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    Hugo Chavez passes away.

    i got the night off from work, and after hearing the news on CNN i feel compelled to check out a couple of documentaries about Chavez and Venezuela. On netflix theres 2 documentaries of interest, the first is by Frontline, and its titled The Hugo Chavez Show. The name alludes to Chavezs own very Oprah like daily talk show where he discusses political topics of the day and basically propagates his policies to the people in Venezuela. I watched this documentary a long time ago and i was pretty impressed with it. The second documentary is called South of The Border, and its directed by oliver stone and it mainly centers around the US medias depiction of Chavez. I know we arent supposed to discuss politics here, but if possible perhaps we could discuss what chavezs passing may mean for Venezuela, and its historical impact-without engaging in a heated political debate? thoughts? sorry if im out of bounds here, just thought id try.

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    I had an engineer from Venezuela working for me a few years back. I heard lots of Chavez stories. He did a lot for the poor to remain very popular, yet a lot of what he did kept them all poor. The middle class was almost non-existant, and people with good educations and good jobs had a lot of what they earned taken from them, resulting in a lot of them leaving the country. As an outsider, it sounded a lot like what happens in other countries with essentially dictators. Always won 'elections' with a lot of votes, not unlike Putin...
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    The Venezuelans I know will be celebrating. I should join them, as the last time I went to a Venezuelan party... I don't know, I don't remember it. Good sign!

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    the next election for president is in 30 days. The vice president assumes power in the meantime. in the first documentary i mentioned, chavez would praise freedom of speech yet put any dissenting media outlets in Venezuela out of business or cancel their license. at the time of the documentary(2008) Venezuela had the largest oil reserves in the western hemisphere.

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    his vp just announced that Chavez's cancer was given to him by "foreign Imperialist enemies" IE "America"
    I haven't lived the life I wanted, just the lives I needed too at the time.

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    Chavez made that same accusation himself a few times.
    I haven't lived the life I wanted, just the lives I needed too at the time.

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    on his talk show he would scrutinize bush every day, he would also say hello to castro and wish him well. when he spoke of castro, he would do so in english. no one is sure exactly why. i guess to remind his imaginary american audience that he was allies with castro?

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    He is like all leaders and there are some dubious things but it seems he did much good and his popularity was not for show and was quite real amongst followers. Many really appreciated and not many leaders can claim it. Supposedly, he became very anti-US when a former president gave tacit (or more) support to an assassination attempt. Can't blame for that.

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    in the documentary i watched, an opposition group gathered the 3,000,000 signatures needed to hold a run off election. instead of holding another election chavez disbanded the group and publicly released the signatures essentially blacklisting them. many had to flea the country.

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    Yes, I think those benefitting from the status quo before hated him, but the majority of people did like and he seemed to try his best for them.

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