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If you really don't like Hugo then tell all your friends not to buy gas at "Citgo" or "Planet" gas stations. We have lots of others to choose from.

I stopped buying any gas from these stations about 2 years ago when he decided to push for nationalization of the oil fields in Ven.

There are some rumors circulating around that the Russians are building a new arms plant in Ven. Interesting stuff. Castro has apparently lost his political capital to instigate against U.S. so the Russians may be turning to Chavez.

They seem to be taking a page from the Chinese political handbook via they way they use their puppet N. Korea.

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Isn't the socialist platform and objectives Chavez IS establishing in his country the same ones that half the Democrat Candidates for President want to create here? I would think level headed people would have a great concern for those parallels.

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Hugo is enjoying his moment and he should be taken seriously. However, he will have a short reign because without the support of other powerful countries, his socialistic objectives will lead the way for his country to self-destruct unless his people does something about it.

Venezuelans are already living the free-enterprise experience. They will not allow Chavez to make his country repeat Cuba's history.

This may surprise some but the countries in South America have a better view point of Bush than Chavez. This is a very important point which is why the American government takes him like an annoying mosquito.

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Hugo Chavez was fairly elected. The opposition decided to boycott and refrain from the elections. Well, they were stupid and now they have a dictator with absolute powers.

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next? Moveon loves this guy.... CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez threatened on Monday to take over any private schools refusing to submit to the oversight of his socialist government, a move some Venezuelans fear will impose leftist ideology in the classroom.

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All Venezuelan schools, both public and private, must submit to state inspectors enforcing the new educational system. Those that refuse will be closed and nationalized, Chavez said.

A new curriculum will be phased in during this school year, and new textbooks are being developed to help educate "the new citizen," added Chavez's brother and education minister Adan Chavez in their televised ceremony on the first day of classes.

Just what the curriculum will include and how it will be applied to all Venezuelan schools and universities remains unclear.

But one college-level syllabus obtained by The Associated Press shows some premedical students already have a recommended reading list including Karl Marx's "Das Kapital" and Fidel Castro's speeches, alongside traditional subjects like biology and chemistry.

The syllabus also includes quotations from Chavez and urges students to learn about slain revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Colombian rebel chief Manuel Marulanda, whose leftist guerrillas are considered a terrorist group by Colombia, the U.S. and European Union.

Venezuelan officials defend the program at the Latin American Medical School — one in a handful of state-run colleges and universities that emphasize socialist ideology — as the new direction of Venezuelan higher education.

"We must train socially minded people to help the community, and that's why the revolution's socialist program is being implemented," said Zulay Campos, a member of a Bolivarian State Academic Commission that evaluates compliance with academic guidelines.

"If they attack us because we're indoctrinating, well yes, we're doing it, because those capitalist ideas that our young people have — and that have done so much damage to our people — must be eliminated," Campos said.

Now some critics worry that primary and secondary schoolchildren will be indoctrinated as well.

Chavez's efforts to spread ideology throughout society is "typical of communist regimes at the beginning" in Russia, China and Cuba — and is aimed at "imposing a sole, singular vision," sociologist Antonio Cova said.

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Oh boy, I wonder what Danny Glover would say about this? Riots in the streets? they all must be part of the young republicans club in Venezuela. I can't honestly see how his supporters in the U.S can justify this man's actions........This is just funny.

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Chavez man o man CARACAS, Venezuela - Television personalities embraced, wept and broke into chants of "freedom!" before the cameras Sunday as Venezuela's most widely watched channel prepared to go off the air at midnight under a decision by President Hugo Chavez that opponents called an assault on free speech.

ADVERTISEMENT Radio Caracas Television, the sole opposition-aligned TV station with nationwide reach, was being forced off the airwaves because Chavez refused to renew its broadcast license.

"We are living an injustice," said Eyla Adrian, a 35-year-old presenter, her eyes welling with tears. "I wish that tonight would never come."

Chavez said Saturday he was democratizing the airwaves by turning RCTV's signal over to a public service channel.

"That television station became a threat to the country so I decided not to renew the license because it's my responsibility," Chavez said.

RCTV's top executive, Marcel Granier, said on a morning talk show that Chavez's action "marks a turn toward totalitarianism."

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the station's headquarters to protest the shutdown.

"I want to live in a free country," said Elianna Castro, a 17-year-old student who hopes to be a journalist.

But red-clad government supporters gathered elsewhere to show support for the measure.

"RCTV was exclusionist; you never saw blacks or Indians on its screens, and its programming promoted violence," said Gerardo Sanchez, 52, a student in a state cultural program.

The socialist president and his supporters accuse RCTV of supporting a failed 2002 coup against him, violating broadcast laws and regularly showing programs with excessive violence and sexual content.

In 2002, RCTV and other private channels broadcast opposition calls for protests to overthrow Chavez, but they largely ignored coverage of his return to power amid protests by his supporters.

Andres Izarra, who now heads the state-financed channel Telesur, said he quit his job as a newsroom manager at RCTV in 2002 because of the way "everything was censored" during the coup.

"The order was 'zero Chavismo on the screen.' Nothing related to Chavez, his allies, his congressmen, members of his party," Izarra told The Associated Press in an interview. "When I hear the owners of RCTV talk about freedom of expression, it seems to me a great hypocrisy."

Most Venezuelan news media are in private hands, including many newspapers and radio stations that remain critical of Chavez.

But the only other major opposition-sided TV channel is Globovision, and it is not seen in all parts of the country.

The president of the Miami-based Inter American Press Association, which represents 1,400 publications, said Sunday he was "very worried that press freedom could perish completely" in Venezuela.

"The concession of radio electric frequencies should not serve to reward or punish media outlets for their editorial line," Rafael Molina told a news conference. He noted that less-critical stations were able to renew licenses that also expired Sunday.

Information Minister Willian Lara argued that RCTV was rejected because "it systematically violates the constitution. It is strictly a legal case."

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I thought Iran was not to taken seriously! As far Chavez he is really nothing for us to consider except being a little prick.

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Is that all you have JMN?

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"Slam Dunk" Mr President says George Tenant...CIA director appointed by none other than Bill Clinton himself.

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