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16:21 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013
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March 7, 2013
He couldn’t speak but he said it with his lips … `I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country.
Gen. Jose Ornella, the presidential guard for Hugo Chavez • Discussing the deceased Venezuelan leader’s final words. Chavez died Tuesday of a heart attack brought upon from an advanced, long-fought battle with cancer.
10:06 // 1 year ago
March 6, 2013
Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, many eyes have turned to the man seen as Chavez’s likely successor: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. While it’s unclear if he’ll be able to match his fallen predecessor’s global profile, Maduro is a staunch supporter of the socialist revolution championed by Chavez, calling it the “superior human state” during a recent speech. Many believe Maduro will emerge the victor of upcoming presidential elections given Hugo Chavez’s win last October. (Photo via Congress of the Republic of Peru) source

Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, many eyes have turned to the man seen as Chavez’s likely successor: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. While it’s unclear if he’ll be able to match his fallen predecessor’s global profile, Maduro is a staunch supporter of the socialist revolution championed by Chavez, calling it the “superior human state” during a recent speech. Many believe Maduro will emerge the victor of upcoming presidential elections given Hugo Chavez’s win last October. (Photo via Congress of the Republic of Peru) source

15:23 // 1 year ago

futurejournalismproject:

Today’s Front Pages From the Americas

New York Post (bottom center) still keeping it classy.

Images: Via the Newseum. Select to embiggen.

Nothing like a ton of great newspaper pages to put The New York Post’s front in perspective.

8:52 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013

Venezuela will hold week of mourning for Chavez

7 days of mourning for the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela officials say, after the 58-year-old President died today. Chavez was an intensely polarizing political figure, lauded by some on the left for his anti-capitalist ethos, condemned by some on the right for the same thing, and condemned by some on both sides for oppression of political opponents and muzzling of dissenting media. This divide is particularly stark in today, with pundits like Kristen Power tweeting “good riddance” to the dead leader (CNN contributor and GOP consultant Alex Castellanos rather sensationally termed him a “Hitler”), while liberal flagship The Nation’s Greg Grandin authored an article far more sympathetic to Chavez’s legacy, admission of his “strongman” status aside. source

20:47 // 1 year ago

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: Dead Together

March 5

1953 - Josef Stalin, leader of the U.S.S.R. from 1924 until his death at the age of 74. 

2013 - Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela from 1999 until his death at the age of 58.

To be fair, although they both took advantage of the cult of personality, no one can match Stalin’s horrific history of mass imprisonment and government-sponsored murder.

17:57 // 1 year ago
bobbycaputo:

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dies from cancer
(Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.
The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11 and he had not been seen in public since.
“It’s a moment of deep pain,” Maduro, accompanied by senior ministers, said, his voice choking.
Chavez easily won a new 6-year term at an election in October and his death will devastate millions of supporters who adored his charismatic style, anti-U.S. rhetoric and oil-financed policies that brought subsidized food and free health clinics to long-neglected slums.
Detractors, however, saw his one-man style, gleeful nationalizations and often harsh treatment of opponents as evidence of an egotistical dictator whose misplaced statist economics wasted a historic bonanza of oil revenues.
Chavez’s death paves the way for a new election that will test whether his socialist “revolution” can live on without his dominant personality at the helm.
(via Reuters)

bobbycaputo:

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dies from cancer

(Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11 and he had not been seen in public since.

“It’s a moment of deep pain,” Maduro, accompanied by senior ministers, said, his voice choking.

Chavez easily won a new 6-year term at an election in October and his death will devastate millions of supporters who adored his charismatic style, anti-U.S. rhetoric and oil-financed policies that brought subsidized food and free health clinics to long-neglected slums.

Detractors, however, saw his one-man style, gleeful nationalizations and often harsh treatment of opponents as evidence of an egotistical dictator whose misplaced statist economics wasted a historic bonanza of oil revenues.

Chavez’s death paves the way for a new election that will test whether his socialist “revolution” can live on without his dominant personality at the helm.

(via Reuters)

17:22 // 1 year ago
RIP Hugo Chavez. More as we get it.
UPDATE: Chavez’s vice president, Nicolas Maduro, says he died at 4:25 p.m. ET, according to a Bloomberg report.

RIP Hugo Chavez. More as we get it.

UPDATE: Chavez’s vice president, Nicolas Maduro, says he died at 4:25 p.m. ET, according to a Bloomberg report.

16:59 // 1 year ago
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s health is on the decline according to a new report from the Venezuelan government which confirmed that Chavez continues to have trouble breathing, and has developed a new respiratory infection. In fact, many are apparently beginning to wonder if we aren’t witnessing the outspoken South American leader’s final days.  (Photo courtesy of Ukberri) source
EDIT: Hugo Chavez has died. Follow this tag for more info.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s health is on the decline according to a new report from the Venezuelan government which confirmed that Chavez continues to have trouble breathing, and has developed a new respiratory infection. In fact, many are apparently beginning to wonder if we aren’t witnessing the outspoken South American leader’s final days.  (Photo courtesy of Ukberri) source

EDIT: Hugo Chavez has died. Follow this tag for more info.

16:17 // 1 year ago