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The following editorial appeared in The Miami Herald on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004:
Now that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has won a popular referendum, the question remains: What does the "Bolivarian Revolution" stand for? When you get past the revolutionary rhetoric, what do we really know about Mr. Chavez and the impact of his five years in office?
We know that he has been democratically elected by the Venezuela people, and we respect that. We know that oil revenue is rolling into the country, but the number of Venezuelans living in extreme poverty has risen during his watch. We know that political patronage has eroded international …