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Cuban influence in Venezuela spreading
The 40,000 Cubans now working in Venezuela have a hand in all kinds of sectors -- including security for President Hugo Chávez.
BY CASTO OCANDO
El Nuevo Herald
Cuban influence in Venezuela is growing beyond politics in a broad range of areas, from agriculture and commerce to energy and education -- and even presidential security.
Cuban influence has quietly broadened to include less visible sectors, though critically more strategic and political in scope.
Sources within the Venezuelan military say Cuban military experts control several security circles that protect President Hugo Chávez and have penetrated strategic areas of the armed forces and the central government, including the situation room in Miraflores, Venezuela's presidential palace.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
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