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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:04 AM


Venezuelan government releases pictures of Chávez

The Venezuelan government released the first pictures of the president of the country, Hugo Chávez, after he underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor, almost two months ago, in which he appears laughing, laying in a bed surrounded by his daughters.


The Granma edition Chávez is reading (with the headline "Recibió Raul a la Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Cepal" was published yesterday:

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ocpagu Feb 2013 OP
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #1
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #2
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #3
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #4
Peace Patriot Feb 2013 #5
naaman fletcher Feb 2013 #6
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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:43 AM

1. btw

that IS yesterday's edition of Granma - the Cuban national rag.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:37 PM

2. I'm glad you posted these images. Thank you, so much. n/t

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:04 PM

3. Venezuela: Photos prove Hugo Chávez is alive

Venezuela: Photos prove Hugo Chávez is alive

Girish Gupta, Special for USA TODAY 12:07p.m. EST February 15, 2013

Photos are displayed of Venezuela president alive in Cuba after a cancer operation.

CARACAS, Venezuela - The first proof of life of President Hugo Chávez has been offered by Venezuelan authorities following two months of silence from the usually talkative president, who is in Cuba for treatment of cancer.

Photographs showing the 58-year-old president flanked by his two daughters at his hospital bed in Havana were broadcast on state television by Chávez's son-in-law, Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza.

The Venezuelan government said the pictures were taken Thursday; a newspaper in the photo appears to verify this.

The pictures show a smiling Chávez in a white tracksuit. His daughters smile at the camera in the images in which Chávez is shown reading the Cuban Communist party newspaper Granma. The paper's date can be seen: Feb. 14, 2013.

"After two months of a complicated post-operative process, the patient remains conscious with his intellectual functions intact," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said, adding that Chávez is in close communication with his Cabinet.


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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:57 PM

4. Hugo Chavez: reports of my death have been exaggerated…

Hugo Chavez: reports of my death have been exaggerated…
David Usborne
Friday 15 February 2013

He hasn’t been seen in public for more than two months, but photographs of the ailing President Hugo Chavez were finally released by the Venezuelan government in an apparent bid to quell rumours that he had died.

The images showed a smiling Mr Chavez propped on a blue pillow in his hospital bed in Havana, Cuba, with his daughters, Rosa and Maria. In one of t he images he was shown reading Thursday’s edition of a Cuban newspaper, to prove the pictures were recent.

Mr Chavez, who flew to Cuba on 11 December for surgery on an undisclosed cancer condition that was diagnosed in mid-2011, missed his inauguration for a new presidential term earlier this month. The opposition has become increasingly restive and questioned his ability to govern. On Thursday, students protested outside the Cuban embassy in Caracas, saying the island’s government had essentially taken over the running of Venezuela.


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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:18 AM

5. Chavez has lovely daughters! I'd never seen pix of them before. Thanks!

I'm glad that Chavez is able to benefit from one of the best and most highly praised medical systems in the world--Cuba's.

I'm glad, also, to see this medical system being exported to Venezuela (and other countries). Cuba's medical system is not only superior to our own, it is free, and the education of doctors and nurses is free. It has also created free programs for the poor of other countries, such as their eye operation program to cure blindness (they fly thousands of poor people to Cuba for this purpose) and Cuban medical teams have been especially useful in poor rural areas (creating local, community-based and preventive medical programs) and in disaster relief.

In its regard for the human being, no matter now poor, the Cuban medical system embodies a much higher ethical system than our own. Indeed, our own medical system is so costly, so corporatized, so corrupt and so cruel to the poor that it is a disgrace. In addition to its disgracefulness--its injustice--it is also bad medicine--pill-crazy (corruption by pharmaceutical corporations), dimwitted (failure to address all manner of corporate ills--bad food, pollution, stress, working conditions), contemptuous and repressive of proven alternative therapies (acupuncture, massage, good food) and permits insurance corporation operatives to dictate medical decisions on the basis of profit, not medicine.

I hope that Chavez's choice of medical systems brings Cuba's medical system to the attention of more people. It, of course, never gets any acknowledgement in the corporate press. God forbid that people learn that a FREE medical system provides superior medical care! It's almost amusing how the corporate press in coordination with the rightwing opposition in Venezuela portrays Chavez's medical treatment in Cuba as a sort of kidnapping. No, assholes, it was a CHOICE! Best medical care in the western hemisphere!

I think there is a security issue involved, though. There are certainly assassins in the shadows looking for opportunities to kill Chavez and operatives of various kinds out to harm him when he is vulnerable. In addition to having one of the best medical systems in the world, Cuba also has one of the best security systems in the world. How else have they survived murderous U.S. hostility for half a century? Indeed, this was my first thought when I learned that Chavez was going to Cuba for treatment--he'll be safe there. They don't have rightwing death squads infiltrating over the border from Colombia. They don't have the CIA. They sent all their coup plotters and rightwing criminals to Miama!

Chavez can relax and get cured, if possible, without worrying about thugs creeping into his hospital room. Cuba has done this--made itself secure--bloodlessly, merely by being very, very smart. Educational system is also free, through college and graduate school--one of the most highly educated populations in the world. It's no wonder that Cuba is regarded as a "menace" by our Corporate Rulers.

I thought: They can't get at him there, to kick him when he's down or put a pillow over his face. Ha-ha, rightwing bastards!

I really did think this. Smart Chavez. Smart Cubans. The fascists outmaneuvered again! And it makes me smile to think of the frustration of the rightwing nasties in Venezuela, jumping up and down like Rumpelstiltskin, in a rage that Chavez is out of their reach while he's ill.

I hope that there will be a book some day by some brilliant, progressive historical philosopher, exploring the fascinating interaction between Venezuela's leftist democracy movement and Cuban communism. Though Cuba as a "dictatorship" is mostly a myth, and Venezuela as a "dictatorship" is entirely a myth, there are quite interesting parallels and affinities between them at the leadership level--including the close friendship and mentorship between Fidel Castro and Chavez, the dependence of both movements on an almost monarchical figure (the monarch as benevolent protector of the poor against the robber barons, and as a unifying symbol of the land and the people), the increasingly democratic nature of the Cuban government (over the decades) and the use of entirely democratic means, in Venezuela, to achieve benefits such as free medical care and free education, and also the strong commitment to world peace and to a multi-lateral world that characterize both governments today, though Cuba, in its earliest decades, got involved in armed leftist democracy struggles in other countries.

The second half of Cuba's political evolution has been entirely peaceful, yet, ironically, Chavez rose to hero status among Venezuela's poor majority by an armed revolt of lower military officers against the violence and economic oppression of the previous government (a "neo-liberal" government). He became a hero in prison! He then went on to become a democratic hero--the leader of a political revolution that has been characterized by an honest, transparent election system (which Jimmy Carter recently called "the best in the world" and high levels of public participation.

Differing histories and attitudes toward the media, Cuba vs. Venezuela, are also interesting. Cuba has no corporate media and has been insular and controlling as to information; while Venezuela has been a free-for-all, with big and nasty corporate news monopolies (the 2002 rightwing coup attempt has been called "the first media coup" and Chavez championing public access to broadcast media, putting on his own TV show and getting slammed by the Corporate Press here for trying to rein in coup-mongering media corporations in Venezuela (more or less along the lines of our "Fairness Doctrine"--obligation of those using the public airwaves to provide opposing views and public service--ban on monopolies and of course ban on overthrowing the government). The chavistas achieved power entirely democratically--with no insularity, no control over information, no repression and virtually all TV/radio stations against them (at first)--with Fidel Castro cheering them on!

There is hardly a publication in the western world that we can turn to for an intelligent and progressive treatment of such a subject. The Christian Science Monitor has gone down, i.e., into the netherworld of Corporate Ruler propaganda. The New Yorker has gone down! The New Yorker! As for the New York Slimes, they are hopeless. Here's an interesting article on that slimefest: "Disinformation Still Clouds the US Debate on Chávez's Legacy in Venezuela," source, the Guardian, found at: http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/7602. But even the Guardian has gone down--in the bulk of their commentary about Venezuela. (This is a very rare article, in the Guardian, contradicting all the propaganda.) Even the BBC. All corporate, all the time, on Latin America.

Anyway, what a great historical subject: "Venezuela, Cuba and Democracy" (or some such title). How a militant, armed, communist revolution, on a tiny island off Florida's coast, helped turned Venezuela into a REAL democracy. Or, how Cuba became peaceful and Venezuelan democracy became real. Or, how Cuba spread democracy first to Venezuela then to most of South America. Some really beautiful ironies in this story--equal to the irony of the most developed country in the world, the USA, having one of the worst health care systems, while tiny, poor Cuba developed one of the best.

Viva la revolución

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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:34 AM

6. "The New Yorker has gone down! "


And by "done down" of course you meant "despite decades of excellence published one article that is unflattering of Chavez".

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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. Photos of ailing Chavez stir emotions in Venezuela

Photos of ailing Chavez stir emotions in Venezuela
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:37am EST

* Supporters thrilled at first images since surgery

* Copies of the photos go on sale in Caracas

* Opponents unhappy at "rule from Havana"

By Girish Gupta and Andrew Cawthorne

CARACAS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez's supporters joyfully brandished first photographs of him since cancer surgery two months ago while opposition activists said the images were worrying evidence of Venezuela's political vacuum.

In a first proof of life since his six-hour operation in Cuba on Dec. 11, authorities published four photos on Friday showing Chavez lying in a hospital bed smiling next to his daughters.

Underlining the gravity of his situation, however, an accompanying statement said the 58-year-old socialist leader was breathing through a tracheal tube and struggling to speak.

Within hours, the photos were on sale in Caracas streets, where some of Chavez's passionate supporters clutched them to their hearts as if they were a religious icon.

"It doesn't matter that he can't talk. We understood his message," said Aniluz Serrano, 57, selling prints in colonial Bolivar Square, named for Venezuela's independence hero and Chavez's idol, Simon Bolivar.


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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:42 PM

8. Chavez supporters rejoice after first photos release

Chavez supporters rejoice after first photos release
by AFP
Saturday, 16 February 2013, 01 . 09 pm

Caracas: Supporters of President Hugo Chavez displayed new confidence Saturday after the government released the first post-surgical photos of the ailing Venezuelan leader, in which he appears bed-ridden but smiling in the company of his daughters. The pictures show the 58-year-old Chavez lying on his back in a Havana hospital and leafing through Thursday's edition of the official Cuban newspaper Granma.

Chavez supporters rejoiced at the confirmation that the president was alive. The four images broke a virtual news blackout for Venezuelans who have been living in limbo without their media-happy comandante -- a populist firebrand who is the most visible face of the Latin American left and who has irked the United States by aligning himself with Iran, Syria and Cuba.

For over two months Venezuelans had not seen a photo or TV image of Chavez, nor heard the voice of a man usually omnipresent across state media. Sketchy government updates about his health fueled speculation he was actually dead. Chavez's absence has also enraged political opponents, who have wondered aloud who is running Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves.

He was last seen as he left Caracas airport on December 10 for treatment in Cuba. On Thursday night, opposition leader Henrique Capriles kept up his assertion that the government has probably been lying about Chavez's health, suggesting the president is in worse shape than officials have said he is. Capriles expressed fresh anger over of the release of the pictures and said they had not clarified the president's true health condition.


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