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Hugo Chavez Dead

Hugo Chavez The leader of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution has lost his two-year battle with cancer. On Tuesday Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced that President Hugo Chavez had died at age 58.

The news that their beloved leader had passed struck anxious “Chavistas” like a thunderclap. Although fears had persisted for weeks that President Chavez’ health condition was worse than state authorities were willing to admit, loyal supporters of his Socialist Party by and large chose to extract the most favourable interpretation from the equivocal statements coming from government sources.



Opposition groups had long been demanding that the government release a clear and definitive assessment of the president’s health condition, but this has not been forthcoming before Tuesday, when the Vice President announced that the “Comandante” had expired.

Characteristically for Maduro and for the Chavez regime the Vice President charged that “foreign elements”, presumably the United States, had engineered the Venezuelan President’s death through poison. The passing of the Comandante, Maduro said, was the result of an attack by Venezuela’s enemies.

 Prior to Maduro’s statement two US diplomats were expelled from the country for alleged espionage activities directed against Venezuela’s armed forces.

Prior also to the president’s death, Maduro had advised the nation that their leader was “fighting for his life”.

Information emerged that Mr Chavez had contracted another respiratory infection and was on ventilation support for breathing, while continuing to receive chemotherapy. A somber Vice President later reported to the nation that El Comandante had succumbed to his ailments at 4:25 pm local time.

The death of Hugo Chavez has ended one prolonged period of uncertainty for Venezuela and opened yet another. The President’s passing has ended doubts about his ability to be inaugurated and to continue in office.

Now that Chavez has failed to achieve a fit state to undergo inauguration his election in October 2012 is null and void. A fresh presidential election must constitutionally be held within 30 days. Accordingly, the nation’s state of uncertainty will now center around the possible outcome of that voting process.

Caribbean leaders whose countries have signed on to the Petro-Caribe Initiative, have been given assurances by Venezuelan authorities that the pro-Caribbean stance adopted by Hugo Chavez will continue. This of course depends on Nicolas Maduro being able to lead Chavez’ Socialist Party to victory in the upcoming presidential poll.

The Petro-Caribe Initiative provides concessionary terms for oil to thirteen Caribbean countries; including Antigua & Barbuda who struggle with the elevated cost of fuel.

The world now waits to see how Venezuela’s democratic process weathers the coming storm. Much will depend on how the country’s institutions deal with an environment free of the domineering presence of El Comandante.

Prime Minister the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

In a telephone conversation with the Venezuelan Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Carlos Perez Silva, Prime Minister Spencer noted:



“The death of President Hugo Chavez is a huge blow to Latin America and the Caribbean.  He was a true champion of not only the working class people of Venezuela but of the entire Caribbean.  Being in his presence and interacting with him was always uplifting and was a positive symbol of great hope for Latin America and the Caribbean.  He was a man of significant intellectual insight which he displayed in political practice.  His contributions to the development of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean in general will always be remembered. The Caribbean owes a debt of gratitude to Venezuela for sharing with us a son of the soil whose imposing physical presence was equaled only by his exceptional intellect and compassion.”

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RE: Hugo Chavez Dead

#30 HC » 2013-03-06 22:21

Some people on carib arena,had they been around in Hitler times,after his death,they would be singing his Praises.So My Way Of Helping,if i were you,i would not worry to much about the cussing,you have a dam right to say what you feel,Chavez is not the father of our nation,they say worse about him,they are just a set of hypocrites and cant think for self people. Cuss me [email protected],what are the benefits we are getting,$100 voucher for senior citizens,and $50 millon that we have to pay back.
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#29 Conscious » 2013-03-06 20:15

Chavez was no angel. That is a fact and even his most ardent supporter will admit. He loved power (a politician duh!) and several rights were compromised in Venezuela during his reign. However, before Chavez the vast majority lived in poverty amid the richest oil reserves and the wealth was in the hands of the chosen few who were well connected to the multinationals.

He helped a lot more people BUT he prevented some from amassing more wealth and as we all know "We are all equal but some are more equal than others". In principle some of the things he did was wrong but many will argue that in principle saving so many poor people from hunger, disease and suffering was also not wrong.
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@ My way of Helping

#28 GodSon » 2013-03-06 19:26

Help me undeerstand what your profession or has to do with your opinon on someone else post. What does a decison in ten days or 2 days have to do with Chavez.

Everyone has their own opinion on him but fortunately or unfortunely, he is in a place that none of our opion matters.
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@ Amen

#27 my way of helping » 2013-03-06 17:48

I completely agree with your post.
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@ Cool Ruler

#26 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 16:42

When he was alive, the people feared him and did not speak, when he is dead, i guess they should fear him and not speak also.

I am a criminologist for a reason, i can't stand criminals and i have been practicing law for 3 years, to advocate for poor and helpless people, to get them what they deserve, help, before administrative law judges and to this date, have not lost a case.

I have to make a decision in 10 days on whether i will attend a lawschool program in which they will pay for my stay at an awesome hotel and for food. I will get my Phd in law, by will and or sacrifice. I am sorry what is your job, so i can attempt to do it, may be then you will listen and not attack the messenger but consider the message instead, the intellectual thing to do. I learn from my enemies as well as my friends.
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#25 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 16:32

Cool Ruler, when is the time to say wrong is wrong? When is the time we will see the people of that country are still poor and not much have happen to them economically, socially and legally (constitutional rights and humanitarian rights.

Cool Ruler, you attacking whether i practice law does not speak on these issues, the treatment of the people from his country. If you are fine with Chavez rule, then you and you be fine with Baldwin's rule, Baldwin is an angel in comparison.

The criminal that shot the innocent lady while working in the store, if he does it again and this time the victim fight back and kill him, let us mourn for him and not say his wrongs, faults for shooting innocent people at pointblank, robbing etcetera.

I am not ALP nor am I UPP but i am for the people, the people of the world, the innocent. Yours truly
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#24 Cool Ruler » 2013-03-06 15:59

You use to have a mantra "I am neither ALP or UPP " but see you have now drop the pretense. Many times you come on hear to bable, your post do not make much sence other times you have me wondering what kind of lawyer you could be. Today you come on hear talking cap about Chavez and I think its safe to say based on hearsay. No one could ever say the man was an angel but to suggest that the only reason why persons are expressing sympathy over the man's death is because they got freebs is nothing short of disgusting.
I am sure that Joe Kennedy and the many poor communities that Chavez helped in the US with heating oil annualy do not share your sentiments. The only persons who would think like you are the multinational corporations along with the persons who left Venezuela because they either did not like his socialist policies of helping the poor. There will be time to examine the man's shortcomings but now is not the time for that.Chavez
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@ Tenman

#23 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 15:48

I was never taught time and place, now that is an attack on my upbringing, elders.

I will die Tenman for morality and legality (fairness). Like some of the senators are saying, it is time for the poeple to have a say and to be able to own things and achieve things. Free things does not change the wrong.
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@ Tenman

#22 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 15:44

When i die and i was horrible, do not send condolences to me. Who tell you i support ALP, I happen to support parties that look out for the people the best, in this case, ALP, if a better one comes then i will support them too. If UPP become moral and legal party, i would support them too, at this time they aren't.

Tenman, for some reason when we argue, you make points and say they are my points. I have to say my points, not you. I said i did not know anything about him, then i look at some of his policies (there is something called internet) and saw what some of his core values are and i do not stand for that, nor can i call it fair and moral. If i call it fair and moral, then Baldwin Spencer is the best Leader in Antigua, ever.

That is why we suffer, we do not know when to stand up for justice, we always look the other way when we get free things and because some one dies, we can't say you are wrong.

Just because he was voted in means, he is not doing wrong, TOO MUCH WRONG, UNREASONABLE WRONG. Well, I see why UPP government is doing so great in Antigua, becaus people thinks like this.
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#21 AMEN » 2013-03-06 15:15

Thank you for your blog my way of helping. We need to do some more research and see what Chavez did. If anyone become wealth because he took all the natural resources of his country for himself, and becuase of that he is able to 'help' people that makes you a hero??? If Venezuela were a democracy and free enterprise were allowed, there would be NO poverty. There is a ton of wealth there - but only some get to have some. Is that what we want??? It is sad to see how wealthy this man and his family are - and people please do your research here - he is a BILLIONAIRE -and how poor the people who live in his country are? Sad, sad, sad.... yes we thank him for his gifts, just like we did Standford - they accumulate for themselves then give just enough for us fools to be thankful. I am truly sorry for his death at such a young age, but I believe that God was hearing the cries of his people.
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MY WAY OF HELPING part 2 of 2

#20 tenman » 2013-03-06 15:08

My Way of Helping, why do you think they (includes the ALP) sing ("The Red Flag"):
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The people's flag is deepest red, It shrouded oft our martyred dead, And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold, Their hearts' blood dyed its every fold. Then raise the scarlet standard high. (chorus) Within its shade we live and die, Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the red flag flying here. Look round, the Frenchman loves its blaze, The sturdy German chants its praise, In Moscow's vaults its hymns were sung Chicago swells the surging throng. (chorus) It waved above our infant might, When all ahead seemed dark as night; It witnessed many a deed and vow, We must not change its colour now. (chorus) It well recalls the triumphs past, It gives the hope of peace at last; The banner bright, the symbol plain, Of human right and human gain. (chorus) It suits today the weak and base, Whose minds are fixed on pelf and place To cringe before the rich man's frown, And haul the sacred emblem down. (chorus) With head uncovered swear we all To bear it onward till we fall; Come dungeons dark or gallows grim, This song shall be our parting hymn.
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MY WAY OF HELPING part 1 of 2

#19 tenman » 2013-03-06 15:06

MY WAY OF HELPING, is it that you were never taught time and place for everything? I did not agree with everything about the man but look at the full picture. Whats sad is you are here arguing wrongly that the man is a dictator but in an earlier comment (2013-03-06 01:32) you stated you did not know much about him. The man was democratically elected. His opponents are the ones who did not respect the will of the people and with US help attempted to overthrow him in 2002. You then attack his politics, do you not get that socialism was at the heart of the founders of the ALP (labor parties throughout the region) who you claimed you support? Why do you think the ALP colors are red?
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#18 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 13:47

I was reading the news of America and I realise, everyone who has receive free things from this country love the country so much but not one ever speak of the poor and suffering people of the country and what this leader did to those folks.

the world is out of a cuba leader and now a venezuelan leader. Where did UPP leader learn his leadership style from, who are his allies?

Do we think before we blog? What is wrong with democracy and making the people choose? what is wrong with following the rule of law? what is wrong with free enterprise? what is wrong with giving people a reason to work hard because one day they can form their own major corporation?

The supporters and mourners of Chavez, supports tyranny and the way Bladwin rules, as chavez ruled the same way, in fact, worse.
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#17 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2013-03-06 11:37

May the lord strenghten all Venezula,moreso the family of the late President. (dont believe in ondolences)Maybe now we will get some ideas about the terms etc of the $50 mill Us,that has managed to evade all ears for soo long. As to our dear PM,what about this should shock you? He has been ailing for awhile now with a terminal ilness,you are soo fake and dramatic,or are you shocked that your one hope for some campaigh funds are dashed by his death?
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#16 Fed Up » 2013-03-06 11:20

talking of Venezuelans, whatever happened to those two who were arrested in a boat off the south coast loaded with drugs, they still here ?? Funny because I never heard of this coming to court !!!
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#15 watcher » 2013-03-06 10:38

Condolences to Mr. Chavez family and loved ones. Let's us not be like OSTRICHES with our head in the sand and the rest of our body exposed. Mr. Chavez definitely may have helped the poor and downtrodden in his country and the Caribbean basin but he also helped himself. There are allegations that billions of Oil money earned by Venezuela have disappeared. So, a Bolivarian Republic operates on the principle that democracy takes a back seat to th eobjectives of the Republic? Sounds a lot like the paramountcy of the state over all.
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FAREWELL NOBLE WARRIOR

#14 Watchman » 2013-03-06 08:26

First let me express my condolences to the Government and People of Venezuela. Chavez was. like all of us, not a perfect human being. He was seriously concerned about the poor and down trodden in his country and in the wider Latin America and the Caribbean. I do not necessarily agree with all his policies, expressed; especially the structure of his foreign policies with his attempt to militarize the region; but his policies of humanitarianism was unmatched. He gave without us really knowing the terms of his giving but that was not his fault, It was for our Leaders to articulate any terms, if any. Last but not least, the imprisonment of a high court judge who disagreed with him may now be set free in the name of justice and freedom for all.
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Viva la Revolucion!

#13 Professor » 2013-03-06 08:18

Though he lost the battle with cancer he won the battle of providing housing, jobs and literacy to the millions of poor in Venezuela.

His 21st Century Socialism has made his country the only country in the world that is on track with its Millenium Goals.

He nationalized and then used the natural resources of his country in a manner that provided selfless benefits to several nations arround the world.

No condolences, no regrets, you have done more than most in your short 58 years. Warriors come and go but my soldiers stay eternal ... your genuine love of humanity has immortalized you in the annals of history. Go boldly and take your rightful place alongside our other great African ancestors.
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Mandatory Appointment

#12 Hebrews 9:27 » 2013-03-06 08:04

We ALL have an APPOINTMENT with death. It is the appointment that comes to us, but doesn't tell us precisely when it will arrive.

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27

Yesterday for him, today for me or you. RIP Chavez!
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RE: Hugo Chavez Dead

#11 rastaman » 2013-03-06 08:02

Rest in peace another giant has left us too soon...Sir Ralph Gonsalves rise and shine and take up your place in our history
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#10 BAPU » 2013-03-06 07:46

:-* condolescence to the people of venezuela, and mr chavez family. if u had not forund peace with god before, u cannot find it now.
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#9 Conscious » 2013-03-06 06:39

Many may not have liked his rhetoric or methods but none can argue with his achievements. Poverty cut in half, college enrollment doubled, infant mortality cut by 30% etc. Indeed the poor man's champion.......of course a nightmare to the status quo of the elites!
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#8 Contractor » 2013-03-06 06:09

Thanks for the oil pal. Rest in Peace.
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#7 nix » 2013-03-06 04:38

RIP Mr Chavez, you were a true leader, you ran well, fought hard....now rest peacefully!
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#6 MY WAY OF HELPING » 2013-03-06 01:32

honestly, i am not sure what to say about this situation. what did he believe about democracy? How did he treat the people, not only his supporters? I know it is a time of death but the way you live should dictate your death ceremonies and condolences.

Infrom me about those and then i will decide on what i will convey for him
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SALUTE TO A GREAT CHAMPION.

#5 OUTOFANTIGUA » 2013-03-06 01:05

To the People of this Nation of Venezuela, I raise my hat in mourning.this leader and Regional Warrior fought to the last breath; and is a Hero to his Country men, and the entire Caribbean Basin.He is gone too soon.A Man with love for all and malice towards none; much RESPECT.His humanitarian Legacy and Revolution gave his be loved country of Venezuela a Quantum Leap into History. may his soul rest in perpetual peace.
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#4 Morris » 2013-03-05 23:30

Condolences to his family and the people of Venezuela during this difficult time of bereavement and transition. May the relationship that he fostered with ANU and the wider C'bean continue to bring benefits to all.
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Another Bolivarian Champion Has Died!

#3 John French II » 2013-03-05 23:05

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Condolences to the Venezuelan People. Who can forget the Peoples' Resilience & Determination to the short lived Coup d'etat against his Government? Sympathies to his Family.
The 20th Century Bolivarian Military & Political Leader has left the stage. A Champion of the Forgotten Poor at home & abroad has exited.
His assistance to Antigua & Barbuda was not tied to Made in Venezuela manufactured goods, supplies & human resouces employment but to the empowerment of Antigua & Barbuda's Human Capital Capacity & Development.
His was a generous heart which supplied oil to heat the homes of the poor in Temperate Climes in other Countries, whether friend or foe, at an affordable subsidized cost. None blessed with that commodity have even attempted to match his generosity.
Let us Hope for the Continued Forward & Upward March of the Poor In Venezuela.
A Luta Continua!
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#2 skyewill » 2013-03-05 22:57

death the great equalizer
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#1 tenman » 2013-03-05 22:01

Condolences to the people of Venezuela and Chavez's family. When so called allies turned their backs on us, this man was willing to invest in the region. Unlike for example the Chinese, his investments at heart were about empowering not only his countrymen but the people in the country he invested. Truly a man who loved the region particularly shown in his fight against poverty. He will be missed

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