Thomson ReutersMarch 8, 2013 15:00
(John Lloyd is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own.)
By John Lloyd
March 8 (Reuters) - Hugo Chavez's popularity was not confined to Venezuela; it was a global phenomenon. He pulled together a coalition of forces into a kind of "Chavez International," an alternative to Western hegemony. It was an amalgam of allies whose comradeship was historically weird - communists, Islamists, Soviet holdovers, Western idealists and far leftists - but politically potent. And in the end, irrelevant.