Chavez loved the Middle East: Was he blind to the despotism?
Published March 7th, 2013 - 05:00 GMT
Hugo Chavez loved his socialism but seemed unable to see that Khamenei, Ghaddafi and al-Assad were not as pure in their practice; expats in Saudi must play by KSA's rules; vintage cars in Kuwait; and the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan tweet-less?
Whatever one thought of Chavez, he did genuinely improve the lot of the Venezuelan working classes. He won elections and was genuinely popular for this reason.
He appears not to have been able to imagine that Khamenei, Ghaddafi and al-Assad are rather less interested in an ideal like the public welfare.
The Ministry of Labor has officially warned expatriates against allowing their wives who are in the Kingdom as ”housewives” to work in the private sector.
Simply said: If you live here, you play by our rules i.e. housewives don't work!