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Ahmadinejad Predicts Chavez Will Return Alongside Jesus, Hidden Imam

Hugo Chavez (left) with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Caracas in January, 2012.
Hugo Chavez (left) with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Caracas in January, 2012.
By Frud Bezhan
The death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has prompted eulogies from around the world, but few of the messages have been as eccentric as the second-coming predicted by Iran's president.
 
And as if returning to Earth alone was not enough, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says Chavez will do so alongside some esteemed company. 
 
"I have no doubt that he [Chavez] will return alongside Jesus Christ and the Mahdi [the Hidden Imam] to establish peace and justice in the world," Ahmadinejad wrote in an emotional condolence message posted on his personal website. The Mahdi is a revered figure among Shi'ite Muslims, many of whom believe he will return to save humanity.   
 
Ahmadinejad, who had forged a close public friendship with Chavez, hailed his close ally for "serving the people of Venezuela and defending human and revolutionary values."
 
Iran has declared a national day of mourning in honor of Chavez's death, and Iranian media has said it was a "possibility" that Ahmadinejad would attend the funeral scheduled for March 8.
 
'Martyr'

Ahmadinejad also supported allegations made by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who said shortly before Chavez's death that he had "no doubt” the country's enemies had somehow given the leftist leader the cancer from which he eventually died. 
 
In his condolence message, Ahmadinejad said Chavez was a "martyr" who fell to a "suspect illness."
 
Chavez, who led Venezuela for 14 years, was a controversial figure both in his homeland and on the international stage. He was seen as a hero by some for his socialist programs designed to help the poor, his strong criticism of the United States, and gifts of cheap oil.
 
In Iran, the 58-year-old Chavez enjoyed immense popularity. Ahmadinejad admired Chavez's outspoken defiance of the United States, and shared his role as a voice of dissent on the international stage. His relationship with the Venezuelan leader was characterized by warm embraces, light-hearted jokes, and lavish praise. On several occasions Ahmadinejad referred to Chavez as his brother.
 
Tehran and Caracas signed billions of dollars in trade and investment agreements over the past several years. Chavez made 13 visits to Iran as president, while Ahmadinejad has made six visits to Venezuela since 2005. 
 
"Hugo Chavez is a name known to all nations. His name is a reminder of cleanliness and kindness, bravery...dedication, and tireless efforts to serve the people, especially the poor and those scarred by colonialism and imperialism," Ahmadinejad wrote on his website.

Frud Bezhan

Frud Bezhan covers Afghanistan and the broader South Asia and Middle East region. Send story tips to bezhanf@rferl.org. 

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by: Muslim from: World
March 06, 2013 15:36
Islam is the only monotheistic religion that leaves a theological and intellectual space for non-adherents of its path to enter paradise. Its great that Ahmedinejad emphasized on this fact. Chavez was the champion of the oppressed and certainly not more controversial than Barack Obama whose policies favor the super rich and who kills thousands in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, runs a torture gulag in Guantanamo.
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by: Marie89 from: Florida
March 06, 2013 23:18
Mr. Chavez is no saint, liberator, or savior of the poor. As a matter of fact, Venezuela is in a MUCH WORSE state than when he inherited it. You are more likely to get killed in Caracas than you are in Kabul (as a result of Venezuela's sky high murder rate - look it up if you don't believe me). This man systematically dismantled Venezuela's democratic institutions and used force and violence against protesting students and other vocal opposition activists. He eliminated independent media and essentially crowned himself King of Venezuela. I don't care how populist or charismatic he is - a thug is a thug.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2013 09:49
Marie89 is saying: "Venezuela is in a MUCH WORSE state than when Chávez inherited it". Aha, Marie, that's probably why more than 1.000.000 people came to accompany him in his last jorney. The RFE/RL should give you the postion of the "Cheap US Propaganda Manager" in their team.
VIDEO: Venezuela farewells 'El Comandante' Hugo Chavez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTXrF_B5Nu0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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by: Ilya
March 08, 2013 01:38
A tyrant with a personality cult? That's impossible! Why Chavez was as much of a popular democrat as Lukashenko, Kim Jong Il and Castro.
Seriously Eug, why don't you at least try to refute Marie's factually based arguments about Chavez instead of screeching about propaganda? Suppressed opposition media and political movements? Yes. Politicised the justice system and state run enterprises? Yes. Wrecked the economy despite the oil price boom? Yes. Massive violent crime rates? Yes. Do try to post some facts Eug. You know what f a c t s are, right?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 08, 2013 10:09
To ILYA: Dear Ilya, just as I told you on a number of occasions before, you happen to have an impediment that prevents you from seeing the difference between LIES and "factually based arguments".
So, for example, the claim that the opposition in Venezuela is "suppressed" is not an "argument" - it is a cheap LIE, and no matter how often such outlets as RFE/RL repeat this LIE, it will NOT become a "fact".
As far as the state-run enterprises are concerned: where do you see a problem there?
The Venezuelan "economy is wrecked" :-)). Ilya, I just pity you, man: the Venezuelan economy grew by more than 5 % last year, as compared to a recession here in Europe. But you will, of course, never find it absurd enough to present the LIE about a "wrecked Venezuelan economy" as a "factually based argument" :-)).
Then you are mentioning the high rates of violence: I mean, does your "argument" consist in that those rates "went up" during the last 14 years? In that case, please provide figures. And by the way, the ONLY country in LA where there is virtually NO CRIME is Cuba. How about that FACT? Would you maybe like to comment on this one?
See, Ilya, all those servants of the Uncle Sam - who had been ruining Latin America before Chávez came - were successfully kicked out of just so many countries: Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and the process is on its way elsewhere on the Continent. This is the major FACT, but those pro-US losers are so inferior that NOT EVEN FOR A SECOND they stopped to give a thought to WHY IT IS that they continue losing those battles one after the other. And the major reason is that NO ONE in this world EVER wanted to have those US servants in Latin America (another FACT, by the way) and now that their US bosses are going bankrupt (one more FACT, Ilya) and getting militarily defeated in one country after the other (Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Syria) there is nothing and no one who will help them come back to power on the Continent.
And one more FACT, Ilya, that has not happened yet, but that will happen soon: there will be another election in Venezuela and your pro-US friends will LOSE AGAIN just as they did so many times before. And after this, the only thing they will be left with will be sitting in Miami and complaining about the "wrecked economy", "high crime rates" and "state enterprises" that they were kicked out of. But, if you think about it, what can por-US loser do other than complaining :-))?
Cheers from Vienna, Ilya!
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by: Ilya
March 09, 2013 01:04
Dear Eug,

Your problem is that you get your info from 'news' outlets run by autocratic governments. You're the sort of person who would've been reading Pravda during the Cold War. The type who'd believe that all those allegations about famine and purges in the USSR were just Western propaganda. The type who'd believe that there's no crime in Cuba! XD

Here are some facts from a Venezuelan:

When Chavez took office, the price of oil was $9.30, and in 2008 it reached $126.33.
There were 67 homicide victims per 100,000 in 2012, up from 19 victims per 100,000 in 1998, when Chavez took office.
As of 2011, 31.6% of Venezuelans live below the poverty line.
In 14 years Chavez built less public housing than any president before did in their 5 year periods. Hospitals today have no resources, and if you go there in an emergency you must bring with you everything from medicines to surgical gloves and masks.
Chavez shut down more than 30 radio and television stations for being critical of his government.
http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/2013/03/06/fact-check-10-reasons-i-won-t-miss-chavez
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-937093

More facts:

In his push to build a socialist system Mr. Chávez — who had Venezuela’s armed forces adopt the motto, “Country, Socialism or Death” — greatly ramped up government spending off the back of historically high oil revenues and a massive increase in national external debt, which went from around $28 billion during his first year in power to around $90 billion currently.
Heavy government spending has fueled rampant inflation, which averaged an annual 22% during Mr. Chávez’s tenure. Its anticapitalist rhetoric and broad state intervention into the economy have led to a dearth of investment. Gross fixed capital formation declined to 18% of gross domestic product in 2011, from 24% in 1999, according to the World Bank. Net inflows of foreign direct investment stood at 2.9% of GDP during that same year, his first in office, nearly double the 1.7% in 2011. Capital flight from Venezuela intensified as Mr. Chávez pursued more interventionist policies, including capital controls and a fixed official exchange rate that — if you can get it — offers dollars at a quarter of the exchange rate that the greenback fetches in the black market. Stock market capitalization of companies listed on the Caracas Stock Exchange has gone from a paltry 7.6% of GDP in 1999 to a minuscule 1.6%.
Shortages of food and other basic necessities, periodic electric brown- and blackouts, and far fewer jobs: the labor force participation rate has dropped from 52% to 46% in the Chávez era.
Venezuela’s oil production has fallen to around 2.5 million barrels a day from about 3.2 million, according to most industry estimates.
Oil now accounts for about 95% of all exports, compared to about 80% in 1999, and represents nearly two-thirds of fiscal revenue, versus about half 14 years ago.
For the first time in several years, the government reported homicide data, noting over 16,000 murders last year. But the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a local non-government organization that tracks crime, put the number at nearly 21,700, for a national homicide rate of 73 per 100,000, more than double the 31 per 100,000 in Colombia, which is fighting two guerilla insurgencies.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/03/06/venezuelas-economy-under-chavez-by-the-numbers/

You're a sad, boring troll, Eug. All you do is screech about lies and propaganda when RFE criticizes an anti-Western fascist or communist government.
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by: christopher from: sweden
March 07, 2013 05:45
Supposedly Santa brings gifts to all the nice kids without discrimination..
And he does´t call for capital punishment for apostasy.
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by: iginia boccalandro from: santa fe
March 07, 2013 19:38
He was a thief, a despot, an ego maniacal banana republic caudillo. People may have liked him because he mouthed off to Bush but what he did to Venezuela, take us back to the 1940's, will take 25 years to rebuild if at all possible. All of it was rhetoric, look at the health, security, infant mortality indicators that put Venezuela below almost all African nations now when we were at the top of developing nations less than 15 years ago.
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by: saucymugwump from: USA
March 07, 2013 21:45
"Islam is the only monotheistic religion that leaves a theological and intellectual space for non-adherents of its path to enter paradise."

Sure, as long as those non-adherents pay the jizya, never attempt to build new churches or repair old ones, never challenge the superiority of Muslims over infidels, step off the sidewalk when a Muslim is walking toward them, never state that their religion is greater than Islam, and require all women to dress in sacks, in other words, act like Buckwheat.

P.S. Islam is not a monotheistic religion. The proof lies in the way Muslims become extremely violent whenever an infidel characterizes Muhammad in any way except on a level just below Allah. For Muslims, there are two gods: Allah and Muhammad.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 06, 2013 20:58
VIDEO: The many moods of Hugo Chavez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As1Mud4fVYg

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 06, 2013 22:56
PHOTOS: Hundreds of people came to commerotate Hugo Chávez at the statue of Simón Bolivar in Paris - http://www.france24.com/fr/20130306-france-venezuela-parti-front-gauche-hugo-chavez-jean-luc-melenchon-simon-bolivar-rassemblement-paris
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by: Anonymous from: USA
March 07, 2013 17:07
Not many came to the Bolivar statue in Washington DC, or the mountain in Oregon named after Bolivar, I wonder why?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2013 21:35
I know why: the US is a country of fascist losers, who are only good at killing civilians in Afghanistan with drones, losing wars and making debts they cannot pay back. What can you expect from those who elect such monkeys as George W. Bush as their president DEMOCRATICALLY and TWICE?

by: J. JUAREZ from: MEXICO D.F.
March 07, 2013 06:08
Obama provides many dollars (Merida Initiative, sister program to Plan Colombia) to Mexican governments to fight against drugs barons. At the same time he has Rapid & Furious Program to smuggle guns to the drugs barons. More important he does nothing to avoid drugs get into US niether to stop the use of it by his countrymen. The tiny size of the fines imposed to US banks for laundry money crimes are a matter of laugh. The world must be confident in its future when a man like Obama gets the Nobel Prize. Congratulations Sweden! Kiesinger & neoliberal economists are in good company!

by: ahmed41 from: H.P.
March 07, 2013 08:46
RFE/RL reports : " ---"Hugo Chavez is a name known to all nations. His name is a reminder of cleanliness and kindness, bravery...dedication, and tireless efforts to serve the people, especially the poor and those scarred by colonialism and imperialism," Ahmadinejad wrote on his website.---"

However, i have been unable to find this on his WEBSITE ?

Please give us the exact reference .

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2013 21:49
33 heads of states and govts will attend the funeal of el Comandante, all in all 54 national delegations will be present. To commemorate his memory 16 nations have declared several days of mourning, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Haití, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Perú, Rep. Dominicana, Uruguay did so, among others.
And one more thing: there will be another Presidential election in Venezuela in April and the candidate supported by the Beavuses and the Buttheads will be defeated again - the same way as in almost all the 20 different elections that took place in the country over the last 14 years. And no wonder: the Venezuelan oligarchy of useless losers is just as bankrupt, inept and corrupt as their bosses in Washington D.C. - losing is the only thing they can do well.
Source on the preparations for the funeral: http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2013/03/07/22-presidentes-llegaran-a-venezuela-para-despedir-a-chavez-1375.html
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by: Ilya
March 08, 2013 10:56
"33 heads of states and govts will attend the funeal of el Comandante"

Autocrats and semi-autocrats from backward third world countries. How very appropriate.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 08, 2013 15:40
33 heads of member states of the United Nations. Thanks God, George W. Obama, Frau Merkel and Bibi Netanyahu will not be among them - no one ever wanted to have those in Latin American and Chávez was the one who kicked their friends out of power in Venezuela. And, by the way, Ilya, they will never return to power - nunca, jamas :-)!
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by: Ilya
March 09, 2013 00:35
Yes, thank god the first world democracies won't be represented. They'd make the tinpot dictators feel uncomfortable.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 08, 2013 15:53
PHOTO: Presidents of Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay came to Caracas to give last honors to el Comandante Chávez - http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2013/03/08/cristina-fernandez-chavez-rompio-la-cultura-mental-que-negaba-otra-venezuela-posible-1364.html

VIDEO: Presidents of Belarus, El Salvador and Haiti came to Caracas to give last honors to el Comandante Chávez - http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2013/03/08/mandatarios-llegan-a-la-capilla-ardiente-en-honor-al-presidente-chavez-8931.html

VIDEO: Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrives to Caracas to give last honors to el Comandante Chávez: http://www.vtv.gob.ve/articulos/2013/03/08/ahmadineyad-el-presidente-chavez-ha-sido-el-simbolo-de-todos-los-que-buscan-la-justicia-8072.html

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