I had an article in the Christian Science Monitor that actually relates to the topics of this website, so I thought I’d link it here.
Also, here is a special bonus tidbit for readers of this blog. I didn’t turn in this material on time, but it was interesting enough to me that I’m sharing it with you:
While Chávez has struggled to ensure that the oilfields and basic industries remains in the service of socialism, his heavy-handed approach may have backfired. Workers are often required to go to political marches, and coveralls, hard hats and other work uniforms are all red — the color of Chávez’s party.
Workers are annoyed with being forced to support a political party, said a contractor at Fertinitro, a chemical plant that Chávez expropriated from the US’s Koch Industries.
After managers shut down the plant Thursday so workers could attend Chávez’s final rally, he said, a worker told him “I can’t believe we have to stop making fertilizer so we can go support this campaign.”
“The people working in the plant wear a red shirt and red cap, but you can be sure they’re voting for Capriles,” he said.
Adding, this all is extra-poignant after talking to a farmer friend who says there is simply no fertilizer available, and also reading this tidbit from Caracas Chronicles about declining food output.