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Hugo’s Variety Show

Hugo-Chavez-thugYou just can’t make this stuff up. Chavez, who unbeknownst to me already had a weekly variety show, is marking the show’s tenth anniversary by holding a special marathon edition, according to the Telegraph.

“It will be in chapters, like a soap opera,” said Mr. Chavez, a former paratrooper who often breaks out into song on air.

 Just what kind of songs does he sing? The possibilities are endless… Although ‘Down with America’ or ‘American Idiot’ would be choice song selections, they’re not Spanish.

His programme normally runs on a Sunday, when typically he talks, sings, explains government policy and attacks his critics at home and abroad.

But the special edition will run between Thursday and Sunday.

Mr Chavez has in recent months stepped up his criticism of opposition-owned media.

Last week, Venezuelan police raided the home of the head of the opposition channel Globovision.

They alleged that they were investigating 24 new cars on the property they suspected were going to be resold at speculatively high prices.

But human rights groups accused the government of trying to intimidate its critics.

Funny how Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were outraged by alleged Bush administration human rights abuses, yet jet down to sip sangrias with Hugo the first chance they get.