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June 28, 2010

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The Gritty Poet

Wow. After witnessing this Stone fiasco I will now describe my few World Cup posts as being incisive and compelling.

Ray Adkins

Rachel,

I am totally with you, Stone is ridiculously biased, exagerated and misinformed on the topic.

Ray

Priyanka

I'm glad you wrote about this. It's sad that Stone didn't take a little more responsibility in his portrayal. When I was in Peru teaching, there was a major divide between how the Peruvians/Latin Americans felt and how the gringos felt about Hugo Chavez.

Most of the people who had been in Latin America for a significant portion of their lives disliked Chavez and his politics in Venezuela, whereas a lot of the starry-eyed gringos (myself included) thought he was this impassioned leader, but had no real knowledge of what Venezuelans thought of him, or anyone else in S. America for that matter.

Question: How do you pronounce Chavez?

Bounty

Caracas is the murder capital of the world

The Gritty Poet

This is where and educated person would begin learning about Venezuela under Chavez. http://www.caracaschronicles.com/

By the way, albeit Chavez backing up Bolivia´s efforts in confiscating the Petrobras refineries plus the usual buffoonery that comes from spanish american countries in relation to Brazil, or anyone else who manages to prosper, http://www.newsweek.com/2008/11/14/cutting-things-down-to-size.html# Chavez has actually been great for Brazilian interests. He deeply curtailed Venezuela´s production capacity across the board with his policies and the goods and foodstufs once made locally are now being imported from Brazil. Check Brazil´s trade surplus statistics with Venezuela under Chavez. They more than compensate the Petrobras losses.
I think this is bad policy for Brazil in the long run because once oil prices come down what will sustain these imports? Brazil would be better off with a truly prosperous Venezuela with whom she could trade with in all seasons, regardless of oil revenues.

Lee

Rachel,

You have to take everything by Oliver Stone with a ton of salt. Perhaps the most egregious example is his movie "JFK," filled to the brim with major inaccuracies and distortions. The movie makes Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner) out to be a hero, when calling him a villain would be much more accurate.
Stone is infamous for combining fact with fiction to such a degree that it becomes difficult to separate the two.

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