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Monday, September 26, 2005

Three Presidents

A study in contrasts from Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post:

In Peru and Colombia, the number of people living on less than $2 a day under [Peru's President Alejandro] Toledo and [Salvadoran President Alvaro] Uribe stands at 54 and 52 percent, respectively. In [Hugo] Chavez's Venezuela, the rate has risen from 43 percent in 1999, the year he took office, to 53 percent last year, according to government statistics. During this same period Venezuelan oil revenue, which makes up most of the government's income, roughly doubled. Yet Chavez's claim to be the champion of Latin America's dispossessed goes unchallenged by his peers.

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