Who Killed Hugo Chavez?

Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

9 Responses

  1. Faxman says:

    Indisputably positive results of Chavismo? Economic miracle of Chavismo?
    Following is a critique of some of your claims of “economic miracle” from your “indisputably positive results” link- your Salon article.

    You use World Bank data for alleged poverty reduction- data which comes from GOV.
    World Bank data you cite for poverty reduction from 32.6% to 25.4% from 2008 to 2012.
    At the same time, per capita income shows a reduction from 2008 to 2012
    GDP per capita (constant 2005 US$) 6509 to 6412
    GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2011 international $) 17910 to 17642
    GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2011 international $) 6556 to 6208
    GNI per capita, PPP (constant 2011 international $) 18129 to 17165
    GNI per capita (constant LCU) 2085 to 1974 [probably the best indicator, as it does away with exchange rate distortions- and Venezuela has a VERY distorted exchange rate]
    Yet the GOV – the source for the World Bank poverty figures- claims that under a stagnant to reducing economy, poverty rate goes down from 32.6% to 25.4%. These numbers do not make sense.

    When you are dealing with the exchange rate distortions of Venezuela, any claim for poverty reduction becomes very problematic.

    Regarding the Guardian’s claim of reducing Infant Mortality by 50%, World Bank figures show a reduction from 1998 of 19.6 to 12.9 in 2013, which is a reduction of 34%. From 1998 to 2013, Latin America and the Caribbean [developing countries] reduced Infant Mortality from 30.3 to 15.5, a reduction of 49%. So the “miracle” of Chavismo underperformed relative to Latin America.

    GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2011 international $) for 1998 and 2013
    Latin America 10847 to 14222, an increase of 23.2%
    Venezuela 15146 to 17164, an increase of 12.5%

    Even with the oil price bonanza during this time, Venezuela’s economy underperformed relative to the rest of Latin America [I used Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)]. So much for “indisputably positive results.”

    As an investigative journalist, you do not have a very good track record for investigation, judging by this INCOMPLETE fisking of your Salon article.

  1. June 26, 2013

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  2. March 5, 2014

    […] Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As Washington DC and U.S. corporate media do everything in their power to shift popular support towards the conservative opposition, now is a good time to remember what Chavez and his party stood for, why the U.S. hated him so much, why his people loved him, and how and why the CIA may have assassinated him. These and other topics are discussed in the interview transcript below with author and historian William Blum by John Robles first published by Stop NATO. For more details about likely CIA involvement in the death of Hugo Chavez, read http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/03/08/who-killed-hugo-chavez/. […]