He’s dead anhd buried, but if you believed some of his sympathizers, he’s still parting the seas and spitting down upon the United States from up on high. H/T Blazing Cat Fur
Petroleum engineer Gustavo Coronel wrote articles about the corruption of Hugo Chavez’s regime, and for that he was named an enemy of the state. Appearing on Talk Radio Network’s The Andrea Tantaros Show, Coronel speaks out on what Chavez’s death might mean to Venezuela and America. H/T PJTV
Love him or hate him, the late Hugo Chavez was unarguably the most powerful Latin American politician to emerge over the past few decades. David Luhnow, Mexico City bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, takes a look back at the Venezuelan president’s rule and his legacy. Although expected for some time, Chavez’s death came with a hint of irony, falling upon the anniversary of Stalin’s death.
In this Wall Street Journal documentary, reporter David Luhnow looks at Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. Now undergoing treatment for cancer, Chavez has named a possible successor, raising the question of whether his “21st century socialism” can outlive its founder. Luhnow finds many strong critics of Chavez, as well as fervent supporters, but no one’s neutral about the deeply polarizing and radical leader.
Sunday’s Presidential election in Venezuela pits Socialist strongman Hugo Chavez against the most formidable opponent he has faced in his 14 years in office. Coalition opposition leader Henrique Capriles has gained ground by waging an aggressive door-to-door campaign. But even Capriles describes himself as a David facing a Goliath, and recent polls show him trailing by about 10 percent. Chavez enjoys clearcut advantages, including billions of dollars in oil-funded handouts to court key voter blocs. Al Jazeera reports from Venezuela on the run-up to the election.
Richard Beales and Raul Gallegos with Reuters discuss how Chavez raids the treasury of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, to bankroll his political and social programs. As a result, PDVSA is now a debt-ridden enterprise, forced to pay its suppliers with IOUs.
In Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas, one of the most violent places on the planet, distraught residents now worship a new pantheon of saints — the statuettes of deceased criminals — seeking relief from the never-ending carnage. These Santos Malandros, or Holy Thugs, are adorned with sideways baseball hats instead of halos. They’re often armed, and display wounds from knife fights, street brawls and shootouts.
Residents from the poor shanty towns who revere these criminal saints have built shrines in their honor, and bring them gifts — cigarettes, drugs, booze and occasionally the traditional flowers — in hopes that the supplicants’ prayers will be answered. And what are those prayers? Perhaps early release from prison. A cure for a drug addict. Revenge for homicide.
Ryan Duffy from Vice travels to Caracas to find out more about this hybrid religious practice, blending elements from Catholicism, Santeria and animism.
Sean Penn fist-pumps as he campaigns for Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, at a campaign rally in Valencia. Penn is a buddy of Chavez, who was rumored to be on his deathbed earlier this year, but seems to have fully recovered. Chavez is seeking a new six-term in an election scheduled October 7, and pundits predict this will be his toughest fight yet. Penn did not address the rally, but hugged Chavez and also rode with him in a truck before cheering supporters.
Any chance that the next time Penn travels to Venezuela on Chavez’s behalf, he can borrow John Travolta’s Qantas 707, and take along a pack of Hollywood celebrities with him? Better yet, maybe they could all move permanently to South America. Wonder how long before they get bored with trying to influence socialist Banana Republic politics, or else someone gets too snarky, like the always-discreet Roseanne Barr, leading all of them to be banished by Chavez to, say, Tierra del Fuego? H/T NewsBusters