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Daily Headline – 09/03/13

Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuelan acting president

Nicolas MaduroNicolas Maduro, who was the vice-president while Hugo Chavez was still alive has been sworn in as interim president of Venezuela.

Mr Maduro is the man that Hugo Chavez had hoped would succeed him and there will be fresh elections within 30 days.

In predictable style the opposition has claimed that the ceremony is unconstitutional and that Mr Maduro had no right to be sworn in as acting president.

So… a leader dies and his deputy takes over for 30 days until a new leader can be democratically elected… I think the opposition doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Who is Nicolas Maduro?

Well in terms of personality he is the opposite of Hugo Chavez but lets face it, not many could match Chavez’s charisma, Mr Maduro is a much calmer and quieter man.

He is also said to a follower of Sathya Sai Baba, the late Indian guru amongst other things known for his quote:

“Love All, Serve All
Help Ever, Hurt Never”

Mr Maduro is known as ‘the negotiator’, he is said to be a diplomatic man who is always open to other peoples opinions and suggestions, he is someone you can sit down with and talk to and he will listen.

He is also a staunch anti-imperialist and is happy to align with anyone critical and outspoken against US hegemony.

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Daily Headline – 03/03/13

Venezuela; Hugo Chavez still in hospital

Chavez Venezuelan flagHugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, has been suffering from cancer for some time now and after several rounds of treatment in Cuba he remains in a Venezuelan hospital, unable to speak.

Chavez is seen as a real divisive figure with 45% voting against him at the last elections.

The poor and working class like him because he spends the petrol revenues on social programs and helping improve their standard of living and the wealthy hate him because he spends the petrol revenues on social programs and helping improve the lives of the poor.

Internationally Hugo Chavez is generally supported by the left though not entirely, even among the international left he is divisive.

Personally I am not one for hearsay, I like to look at the stats… and the stats are not good!

Hugo Chavez has been president for 14 years (came to power in 1999) which is by no means ‘too long’ (he is the 24th longest current serving leader) but how has he and Venezuela performed?

HDI ranking – Currently 73rd (2011)

1995 – 53rd
2000 – 58th
2005 – 74th
2010 – 73rd

HDI is the UN’s Human Development Index, it attempts to measure standard of living.

Life expectancy

2010 – 79th (73.8 overall)
2000 – 52nd (73.3 overall)
1990 – 50th (71.2 overall)

Life expectancy is getting better but at a slower rate to other countries.

The truth is something that always seems to be hidden in a web of media bullshit and left/right agendas.

The Guardian, for example, is reporting that the homeless in Venezuela have been given free houses and that lots of money has been spent on social programs and while I don’t deny this, it is clear from the stats that something doesn’t add up. Either the stats from the UN and other ‘trusted’ resources are false or Chavez’s regime is not all it’s made out to be.

What do you think? Is life getting better in Venezuela? Are you from Venezuela? And finally, what do you think will happen once Chavez steps down or passes away?