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Bolivia: “The Evo and Hugo Show”

Jim Shultz, referring to the recent media coverage on the relationship between Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, writes: “One of the interesting things about having lived in and written about Bolivia for eight years is watching the foreign press that parachute in for a week or two, declare themselves Bolivia experts, and start publishing.” He then contends that “the charge that Venezuela masterminded Morales ‘gas nationalization’ decree is just plain silly.” Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas, however, is distrustful of Vice President Garcia Linera's assurance that Morales is not seeking reelection, claiming he would “rather listen to the real Bolivian ruler, Hugo Chavez.”

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