Sunday, May 31, 2009

Red Hugo by John R. Thomson and Norman Pino de Lion

Red Hugo

by John R. Thomson and Norman Pino de Lion[i]05.29.2009


Facing an unprecedented and potentially disastrous drop in the country’s vital oil income, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez should be trying to keep private enterprise alive, to weather what will potentially be a national and worldwide economic crisis. However, against virtually unanimous professional judgment, he continues doing his utmost to cripple the commercial, agriculture and industrial sectors, which his actions had already gravely hobbled during his first decade in power.

[i] Longtime journalist and former diplomat John R. Thomson focuses on geopolitical issues in emerging markets. Former Venezuelan career diplomat Norman Pino de Lion served as his country’s ambassador to both Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

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