Hugo Chávez
by Harrison McCulloch

1) Life of Chávez

Born in Sabaneta, Venezuela, on July 28, 1954, Hugo Chávez attended the Venezuelan military academy and served as an army officer before participating in an effort to overthrow the government in 1992, for which he was sentenced to two years in prison. Chávez became president of Venezuela in 1999. Early into his presidency, he created a new constitution for the country, which included changing its name to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. He later focused his efforts on gaining control of the state-run oil company, which stirred controversy and led to protests, strained relations with the United States and other nations, and Chávez briefly being removed from power. His actions included selling oil to Cuba and resisting efforts to stop narcotic trafficking in Colombia. In 2006, Chávez helped create the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, a socialist free-trade organization. He died on March 5, 2013, at age 58, following a long battle with cancer.

2) U.N. Conference Interview

Fox News interviewed Hugo Chávez asking him questions about the Holocaust, and troubles in Iran. Ch


vez' response was a very fierce comeback making it very difficult to hear his translator over him. He stated things such as President Bush filled our minds with poison, FOX News Reporters are extremely stupid, and Obama is the only source of hope for they future of our country. He also went on to say America is doing nothing to support Iran troops and that we as a country have no right to make a judgement on Venezuela. It is very clear he does not have a lot of hope for our country and is not extremely fond of our ideals and people.

3) Dear Mr. Chávez...

Dear Mr. Chávez,

I am am sad to say I prefer to not leave my information in this letter to you because I do not feel safe doing so, in fear you will deliver a punishment towards me. I have lived in Venezuela my whole life, being able to witness your Presidency on our country. I do feel I speak for the entirety of Venezuela when I say that you are very harsh and violent to us and the countries around us. Granted, some of them may not be the best countries, however I feel your approach towards these countries is much too overbearing and harsh. We as people, irregardless of where we live, deserve much more "compassionate" behavior. Peaceful behavior is key to keeping good terms with the countries around us. If things do get out of hand, our country could get put and great jeopardy and we surely do not need anything similar of a war for our nation. I do hope you will take my words into consideration and this letter will do nothing more than improve the future of us as a Nation.



4) Essential Question

Was Hugo Chavez' taunts against the countries around him justified, or