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I just got back home to New York from a three month long visit with relatives and friends in Venezuela. I stayed in the homes of a taxi driver, a trucker and a construction worker. I traveled across ten Venezuelan states and lived in three different towns.
Venezuela is a beautiful country that is beset with serious challenges. Mainstream media distorts the reality of Venezuela and I would like to held set the record straight. It is often overlooked that Venezuela has made great progress in the elimination of extreme poverty and has made great strides towards its goal of a society with greater economic equality than any other country. Far from being a dictatorship, Venezuela has been democratic to a fault. Not only were individuals who tried to overthrow the duly elected government in 2002 not imprisoned, they were able to run for office.