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    please tell me what has been happening in this country. thank you.

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    the Venezuela page at HRW is http://hrw.org/doc?t=americas&c=venezu
    and the essential backgrounder is at http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/01/13/venezu9843.htm

    and an anti-Chavez blog that has a wide range of links, sites both for and against the Chavez administration, is at http://daniel-venezuela.blogspot.com/

    i'm not going to inflict my confused editorialising on you...

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    erm, got anything that not about human rights issues? what is chavez trying to do?

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    the blog is too partisan for someone trying to get an idea of what's going on. why don't you summarise for me scottie.

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    http://www.venezuelanalysis.com

    i'm having a look at this

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    i'm utterly confident lots of people on the board know far more than me, because my confused editorialising means i basically like Chavez (butalso& mostly/ but also don't like Chavez about quaint concerns to do with freedoms, political/cultural rights) but worry lots about plenty of the basic human rights aspects (hence those linx, and that partisan blogger does link to that page you went to, to be fair ), but in a nutshell here is a ramble on Chavez:
    populist president first came to power in 1998 which was a wonderful moment as he promised to crush corruption etc and it seemed like a new dawn, leftist government, diverse opposition ranged against him, a majority of the poorest voters support him, average income in the country has fallen since he came to power but one should wait and see on that i suppose as Venezuela's oil reserves are vast (a big national strike in the winter of 2002 into 2003 hurt the economy a lot), he does have a lot of oil funds, he's not popular with the American regime, some extraordinary social programmes ploughing cash into areas that can help the poorest, building schools and houses, in 2002 the USA backed a coup against Chavez that ultimately failed in its aim of unseating him, strikes and demonstrations by both his supporters and opposition supporters (which include labour groups in the latter camp) are huge, the electorate is polarised, beware of partial American analyses of Chavez as he's not popular with Dubya and Co., authoritarian with a knack for undercutting the free press, hopefully Mr Chavez can get down to business, sort it out and help everyone in the country, quite a lot will depend on how Condi Rice plays i guess. anyone know of any remarks from there?

    wonderful rambling speeches and amusing quotes, something of a pal of certain American enemies.

    fwiw a mate of mine, his aunt, uncle and cousins and whatnot live in Caracas (he lives in Mcr), well i don't think they're Chavez supporters, they are part of Venezuela's often wealthy middle class. i don't know anyone else that lives in Venezuela personally.

    there's so much inconsistency in the above views, there really is, but it's confusing and i don't know nearly enough about anything

    also invariably any argument that gets going on the subject if i'm involved will showcase the most contemptible hectoring, vague European social-liberal declarations, and wishy-washy generalisations from myself.
    P.S.
    i've not read it all but this CounterPunch article is relevant, and published today apparently
    http://www.counterpunch.org/petras01252005.html

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