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  •  Yes and no (1+ / 0-)
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    First of all - yes I think the elections in Venezuela were likely fixed.

    Having said that...

    The U.S. has been pissed off at that country for some time because Chavez told US corps to GTFO - and then "nationalized" the oil drilling and refinery industry (2003 & 2007).

    So they have an axe to grind so to speak...

    It's a fight over money...  Lots and lots of money...

    A "pro-US" government would bust out the privatization rhetoric and sell off the country's oil holdings to corporations - at likely steeply discounted prices.  

    So there is no real "good guy" and "bad guy" here.  Just one group of assholes trying to get money and power from another group of assholes.

    It just so happens that the Venezuelan group of assholes have more of an interest in making sure the people of that nation don't starve.  US corporations could give a shit less.

    Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

    by meatballs on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:34:28 AM PDT

    •  There is zero evidence for election rigging (3+ / 0-)
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      6412093, slatsg, JesseCW

      The Carter Center has analyzed the voting system in great detail. They call it one of the best in the world. There is absolutely no evidence of election rigging. Indeed, the audit of over half the votes showed no evidence whatsoever of fraud. The opposition has made wild claims in every election they have lost, and have substantiated none.

      Reaching a conclusion that conflicts in such a basic way with the known facts suggests prejudice. Many Americans subconsciously (or even consciously) conceive of Latin Americans as lazy, stupid, and corrupt. They aren't, at least, no more so than Americans.  

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