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Chavez Courting Latin America’s New Left

Hugo Chavez stood dockside as 900 dairy cows plodded onto a ship bound for Venezuela. Then the Venezuelan president raced across Buenos Aires for the opening of a gas station, where leftists mobbed him like a celebrity, chanting his name and releasing balloons. You’d think Chavez was running for something, more than 3,000 miles from home. And in a way, he is. Across Latin America, the fiery Chavez is courting a growing bloc of moderate leftist presidents, doling out oil deals and — to Washington’s dismay — urging less dependence on the United States and greater unity among Latin American nations.Full Story

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