Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hugo Chávez says he's clean, cancer's gone

Just back from his latest visit to Havana for what he described as a routine checkup, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, 57, says that Cuban doctors detected "no malignant cells" in his body. He told reporters that his condition had been "verified scientifically," without elaborating on details.

Chávez' health claims are at odds with what one of the president's former personal physicians said in an interview earlier this week. That doctor, a Venezuelan surgeon not involved in the current cancer treatment, told a Mexican magazine that Chávez family members had confirmed to him that a pelvic sarcoma was discovered in June. The surgeon said that the prognosis was grim, and that Chávez' life expectancy would be perhaps two years.

Hugo Chávez given dire prognosis by physician: pelvic sarcoma, two years left.


  1. Let us pray that the tyranny over her people will also end after his life does.
    Collectivism is a cancer or a boil on humanity. The ultimate in legal perversion and the suppressor of natural rights, collectivism is a bad fungus that only liberty can eradicate.
    Oremos para que la tiranía sobre su pueblo también se va a terminar después de su vida lo hace.
    El colectivismo es un cáncer o una úlcera en la humanidad. Lo último en la perversión jurídica y el supresor de los derechos naturales, el colectivismo es un hongo mal que la libertad sólo se puede erradicar.

  2. I respect your opinion, and I'm no particular fan of Chávez. BUT, for the "other side of the story," Hugo's close friend Fidel Castro sees a very different reality in human history:

    "Marxism taught me what society was. I was like a blindfolded man in a forest, who doesn't even know where north or south is. If you don't eventually come to truly understand the history of the class struggle, or at least have a clear idea that society is divided between the rich and the poor, and that some people subjugate and exploit other people, you're lost in a forest, not knowing anything." -- Fidel Castro, quoted in My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, by Ignacio Ramonet (2009).

    For more on that quote, read: