Re "The Idiots Abroad," by John Tierney (column, Nov. 8):
Poverty rose in Venezuela from 28 percent in the early 1980's to 85 percent when President Hugo Chávez took office. That was the backdrop of his initial victory as a democratically elected alternative to the flawed policies of the past.
In the years since, social expenditures have risen in net terms to about $5 billion a year; this represents a large transfer of resources to the poor.
It has wiped out illiteracy, provided 40 percent of the population with subsidized food and ensured that 18 million people have free health care.
Venezuela has the fastest-growing economy in Latin America, with growth rates in the first two quarters of 7.5 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Importantly, the non-oil sectors have grown at a faster pace than the oil sector, rising 8.7 percent and 12 percent in the first two quarters of this year.
This is the right result for Venezuela even if it does not fit the United States' paradigm, or Mr. Tierney's idea of the difference between wisdom and idiocy.
Bernardo Alvarez Herrera Ambassador of Venezuela Washington, Nov. 8, 2005
Emperor AAdmin: Sorry Rexxy, that is just a win for Swiss. Plain and simple. Where certain players origins are from ... who cares... it was all for swiss colors my friend...I am afraid noone is connecting Albanians to this game in any shape or form hahahaha
Dec 4, 2022 20:42:53 GMT -5
Rusyn: Who knows, maybe they think Switzerland is part of Albania also
Dec 5, 2022 0:52:38 GMT -5
rex362: oh the politics of football.......ok then ....dont let me find you as being hypocrites if I find/see any post of you highlighting any serbian players on any other countries sport teams
Dec 5, 2022 11:16:33 GMT -5
rex362: fricken hooligans
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bosnett23: Pozzz svima ako imate želju da proučite više o historiji Bosne, Ilirima idr....preporučujem svakako www.bosnett.com dobar arhiv knjiga i postova. Stranica ima funkcije poput FB. L.P.
Jan 4, 2023 6:54:07 GMT -5
Rusyn: hahaha bosnia have no history.. plz get real dude
Jan 4, 2023 9:46:17 GMT -5
Pyrros: AAADmine why do let you Caucasians Cherkesian ANTI-GREEKS, ANTI-ORHTODOX ppl (Leandros Nikon) to lock threads ?
Jan 5, 2023 3:52:22 GMT -5
Pyrros: bosnett jos vise anglosaksonski lazi?
Jan 5, 2023 3:54:35 GMT -5
Emperor AAdmin: Vatra feel free to open a threat about that topic in Greece Forum and we can discuss there. Thanks.
Jan 8, 2023 6:14:59 GMT -5
Pyrros: Admine, you are a fair and cool Serb. I acknowledge that. But too many freedoms have a bad ending. It lets albs and other cherkesians (like Leandros Nikon) multiply.
Jan 8, 2023 9:08:38 GMT -5
rex362: ahahahaha.....too many freedoms ahahaha...cherk-whatever ahahahah....fair & cool serb ahahahahah...you ass kissing communist ahahahahah bad ending-for who ? you ? aahhaahhahhaaa
Jan 8, 2023 13:21:46 GMT -5
leandros nikon: pyro is funny guy of the forum.I am cherkesian?No man i am Asia minor Greek!on the other hand you are a confused Greek,mperdemenos eisai!
Jan 8, 2023 15:45:09 GMT -5
Rusyn: @leandros nikon Vatra is "fire" in Serbian, and Pyrros is Greek equvialent of that name. Also Pyrros was used to be known as Kralj Vatra in his older accounts hence Admin calls him both ways.
Jan 8, 2023 16:20:56 GMT -5