Article Photos: Venezuela in the Chavez era: a reporter's view 4/7

FILE - In this  Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cheer during a campaign rally in Maracay, Venezuela. During more than eight years covering Venezuela. AP reporter Ian James says he has gained more street smarts, become a tougher, more resourceful reporter and developed a deep affection for Venezuela, a country where events often collide in unpredictable and dramatic ways and where a wide gap frequently separates the reality on the street from the socialist-inspired dreams that Chavez has instilled in his followers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)