Thursday, May 18, 2006

Affordable Oil for Africa

Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, is notorious for using oil as a tool to garner support domestically and internationally. After Hurricane Katrina he offered to send discount oil to America's ghettos and poor communities. Late last year, he provided Harlem with affordable oil to heat homes. In April, Chavez made deals with leftist politicians in Nicaragua and El Salvador to provide their impoverished areas with cheap petrol. In talk with Libya's Muammar Gaddafi today, Chavez outlined a plan to help the poorest region on earth: Africa.

Chavez says that he will partner with oil-rich Libya in order to provide much needed petrol to African nations. The two nations will also be working with Cuban medical crews to provide health services to Africans. "Cuba will provide the medical crews, while Libya and Venezuela will support these crews and hospitals financially," said Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalqam. This program, dubbed the "Miracle Mission", has been extremely popular and successful in a number of Latin American nations.