They included senior-level representatives from six national trade unions, the Greater London Authority and the Green Party together with journalists, academics, students, NGO workers and members of the Latin American community in London. Venezuelan ambassador, Sr. Alfredo Toro Hardy welcomed the publication of this "very important book". He explained that President Chavez was challenging the Washington neo-liberal consensus by implementing extensive social reforms. In President Chavez introduced 49 radical new laws, including those for land and oil industry reform. However all their attempts to overthrow the government back-fired.
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Last weekend he appeared on television to alert his people that his cancer, first diagnosed last year, had taken a serious turn for the worse, as he set off on a fresh journey to Havana for further surgery. He was in obvious discomfort and admitted to extreme pain. He announced clearly that his successor, for whom everyone should vote when the time came, would be Nicolas Maduro , the vice-president since October and the foreign minister since There is an immediate timetable for the weeks ahead.
Government ministers indicate that that might now be in doubt. After 14 years of considerable institutional change, huge oil revenues now pour into the alleviation of the acute poverty suffered by a large percentage of the country, and there is a rock-solid base of chavista support that will take decades to erode.
There are no immediate crises in sight and, in spite of alarmist reports in the foreign press, the economy is purring along quite well. After more than a decade on a political roller-coaster, the country will return to a more normal profile. What Venezuela will lose is the spark of genius and of charismatic leadership that has pushed the country on to the world stage. He has captivated his own people and inspired much of the rest of the Latin American continent, and like Castro before him his influence has had a global reach.
The creation of Unasur in , a continental organisation without the oppressive presence of the US, has been an important step. These constructs represent the deeply rooted Latin American desire for independence that was endlessly thwarted during the years of the cold war.
Portuguese-speaking Brazil has never aspired to lead Latin America, and never will, even when Lula eventually returns as president. The image of a democratic and incorruptible leader who once sought to change the history of the continent will last long into the 21st century.
Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution
Shelves: leftist This book does a fine job of describing the philosophy and achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution. However, the author has a tendency to dismiss many of the virtues of Chavez and the Venezuelan people with flippant rhetoric. Despite denouncing the racism of the elite against the poor in Latin America, there are stereotypes that are perpetuated without much regard, Chavez is often painted as a demagogue and his "rhetoric" passed off as almost charlatanism, despite the fact that his words are This book does a fine job of describing the philosophy and achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution. Despite denouncing the racism of the elite against the poor in Latin America, there are stereotypes that are perpetuated without much regard, Chavez is often painted as a demagogue and his "rhetoric" passed off as almost charlatanism, despite the fact that his words are backed up throughout the work with achievements and integrity.
Hugo Chavez: The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela