CBC- On The Map - The Chavez Mystique 2007 06 25 avi torrent
We dig deeper into the hype and hysteria around Hugo Chavez. The portrait of Chavez in the US media has not exactly been nuanced but in fact Chavez is a complicated and contradictory figure.
Elected in 1999, he was briefly deposed in a coup in 2002, and then quickly returned to power days later on the strength of massive support from the street. He has since won another landslide election and a huge plebiscite to change the constitution. And he's using the country's oil wealth to fund a big increase in social spending.
On the other hand, he's constantly fueling his critics charges of megalomania. Last month he sparked energetic opposition protests when he decided not to renew the license of a hostile private television station. And he tests the patience of his allies with his rhetorical excess.
We talk to Chavez-watchers Mark Weisbrot with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center.
Talks, Debates, Interviews
Oct 29, 2007, 21:01:50
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