Chávez leaves behind a powerful legacy

The western press were hostile to him even in death, but the late Hugo Chávez changed Venezuela and Latin America for the better, writes Tom McGurk.

10th March, 2013
Hugo Chávez believed that the ultimate weapon in the revolution was not guns or propaganda, but the schoolbook. Photo: AP

More than 20 years ago, while filming a television documentary on Argentina's Dirty War, we arrived at a mass grave exhumation in Buenos Aires. One by one, the skeletons of the victims were being recovered in the hope of DNA identification, and each set of remains was being stored in a separate cardboard fruit-box with the ironic legend written on the side, 'Product of Argentina'.

Astonishingly, all the victims were pregnant women. They were seen as...

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