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Our TV station's news report at 5:02pm (Tuesday, March 5th) announced that they had just received a news flash that President Chavez is dead. That is all they announced. There will be more reportage soon, I'm sure.

 

UPDATE: Venezuela Press is confirming Chavez' death, too.

 

The end of an era for Venezuela.

 

Regards,

 

Paul M.

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I can only hope that he is not replaced by another wanna be dictator. Venezuela deserves better.

 

Mark,

 

After watching

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1337137/

 

on Netflix I had my doubts about the news I have been fed concerning Chavez.

 

Since spending more time learning how Americans were manipulated (see WMDs) into supporting wars and "rebels" in Latin America (plus Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) to benefit American Companies (see United Fruit, big oil), I have had my doubts about anything I hear anymore in the US news.

 

For example, you used "dictator"but Chavez was elected by >60% of vote each time ... unfortunately, his support came from the poor and middle class at the expense of the wealthy ... it is often called communism or socialism when the wealthy lose control of the political process ...... I think countries like Venezuela and Cuba could do more for their people if the US government was not so heavy handed in manipulating world affairs and sanctions that are are real root of the suffering. I am not saying Chavez is a model, but that I have my doubt the "facts" fed to me by the US news courtesy of the US government.

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When it comes to a controversial figure like Chavez, I tend to read many sources -- most of them NOT from the US, although some. It certainly gives you a different picture of a situation and better information to make up your own mind. Evo Morales is another -- he has been painted as a devil and as a saint -- and everything in between.

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Jimvignola, agreed. In the U.S. we're fed certain information, and it's generally accepted there that Chavez was a horrid dictator,holding his people hostage to his whims. The majority of people in the U.S. don't ever question that. The U.S. doesn't benefit from its people having a more open view of Chavez and the actual history of Venezuela. Your comment is very well put. My husband is Costa Rican, a librarian, he researches different sources, and he has always had a different view on Chavez. I learned a lot about the situation that way, started looking into different sources and doing some more in-depth reading. I ended up learning more about other situations and people, for instance Evo Morales. Anyway, just wanted to say that I completely agree that the mainstream media does feed us certain versions, and it's always good to check out the opposing viewpoint, more so from the people affected.

 

Edit: Eleanor, I just saw your comment. Like!

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