I quote the article:
"Much more is at stake than London mayor Ken Livingstone's welcome oil deal with Chávez, which will see London bus fares halved"
Interesting economics, please explain how a 20% discount on diesel will transform into a 50% reduction of bus fares. My math cannot help me understand that phrase.
"this month I watched with Chávez as thousands of soldiers, French and British tanks, Russian helicopters and brand new Mirage and Sukhoi fighter bombers passed by: the soldiers chanting "patria, socialismo o muerte"
NOT have BRAND NEW
Mirage fighters. They were actually bought during the late 70s. We DO
NOT have british tanks, only French AMXs. This guy has no clue of what he's talking about. He also forgot to mention the squads of USA-Made F-16s and F-5s
"Chávez has been given enabling powers for 18 months to ensure he can pilot his reforms through entrenched opposition"
What opposition? HELLO, you just mentioned that Chavez controls 100% of Parliament after the 2006 elections boycotted by the opposition... he has ABSOLUTE NO POLITICAL OPPOSITION, I don't think he needed the power to rule-by-decree. The Attourney General was Chavez's first Vicepresident in 2000. All Supreme Court judges were elected by Chavez's deputies in Parliament about 2 years ago. The judges chanted "Uh Ah Chavez no se va" (Chavez will never leave!) at the beginning of the 2007 judicial year. What opposition does Chavez have? NONE.
"The $18bn fund for social welfare set up by Chávez is already bearing fruit. Education, food distribution and primary healthcare programmes now cover the majority for the first time."
Before Chavez the goverments used to have more social programs that what Chavez is doing right now, a couple come to mind: "School Backpack" (a backpack full of school supplies was handed out each year to all students in public schools), "School Daily Meal and Milk" (a daily lunch and a glass of milk in the morning given out for free to all public school students), etc etc... Another example: President Caldera built more houses for poor families in one single year than Chavez in five years. This is extraordinary considering that Pres. Caldera ruled when the oil barrel was priced at around USD 9.
Public education in Venezuela is a joke. Please tell me how many goverment officials currently have their kids attend a public school.
"The so-called "dictator" Chávez is nothing of the kind. He has won election after election, validating his radical course. Still the fear of a coup"
The guy won elections, ok. But where's the democracy in this country? Chavez controls all powers (Judiciary, Legislative and Executive) and you are treated as a second-class citizen if you signed the recall-vote petition against Chavez back in 2004, a perfect revival of South Africa's apartheid.
I'm sorry Joni but this article is a joke, come to Venezuela and learn the truth. I'm sure you are one of those Europeans who hate Bush and automatically fall in love with Chavez because he's insults Bush's mother everyday.I'm sorry but, How much more ignorant can you get?
Saludos desde Caracas,