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Sorting Through the Lies About Venezuela

Pete Dolack Systemic Disorder
There is every reason to be concerned about the threat to Venezuela, given U.S. government hostility to any who seek to become independent of the U.S. or to direct economic activity to benefit local people rather than maximizing corporate profits.

Venezuela's Economic Crisis: Does It Mean That the Left Has Failed?

Mark Weisbrot Truthout
International media has provided a constant stream of stories and editorials about the collapse of the Venezuelan economy. Shortages of food and medicine, hours-long lines, incomes eroded by triple-digit inflation have dominated press reports. Adherents to this explanation say the downward spiral will continue until the chavistas are removed from power, either through elections or through a coup (most pundits don't care which). The reality is more complicated.

Tidbits - April 17, 2013

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