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Venezuela:Who’s yer president, baby?

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    http://www.sabinabecker.com/2013/03/whos-yer-president-baby.html Who’s yer president,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2013

      Who�s yer president,
      19, 2013 � Sabina Becker

      [image: maduro-ahead]

      Gee, that bus-driver sure looks like a front-runner to me. And mind you,
      this is a survey by a firm that�s HOSTILE to him. They also have 65% of
      respondents saying Maduro will
      with only 15% believing it will go to Majunche.


      Fruto Vivas talks about building Chavecito�s
      18, 2013 � Sabina Becker

      Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas talks with ALBA Ciudad radio journalist
      Enza Garc�a about what must surely be both the proudest and saddest moment
      of his career: getting the call to build a mausoleum for his beloved
      president, Hugo Ch�vez. He gets very emotional about it, choking up at
      times. The monument was designed and built in record time, and it�s
      absolutely beautiful. It has mystical significance, too; it�s called the
      Flower of the Four Elements � Earth, Air, Fire and Water � and the fifth,
      Spirit, is provided by Chavecito himself. I�ve blogged on it before (photo
      ). Here�s the story, in a little more

      *A large team of architects worked day and night on the construction of the
      Flower of the Four Elements, which guards the sarcophagus of the late
      president, Hugo Ch�vez, in the Cuartel de la Monta�a.*

      So says architect Fruto Vivas, interviewed on the VTV program, All
      Venezuela, where he told of how he built the Chapel of Hope in the Military
      Hospital in record time during the stay of Comandante Ch�vez at the medical

      Vivas commented that after the death of the revolutionary leader, his
      services were solicited and, at first, the monument was to be built in
      three days, but following the extension of the lying-in-state to seven
      days, it could be constructed with a team which he called extraordinary.

      �I proposed that Ch�vez should be laid to rest atop a flower and a
      reflecting pool, which they approved. The most beautiful thing about the
      design was the number of people who worked without resting,� Vivas said.

      Vivas revealed that it was the tropical climate of Venezuela that inspired
      him to propose a flower as the memorial monument. �The construction of the
      Flower of the Four Elements was the loveliest experience,� he added.

      The professional joined in the mourning for the loss of Ch�vez and
      emphasized the latter�s political will to improve the lives of all

      �Nobody here would have dreamed that the people could organize communes,
      functioning popular structures, and that they would have direct
      responsibility in our formation. That�s the greatest thing about Hugo
      Ch�vez � giving power to the people, that�s what we admire,� said Vivas,
      recalling that there had never before been a president who had held an
      anti-imperialist position.

      *�Never before has a president of Venezuela tried to do what Sim�n Bol�var
      and Jos� Mart� dreamed,� Vivas said.*

      Translation mine.

      And for that, an ever-blooming mystical flower is the best monument I can

      *Chavecito vive, la lucha sigue.*

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