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U.S. Wary of Cuba's Support for Leftists

The Bush administration is becoming increasingly concerned about what it sees as a joint effort by Cuba and Venezuela to nurture anti-American sentiment in Latin America with money, political indoctrination and training. As U.S. officials see it, the alliance combines Cuban President Fidel Castro’s political savvy with surplus cash that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez obtains from oil exports. Venezuelan resources may have been decisive in the ouster of Bolivia’s elected, pro-American president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. A key recipient of Venezuelan help has been Evo Morales, a charismatic Bolivian legislator who has broad support among his country’s indigenous population. He is an avowed opponent of the capitalist system. Before Sanchez de Lozada was deposed, one official said, Venezuela’s military attache in Bolivia was expelled for giving money to Morales, and Morales received money from Venezuelan officials in a visit to Caracas. Full Story

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