Hugo Chavez's United Socialist Party (PSUV) won a majority of seats in the 26 September 2010 election in Venezuela. (Chavez allies win congressional majority in vote )
Chavez hailed it as a "solid victory"
The poll was seen as a test of Mr Chavez's popularity ahead of presidential elections in 2012.
Chavez is a critic of neoliberalism, globalisation, and United States foreign policy.
Chavez has said that democracy isn't just turning up to vote every five or four years.
Democracy, according to Chavez, "is much more than that; it's a way of life, it's giving power to the people ... it is not the government of the rich over the people, which what's happening in almost all the so-called democratic Western capitalist countries."
The CIA has so far failed to topple Chavez.
Brazilian model Adriana Lima
Drugs means the CIA.
Drugs means gangs and murders.
Drugs crime is widespread throughout Latin America. (Crocodile Tears? Covering Crime in Venezuela venezuelanalysis.com)
In Venezuela, "there is the bloody gang warfare caused by drug trafficking, partly as a result of the presence of Colombian paramilitaries and guerrillas."
In Venezuela there is "a corrupt and underpaid police force; and the streets (are) awash with illegal arms, with estimates ranging from 6m-15m in a country of 29m." (Caracas accuses media over crime coverage)
The UN’s latest figures show that the murder rate in Venezuela is 52 per 100,000.
The CIA reportedly makes great use of Colombian secret agents to destabilise Venezuela (What is CIA trying to hide in Colombia?)
Prof. James Petras, at Global Research, on 20 August 2010, wrote about Brazil and Venezuela: Two Turning Point Elections this Fall
Among the points he makes:
1. In Venezuela the Rightwing wants to cause destabilization.
The long term aim of the Right is to increase penetration by US military, intelligence and 'aid' agencies of Venezuelan institutions.
2. Chavez's party has produced six years of high growth, rising incomes and declining unemployment.
Under Chavez there has also been high inflation and crime.
According to official US aid agency documents, the USA has given over $50 million dollars to the opposition controlled NGO's and political 'fronts' which promote US interests.
The Right's previous standard bearer, ex President Carlos Andres Perez was convicted of multi-million dollar fraud and pillage of the public treasury.
Local opposition governors and majors have also been indicted for fraud and malfeasance of funds and are holed up in Miami.
Some of Chavez's lot are not untainted.
The CIA has a history of using drugs gangs.
At the Asian Tribune (Drug money used as a geopolitics weapon by CIA-RAW-Mossad.), Asif Haroon Raja reported that one reason the USA invaded Afghanistan was so as to restore and control "the world's largest supply of opium ... and to use drugs as a geopolitics weapon against opponents, especially Russia...
"While the international drug mafia is fully controlled by Zionists, the CIA is complicit in the global drug trade... There are credible reports that US military planes have been made use of... Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds ... testified to the use of NATO planes transporting drugs as well as international terrorists."
"Colombia is currently the center of the South American drug trade, producing more than 80 percent of the world’s cocaine supply." - Website for this image
In 1989, the Kerry Committee report concluded that members of the U.S. State Department "who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking...and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers."
In 1996 a Miami jury indicted former Venezuelan anti-narcotics chief and longtime CIA asset, General Ramon Guillen Davila, who was smuggling cocaine into the United States from a Venezuelan warehouse owned by the CIA.
Guillen claimed that all of his drug smuggling operations were approved by the CIA . (CIA drug trafficking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
"CIA involvement in Colombia began in the 1950s and grew along with the drug trade.
"In 1991 the CIA established a Colombian naval intelligence group that became a key part of the death squads' continuing terror campaign against ... anyone who speaks out for change or peace." (War on Drugs CIA, Cocaine, and Death Squads)