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Hugo Chavez’s successor publishes column in Guardian

Posted by Charles II on April 12, 2013

Nicolas Maduro, who is running to succeed Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, has published a thoughtful column in The Guardian. An excerpt:

The media myth that our political project would fall apart without Chávez was a fundamental misreading of Venezuela’s revolution. Chávez has left a solid edifice, its foundation a broad, united movement that supports the process of transformation. We’ve lost our extraordinary leader, but his project – built collectively by workers, farmers, women, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and the young – is more alive than ever.

The media often portray Venezuela as on the brink of economic collapse – but our economy is stronger than ever. We have a low debt burden and a significant trade surplus, and have accumulated close to $30bn in international reserves.

I don’t know if Maduro will be a good or even an effective leader. But I do know that when the likely president of one our largest oil suppliers writes a calm, coherent statement of this kind, a free press would report it. What I read in the NYT is a bad joke, a parody of what a free press should look like (here, here, here)

The election is this Sunday.

2 Responses to “Hugo Chavez’s successor publishes column in Guardian”

  1. Nice Polite Republicans (aka NPR) has been doing a steady stream of hit pieces that my local station plays round about 6:00 am my time as I’m getting ready for the morning commute. (This is typical.) So far, lots of talk about how Chavez first tried to come to power in a coup, but nothing about the conditions that existed before Chavez, the régime he was trying to displace — or the fact that the US backed the 2002 coup attempt against him, much less the fact that it failed because the common people made the golpistas set him free.

    • Charles II said

      I have read a certain amount of the old Soviet press, the slicker stuff that they sent to this country for PR. It was noticeably dishonest.

      Compared to that, our press is noticeably worse.

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