An online journal I noticed at the time remarked on Chávez' return to power follwing the coup as a time when "Things are looking up for the people of Venezuela."
Some of them, anyway. But you've got a better chance of living through the year in Iraq than in Venezuela. The homicide rate in Venezuelan capitol Caracas is 200 per 100,000 population. In Bogota, Columbia -- home of the 1980s boom in cocaine production and gritty low-budget straight-to-VHS action movies starring Michael Dudikoff as a tough cop who just can't play by the rules -- the rate is just 20 per 100,000. The 2008 rate for Detroit, often thought of as one of the U.S.'s least safe places to live, was 40 per 100,000.
El Nacional newspaper published a front-page picture of a dozen dead men sprawled in the city morgue in an attempt to open Venezuelan eyes to the problem. Chávez got a court order to ban newspapers from showing those kinds of pictures or printing stories about blood, guns, aggression and such. Problem solved!
Looking up, to be sure. But looking up what is a question with a decidedly unpleasant answer.