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Bolivariansm in Venezuela

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So is the AFL/CIO. It's record is longstanding and disturbing. It's an instrument of US domestic and foreign policy. It represents imperial and capital interests. It spurns its own rank and file. It's done it for decades.

These and other anti-democratic groups charged with destroying it where it emerges. Venezuela is regional enemy number one.

Venezuela Analysis (VA) quoted opposition Caracas Metropolitan District Mayor Antonio Ledezma. He demands a commission be sent to Cuba. He wants "professionally reliable and morally recognized doctors" included. He wants them to "verify (Chavez's) state of health."

"I am not asking permission to go to Cuba," he said. "I think we have the right to go there and see what is happening. We should go and that's it. Enough of the mystery. Venezuela isn't a colony."

Earlier he said Chavez should resign. He should "separate himself from his position and dedicate himself to recovering from the illness that he has had for over 18 months."

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VA said a false twitter account was created in Rosa Virginia Chavez's name. She the president's daughter. She's with him in Cuba. False information proliferates about her father's health.

On January 4, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Chavez's Appointed Heir Prepares for Battle," saying:

"Critics" suggest Maduro isn't up to the challenge. He'll "struggle to control often feuding factions within (Chavez's) political movement."

His charisma doesn't match Chavez's. His ability to galvanize support "could be tested soon."

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