Sean Penn: (Chávez) is a fascinating guy. He's done ... incredible things for the 80% of the people that are very poor there.There are literally dozens of more quotes and articles from Slate, Salon, the Atlantic, the Guardian, HuffPo, etc.
Penn: Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of vice president Maduro
Oliver Stone: Look at the positive changes that have happened economically [in Venezuela], that have happened in all of South America because of Chávez, Kirchner ... [Chavez] should be welcome to stay in power.
Jesse Jackson: Chávez [should be praised] for his focus on foreign debt, debt relief, and free and fair trade to overcome years of structural disorder, unnecessary military spending, [and] land reform.
Naomi Campbell: Whatever the future holds, for me [Chavez'] role will always be that of a rebel angel.
Michael Moore: Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all
Don King: To see what is happening here [in Venezuela] makes me feel good all over.
Noam Chomsky: To claim Chavez suppressed the press is kind of a joke...There's a strong opposition press bitterly attacking him all the time. There's much more of an opposition press than there is in most of Latin America ... There is some repression of the press, but it's mostly, you know, verbal intimidation ...
Chomsky: Chavez (carried forward) this historic liberation of Latin America ... . (He was certainly) destructive to the rich oligarchy, to the US power ... Over the past ten years, I've seen a change of absolutely historic significance. Now, it's pretty much free.
Mark Weisbrot: Chavez is a savior...remember that the catastrophic view of Venezuela's economy has been promoted by the Venezuelan government's opponents including most of the international and Venezuelan media for 14 years. Economic disaster was always just around the corner, but it never quite happened.
Jeremy Corbin: Venezuela is seriously conquering poverty by emphatically rejecting the Neo Liberal policies of the world's financial institutions.
Danny Glover: He was not only my friend, he was my brother. It's difficult for a leader like him to exist in these times. His vision for humanity and the world can only be compared to that of leaders like Nelson Mandela. He was a great man and I cried when he died.
Glover: Praise goes to Maduro for (continuing) to realize (Chavez's) vision of a participatory democracy, one involving all citizens.
Joseph Stiglitz: (Chávez's "equitable" distribution of Venezuela's oil revenue) should be considered innovative rather than revolutionary, because it did not occur in the past.