Thursday, February 03, 2005


Pretty thin gruel from John Vidal in the Guardian:

But in contrast to the low-key closing speech given in Davos by J├╝rgen
Stark, vice president of the German Bundesbank, the vast crowds gathered in
Porto Alegre for the World Social Forum heard Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez,
dressed in a red Che Guevara T-shirt, denouncing George Bush, Tony Blair and
neo-liberal economics.
And instead of the polite applause accorded to Stark
from a near-empty hall, Chavez got the kind of reception that even Bono might be
embarrassed to receive. Porto Alegre confirmed that Chavez is now the
indisputable leader of the global poor, a Simon Bolivar of his age, engaged in a
mammoth populist experiment to redistribute wealth and land.

Pity he's an overpromoted authoritarian street thug backed up by his own private army of Paras though, eh, John? Kinda takes the shine off. Or apparently, if you're a Guardian columnist, not.


Anonymous Johan van Rooyen said...

Pretty thin on your facts, Anthony.

7:23 PM  

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