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Cablegate: Media Reaction - Chavez' Regional Efforts

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - CHAVEZ' REGIONAL EFFORTS


1. On May 23, conservative, influential newspaper-of-record "El
Mercurio" (circ. 129,000) ran an editorial entitled, "Chavez in
Latin America." Quote:

2. "Grupo de Diarios America is exploring...the phenomenon of
Chavez' penetration in Latin America. From the abundant information
gathered we can see evidence of the so-called 'social
diplomacy'...which consists of penetrating a country's social
structure, circumventing the government.... The
'Chavistas'...advance by providing material aid to the poor
...offering scholarships, health and education assistance as a means
to teach Venezuelan and Cuban political ideology.... This has given
special visibility to Chavez's political project and has put Caracas
and Washington in a confrontation. Venezuela has surpassed the
United States as the main donor.

3. "The 'Since Chavez' project is to finance movies that compete
with 'Hollywood's dictatorship'...and fight U.S. cultural hegemony.
It is possible that this 'Cold War' will increase tension....

4. "The 'Bolivarian leader' is not only set on establishing the
21st Socialist Revolution in his country, but also to export it in
the continent, as we can see in Bolivia and Ecuador. None of this
is unimportant for Chile, and our authorities would do well in
evaluating this very carefully."

KELLY

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