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Venezuela's Hugo Chavez dies aged 58

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#1    ExpandMyMind



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:32 PM


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has died, his vice-president has announced.

Mr Chavez had not appeared in public since he returned to Venezuela last month after cancer treatment in Cuba.

An emotional Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening, flanked by leading Venezuelan political and military leaders.

Earlier, he said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection and had entered "his most difficult hours".


I know that many will disagree, but I feel this is a true shame. He was a great man for his people, regardless of opinions, and I am actually slightly in shock by this.

I just hope Venezuela ends up with a leader that cares about them half as much as this man did. And I truly hope they keep their oil and minerals.

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 05 March 2013 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

Not shocking if he had cancer...

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

I have been a critic of him but putting that aside I think he has done ok for the poor, I think he could done more.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:39 PM

I knew he had cancer, of course, but I heard no news of the usual type that comes with cancer deaths. With cancer, you usually hear days before the death that the patient is entering their final stretch, such is the nature of the disease. But, as a way to appear strong in public eyes, it seems, all we heard on Chavez was that he was back in hospital - which has been almost routine for the past couple of years.

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 05 March 2013 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:48 PM

Well we will see if that will cause some changes in their politics.

R.I.P. Hugo.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:16 PM

Really not surprised as much as he has been in the hospital lately.  RIP

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:20 PM

US propaganda aside, he did a lot for the country. The US had previously muscled them into a deal where they sold oil to the US at the US dollar on the basis that the rich in the country got most of the money. Chavez deteriorated that deal and helped out the poor who were getting almost nothing the whole time.

So much for having an "evil" ideology.

R.I.P Hugo Chavez.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:22 PM

years ago I read a post on some consiracy web-site that in the late 50's and early 60's the CIA was doing research in which they had developed a way to give assaination targets a very aggressive form of cancer.  I googled the phrase cia aggressive cancer and this is one of the stories that came up.


If memory serves the cancer was developed with Castro in mind but he was always too wary of a target.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:27 PM

Maybe now Venezuela will be able to resume it's path to the 21st century.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:28 PM

sorry to hear of the man's passing, as anyone who champions the cause of the common man is worthy of respect.
the way he tried to renationalise industry was an inspiration, and i'll always remember him as the anti-thatcher.....
RIP hugo!

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

View PostIamsSon, on 05 March 2013 - 11:27 PM, said:

Maybe now Venezuela will be able to resume it's path to the 21st century.
If by that you mean the rich get richer and the poor die younger, you are correct.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

He wasn't any worse than other leaders in Central and South America, but he drew all the crap-talk in the US media and govt because he has all the oil, and wanted to control his own resources.  So he was demonized, nearly assassinated, and made into the Western Hemisphere's bogeyman, while CNN reported today that he needed a bogeyman in the US to support his populist approach.   It's just politics, the political differences serve only to entrench the disagreement and conflict.  It's just another example of the same dynamic repeated across the world:  If you have something the US wants, and you don't do what the US wants you to do with it, you'll be isolated, vilified, punished, killed, even invaded and removed from power.  What's our role in all this?   Just pay attention to the bad stuff the bogeyman does (while ignoring our own).  How convenient.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:29 AM

He called Bush "the Devil" on the floor of the UN in 2006, and was applauded for doing so. I thought it was one of the funniest things I ever saw in all my years of watching political science. The UN worked for a change.

He was foolish to embrace radical socialism and communism, which when coupled with the streets of his capital city being some of the most dangerous in the world, and you have little more than clever madness.

I will miss the machismo much more than the man.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

He did help a lot of people, but he did many horrendous things too. He was basically a dictator grasping for power, but maybe that is what the people of Venezuela needed at the time....

I do wonder what will happen next? Did he have a successor picked? Or will there be mock elections held?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:03 AM

he was still a bad guy even his own people hated him

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