Raul Zibechi – The Guardian, 10/02/2012
Far from being incompatible opposites, Venezuela and Brazil have established the most solid strategic alliance in the region.
For most analysts, the political regimes of Venezuela and Brazil are very different. Some governments, such as Barack Obama’s, suggest the two regimes are opposites, even conflicting. But the solid alliance between the two countries, overlooked by the media, does not mesh with these simplistic analyses.
The Venezulean government of Hugo Chávez is accused of being populist and authoritarian, because the state plays a central role in the economy and society, and the regime of showing a dangerous tendency towards single-party politics that makes it very similar to that of Cuba.