Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal
PETRODOLLARS have been suspected of funding terrorism, but Hugo Chavez openly uses Venezuelaas petrodollars for foreign aid in a bid, according to critics, to enhance his image with the Majority World and at the same time embarrass George W. Bush (who denied Chavezsa accusation of supporting a coup against him).
Chavez is using his countryas bulging oil accounts to sponsor samba parades in Brazil, provide free eye surgery for poor Mexicans and heating fuel for poor American families "from Maine to Philadelphia." Argentina has paid its $9.8-billion debt to the International Monetary Fund through aid from Venezuela. Four …
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Publication information: Article title: Aggressive Altruism. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: April 7, 2006. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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