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#323968 - 02/16/09 03:37 PM Uh, Ah, Chavez No Se Va
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Venezuelan voters said Chavez doesn't have to go, giving him a 54% win in a referendum on whether he could run again after his current term ends in 2013.

Chavez said he would like to stay in power until 2045, when he will be 95. He wants to consolidate what he calls his "socialist revolution."

Opponents complain that under Chavez inflation is rampant, the Venezuelan currency has collapsed, anti-Semitism and other hate crimes have increased and crime has skyrocketed.

Chavez faces economic problems both at home and abroad, due to the 75% decline in the price of oil, but he remains popular with many poor Venezuelans. He is closely allied with Evo Morales in Bolivia and the Castro brothers in Cuba and has been working to develop good relations with small countries in the region, including Belize.

--Lan Sluder
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#325855 - 03/01/09 01:45 PM Re: Uh, Ah, Chavez No Se Va [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
Diane Campbell Offline
In Venezuela ------

inflation is "officially" 30% but in many product areas it is far more

wages go up by legal decree each May (last year by 30%) now you can't fire anybody unless it is part of a bankruptcy proceeding
social benefits amount to an additional 70% or so of annual wages

petrol/gas prices hold steady around 11 cents US per gallon

gov't put the masses back to work cleaning the country's roadsides etc just head of this last election, but the place is generally a filthy garbage heap - litter and dead animals along roadsides is the norm

54% is enough for Chavez to have his way but it's a far cry from his former level of popularity

the opposition is still a bunch of haughty oligarchs who cannot seem to develop an attitude of respect for the common man

If you want to see something stranger than fiction, watch Chavez's "Ola Mr. President" TV show on Sundays.


AND ....... they have the BEST chocolate on the planet.
'El Rey" brand - 70% / obscuro is my fav.




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#325875 - 03/01/09 04:22 PM Re: Uh, Ah, Chavez No Se Va [Re: Diane Campbell]
AdvantageRealty Offline
More importantly, they have some of the most beautiful women in the world!

See you on Margarita Island.

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Chris Burkey
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