Former Brazilian President
Lula, who enjoys popularity despite recent reports of his involvement in a political scandal that has already landed his former chief of staff in prison, said on
But new data show that, despite having benefitted from the biggest oil bonanza in recent memory,
On the health front, the Chavez government's record has been at best mixed when compared with other Latin American nations.
In some cases, such as mothers' mortality at birth, or measles vaccinations,
Likewise, the percentage of Venezuelan children vaccinated against measles has decreased from 84 percent in 1999 to 79 percent today. Comparatively, other countries like
On education, despite Maduro's claim that there has been an "education miracle," the U.N. agency's figures show that
While the percentage of youths aged 15-19 who have completed elementary school rose from 90 percent to 95 percent since 1999 in
And a new study released last week by
Ironically, Chavez's self-described "socialist revolution" has resulted in a decline of
Since 2004, the number of children enrolled in public elementary schools has declined from 2.9 million to 2.8 million, while the number of children in private schools has risen from 480,000 to 613,000, the study shows.
My opinion: Forgive me if I have made you dizzy with so many figures, but it's time to separate Venezuelan propaganda from facts. And it's time to make it clear that if Chavez's populist corruptocracy has won so many elections, it has been thanks to its petro-dollar cash subsidies that have left the country bankrupt.
The bottom line is that the Venezuelan government and its propagandists - like
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