CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chávez's so-called Bolivarian Revolution, named for independence hero Simon Bolivar, was extended for at least another six-year term last Sunday. Driving Chávez's popularity have been his government's "misiones," Spanish for missions, social programs that include subsidized food and free health care and education. At the center of this effort are Venezuela's poorest, many of whom now see Chávez as their savior, and whose political support made possible his reelection.

With 'Misiones,' Chavez Builds Support Among Venezuela's Poor

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- "Es-tu-dian-te u-ni-ver-si-ta-rio."

It took a while, but José Bueno finally read out "university student" from a bulletin board at a Caracas primary school, where he is learning to read thanks to a government-sponsored literacy program. "I didn't know any of that before," he said. "But if you set a goal, you can achieve it." ...

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