Is Hugo Chavez a Threat to Stability?
Znet offers an analysis of whether Chavez is a threat to regional stability. The conclusion, which you would expect, is no but the article offers some good analysis and a comparison of what Venezuela is doing vs. what the IMF was doing.
For example, before the Nicaraguan elections last November, US government officials made many threats to the voters of that country that if they elected Daniel Ortega, they would suffer greatly from cutoffs of loans, aid, and even the remittances that many Nicaraguans depend upon from their relatives in the United States. None of these threats have been carried out. This is partly because Washington knows it would be useless and counterproductive to do so, since Nicaragua would simply replace US-controlled funding sources with more borrowing from Venezuela.