In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez continues to build his Cuba-style communist dictatorship, insulated from complete economic collapse — for now — by oil profits.
For years defenders of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have harped on what they described as the domination of the country’s independent media by his opponents — proof, it was said, that Chavez was no dictator. In two weeks that argument will lose all credibility. By then, Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, Venezuela’s most popular television network, will almost certainly be off the air — on Chavez’s personal order.
A lot has been happening in Venezuela the past few months. Having obtained the power to rule by decree from a rubber-stamp congress, Chavez has nationalized telecommunications and electricity companies, taken over oil fields developed by multinationals, and formed a single pro-regime political party. For Venezuelans, however, the loss of RCTV will be the greatest shock. For 53 years the television network has been a national institution, counted on for its wildly popular soap operas and variety shows as well as for its news coverage.
Until yesterday, the lead item on lobbying organization’s webpage was a report attacking the nation’s largest private-sector employer for resisting unionization. The hyperventilating, multilingual report also advocated passage of the anti-democratic and dishonestly named Employee Free Choice Act, which would destroy secret ballots in the workplace. Union activists immediately seized on the report to lobby Members of Congress for passage of the “card-check” legislation.
Good they have their priorities straight.
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