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VENEZUELA: Title TK, June 2003

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Venezuela is the fourth-largest supplier of oil to the United States, but its economy is battered, and three-quarters of the population has been plunged into poverty.

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What accounts for the remarkable staying power of Hugo Chavez, the maverick, populist president of Venezuela? One year after Chavez was briefly toppled in a coup d'état, FRONTLINE/World travels to Caracas to investigate the highly charged, sometimes violent, class struggle that swirls around him.
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Hugo Chavez's Neighborhood


Little girl sitting on the sidewalkReporter's Notebook: Dateline Caracas
While reporting "A Nation On Edge" for FRONTLINE/World, Juan Forero also was writing for The New York Times. Read his dispatches on martyrs, poverty and the political crisis.

Power at the Pump: Two Players in the Battle for Control of Venezuela's Oil
Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, is a key point of contention -- and a pawn -- in the controversy surrounding Hugo Chavez. Hear first-hand from two Venezuelan oil executives who each fall on opposite sides of Chavez's policies: a loyalist who stepped down from retirement to run a plant for Chavez, and a top leader in the oil strike who thinks state-owned oil is a step toward totalitarianism.

A Diagnosis From the President's Psychiatrist
One of the country's most distinguished psychiatrists says that political turmoil is driving large numbers of Venezuelans to distraction. He has his own prescription for the anxiety gnawing at his fellow citizens and a diagnosis of the mental makeup of his most famous client, Hugo Chavez.