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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Receives Award from U.N.

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:15 pm

    The United Nations is rewarding another currupt dictator. Hugo Chavez received UNESCO’s 2005 Jose Marti International Prize and it was given to him by none other than the communist Fidel Castro. Had the United Nations been around, they would have given Hitler an award for his achievements in population control. This is the same organization that put Syria on the Human Rights Commision and condemns cartoonist while ignoring Muslim riots and threats of mass murder. It sickens me that our tax dollars are paying for this worthless debate club.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, receiving a U.N. prize handed over by
    Fidel Castro on Friday, said Washington was right to be concerned by Latin America’s tilt to the left because it represents a threat to the U.S. “empire.”

    Chavez was visiting Havana amid an intensifying propaganda war between Washington and Latin America’s leftist leaders. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld compared Chavez to Adolf Hitler and warned darkly Thursday about populist leadership in Bolivia and Cuba.

    “They are right to be worried, because they know what’s happening here,” Chavez said in a speech lasting more than 2 1/2 hours after accepting his prize. “They will forever try to preserve the U.S. empire by all means, while we will do everything possible to shred it.”

    Some 200,000 Cubans crowded Revolution Plaza for Friday night’s ceremony granting Chavez
    UNESCO’s 2005 Jose Marti International Prize. Cuban President Castro himself handed over the framed certificate to Chavez, a close ally.

    The forum gave Castro and Chavez a chance to pat each other on the back and promote regional solidarity while bashing the U.S. government. Thousands of young Venezuelans, Bolivians and other Latin Americans studying medicine for free in Cuba attended the ceremony, screaming their support for both leaders.

    Marti, who died in 1895 during Cuba’s war of independence with Spain, has been glorified in Cuba as the ultimate anti-imperialist, a label both Chavez and Castro have embraced for themselves in their struggles with the United States.

    Far from seeing them as regional heroes, the Bush administration considers the men to be populists who threaten democracy and individual rights.

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