Monthly Archives: March 2013

R.I.P. Hugo. Long live the Bolivarian Revolution.

We are sad at the passing of Hugo Chavez after a struggle with cancer bravely fought. World leaders have acknowledged him as charismatic and controversial. He is controversial if you are caught up in the ways of Capitalism and dismiss the Socialist alternative where need replaces greed as the mantra for living. His contribution to the debate is huge and I suspect will continue to be a continuing force awaiting a wider recognition. His opponents will doubtless look for opportunities to destabilise the achievements of improving education, health, housing etc. to the dispossessed.
The significance of a black president in the United States has been a matter proclaimed as highly significant. The emergence of presidents in Latin American countries emerging from indigenous and black heritage has not been so regarded. They are comparable and have demonstrably brought representation of oppressed peoples far more effectively than Barack Obama in the United States. What do they represent to him? To the United States the emergence of Socialism in their own back yard will continue to be seen as a threat as the highly damaging blockade of Cuba well demonstrates.
Barack Obama’s tribute was measured and makes interesting reading:
“As messages of condolence came from many world leaders, perhaps the most significant was from Barack Obama. He said: ‘At this challenging time of President Hugo Ch├ívez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the US remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights.’ “ Guardian 6/3/2013
US were quick to lecture Venezuela on how to go about electing Chavez successor “democratically” as if his election had not been so. I remember ex President Carter’s foundation, which oversaw the Venezuelan process proclaim it as the most democratic seen anywhere! Prejudice will persist.