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Chávez budgets $250 million for ‘alternative’ groups

In an ambitious push to extend President Hugo Chávez’s revolutionary ideology, the Venezuelan government’s draft 2008 budget includes more than $250 million to finance pro-Chávez groups and ”anti-imperialist” movements in the United States, Central and South America and Mexico. Under the draft budget, given initial legislative approval earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry would finance an ample variety of foreign activities, including the ”consolidation” of the Venezuela-Cuba-Bolivia axis, the strengthening of alternative movements in Central America and Mexico, and the promotion of solidarity “with sectors that have been excluded from the North American Society.” Full Story

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