Hugo Chavez’s body to go on permanent display

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner
March 8, 2013

Hugo Chavez’s body will be shown “for eternity” in a military museum, bin Laden’s son-in-law is arraigned in New York, and the world observes International Women’s Day. Today is Friday, March 8, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Supporters of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez view his coffin during a wake at the military academy in Caracas, March 7, 2013, in this picture provided by the Miraflores Palace. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Chavez gets the Lenin treatment. Dozens of world leaders attend President Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday. Chavez, the divisive leader who died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer, has been mourned by millions of devastated Chavistas. His interment reflects the intense adoration many felt for the populist ruler:

Chavez’s body is to be embalmed and shown “for eternity” at a military museum – similar to how communist leaders Lenin, Stalin and Mao were treated after their deaths. His remains are to lie in state for an extra seven days to accommodate the millions of Venezuelans who still want to pay their last respects.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who will serve as acting president, is expected to run for president against opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

Bin Laden relation comes to New York. Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was arraigned on Friday at a U.S. District Court in New York City, not far from the World Trade Center site. The indictment against Suleiman Abu Ghaith was unsealed on Thursday, and includes a number of charges related to the September 11th attacks:

The indictment accused Abu Ghaith of acting in a conspiracy that “would and did murder United States nationals anywhere in the world,” listing actions before and after September 11, 2001. “Among other things, Abu Ghaith urged others to swear allegiance to bin Laden, spoke on behalf of and in support of al Qaeda’s mission, and warned that attacks similar to those of September 11, 2001 would continue,” the indictment said.

Abu Ghaith was captured in Turkey before being brought to the United States this week. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Abu Ghaith is one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to be brought to civilian trial in the U.S.

Happy International Women’s Day! Celebrations are taking place throughout the world to mark International Women’s Day, established in the early 1900s to call attention to women’s achievements and the areas in which women’s rights must be improved. The United Nations’ theme for 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” Reuters editors Kira Bindrim and Clare Richardson examine how women fare in government worldwide, and Reuters photographers document women around the world celebrating and fighting.

Nota Bene: Indian widows who have been abandoned by their families build a new life together in an ashram.


Tehran tanking - According to a Zogby poll, Iran’s popularity has fallen significantly in the Arab region. (Foreign Policy)

Prudish union - The European Parliament is looking at a proposal to ban pornography. (The International Herald Tribune)

Trend, not miracle - Time columnist Tim Padgett argues that we should take Mexico’s boom with a grain of salt. (Time)

Double resignation - The lead investigator who resigned from the Pistorious case after his own murder charges resurfaced has also left the police force. (Bloomberg)

No happy family - The top ten G-20 spats, according to Reuters columnist Ian Bremmer. (Reuters)

From the File:

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  • Tunisian PM introduces new Islamist-led government
  • Russia won’t tell Assad to go, sees flexibility among his foes
  • Conclave expected to start early next week
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