Ted Rall writing in Znet argues that when the hated despots of nations like Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan loot their countries' treasuries US politicians praise them as trusted friends and allies. But when a democratically elected president uses Venezuela's oil profits to lift poor people out of poverty, they accuse him of pandering.
Franck Gaudichaud, a writer for the Spanish language news and analysis website 'Rebelion', interviewed Orlando Chirino, national coordinator of the new Venezuelan workers' union UNT, during a visit to Venezuela earlier this year.
Orland Chirinos, pictured far right, with UNT colleagues.
Below is an interview with Venezuelan General Raul Baduel by Red Pepper editor Hilary Wainwright, who visited Caracas earlier this year for the 2006 World Social Forum. The article appears in the April edition of Red Pepper, out now.