Hugo chavez-one of the most fascinating people on the international scene; not everyone calls president bush, the devil, at a un meeting. earlier in his career, he attempted to kidnap the venezuelan president. jointly seeking to provide assistance to the poor and subsume private industries under state control, he wants to redistribute wealth in venezuela. frequent tinkering with legislative structures, he is greatly concerned with perceived coup threats and believes the united states is trying to undermine his regime. he has helped reduce poverty among the lowest segment of venezuelans.