The strange thing for me is that people seem to be supporting Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, as a great humanitarian.
Most of what I know of President Chavez is from my friends in Venezuela: A few years ago, Venezuela went on strike against him for a few months, shutting down schools and a lot of industry, but he wouldn't leave, so they called it off. He has frozen Venezuelan credit cards so they won't work outside Venezuela, and his citizens have to get a special card, with a yearly limit, to buy anything from outside Venezuela. He has been accused of spending a lot of money on large projects, such as a dam, in other countries, while largely neglecting needs of his own country.
Are my friends totally off-base here? Is there something I'm missing? Thanks.