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Hugo Chavez Heads to 2011 With Power to Rule By Decree

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- 2971 days ago -
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was given an early new year's eve present by the outgoing parliament: The power to rule by decree and bypass his legislative opponents.


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Michael M (60)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 11:37 am
Oops! he once did a wonderful thing, kicking out the oil companies, and preserving the resource for his people. But power corrupts immensely, as we constantly see in the USA.

Decree is a problem. I hope we all begin to avoid the decrees of the pwoerful, and learn instead to listen to the subtle languages of the natural world, teling us that it is not made for our, my, your, gratification or profit, but only that we have a part in a gret harmony.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 12:07 pm
He nationalized the oil companies, not kicked them out. Big difference, considering now the one to gain most is Chavez. He's been in power since about 1999 and still wants more? sheez.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 1:38 pm
As long as he's helping the poor, that's one thing - but he has enough enemies (including our government), so he Better keep the poor on his side!

Danell A (15)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 3:41 pm
I can only hope that the Venezuelan people will not suffer under his regime. Noted & shared.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 5:19 pm
Thanks Cal

Stan B (123)
Tuesday December 28, 2010, 5:27 pm
When this egomaniac first came to power some of us predicted he would become a dictator and now it's
If he is as popular as he claims to be why does he need to govern by decree and bypass the democratic process? I don't trust him one inch!!

Chris E (50)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 1:23 am
He has been taking over everything from anyone who had anything, just as his bearded old friend from the island South of Florida did. Elections? Democracy? Freedom? Rights? He and only his close allies will profit. Later, when the country has become the carcass of what it used to be, then the world will see it as a "wonder" of how its population survives on nothing. People love to see it for themselves not realizing that the inhabitants of that island live in those conditions not by choice. They are all offered higher education even though they do not have books to read or tools to practice their trade. They become doctors if they like, but they will have to try to make souvenirs out of discarded materials to sell to the tourists in order to buy stolen food that someone is sneaking out of one of the tourist resorts they may not enter. Perhaps if they get lucky, they will get to practice medicine abroad, very closely supervised for a period of time and then go back to the "Lost City" or island. If on a visit to this island tourists get to meet some "real" people, they will speak about the weather, but not about their real issues. Why? Because they are always being watched, even as they VOTE, if it gets to that. Venezuela is becoming the sequel.

Ana F (128)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 1:16 pm

Doug C (51)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 3:35 pm
Seems to me Hugo Chavez is good for the poor. If he even was only a tenth as bad for the poor as his predecessors that would be a blessing, but he is a thousand times better for the poor. And he is not bad for the rest of the population, considering some of them tried to overthrow him and others portrayed as a monkey. American media hates him, he must be doing something right.

Ricardo C (66)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 3:50 pm
Hugo's wish: The United States of Latin America! He wants to conver Latin America into another vampire...oops, sorry, I meant empire!

Ralph F (70)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 5:56 pm
In modern society it's a tough balancing act in serving the working people of a nation and keeping a political system open. Where money controls politics in an unbalanced manner, opening up the political process usually means control by an oligarchy. Look at the state of US politics now, where candidates often need to spend millions in order to be considered electable. On the other hand, those who want to serve the people and maintain gains implemented, have a tendency to become isolated and self-righteous. They often leave their altruistic origins behind and decide that they know what's best for the public. I don't support Chavez's increasing authoritarianism, but, if the alternative is a return of a ruling, corporate elite . . . the proverbial rock & hard place.

Sylvie M (46)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 6:48 pm
Thanks to God or Whoever Else lives Up There in the Cosmos, I have been given a brain and I've always tried to use it to THINK FOR MYSELF.
Because if I believed most of the mainstream European media, I'd have to adopt their manicheist POV, which could be summarised in these two lines :

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez represents Evil
Brazil's Lula represents God

George Ripley (0)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 7:37 pm
One thing we do know for sure is that the leaders of American Empire would like to do away with him. That means he must be doing something right. The very few rich in Venezuela hate him for what he is trying to do. They tried to get rid of him once but the people rallied behind him.

John Pilger is an international journalist of great sensitivity and moral intelligence. One of the most horrific documentary videos I have ever seen is from his documentary "The War On Democracy" showing the behavior of the elite on the night of their coup. God forbid people like that ever seize power anywhere.

Wednesday December 29, 2010, 9:13 pm
At least he's not ethnic cleasing families by bulldozing homes like in Israel and forcing people out of homes through tricky fraudulent manuevering like in the US. I would say he (Chavis) is closer to Christ than Netanyahu or Obama.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 1:02 am
He is definitely someone to keep an eye on. This sort of personality tends to divide opinions down the middle, as it is difficult to pin him down. He is complicated. Personally, I can't stand some of the things he says and does, but, then again, he has done so many other things that are good for the economy and the poor of his nation. We will have to wait until 2012 and see if this article is leaning to far in one direction.

janet f (29)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 5:35 am
This is how a dictatorship takes form. It's a slow march towards total control of a country without having to answer to ANYONE ELSE. This man is dangerous to the Venezuelans and to the world with his screwed-up ideologies.

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 6:48 am
Gee sounds sort of like indefinite detention, warrant less wire taps, unsupervised data collection,combining every law enforcement and intelligence agency federal state and local into one big Stasi, torture and assassination by Executive Order of a President of the United States! Personally I think a lot of you would do better to watch the slippery slope into dictatorial Presidential Power in the good old USA, and stop being the black pot calling the kettle black.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 9:10 am
Can you site an unbiased source other than the Christian Science Monitor?

Times up!

Douglas K (134)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 9:17 am
Here in the USA decree is called the Code of Federal Regulations, as in "My word is administrative law".

Douglas K (134)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 9:26 am
Also here the President has off-budget expenses.

George Ripley (0)
Thursday December 30, 2010, 9:43 am
Excuse me Janet F. but exactly what are his "screwed up ideologies"? Seems to me he is trying to bring some prosperity to the nation as a whole.

Watch the Pilger movie "The War on Democracy"
I think it will clarify for you a great deal of what has gone on down there and it is a very well done documentary.
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