A scheme called Mission Miracle has helped 400,000 impoverished Latin Americans see again and cast Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez as the region’s humanitarian benefactor. Critics, however, see an agenda behind this and other Venezuelan-linked initiatives. They claim Chavez is trying to export populist leftwing rebellions and further tilt the region away from US influence. Peru waded into the fray last week by accusing Venezuela of funding Peruvian militants under cover of humanitarianism. It said dozens of anti-poverty centers which have sprung up across Peru to promote Mission Miracle were fronts for political agitation which may have fueled protests against the government’s free market economic policies. (The Guardian, UK)

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