You forgot a key one, crime rate has risen exponentially to amongst the worst in the world. I can confirm them. Really I can confirm a lot of the stuff if you don't believe them. Take this from Murky's quote: " Chávez used unlimited state resources to explicitly engage in his re-election campaign. For example, state television stations broadcast pro-Chávez propaganda, and government buildings display as much too. " I lived right next to the teleferico in Merida, and the Teleferico is on a giant cliff basically. The side of the cliff is walled and plastered and has Chavez's hideous mug painted over the span of some 40 meters. Keep in mind the Teleferico is probably amongst the biggest tourist attractions in Venezuela. (Despite it being broken and in disrepair for some 9 years of Chavez' regime) or this. " Capriles was limited to media appearances of three minutes per day, while Chávez appeared for hours at a time on all television stations as required by law. " The radio stations were forced to have 4-6 hour speeches of Chavez and his bestest friends talking (I even listened to a speech by Ahmadinejad once on Venezuelan radio). If the Radio stations did not broadcast the speeches, they were shut down. Keep in mind this isn't the west, radio is still very common and heavily listened to throughout the country. Also all channels would sometimes stop their programming and be forced to show Chavez talking. This once happened during El Clasico (Real Madrid versus Barcelona derby in Spain for you Americans) and half the country revolted and Chavez's popularity rating went down by a few percent. " There are thousands of registered voters between the ages of 111 and 129. " I don't know if that is a Chavez-ism or not. I've heard that people could bring their deceased parents and grandparents to the voting station and cast their vote so long as they present their ID's. But anyway, cato is right. Chavez heads an authoritarian regime and Venezuela is nothing more but a kleptocracy.