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The Venezuelan government issued a communiqué today indicating that Hugo Chavez has recovered from the respiratory complications of his most recent surgery to treat his cancer.  For the first time that I know of, the communiqué identifies the cancer as in the pelvis.

Here's the original Spanish document:

El Gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela
informa al pueblo venezolano y demás pueblos hermanos
sobre la evolución clínica del presidente Hugo Chávez.
Tras 45 días de habérsele practicado una compleja
intervención quirúrgica, para la extirpación de una lesión
maligna en la pelvis, con complicaciones agudas severas,
la evolución general del paciente es favorable.
Para este momento la infección respiratoria grave ha sido
superada, aunque persiste cierto grado de insuficiencia
respiratoria, que está siendo debidamente tratada.
Alcanzada esta evolución, se comenzó a aplicar
tratamiento médico sistémico para la enfermedad de base,
como complemento a la cirugía del pasado 11 de
Se continuarán realizando al presidente Chávez análisis
complementarios de laboratorio e imagenológicos para el
seguimiento estricto de la evolución del paciente.
El Comandante Chávez ha estado cumpliendo cabalmente
el tratamiento médico y siempre ha estado activo en su
proceso de recuperación, que no ha concluido.
Igualmente, el Presidente se ha mantenido, en la medida
de las posibilidades de cada momento, dando seguimiento
a las principales tareas del país y a otras áreas afines a su
responsabilidad al frente del Estado, mediante la revisión
de documentación y reuniones con los principales
dirigentes del Gobierno Bolivariano, ejerciendo liderazgo
con la toma de decisiones de política interna y externa. Las oraciones y el amor de millones de seres humanos a lo
largo y ancho del planeta, especialmente en la tierra de
Bolívar, se han conjugado con la enorme fortaleza física y
espiritual del Comandante Chávez para ayudarlo a superar
momentos muy difíciles.  
El Gobierno Bolivariano agradece estos gestos e invita a
los pueblos a seguir acompañando con ellos al líder
revolucionario en las batallas que le restan por librar para
alcanzar el restablecimiento de su salud.
Asimismo, el Gobierno Bolivariano deplora una vez más la
canallesca conducta de cierta prensa comercial,
particularmente las de los diarios españoles El País y ABC,
y sus liliputienses altavoces en Venezuela, que en su afán
por la mentira han violentado todo límite ético y moral para
denigrar del comandante Chávez y tratar de descarrilar a la
Revolución Bolivariana.
El ataque morboso e inclemente, que llegó a su clímax con
la publicación de una grotesca fotografía atribuida al
presidente Chávez en la portada de El País de España,
seguramente no cesará, pero encontrará de frente a  un
pueblo erguido, consciente y unido, digno hijo de Bolívar,
que no permitirá bajo ningún concepto que se tuerza su
voluntad de construir el socialismo bolivariano.
¡Qué viva Chávez!
Santiago de Chile, en el marco de la II Cumbre de la Celac,
hija del liderazgo latino caribeño de Hugo Chávez,
26 de enero de 2013.
My translation on the flip...


The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs the Venezuelan people and those of our brother nations regarding the clinical evolution of President Hugo Chávez.  Forty-five days after a complex surgical operation, to remove a malignant tumor in the pelvis, which resulted in severely acute complications,  the patient's general progress is favorable.  At this time he has recovered from a severe respiratory infection, and although respiratory symptoms remain present he is being adequately treated for them.  With this development in his recovery, he is now being treated systematically for the underlying illness, in complement to the surgery conducted last December 11.

President Chávez is under close observation through laboratory and imaging tests as he undergoes his medical treatment, and he has remained active through the recuperation process, which is still underway.

The President has, furthermore, continued to follow -- inasmuch as his condition allows it -- the principal tasks of the nation and other areas related to his responsibilities as head of state, through the review of documents and meetings with the principal figures of the Bolivarian Government, leading the decision-making process in both domestic and foreign policy.  The prayers and love of millions of human beings across the width and breadth of the plante, and especially in the land of Bolívar, have joined with the enormous physical and spiritual strength of Commander Chávez to aid him in overcoming very trying times.

The Bolivarian Government offers thanks for these gestures and invites the peoples of the world to continue aiding the revolutionary leader in the battles he still must fight in order to achieve the recovery of his health.  At the same time, the Bolivarian Government deplores the execrable conduct of certain press outlets, particularly the Spanish newspapers El País and ABC, and their lilliputian spokespeople in Venezuela, who in mendacious manner have trespassed every ethical and moral boundary in order to denigrate Commander Chávez and attempt to derail the Bolivarian Revolution.

The morbid and inclement attack, that reached its climax with a grotesque photograph attributed to President Chávez on the front page of El País of Spain, will certainly not end, but it will find against it an erect, conscious, and united people, worthy son of Bolívar, which will never permit under any circumstances that its will to construct Bolivarian socialism be twisted.

Long Live Chávez!

Santiago de Chile, during the Second Summit of the Community of Caribbean and Latin American States, fruit of the Caribbean and Latin leadership of Hugo Chávez, Jan.  
26, 2013.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:09:10 PM PST

  •  the picture in El Pais (2+ / 0-)
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    was a fake, wasn't it?

    I still don't get why they can't prop him up with his VP or someone like that and take a still shot. Even if he can't talk. Unless he's on a respirator I guess.

    Then there was the statement he "signed" from Havana that was labeled as being signed in Caracas. That was interesting.

    The whole thing has been bizarre...

  •  Thanks (4+ / 0-)

    for the translation.

  •  Maybe they can use the same embalmers as Lenin (4+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, debedb, commonmass, renzo capetti

    Whatever one thinks of Chávez's politics (I'm not sure myself), the curtain is coming down.

    •  I know what I think of his politics, (0+ / 0-)

      they stink! This from Human Rights Watch: "...the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media and civil society".
      He has also allied himself with Iran. They say the good die young. Why is it that bastards like Chavez (and Fidel) seem to hang on forever?

  •   Wishing President Chavez (13+ / 0-)

    a speedy recovery, and thanks for the diary.

    Anyone still thinking that wanting to own a gun is normal? Wanting to own a gun is an immediate indicator that you should be the last person to have one.

    by pollbuster on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:27:00 PM PST

  •  You realize that he is not a US puppet and is (11+ / 0-)

    hence widely hated here? This is only good news, if true, to a very few of us.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:27:50 PM PST

    •  It ain't about that (3+ / 0-)
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      Read the recent New Yorker article about life, if that's what you can call it, in Caracas.  Now, I'm all for independent, progressive politics in Latin America, bring it on.  But, having convicts running whole high rise buildings some of which have and some haven't been abandoned?  Using prisons as a principal organizing tool for the streets?  Pretty tough scene.  And how they ever get back to some semblance of lawful, civil society, I can't imagine.

      Again, this is not about ideology.  Let's look at facts on the ground.  You gotta have some law and order, some sense of fair play and hard work.

      Add it up:  kidnapping rate is highest in the world.  Cops and thugs vie for power street by street.  

      Sure, there's Cuban docs and other services available.  But, what is really sustainable about this?  And, frankly, from everything I'm seeing, this reeks of a cult of personality, and not a genuine movement for social change.

      Industrial food production in America ruins our health, our environment and consumes more fossil fuel than any segment of our economy.

      by Mi Corazon on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:09:10 PM PST

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      •  If you really believe that things are so bad (12+ / 0-)

        why do you think Chavez has repeatedly won elections that are widely regarded as fair, and by large margins?  Perhaps common criminals are running high rise buildings in Caracas, but here they are running banks.  The truth is that poor people have benefited a great deal from Chavez' rime in office.

        I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

        by Eric Blair on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:25:18 PM PST

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        •  because he's extended social benefits (5+ / 0-)

          to the poorest venezuelans, who form his base. That's why he has support (probably under 55% from what I can see).

          Some of this has been good, of course. Chavez is a complex guy. But he is also very similar to an American republican in that he has gerrymandered the legislature beyond belief (his 55% support translates to over 70% in the legislature) and many of his policies are having difficult budgetary consequences and may not be sustainable.

          If the budget collapses and things go on a downward trend elsewhere, the poor will be the first to lose.

          On a positive note, his vp, Maduro, sounds like he might be a milder version of Chavez, still supporting many of the good reforms but less interested in grandstanding. So if Chavez doesn't make it, the transition might be positive.

      •  Cult of Personality? (2+ / 0-)
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        Isn't that what the RightWing says about Dems who support President Obama: that we've fallen for the cult of personality.

        Didn't they mock the many "followers" who "fainted" during his campaign appearances in 2008.

        This I will say.

        Whenever a successful center-left politician emerges, the Right immediately argue that his followers have succumbed to the cult of personality.

        Whether in the USA (President Clinton), Mexico (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was fraudulently denied the presidency in 2006) or Brazil (Lula), the Right always argues that the cult of personality is at play.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

        by PatriciaVa on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:59:20 PM PST

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  •  He went to Cuba for a reason! (3+ / 0-)
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    They can keep secrets, incredibly well by modern standards.  My wild guess is that they decided to go all-out for very aggressive surgery, based on the hope that Chavez's overall robustness (if it makes sense to assess someone's health "besides that big tumor") would get him through.  But I do wonder how much they had to take out of him, assuming they finally got all of the cancer, and whether he's going to be presentable to a population that's used to a certain kind of Chavez.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:31:48 PM PST

    •  And the reason is that Cuba has the highest (4+ / 0-)
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      cynndara, ZenTrainer, commonmass, myboo

      standards of health care in the developing world. No thanks to US sanctions. I sat by in slack-jawed disbelief when the US turned down Cuba's offer of doctors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Can a stupid 50-year political spat actually come ahead of human lives? Apparently so, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

      by Wreck Smurfy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:00:17 PM PST

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      •  He's a VIP. Brazil has better VIP health care. (1+ / 0-)
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        He went to Cuba in part out of political solidarity, in part because he trusted them to do a good job, and in part because they could control access to information.  It's not like he was choosing between a community clinic in Cuba and one elsewhere.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:17:23 PM PST

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  •  Good news he's doing better (2+ / 0-)
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    ZenTrainer, commonmass

    if it's true. I still worry about him a great deal.

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:57:18 PM PST

  •  I too hope he is doing well (1+ / 0-)
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    I have admired what Hugo Chavez has accomplished.  Granted there are problems and unintended consequences but for the majority of the population life seems better under Chavez. I would like to know more about his VP.  It sounds like the cancer is serious and I would hope to see a government that is concerned with the plight of the poor continue.  Recent election results  have made me  hopeful about the future of the South American people.  

  •  Everyone should read (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew Lazarus

    Jon Lee Anderson's article on Chavez in the current issue of The New Yorker.

    It is a sad, sad story of honest socialism and tragic incompetence.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:41:00 PM PST

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