Pravda’s View of Castro, Chavez and "Lula"

Text excerpts from Pravda online 28.7.05 by Ivan Shmelev

“The beginning of the year 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, became a bucket of cold water emptied on the USA. Castro was not saying anything about socialism at first. However, the new Cuban leader aimed his political course towards the USSR after an attempted coup organized by the CIA. Soviet nukes were deployed on the island, which subsequently resulted in the Caribbean crisis. The nuclear war did not break out, but the ghost of socialist revolution started roaming across Latin America….

The leader emerged on the brink of the new millennium. The politician appeared in the country, which the USA may refer to as the most important state in the entire Latin American region. It goes about Venezuela, an OPEC member, one of the world’s largest crude-mining countries. Hugo Chavez became elected President of Venezuela at the end of 1998: the politician was firmly aimed to relieve his nation of USA’s domination…

Chavez declared poverty and corruption to be Venezuela’s prime enemies. Chavez raised taxes for US-run oil companies and started searching for other sales markets too. As for foreign politics, Chavez decided to join efforts with Cuba and consolidate Latin America to oppose the USA’s influence. It goes without saying that American officials criticized Hugo Chavez for such “undemocratic governing methods,” but the Venezuelan president was inexorable…

In addition to Cuba, Chavez was paying attention to Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. His popularity in Latin America was growing; being the head of a large crude-mining country, Hugo Chavez became a politician of global scale. According to Chavez, there should be four strongholds established in the world to resist the USA’s supremacy: Europe and Russia, united Asia, Africa and Latin America….

…..The USA launched another diplomatic attack against Venezuela. The New York Times wrote in one of its articles that the Bush’s administration was aiming to isolate Venezuela diplomatically. It is not going to be an easy goal to pursue because the majority of Latin American governments took the leftist orientation…

When Donald Rumsfeld was visiting Brazil in March of the current year, the US Defense Secretary expressed his concerns about Russia’s plans to deliver Kalashnikov guns to Venezuela. Rumsfeld stated that leftist insurgents would take possession of the weapons, but Russia considered such claims inappropriate….

Brazilian incumbent President, Lula da Silva, does not conceal his sympathies to Hugo Chaves. Lula da Silva’s government is an important ally of the Venezuelan president in his quest to consolidate and expand his “Bolivarian revolution” in the region. Lula da Silva untiringly proclaims the need for Brazil to lead South American integration, a political ambition he shares with Chavez and Fidel Castro, with unequivocal anti-American overtones….

Lula da Silva said the revolutionary dream “is close to its fulfillment.” Chavez says that the Bolivarian revolution is an alternative to the American model of the regional integration. “I want to tell Chavez that I do not hesitate to affirm that we do not accept defamation against our companeros, that we do not accept insinuations against our companeros… So, President Chavez, you can be certain of our solidarity,” Brazilian President Lula said.


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