by the government of Hugo Chavez.
Colombian refugees are still entering Venezuela in the hundreds every day, and coming from the drug producing capital of the Americas that poses the problem of weeding out smugglers, drug dealers, and other criminals from Colombia that he is accused of harbouring.
Nationalization of natural resources has definitely made him a dictator in the opinions of the corporate elites, but a hero to his people and most of the Colombians who have found refuge in Venezuela.
The new Venezuelan constitution not only contains some eighteen clauses on peoples rights it also laid the groundwork for the development of the first real democratic government in the world since ancient Greece. Since then the people of Honduras were denied the right to a new constitution by a coup that was backed by the US and Canada.
The latest demands for new constitutions are coming from the people of Tunisia who just ran their dictator out of the country.
Yemenis, Egyptians, and Algerians are following the Tunisians lead demanding that their leaders step down. Many peoples in the world are becoming aware of how they have been manipulated and kept down by ruling elites, oligarchs, and dictators; and that the only path to real democracy and freedom is through a new constitution, and real democracy.
The propaganda calling Hugo Chavez a dictator or even a would be dictator is coming from elites not just in Venezuela but many countries around the world with sham democracies that are terrified of being exposed and facing a revolution.
Most western countries, like the US, were never intended to be democratic. The word democracy does not appear in the US constitution for very good reason; As Thomas Jefferson, the slave owning third president and co-writer of the US constitution said: The word democracy comes from ancient Greece and means: Rule by and for the people, directly, not through representatives, or political parties.
This is referred to as direct democracy as opposed to representative democracy. There can be no rule by and for the people under representative electoral systems because local representatives seldom have any say in the running of the country.
Referendums are an example of direct democracy in action and are now used regularly in Venezuela to decide major issues.Mar 06, · Venezuela's “socialist revolution” came to an end on March 5. Democratic revolutionary to some, charismatic dictator to others, Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday.
Hugo Chavez ( - ) was a former Army Lieutenant Colonel and President of Venezuela. A populist, Chávez instituted what he calls a “Bolivarian Revolution” in Venezuela, where key industries were nationalized and oil revenues were used in social programs for the poor.
Hugo Chavez was a democrat, not a dictator, and showed a progressive alternative to neo-liberalism is both possible and popular The President's death will be mourned by millions of Venezuelans.
Hugo Chavez ( - ) was a former Army Lieutenant Colonel and President of Venezuela.
A populist, Chávez instituted what he calls a “Bolivarian Revolution” in Venezuela, where key industries were nationalized and oil revenues were used in social programs for the poor.
For understanding why the US media frames Hugo Chávez in the way they do and make a monster out of him, it is important to know the political ideology of Hugo Chávez. For this reason, a brief outline on Hugo Chávez will be given. The recent death of Hugo Chavez brought forward a wave of international grief and controversy for the late Venezuelan President who has been an integral part of Latin American politics.
In much of the world’s news coverage, Chavez is remembered as a revolutionary leader who empowered the poor. “Chavez was a dictator and tyrant .