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New political winds in Latin America,according to “The Oppenheimer Report”

Hugo Chavez regime receives all kind of support from castrists.

There is a growing consensus among Latin American diplomats that new political winds are blowing in the region — after a decade of radical leftist populism, we are entering a new era of centrist pragmatism.

Are such forecasts right? Let’s look at the evidence.

There is no question that Venezuela’s narcissist-Leninist president Hugo Chávez, who was Latin America’s center of attention during the past 10 years, is rapidly losing his clout as a regional leader.

Chávez’s checkbook diplomacy and radical populist rhetoric served him well when oil prices reached record highs and his message sounded like a break with the corruption of the past at the start of his presidency 11 years ago.

 But today, with oil prices at nearly half their record highs in 2008, Venezuela suffering from Latin America’s highest inflation rate at 30 percent, growing electricity shortages, and what is expected to be the only economy in the region that will not grow in 2010, Chávez is finding himself busy trying to stay politically alive at home.

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