06 March 2013

Hugo Chavez 1954-2013

To his supporters, Hugo Chavez was a great man who stood up to the United States, redistributed wealth to the poor of his country and boosted Venezuela to be a major global player with the most powerful air force in Latin America.

To his detractors, he was an autocrat who suppressed dissent, failed to make the country richer and was too chummy with some of the world's worst tyrants.

The truth is that he was probably both - and the world will be a different place without him.

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