Worrying developments in Venezuela

President Chavez, a populist (and popular) leader and thorn in the side of the US, has decided to shut down the only independent TV channel in his country. Chavez, who has his own television show, is thought to particularly dislike the wildly popular satirical show RCTV run that frequently lampoons him.

Chavez

This is disappointing. Chavez was off to a promising start; with reasonably transparent elections, using Venezuela’s massive oil reserves to pay for housing and literacy programmes for his people, as well as sticking it to Dubya by defying the US and reducing their Latin American influence. It looks like the self-confessed Castro admirer is also taking on the shadier side of Uncle Fidel’s leadership theory.

Venezuela is also known for having the world’s most beautiful women. Just don’t tell The Legend.

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