For the first time in its modern era, Venezuela has almost 100% literacy
Chávez is a threat because he offers the alternative of a decent society
Venezuela's president is using oil revenues to liberate the poor - no wonder his enemies want to overthrow him
by John Pilger
It is not surprising that Chávez has now won eight elections and referendums in eight years, each time increasing his majority, a world record. He is the most popular head of state in the western hemisphere, probably in the world. That is why he survived, amazingly, a Washington-backed coup in 2002.
posted by Cyndy
Chávez is, of course, a threat, especially to the United States. Like the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, who based their revolution on the English co-operative moment, and the moderate Allende in Chile, he offers the threat of an alternative way of developing a decent society: in other words, the threat of a good example in a continent where the majority of humanity has long suffered a Washington-designed peonage.