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Targeting Chavismo


Washington wages war on populism and independent leaders.

by Stephen Lendman

Dark Washington forces never quit. Nor do media scoundrels. Chavez is fair game. Since 1999, he's been maliciously targeted and maligned. Ill or well makes no difference.

Alberto Barrera Tyszka and Cristina Macano are unapologetic. They represent neoliberal corporate views. They got feature New York Times op-ed space. 

They headlined "Chavez, the missing President," saying:

Venezuela is "experiencing the very odd circumstance of being both with and without its leader; he is not here, but his voice endures."

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He "gives orders and sends kisses to children. This is what his vice president says. According to the Supreme Court, the Congress cannot consider him absent, for no matter how ill he is, only Mr. Chávez himself has the authority to declare himself absent."

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Venezuela's Supreme Court said nothing of the kind. It postponed his inauguration. It did so unanimously. A future date will be named. When doesn't matter. Democracies work that way. 

Popular leaders aren't unelected. Subverting them is out of the question. The will of the people matters most. Things work that way in Venezuela. Doing so mocks America's sham democracy. It exists in name only.

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Venezuela's National Assembly extended Chavez's absence. It did so unanimously. When Chavez fully recovers, he'll return. Swearing in is ceremonial only. 

He could do it in absentia and be inaugurated. Parliamentarians and Supreme Court justices have final say. Democratic governance matters most. Venezuela prioritize it.

Tyszka and Macano said opposition figures demand "fe de vida." They want proof he's alive. If not, it'd be public knowledge. Both writers know but didn't say.

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