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  •   one paragraph from your leftunity link I'll post (12+ / 0-)

    for those that would have skimmed on past it. (Thanks for the links btw)

    As Chavez and the MVR began to undertake the process of major social and economic transformation in Venezuela some of it – such as the introduction of health provision directly into the barrios – seemed little short of miraculous. I saw this myself when I visited Caracas during the World Social Forum in 2006, visiting health centres, newly-established industrial cooperatives and social supermarkets for the poorest members of society. Not surprisingly, it was hard to overestimate the enthusiasm with which the new government was received by left and progressive parties and movements across the world. A major and explicit defeat had been inflicted on neo-liberalism. Some had reservations about what was described as Chavez’s ‘populist’ style and chaotic approach to government, but the overwhelming response – and justifiably so – was that the new Venezuela was inspiring and provided hope that an alternative could be achieved, practically and concretely. Chavez’s vision of unity for Latin America on a progressive basis, challenging US political and economic control was also hugely popular, not only on the continent itself but worldwide, particularly as left wing parties and movements in other Latin American countries strengthened and came to power. The economic strength of Venezuela, derived from its oil revenues, gave clout to Chavez’s foreign and domestic policies giving him greater independence vis a vis the United States. This progressive development on a state basis gave confidence to left parties and progressive forces around the world. Here in Britain, the initiative by London Mayor Ken Livingstone to work with Chavez resulted in economic cooperation, which benefited the poorest Londoners as well as providing much needed expertise to the city of Caracas. Many will remember the visit by Chavez to London, organised by the late Redmond O’Neill, who pioneered the relations between the two cities.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:25:14 PM PST

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