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Venezuela's Monthly Inflation and Unemployment Rates Drop

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Despite the economic crisis, monthly inflation in Venezuela dropped to 1.3% in Feb. from 2.3% in Jan., an indication that last year's high rate of monthly inflation may be coming under control. The unemployment rate in Jan. was 9.5%, less than Jan. 2008.


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Simon W (207)
Wednesday March 18, 2009, 10:14 am
As we can see, democratic socialism works! When the working class build democratic socialism, then they continue to benefit more and more, even during a world economic crisis! ; )

Marty H (119)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 2:57 am
Thanks and noted. Do you know what their health is like? Here is some info;

Public health
See also: Water supply and sanitation in Venezuela
Infant mortality in Venezuela stood at 16 deaths per 1,000 births in 2004, much lower than the South American average (by comparison, the U.S. stands at 5 deaths per 1,000 births in 2006).[32][33][34] Child malnutrition (defined as stunting or wasting in children under age five) stands at 17%; Delta Amacuro and Amazonas have the nation's highest rates.[35] According to the United Nations, 32% of Venezuelans lack adequate sanitation, primarily those living in rural areas.[36] Diseases ranging from typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis D are present in the country.[37] Only 3% of sewage is treated; most major cities lack treatment facilities.[38] Seventeen percent of Venezuelans lack access to drinking water.[39]

Travelers to Venezuela are advised to obtain vaccinations for a variety of diseases including typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis D.[40] In a cholera epidemic of contemporary times in the Orinoco Delta, Venezuela's political leaders were accused of racial profiling of their own indigenous people to deflect blame from the country's institutions, thereby aggravating the epidemic.[41]

Venezuela has a national universal health care system that is free of charge. The current government has created a program to expand access to health care known as Misión Barrio Adentro.[42][43]

Just a little extra info is all.


Simon W (207)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 6:28 am
Hmmm... Marty, what you have written sounds worse in some ways than what I have read. (But of course Venezuela could not reasonably be expected to have great health statistics yet, because capitalism was very recent there, and there is still much to do to transform Venezuela into a democratic socialist country - there are still many of capitalism's problrems - such as health problems - to overcome.)

It looks like wikipedia. Therefore, some of it could be capitalist (anti-socialist) propaganda (I mean when the writers use the capiatlist media as their sources). Please give the link, so that we know where those words come from, Marty.

In many areas, the USA has better statistics than Venezuela, and much much better statistics than capitalist Third World countries. But what does this MEAN? Obviously it does NOT mean that people in the capitalist model is the most effective way for Third World countries to increase their human rights (including food, clean water and health care).

It means that the ways of Cuba and Venezuela is more effective for increasing human rights than the ways of Third World capitalist countries.

It also reminds us that the USA is a first world country - and why is that? Because it has been imperialist since it was founded - conquering and plundering people from that time until today - first the Native Americans of that land, and then the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Philippines, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, etc., etc.. The USA plundered those people, and used that wealth to develop the USA, leaving the plundered people living in poverty - and this is how the Third World countries came to be Third World, and it is how they are kept down even today - the first world plunders the Third World to the tune of $500 billion net each year - and much of that (hundreds of billions) goes to the USA.

The USA and other first world countries are not ethical models of development. Anyone who wants to develop their country that way would need to do the same thing - plunder people of another country.

But the ways of socialism are ethical, in that they don't involve plundering people - instead they involve sharing out the wealth and power of the elite amongst everyone. And they involve standing up against the first world countries that are robbing Third World countries. And the more Venezuela does this, the more it improves its health statistics. The people of Cuba began their revolution back in 1959, and now many of their health statistics are better than those of the USA, despite the USA's continual plundering of Third World peoples!!!
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