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Post 31 Jan 2010, 02:32
Thanks RR, for posting that link. The way I cropped the headline for my collage, it would be hard to tell it was from the NYT.
Post 25 Feb 2010, 02:01
Venezuela Creates Peasant Militias

Huge step forward in protecting the Bolivarian Revolution.
Post 25 Feb 2010, 02:07

“Faced with the backlash against the peasants through an escalation of attacks, sabotage, and paid assassinations by the most retrograde forces in our society, the non-delegable duty of the Bolivarian national state and the revolutionary government is to protect the peasantry: to defend them with all means at its disposal.”

I like the wording.

The new Law of the Federal Government Council “is a powerful tool for the construction of a socialist homeland…to give shape to a new geometry of popular, political, social, communal and military power” and to create a new organ of “revolutionary power to continue fighting against the oligarchy and empire, to continue building the independence of our nation,” Chavez declared.

Meeeeeh. That is the same stupid nationalist bullshit that I hate about the GDR. Who cares about the independence of the nation? I would much rather see an independence of workers from the nation. I mean, Venezuelan nationalism is clearly nationalism of the oppressed and therefore, to be supported, but I can only support this very critically.
Post 25 Feb 2010, 04:57
About time. Not too sure about the choice of helmets though.

Mabool, if you look at the lyrics to popular Soviet songs from the 30s, they're all like that. Only once they had nukes could they be all about riding the good feeling. They have to take the road of socialism in one country and popular fronts because permanent Bolivarian revolution starting in Venezuela and going straight for America would be pretty much a losing battle from the start.
Post 01 Mar 2010, 05:11
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Post 03 Mar 2010, 13:39
To those interested in the Bolivarian Revolution, now you can read the Correo del Orinoco in english. It's a weekly edition in pdf.
Post 15 Mar 2010, 20:40
Venezuela’s revolution achieves social gains. Lives are improving, and hopes are soaring.

People's World wrote:
A revolution makes a difference. For the corporate media, however, what happens to people's lives and dignity goes by the boards, focused as they often are on stories aimed at casting Venezuela as a pariah state. Under discussion here is the business of a socialist revolution.

The National Institute of Statistics released data recently showing that poverty rates fell from 70 percent in 1996 to 23 percent last year, with extreme poverty dropping from forty to six percent. Venezuela's Human Development Index, a United Nations tool for composite surveys, advanced from 0. 802 in 2000, one year after President Hugo Chavez took office, to 0.844 in 2007. In one recent year Venezuela moved from 62nd in the world to 58th, from the "medium" range of rankings to "high."

Venezuela's Gini coefficient changed over the decade from 0.49 to 0.39. Perfect inequality corresponds to a Gini coefficient of one, while zero represents complete equality. These conclusions were contested in Venezuela, especially by right wing academicians, although the World Bank and the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Commission backed them.

Government spending, indicative of priorities, set the stage for these improvements. The Bolivarian News Agency reported recently that social spending over 11 years on health care, education, food, and more came to $330.6 billion. Total government income during the period was $500 billion. In 1998, social spending represented eight percent of the gross domestic product and is 20 percent now. Investment in education, 3.38 percent then, became seven percent by 2008. Health care outlay rose from 2.8 percent in 1997, to 6.0 percent in 2007, to 10 percent projected this year.

Social missions operating outside ministerial bureaucracies serve as vehicles for programs. The list includes: Missions Robinson, Ribas, and Sucre aimed at literacy and primary education, secondary education, and university study respectively; Mission Miracle, for surgical sight restoration; Mission Smile, dental care; Mission Ché Guevara, job training; Mission MERCAL, food security; Mission Habitat, housing; Mission Zamora, land reform; and Mission Trees; among others.

Food supplementation is one success story. Eleven years ago, 252,000 children received school meals. Now, over four million receive two meals a day in schools. A million people eat at special locations set aside for meals. Another is literacy, with the rate rising from 86 percent in 2001 to 96 percent presently.

Improvements in health care have been remarkable. Beginning in 2003, primary and preventative health care expanded by means of the social mission known as Barrio Adentro ("Inside the Neighborhood") I. Barrio Adentro II includes specialized medical and diagnostic services, 600 rehabilitation facilities, and 35 "high technology medical centers." A strengthened network of public hospitals evolved out of Barrio Adentro III, while Barrio Adentro IV calls for the building of specialty hospitals. A new pediatric heart center is already operating.

The presence of 15,000 Cuban doctors working throughout Venezuela fueled these initiatives, particularly Barrio Adentro I and Operation Miracle. The Cuban doctors with Venezuelan colleagues have undertaken to educate new doctors. Some 20,000 medical students studying throughout the country are close to graduating.

The government last month increased funding for Barrio Adentro III by $93 million, for fighting infectious diseases by $21 million, and for hospital improvements generally, $186 million. A campaign to immunize 95 percent of the population against 14 diseases began recently. Members of six million families will be immunized in their homes.

Infant Mortality fell from 21.4 infants dying in 1998 out of 1000 births, to 13.7 percent in 2007. Life expectancy at birth last year was 73.9, up from 72.8 in 1998. High quality primary care is accessible now to 95 percent of the population, at no cost. Only 20 percent of poor people could obtain medical care earlier, reportedly of poor quality. Ambulatory care centers have doubled in number to over 11,000. From 20 doctors per 100,000 people in 1998, the number now exceeds 60.

However, too many mothers are dying during and after childbirth, with rates oscillating since 1998 between 51 deaths per 100,000 women and 65 deaths. Late last year President Chavez announced the creation of the Baby Jesus Mission (Mision Niño Jesus) aimed at promoting maternity and pre-natal health care for the sake of safe birthing.

Real, tangible gains made possible by the militant working citizens of Venezuela. Most impressive.
Post 16 Mar 2010, 19:26
Post 19 Mar 2010, 01:58
Photo Essay: Revolutionary Walls


March 15th 2010, by Tamara Pearson -, Communicational Guerrilla

For two years, the cooperative Communicational Guerrilla has been painting murals on Caracas city walls using stencils and templates made from metal or other hard but economic materials. They cut the image, and sometimes text, into the material, then paint using spray cans.

Carlos Zerpa, a designer and member of the collective, told ABN that they began the collective out of the “necessity ... to deepen the revolution and democratise knowledge”.

The collective also conducts workshops in the communities and schools so that others can learn the technique.

Photos from, visit the link to see more.


Walter Martinez, the host of the Venezuelan TV show 'Dossier', a news analysis show.



"A man without social knowledge is a slave"





"Watering socialism"






"27F, nor forget, nor pardon". The 27th of February 1989, the day of the Caracazo when thousands of anti-neoliberal protestors were killed by the government of the time.



"Make socialism fly."
Post 19 Mar 2010, 11:43

I love this one.

Venezuala seems to be making genuine progress. It's nice to see how the profits of oil can be put to good, social use. What happens in Venezuala after Chevez departs from power will be very telling of the viability of peaceful revolution as a model for nations in a similar position.
Post 19 Mar 2010, 20:01
Post 31 Mar 2010, 04:20
Basque Solidarity Activist Prevented from Entering Venezuela

"Wendelin’s arrest comes shortly after Spanish Judge Eloy Velazco accused the Venezuelan government of helping ETA link up with members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - allegations the Venezuelan government has flatly denied."

Pretty good link for those who think that the Venezeulan government is involved in some big "terrorist" rin with FARC and ETA.
Post 31 May 2010, 00:32
Venezuela Analysis wrote:
Venezuela: The Imperfect Revolution
By Eva Golinger - The Chavez Code, May 25th 2010

If you come to Venezuela with glistening eyes, expecting to see the revolution of a romantic and passionate novel, don’t be disappointed when the complexities of reality burst your bubble. While revolution does withhold a sense of romanticism, it’s also full of human error and the grit of everyday life in a society – a nation – undertaking the difficult and tumultuous process of total transformation.

Nothing is perfect here, in the country sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves. But everything is fascinating and intriguing, and the changes from past to present become more visible and tangible every day.

After 100 years of abandonment, as President Hugo Chavez puts it, the Venezuelan people have awoken and begun the gargantuan task of taking power and building a system of social and economic justice. But it’s easier said than done in a culture embedded with corrupt values, resulting from the nation’s vast oil wealth, combined with an overall feeling of entitlement. The bureaucracy is massive and often intimidating, as the people, including the President himself, struggle to erradicate it every day, and replace it with a more horizontal political and economic model.

From the outside, it’s easy to criticize Venezuela. Inflation is high, the economy is in a difficult place, although growing, and relations with countries such as Russia, China and Iran are often painful for foreigners to comprehend. Media portrays much of the power in the nation as concentrated in the hands of one man, Hugo Chavez, and rarely highlights the thousands of positive achievements and successes his government has obtained during the past ten years. Distortion and manipulation reign amongst international public opinion regarding human rights, freedom of expression and political views opposing those of President Chavez, and few media outlets portray a balanced vision of Venezuela today.

While it’s true that there is awful inflation in Venezuela, much of it has been caused by business owners, large-scale private distributors and producers, import-exporters and the economic elite that seek to destabilize and overthrow the Chavez administration. They sell dollars on the black market at pumped up rates and speculate and hike the prices of regular consumer products to provoke panic and desperation among the public, all with the goal of forcing Chavez’s ouster. And despite ongoing economic sabotage, the economy has still grown substantially in comparison to other nations in the region. In fact, according to the neoliberal International Monetary Fund (IMF), Venezuela is the only South American nation to forecast economic growth this year.

How do you build a socialist revolution in an oil economy? It’s not easy. The Chavez government promotes a green agenda, but at the same time, the streets of Caracas – the capital – are still littered with stinky garbage and the air is contaiminated with black smoke emissions from cars and make-shift buses that go uncontrolled and unregulated. Part of the problem is government regulation, but most of the problem is social consciousness. Revolution is impossible if the people aren’t on board.

So, the government gives out millions of free, cold-energy saving lightbulbs, to replace the over-consuming yellow ones, and programs are underway to allow a free trade-in of diesel consuming cars for new natural gas vehicles. The Chavez administration is funding solar energy exploration and research institutes, building wind energy units along the northern Caribbean coast and has implemented a major environmental conservation campaign nationwide. Part of this incredible effort resulted from a horrific six-month long drought that pushed the nation to energy and water rationing, causing countrywide blackouts that weren’t well received. Ironically, one of the world’s largest oil producers is more than 70% dependent on hydroelectric power for internal energy consumption, thanks to the governments past, which only were interested in selling the oil abroad and not using it to improve the lives of their own citizens.


The foremost achievement of the Bolivarian Revolution, as it is called in Venezuela, taking the namesake of liberator Simon Bolivar, has been the inclusion of a mass majority, previously excluded and invisible, in the nation’s politics and economic decisions. What does this mean? It means that today, millions of Venezuelans have a visible identity and role in nation-making. It means that community members – without regard to class, education or status – are actively encouraged to participate in policy decisions on local and even national matters. Community members, organized in councils, make decisions on how local resources are allocated. They decide if monies are spent on schools, roads, water systems, transportation or housing. They have oversight of spending, can determine if projects are advancing adequately, and even can determine where the workforce should come from; i.e. local workers vs. outside contractors. In essence, this is a true example of an empowered people – or how power is transferred from a “government” to the people.

For the first time in Venezuela’s history, every voice is valued, every voice has the possibility of being heard. And because of this, people actually want to participate. Community media outlets have sprung up by the hundreds, after previously being illegal and shunned by prior governments. New newspapers, magazines, radio programs and even television shows reflect a reality and color of Venezuela that formerly, the elite chose to ignore and exclude. Still, a majority of mass media remains in the hands of a powerful economic elite that uses its capacity to distort and manipulate reality and promote ongoing attempts to undermine the Chavez government. Lest we not forget the mass media’s role in the April 2002 coup d’etat that briefly ousted President Chavez from power, and a subsequent economic sabotage in December of that same year, that imposed a media blackout on information nationwide.

Despite claims by private media outlets alleging violations of freedom of expression, Venezuela remains a nation with one of the world’s most thriving free and independent press. Here, almost anything goes, even plots and plans to kill the President or bring the nation’s economy to its knees; all broadcast live on television, radio, or in print.

The contradictions of building a socialist revolution in a capitalist world are evident here every day. The same self-proclaimed revolutionary, bearing a red shirt, wants to buy your dollars on the black market at an elevated rate. You can get killed in the streets of Caracas for a Blackberry; don’t even think of whipping out an iPhone in public. Even President Chavez himself now fashions a Blackberry to keep his Twitter account up to date. Chavez has “politicized” Twitter, and turned it into a social tool. His account, the most followed in Venezuela, receives thousands of requests and messages daily for everything from jobs, to housing to complaints about bureaucracy and inefficient governance. He even set up a special team of 200 people dedicated to processing the tweets, and he himself responds to as many as he can. Ironically, Chavez has found a way to reconnect with his people in a virtual world.

Deals with Russia, China, Iran, India, European nations and even US corporations are diversifying Venezuela’s trade partners, ensuring technological transfer to aid in national development and progress, and opening up Venezuela’s oil-focused economy. Some question Chavez’s deals with certain countries or companies, but the truth is, today, Venezuela’s economy is stronger and more diverse than ever before. Satellites have been launched, automobile factories built and even the agricultural industry has been revived thanks to Chavez’s vision of foreign policy. When beforehand, relations with foreign nations were based on oil supply and dollar input, today they are founded on the principles of integration, solidarity and cooperation, and most importantly, the transfer of technology to ensure Venezuela’s development.

Revolution is not an easy task. What is happening in Venezuela is possibly one of the most socially and politically compelling and challenging experiences in history. Massive changes are taking place on every level of society – economic, political, cultural and social – and everyone is involved. There have been no national curfews, states of emergencies, killings, disappearances, persecutions, political prisoners or other forms of repression imposed under Chavez’s reign, despite the coup d’etat, economic sabotages, electoral interventions, assassination attempts and other forms of subversion and destabilization that have attempted to overthrow his government during the past ten years. This is an inclusionary revolution, whether or not everyone wants to accept that fact.

Washington’s continued efforts to undermine Venezuela’s democracy through funding opposition campaigns and actions with over $50 million USD during the past seven years, or supporting coups and assassination plots against President Chavez, while at the same time pumping up military forces in the region, have all failed; so far. But, they will continue. Venezuela – like it or not – is on an irrevocable path to revolution. The people have awoken and power is being redistributed. The task at hand now is to prevent corrupt forces within from destroying the new revolutionary model being built.

So while things may not be perfect in Venezuela, it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see revolution for what it is: the trying, alluring, arduous, demanding and thrilling task of forging a just humanity. That’s the Venezuela of today.

Eva Golinger is an award-winning author and attorney. Her first book, The Chavez Code, is a best seller published in six languages and is presently being made into a feature film. Her blog is
Post 14 Oct 2010, 00:41
This is a very nice article about the Bolivarian Revolution. It looks like an intro for a series of articles, I hope there will be more.
It's funny to see russians talk about councils as something new... like that never happened to them.

Venezuela’s poor awakened by revolutionary process
Published 14 October, 2010, 01:17

Democracy 101, Venezuela style: There is a people’s revolution underway. What is indisputable is that it never would have happened without President Hugo Chavez coming to power.

Social reforms prioritized the country's poor majority and activated participatory democracy in this country; a system which invites the poor not just to vote, but to get involved in the political process itself. Supporters of this process or the President are known simply and perhaps more vaguely as Chavistas.

In the wealthy neighborhoods it is called communism.

But in the slums, it has a very different meaning.

Far away from the bright lights of the city, the fancy hotels and the rich neighborhoods is the La Vega barrio. It's one of hundreds of barrios in this country. The concepts here are driven by the Bolivarian Revolution; it was introduced to them by Chavez. Participatory democracy happens here.

In La Vega, the community leader isn't Chavez, its Freddy Mendoza.

Mendoza told RT “La Vega is a parish with more than 150,000 inhabitants. This is a barrio that belongs to the La Vega parish. Here, during more than 35 years we’ve been fighting, achieving improvements to our condition of living. It would encompass culture, socio-productive projects, entertainment, leisure activities, and multiple use rooms. That’s why we give it the name integral.”

Mendoza is the guidance for the community’s decisions. The school teachers and bank tellers and the unemployed are the decisions makers. Regardless of whom you are or what you do for a living, everyone has an equal say in how their community is governed.

Natalia, a member of the community council said “It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the night or raining, whatever time it is, the communal council is present and available for all the neighbors of the Carretera Negra, for cultural activities, for a sickness, for whatever is needed.”

Mendoza said La Vega is not receiving much money from the government, but that doesn't mean much. If you walk into anyone’s house here you will see a picture of the President. It's not what he represents; it's about what he symbolizes.

Nilson, a resident of La Vega said, “Chavez, as a human, he may make mistakes, but as a people, as a person, he cares for the other people, people who is around him, the poor people.”

And what he symbolizes is a people first agenda.

The food at this government super market is heavily subsided compared to regular supermarkets. Cheap food is also accompanied by cheap resources.

The nationalization of the country's oil supply has given Venezuelans cheaper gas than water.

Even transportation. It's truly a spectacular view for the 2,000 residents of the Saint Augustine barrio who travel the route daily from the top of the hill down into the city on these cable carts. It's yet another element of the Chavez experiment. It's free to ride and it has helped the poor tremendously in Caracas.

Back in La Vega, the people describe how the revolutionary process has given them new opportunities.

And as we were filming the benefits, some of them quickly became suspicious of our presence.

One woman approached RT angrily and said “Well, the thing is that we don’t know if you are filming here because you guys are from CIA and then you will send it to them there, at the North American Empire.”

As RT tried to describe how the government projects are helping the people, some of them believe, because we were here from the United States, we were running propaganda about their President to show him in a bad light.

RT was in the middle of describing how those projects have benefited the poor. However, there is a long historical legacy of mistrust of the United States in Venezuela.
Post 15 Oct 2010, 16:34
I was right, it seems to be a series of articles. Here's the second one.
Chavistas embrace revolution, suspicious of US policies

Published 15 October, 2010, 01:41
Edited 15 October, 2010, 09:0

To understand why the majority of poor people in Venezuela are suspicious of policies from the United States, the history is in plain view.

It's written all over the walls of Caracas; an era still fresh in the minds of the Venezuelans. It's known as the Fourth Republic.

Carreta Negra community leader Freddy Mendoza of the Lavega barrio recalls, “The memories of the Fourth Republic, for everyone who is 40 or 50 years, are very bitter memories of a situation of extreme poverty, of abandonment, of struggle, of fights.”

“Listen, for many reason, people like me, we supported the struggle in the 90s against what's called the Fourth Republic, we saw many of our friends murdered or jailed by that regime” said Darwin, a Chavista.

A lot of it has to do with the United States. Washington supported the government of the Fourth Republic and to this day rejects the Bolivarian democracy in Venezuela.

“It’s possible that in the United States there are sectors and powers that do not have an interest in this change because they benefited economically from the political reality that was here previously. They supported that political reality to be able to maintain the imperial yokes that subjugated us,” said Adriana Tovar, also a Chavista.

It’s not the only memory ingrained in the minds of Venezuelans. In April of 2002, a military coup temporarily ousted Venezuela's democratically elected President Hugo Chavez. Dozens of people were killed, injured and detained in those dark three days. The temporary coup government that was installed was immediately acknowledged as legitimate by the Bush administration

A mural depicting US President Barak Obama as a trigger happy leader indicates those feelings still exist.

One man said, “When the revolution is expressed through graffiti, it does not mean we’re against the American people. We’re against the policies.”

It's why Chavistas have in their minds, the opposition comprised of the country's minority elite, are plotting to remove their President.

Beaselis Guerra said, “The United States has always been interested in taking our president out of power, so they can be financing the opposition.”

What inspires Chavistas for this revolutionary agenda of independence from foreign dominance was not only Chavez, but Venezuela’s founding father, Simon Bolivar.

Simon Bolivar is considered the Liberator of Latin America. In fact, Caracas is very distinct for that, nearly everywhere you go in the city, you either see his face or remnants of his ideology.

“He fought against all the people that want us to be slaves; that’s why we want to follow all the steps of Simon Bolivar. He’s not only a leader in Venezuela; he’s a leader in Latin America,” said Guerra.

Zulma Galindez, who is a strong supporter of the Bolivarian Revolution said, "For 11 years Latin American people, starting with our own country, are starting to become awake. We have been facing confrontation ever since."

It's a political awakening in motion on a ground level. In its infancy, it can be seen as a flourishing challenge to Capitalism. And to combat the red tide a thriving opposition, aided in various ways by the United States and other foreign elements, aims to reverse the status quo.
Post 21 Dec 2010, 00:28
BBC News wrote:
Venezuela parliament gives Hugo Chavez more powers

Venezuela's parliament has granted President Hugo Chavez special powers to deal with the aftermath of devastating floods.

Mr Chavez will be able to pass laws by decree, without needing the support of congress, for 18 months.

His critics say the move will turn the country into a near-dictatorship.

They accuse him of taking advantage of the floods to strengthen his grip on power before a new congress is sworn in in January.

This is the fourth time Mr Chavez has been given such authority since he came to office almost 12 years ago.

He had asked to able to rule by decree for a year to address the emergency caused by floods and landslides that have killed around 40 people and left 140,000 homeless.

But the National Assembly extended the period to 18 months.

The head of the Assembly, Cilia Flores, said lawmakers were responding to the demands of flood victims.

"So that they can have their streets, their highways, public services, electricity, everything to live in dignity, we are going to hear their proposals and concerns," she said.

Mr Chavez says he has already drawn up a "battery" of 20 new laws which he will pass by decree.

They include measures to raise value-added tax to fund reconstruction and build thousands of homes for flood victims.

'New democracy'

Opposition groups say the timing of the "Enabling Law," as it is known, is deeply cynical.

The current parliament, which is dominated by the president's supporters, is in the last few weeks of its session.

A new congress will begin sitting in January with many more opposition members following elections last September, which would have made it more difficult for Mr Chavez to pass laws.

The opposition fear Mr Chavez will use the powers to move Venezuela closer to a left-wing dictatorship.

Newly elected opposition congressman Julio Borges said the enabling law had one single aim: "to give more power to the government and take power away from the people".

But the opposition would keep fighting to make sure the "Cuban project" would fail, he said.

Mr Chavez has dismissed these concerns, while making it clear that he is determined to deepen his "socialist revolution".

"We are building a new democracy here that can't be turned back," he said on Thursday.

His new powers extend beyond relief and reconstruction to cover areas including infrastructure, banking and finance, rural and urban land use, telecommunications, defence and security.

The 18-month period means the opposition will be largely excluded from policy-making until the middle of 2012, just months before Venezuela's next presidential election.

Awesome news. Opponents of Chavez are already denouncing him as a future 'dictator in the making', omitting the fact that such decrees are normal in the continent.
Post 17 Mar 2011, 18:17
Interesting comparison between Chile & Venezeula.

BBC wrote:
Hugo Chavez calls off Venezuela's nuclear energy plans

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is freezing plans to develop a nuclear energy programme in the light of the crisis in Japan.

Venezuela signed a deal with a Russian company last year to develop a nuclear power plant over the next decade.

But Mr Chavez said events in Japan showed the dangers of developing nuclear power were too great.

Chile has said it still aims to sign a nuclear accord with the US next week despite the crisis in Japan.

Countries around the world have been reconsidering their nuclear policies in the face of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear complex triggered by last week's huge earthquake and tsunami.

President Chavez said he was calling off Venezuela's plans to build a nuclear plant.

"It is something extremely risky and dangerous for the whole world," he said.

"Despite the great technology and advances that Japan has, look at what is happening with some of its nuclear reactors."

Mr Chavez added that global concerns about the safety of nuclear power would boost demand for Venezuela's oil exports.

Chile option

In Chile, President Sebastian Pinera said he would go ahead with a nuclear co-operation deal with the US that is due to be signed during President Obama's visit next week.

Mr Pinera said Chile had to keep the option of nuclear power open to fuel its growing demand for energy despite anxieties over the nuclear disaster in Japan.

"Chile needs to learn about nuclear energy, and that is why we have signed accords with France and Argentina and we will sign another with the US," he said after meeting the Japanese ambassador to express his condolences.

Like Japan, Chile is on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" of seismic activity and is prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.
Post 17 Mar 2011, 23:52
I must point out that the plants which have had a problem are old designs which were built in the 1960's. Newer plants are much safer and have a better safety record. If the plant the Russians were going to help him build is one of these newer designs, Chavez might be overreacting.
Post 27 Apr 2011, 19:46
BBC wrote:
Hugo Chavez says Venezuela's minimum wage to rise 25%

Venezuela's minimum wage will rise by more than 25%, President Hugo Chavez has announced.

Workers will get a 15% increase from 1 May, and then a 10% rise in September bringing the monthly salary to the equivalent of $360 (£220).

Some sectors had asked for a much bigger rise with inflation rate at 27%.

Mr Chavez, almost certain to run in next year's 2012 presidential poll, has promised to use more profits from the oil industry to boost social spending.

The rise in the minimum wage will benefit several million people.

Announcing the move, President Chavez noted that there had been increases every year since he came to power in 1999.

"Here we are not cutting salaries nor pension nor delaying the pension age, nothing of that," he said.

Rising oil prices have boosted Venezuela's income but the country is suffering one of the highest rates of inflation in Latin America.

Venezuela's Communist Party (PCV), the main ally of Mr Chavez's Socialist Party (PSUV) had asked for a minimum salary increase of no less than 40%, the Spanish news agency Efe reports.
Post 28 Apr 2011, 00:45
Damn now i know why they target Hugo Chaves
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