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The poor rebel--and socialsm's coming back in Latin America

November 29, 2005
The Free Lance Star

By Rosabeth Moss Kanter

BOSTON--Seemingly unrelated events can turn out to have a lot in common.

The riots in France revealed unrest in poor neighborhoods where young people of North African origin told reporters that they just want jobs and inclusion.

At the Summit of the Americas in Argentina, mobs took to the streets to protest against President Bush, while Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela rejected the U.S.-desired Free Trade Area of the Americas.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Francia Bravo said...

I am a 45 years old woman, from Venezuela, living in Canada. For the past 40 years, as long as I remember, Venezuela was in the hands of "Terrible Presidents"., I called "Ladrones". Finally, we have an Honest and simpathetic President, Hugo Chavez. We, The Venezuelan Peoples, are happy and content with our president. We do not want The Govertment of United States or Bush, to Stick their noses in our bussines!!. Bush MUST get a real job!!!. Francia Bravo

December 02, 2005 2:02 PM

 
Blogger Jolly good said...

No es comunismo, es una variedad tropical de fascismo.

December 04, 2005 10:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

La señora Francia Bravo dice que Hugo Chavez es simpático y honesto y que el pueblo de Venezuela está feliz y contento con él.
Eso es muy fácil para una señora que vive en Canadá. Si viviera en Venezuela podría ver que Chávez no es ni simpático ni honesto. Es un populista y demagogo que monta un "show" diferente dependiendo de quien lo vaya a oir y además protege o se hace la vista gorda ante la inmensa corrupción que hay en su gobierno. El pueblo de Venezuela lo que está es triste y enardecido, hay cada vez más pobreza, menos trabajo, más indigentes y más niños de la calle.

December 04, 2005 11:34 AM

 
Anonymous Peric O'Verde said...

So, Ms. Bravo, what the heck are you doing in Canada? If everything is so peachy and rossy in Venezuela you should be there. Of course, it is very easy to be a communist when your every need is covered or when you do not have to be afraid of losing your life every time you walk to the supermarket or the bakery.

An honest man? This is the most corrupt band of thugs we have ever had in the history of Venezuela with elections that have been rigged, money given to other countries by Chavez as if the national treasure was his personal checkbook, government officials with multi million dollar mansions (Eudo Carruyo, one of the PDVSA big shots owns a $1.7 million dollar apartment and his son used to drive a $300000 Lamborghini until he crashed it in Miami).

Is it honest to spend $1.5 billion dollars in weapons from Spain and who knows how many billions dollars more in russian weaponry when hospitals in Venezuela do not have the minimum requirements to attend to the sick? How many of those kids you find on every street light in Caracas juggling bottles trying to get a few cents from sympathetic drives could be fed and clothed with that money?
How honest was the creation of the "Tascon List", a hideous listing of all the Venezuelans that voted against Chavez in the 2004 referendum and which was used to fire them from their government jobs, deny them public services and make their life miserable? Is this the kind of honesty you are talking about?

December 04, 2005 10:53 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, you do not not the difference between socialism and communism. Suggesting some 101 classes may help.

December 05, 2005 8:17 PM

 
Anonymous El Pulpo said...

Ms. Bravo can speak with assurances from the Venezuelan population that has voted in several acts of suffrage to re-elect the current president of Venezuela. Her not being present does not constitute not knowing, since we all know that this tid bit of information is true.

Honesty: 1)Take note of the increase in tax revenue gained by the government since Chavez' tenure to better judge the level of honesty in comparison to other administrations and to the corporations that got away without paying thier proper share of taxes. 2) At what other point in history has an adminsitration done as much for the poor of the country? What other administration instituted wide ranging social programs to incorporate specifically designed to address the needs of the poor?

"Is it honest to spend $1.5 billion dollars in weapons ... when hospitals in Venezuela do not have the minimum requirements..."

Is it prudent for the administration to neglect other budegtary sectors of the country in allocating monies to different offices?

"How honest was the creation of the "Tascon List"..."

Ever wonder why its called the "Tascon" list and not the "Chavez" list?

December 11, 2005 12:55 PM

 

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