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  •  Welcome back Justina!!! (11+ / 0-)

    and with an excellent piece of analysis as well, but that I have come to expect!

    So many have watched the funeral of Chavez and have mourned his loss and have sent their solidarity to the people of Venezuela. I am certain that I am not the only one that watches with worry about what the actions of the US government will be and whether we will see an attempted revival of the US "presence" in the region of Latin America after the government has lost so much power there.

    It may well be that, if elected, Nicolas Maduro, a staunch socialist, will be a major force for countering the imperialist aspirations of the U.S. capitalists and its global fellow-travelers, not only in the U.S.’s “back yard”, but as far afield as Africa and Asia.  Chavez and Maduro have already spoken publicly of the need for African-American unity and made official efforts in that direction, with visits by Chavez and a doubling of the number of Venezuelan embassies there.  

    Such an African-Americas unity could further serve to throw U.S. imperialism under the bus. Chavez is no longer here, but Nicolas Maduro is an experienced and burly bus driver with an excellent sense of direction, as he has already well demonstrated.

    I am certain many of us here are hoping that the words here are prophetic. Can I ask if you have any idea about polling in Venezuela on the next elections and the level of support Maduro has?

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 03:36:56 PM PDT

    •  Maduro Leading Massively in Venezuelan Polls. (10+ / 0-)

      From the TV and newspaper reports I've read, Maduro is the predicted winner by a substantial margin.  Obviously, this could change, but the requirements of the Venezuelan Constitution requires a very short time frame.  President Chavez died on March 6th and the election will take place on April 14th.  The short time frame definitely favors Maduro.

      So too, the massive, massive out-pouring of grief by the Venezuelan people suggests that his hoped for replacement is very likely to win.

      Naturally, the U.S. will do all it can to besmirch Maduro, as well as pour money into the opposition coffers.  Never minding the fact that this is illegal under Venezuelan law.  The CIA will likely be up to its old dirty tricks there as well, but the support for Chavez's policies is huge, and Chavez's Socialist Party just won 20 or 23 state governor positions, an election in which President Chavez did not campaign.  (And a sympathetic governor is handy to have when an election rolls around.  Just ask George Bush.)

      Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

      by Justina on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 03:50:13 PM PDT

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      •  Justina thank you for an excellent piece - I think (10+ / 0-)

        you really captured the essense of Chavez and the Bolivarian revolution. I esspecially liked the way you focused on 1)how he handled difficulties like Columbia and his democratic response to his failure to pass very foward looking and controversial reforms in 2008 (which i believe he did pass in 2010 after another educational campaign to inform the electorate as to why these reforms are importnt) and 2)emphasis on and discussion of the various international structures he set up to unify Latin American.  I believe it is his international efforts that will assure the continuation of the Bolivarian revolution --Chavez was one of the most extraordinary, generous and universalist leaders in recent years and it it his commitment to all the workers in the world that will stand him in good stead.  
        (P.S. that includes workers in the South  Bronx in New York City who received discounted oil from the Bolivarian government and were able to sleep a little warmer this cold winter. Chavez will live on in those institutions he created.

        •  Chavez (8+ / 0-)

          deserves a lot of credit for supporting poor Americans in their time of need, despite his treatment by the US government. These gestures have been portrayed as self serving, but the opinion of poor Americans meant little to his political survival. He did it because it was the right thing to do.

          "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

          by northsylvania on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 04:26:19 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks Geminijen..... (6+ / 0-)

          You've expressed his importance very well.  

          Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez quoted one of the anonymous supporters who was interviewed on Telesur as saying something to the effect that:  Bolivar liberated Venezuela and Latin America from the Spanish, but Chavez liberated our minds.

          Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

          by Justina on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 04:28:22 PM PDT

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