International Politics ///

Venezuela not quite as shaky as Argentina. The Opposition in Caracas demonstrates in "mourning black," while those supporting President Hugo Chávez celebrate in flaming red berets. People are now very clear about which side of the fence they stand on, and both sides express their positions with fervor. Banging pans, in contrast to behavior in Argentina, is an action that is both pro- and anti-government. Feelings can run high, but the lack of generalized, violent clashes says much for the now-recognized good citizenship of the Venezuelan population. This maturity and responsibility also extends into the less rarefied air of the economy, in general, and into the oil sector, in particular.

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