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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 5:19PM #1
Stardove
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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez dies from cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11 and he had not been seen in public since.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 5:30PM #2
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My condolences to Sean Penn

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 5:41PM #3
Ebon
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WTF has Sean Penn got to do with anything?

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. ~ Proverbs 14:31

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 5:41PM #4
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No surprise, given his condition over the last several months.


As an individual, he was much loved and much hated.


As a world leader, he was all talk and little substance.  He never had the impact he thought he did.


Venezuela won't be any different without him; maybe better, actually, sad to say, if his successor (who isn't any different in his politics) decides to concentrate on actually running the country instead of showboating.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 9:00PM #5
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I think he was a little worse than just a show boat.  I wonder what this means for the future of VZ?  He did name a sucessor but I don't know if the new guy will have the charisma to pull it all off? 


He was the cause of a massive amount of brain drain leaving VZ for other countries including America.  On of my BF's is a lady from Trinidad and they also got alot of VZ refugees there too.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 9:20PM #6
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Well, he did do some good things for the poor of his country;  seeing that at least some of the oil money went their way.  But he did this in such a way as to be extremely divisive, offending a lot of educated people, as you say.  Which is going to make it very hard to sustain things when the oil runs out, or oil prices tank (as they did several times during his reign), tanking his economy in the process.


In the long run he's likely to become this Reaganesque figure among his supporters, canonized far beyond what he actually accomplished.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 9:38PM #7
Erey
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What we did not really see here in America is that alot of poor and middle class left VZ also.  Those with less money to start over went for neighbooring countries.  Those with more education and resources came to the US. 


He supressed free speech and ran used violent intimidation to quiet his detractors. 

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 9:41PM #8
Ebon
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Chavez was a complicated guy. He did some good and some bad. Which turns out to be the bigger deal is going to be up to the historians.

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. ~ Proverbs 14:31

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 10:04PM #9
Erey
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They say he was able to accumulate about 2 billion dollars in personal wealth during his period in charge of the country.  not a bad gig

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 05, 2013 - 11:15PM #10
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According to CNN:  Venezuela will hold elections in 30 days, following the death Tuesday of President Hugo Chavez, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said. Vice President Nicolas Maduro will assume the presidency during the interim period, he said.



Chavez's body will be taken to a military academy in Caracas on Wednesday, where it will remain in state for three days, the foreign minister said. Chavez's state funeral will be held on Friday.

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