Hugo Chávez

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Hugo Chávez

El Comandante! El Comandante! If you scream that in the streets of Venezuela, there is only one person you could possibly be referring to – Hugo Chávez. The current president of the South American country, Venezuela, has been in power for the past four years. His time in office has been criticized by most and glorified by some. He has had the backing of other countries such as Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Libya and Iraq. On the other hand, the United States has had a continuous growth of confusion for Chávez’s actions. The leader’s intentions have been surrounded by a circle of uncertainty. Chávez’s life as president or even before those days has been far from interesting. Hugo Chávez has been a leader, a commander and
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Dozens had died during that week of rioting. Yet after the revolt had calmed down, “an upbeat Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said on Sunday he no longer faces the threat of being overthrown and plans to rule until 2013” (CNN). For now, most of Chávez's opponents have been careful not to advocate more violence, demanding instead an immediate vote to decide whether he should step down.

Venezuela is America's fifth-largest supplier of oil, providing nearly 15 percent of all U.S. imports. Venezuela's importance to the United States’ economy can scarcely be overstated. Yet Venezuela's government remains in the hands of a man who has become one of the most vocal and effective opponents of the United States. Chávez does far more than talk and dress the role of a second Fidel Castro. In 1999, he banned U.S. aircraft from flying over Venezuela to patrol for drugs in neighboring Colombia. A year later, he undercut efforts to isolate Iraq by becoming the first head of state since the Gulf War to visit Saddam Hussein, whom he called "a brother." He took the lead in rejuvenating OPEC, convincing member nations to cut production and thereby quadruple the price of oil. The United States authorities’ attention to the situation in Venezuela could be easily explained. There is obviously the fear to lose its dominating position in Latin America. For that people, Chavez is the symbol of resistance to United States supremacy. They portray Chávez as a corrupt
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