But we in the west are not allowed to know, we are mind-manipulated.
But here is what seem to be the case:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
President Hugo Chavez says there is too much capitalism on Venezuelan television, so he is urging producers to start making "socialist soap operas".
Monday, January 11, 2010
CARACAS - President Hugo Chavez has threatened to seize businesses that raise prices as a result of last week's devaluation of Venezuela's currency.
Wednesday Jan 20, 2010
Chavez eliminated the rate of 2.15 bolivars to the US dollar on January 8. His government set a new two-tiered rate: 2.6 per dollar for priority goods, such as food and medicine, and 4.3 for imports of non-essential items.
Mr. Chávez said he would maintain currency controls and create two different exchange rates for the currency, the bolívar. He also said he would clamp down on black-market currency trading in a bid to slow capital flight; officials have already increased audits of travelers abroad to limit spending of hard currency outside the country.
Planning Minister Jorge Giordani said the devaluation was intended to make exports like coffee and cacao more competitive in foreign markets. Independent economists here said the government could also benefit by receiving more bolívars for oil exports, allowing Mr. Chávez to bolster social spending.