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The Education of Hugo Chávez
From The Virginia Quarterly Review
"In the spring of 1999, newly-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sent a letter to a man serving a life sentence in a French prison.  Chávez addressed the prisoner (who is Venezuelan by birth) as a “distinguished compatriot,” and closed with this line: “With profound faith in our cause and our mission, now and forever! —Hugo Chávez.” The prisoner’s name was Ilich Ramírez, known to the world as Carlos the Jackal..." More...
 

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Gunmen loyal to Hugo Chávez fire pistols at opposition marchers and police. COURTESY OF LUIS FERNANDEZ.
One Crowded Hour:
An Intimate Look at the Street Violence that Sparked the 2002 Coup against Hugo Chávez.
From the Virginia Quarterly Review
"Although incredibly low on supplies, Vargas Hospital did several things very well, like treat gunshot victims. The hospital received between 95 and 110 gunshot patients in any given week and so the surgeons had become experts at bullet wounds. Seventy-five percent of the broken bones that the hospital treated were caused by bullets. At least in this respect, the wounded that arrived on April 11th were in the best hands possible." More...
 

OPINION EDITORIALS:
The Chávez-Castro Connection
From the History News Network

The reasons for Hugo Chávez’s close ties to Fidel Castro can be found in a forgotten chapter of the Cold War. More..

 
Hugo Chávez is not going away soon
From The Christian Science Monitor

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's recent proclamations that President Bush is the devil and that he could still smell the sulfur from Mr. Bush's visit to the UN the day before have largely been covered by the media as laughable and absurd." More..

The Man who Cried "Coup"
Rafael Correa's Stroke of Luck - October, 2010
"There is a joke about the term coup d’état—French for a sudden or illegal change in government.  It goes like this:  How come there is no word for coup in English?  The punch line: Because there is no U.S. Embassy in the United States." More...

 

Seeing the Coup with Fresh Eyes - from Caracas Chronicles - April 2010
 
If Only Chávez were more like Castro
From The Christian Science Monitor

"While much has been made of the similarities between Chávez and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, it is actually wiser, given Chávez's decade in power, to look at the differences. " More..

 
Los Maracuchos: Life in Venezuela's Oil Boomtown
From The Southern Humanities Review
"This is the wild west; where everyone carries a pistol and where carjacking is such a formal industry that local merchants sell vacunas or “vaccinations”—for a thirty-dollar window sticker (the money somehow makes its way back to the mob) the carjackers will, like the angel of death at a blood-soaked doorway, pass you and your car over…for a month." More..
 
Carpe Diem Grows Up
From Event Magazine
" It was the Sunday night before first semester finals, junior year. The snow that was coming down was heavy and wet, the kind of snow that might freeze overnight and leave a layer of ice on the roads, the kind of snow that gets your hopes up." More..

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