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  • Stuart Munckton
    ... From: Joaquín Bustelo Date: 1 July 2011 19:19 Subject: [Marxism] Chávez s cancer announcement To: Stuart Munckton
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      From: Joaqu�n Bustelo <jbustelo@...>
      Date: 1 July 2011 19:19
      Subject: [Marxism] Ch�vez's cancer announcement
      To: Stuart Munckton <stuartmunckton@...>

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      As had been suspected for some time, Hugo Chavez had more than minor
      surgery for an abscess. In a taped statement, recorded in what appears to be
      a small studio, Chavez described how it was Fidel's personal intervention,
      cross examining him on the evening of June 8 about certain health problems
      that the Venezuelan leader said he had been trying to hide, that led to an
      immediate, urgent round of medical exams and to a first emergency operation
      very early on Saturday June 11 to remove an abscess that could have evolved
      into a generalized infection.

      In the course of the follow-up treatment and exams, a second anomalous mass
      was detected, requiring major surgery to remove it. Chavez described it as
      an abscessed tumor with cancerous cells but he did not say where nor what
      type of cancer was involved, only that it had been Fidel that had brought
      him the news about the cancer, and that it now looks like he will be able to
      beat it.

      The statement was extremely formal, read word for word. In presenting it,
      Chavez himself called it a communique, and it sounded like it had been
      drafted for the printed rather than the spoken word. Chavez looked thinner,
      but his voice was strong and he appeared to be standing without any problems
      behind a podium for the 15 minutes it took to read the statement. There were
      references to other major crisis Ch�vez has faced, including the defeat of a
      military rebellion in the early 90's and the attempted coup in April 2002
      when he was taken prisoner. There were also deeply religious references.
      While quite obviously evading a very precise description of his condition,
      these sorts of statements and his entire tone made clear that he had
      received an extremely grave diagnosis and a not very reassuring prognosis,
      and while the trees have begun to thin out, he is not out of the woods yet.

      U.S. imperialist intelligence agencies and the Cuban and Venezuelan gusanos
      have been saying that Chavez has prostate cancer, with some claiming he is
      close to death. Some of Chavez's people in the Venezuelan government had
      categorically denied that Chavez had any sort of cancer. The first part of
      Chavez's statement was a firm insistence on the need to tell the truth in
      these situations, that not doing so showed a lack of faith and respect for
      the people, it seemed to me in a response to what some officials in
      Venezuela had done.

      There are clips from Chavez's statement on YouTube and the recording of the
      entire statement is on the Telesur web site.


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