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Smackdown in Venezuela

In a brawl broadcast live on television and radio, Venezuelan legislators exchanged blows as members of President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party tried to remove an opposition member from the parliament’s speaker’s podium.

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AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia to Help Venezuela Build Nuclear Power Plant

With a little help from its friends, Venezuela is now one step closer to building its first nuclear power plant. After a two-day stint in Moscow, President Hugo Chavez has received the support of Russia for the construction of a nuclear power station aimed at diversifying the country’s energy supply.

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Oliver Stone Responds to New York Times Attack

“Larry Rohter attacks our film, ‘South of the Border,’ for ‘mistakes, misstatements and missing details.’ But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Former Chavez Amigo Jailed

A onetime comrade, and current critic, of Venezuelan jefe Hugo Chavez has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while an officer in the army.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Latest Nemesis: The Internet

Can we bring George W. Bush out of retirement so Venezuela’s president has something more appropriate to rant about? A reportedly pissed Hugo Chavez said Saturday, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.” Someone tell @shitmydadsays.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Muffler Rattling

Hugo Chavez muffler-rattled against the likes of Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat in a speech to the country Thursday, attacking those companies for not sharing technology with local industry and threatening to kick them out of business if they did not comply.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Reinaldo D' Santiago

Tensions High Between Colombia and Venezuela

Tensions are running high, and relations running low, between Colombia and Venezuela. The latter’s president, Hugo Chavez, told his generals to prepare for war, while the Colombian government announced a new base on the countries’ border and activated six air battalions.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Base Deal Rocks U.S.-Latin Relations

The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE



USAF / Tech Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Latin Leaders Unhappy With U.S. Move Into Colombia

The U.S. plans to move its anti-drug operations from Ecuador to Colombia, which is just a little too close for Hugo Chavez, who said “the winds of war were beginning to blow.” Luis Inacio Lula da Silva added, “As president of Brazil, this climate of unease disturbs me.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Honduran Coup Leaders Stand Defiant

The Honduran coup leaders are showing their bravado. Said hombres have defied an international deadline to return democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya to power within 72 hours, doubling down on their swagger with a quip that “only a foreign invasion could reinstate him.”

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White House / Pete Souza

When Slapped, Slap Back

(Editor’s note: Eugene Robinson is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary.) It’s hard to argue with the results thus far from President Obama’s “no drama” approach to governing, but I think he should learn to chew a little scenery when the occasion demands.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Chavez
AP photo / Marianna Kambon, Summit of the Americas pool

Obama Seeks ‘New Beginning’ With Cuba

Could it be that diplomacy works better than a my-way-or-the-highway approach when dealing with adversarial nations? Judging by President Obama’s apparent progress with the Cuban government, the answer would seem to be yes.

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Flickr / openDemocracy

No More Term Limits for Venezuela’s Chavez

Hugo Chavez can remain Venezuela’s president until he dies, gets bored or loses the job in an election, now that a referendum dropping term limits has succeeded. Chavez was facing mandatory retirement in 2012. An earlier attempt to extend his time in office failed. International election observers pronounced the process free and fair.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009 READ MORE


Caracas Shopping
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Chavez to Mall: Váyase!

Nothing says full of yourself like ordering a Venezuelan mayor to halt construction of a near-complete shopping mall after passing by it in a car. Obviously, President Hugo Chavez has a bit of a ego, though his suggestion to use the facility as a university or hospital, not as a monument to consumption and capitalism, does seem a bit more just.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Time Magazine Reveals Completely Unsurprising Award Choice

Here’s a news bite that could have written itself a few weeks, if not months, ago: Barack Obama is Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. Even the magazine’s editorial staff members knew that the choice would hardly shock anyone, but they allowed themselves to be swept along by the tides of history—or perhaps inevitability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


Latino Leaders
AP photo / Andre Penner

Latin Leaders Rebuke U.S.

In a summit that celebrated the absence of the U.S. on its guest list, Latin American leaders met in Brazil to discuss a post-U.S. hegemonic world. The talks, which centered on the “demise” of the capitalist model, also snubbed former colonizing nations Portugal and Spain in a further demonstration of the increasing political autonomy of the region.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / openDemocracy

Chavez Celebrates Sweeping Victory

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has survived an electoral challenge with flying colors. His party swept 17 of 22 state elections, although the opposition was victorious in several key skirmishes, including the capital state, the mayoralty of Caracas and even Venezuela’s biggest slum, traditionally a Chavez stronghold.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


Machado at the UN
AP photo / Seth Wenig

Latin Leaders Blast Bailout

The most explicit anti-capitalist analysis of the U.S.‘s proposed bailout of major finance firms is not domestic, but rather international. A cadre of left-leaning leaders in Latin America is ramping up criticism of Bush’s crony capitalism, arguing that the U.S. economic crisis was caused by the driving logic of American imperialism: fast money at the expense of the poor.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


Morales y Chavez
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‘¡Adios, Ambassador!’ Say Chavez and Morales

Two Latin American leaders, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, expelled the U.S. ambassadors to their nations after claiming that the American embassies in both countries were supporting rebel groups aimed at toppling their governments. Salvador Allende and Jacobo Arbenz were unavailable for comment.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Colombia Claims FARC Planned to Make Dirty Bomb

Defending their position after the killing of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Ecuador heightened tension among Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela over the weekend, Colombian officials said the slain FARC members had been plotting to make a dirty bomb.

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The Democrats’ Class War

For all the hype about generational and gender wars in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, we have a class war on our hands. And incredibly, corporate America’s preferred candidate is winning the poorer “us” versus the wealthier “them.”

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Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Chavez:  ‘There Is No Dictatorship Here’

Hugo Chavez sounded an optimistic note Monday after ending up on the losing end of a vote—by a slim 51 to 49 percent margin—that would have expanded his constitutional powers as Venezuela’s president and instituted changes in federal fund allocation and labor policy, among other proposed developments. 

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad and Chavez
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Chavez and Ahmadinejad Huddle in Iran

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stopped off in Tehran to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday after the weekend’s OPEC summit in Saudi Arabia, marking Chavez’s fourth trip to Iran in two years.  During their tête-à-tête, the two least likely leaders to drop in for dinner at the White House discussed, among other things, the dollar’s recent and precipitous decline.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


Spain’s King Tells Chavez to ‘Shut Up’

King Juan Carlos of Spain had apparently had enough of Hugo Chavez when he said to the Venezuelan president: “Why don’t you shut up?” The public scolding took place at the 22-nation Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile, and was precipitated by Chavez’s attempts to paint former Spanish prime minister and Bush supporter Jose Maria Aznar as a fascist, which is a touchy term to use in front of the man who ended nearly four decades of fascist rule.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
AP Photo / Victor R. Caivano

Marc Cooper on Hugo Chavez

A former translator for Chile’s Salvador Allende reviews three books evaluating the remarkable rise of Venezuela’s irrepressible Hugo Chavez.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


caracas
AP Photo / Fernando Llano

In Venezuela, Reality TV

Imagine if a U.S. television station not only aired programs criticizing the federal government but went so far as to stage a coup to overthrow the administration.  That scenario may be difficult for Americans to imagine, but Venezuelan opposition station RCTV did just that in 2002.  Cuban journalist Elizalde takes a look at the Venezuelan media landscape in the aftermath of RCTV’s officially mandated shutdown.

Posted on Jun 9, 2007 READ MORE


Competitive Diplomacy

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Bush Turns CIA Loose on Chavez

CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden told the House Intelligence Committee that President Bush has ordered him to “pay more attention” to Hugo Chavez. According to former intelligence czar John Negroponte, U.S. intelligence already pays a great deal of attention to Chavez, leaving one to wonder exactly what kind of action has been authorized, particularly for an agency with a long history of meddling in Latin America.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Chavez and Castro
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Chavez Raises Doubts Over Castro’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reinvigorated speculation over Fidel Castro’s health after announcing that the Cuban leader is “locked in a battle for his life.” The two leaders are known to be close, and Castro has yet to make a public appearance since undergoing surgery in July.

Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
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Chavez Consolidates Power

Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Chavez
nytimes.com

Chavez Terrifies Corporations

Hugo Chavez announced plans on Monday to nationalize companies in Venezuela’s telecommunications and power industries, saying: “All that was privatized, let it be nationalized.” The recently re-elected president has ramped up efforts to transform Venezuela into a socialist society, while at the same time consolidating his power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Farm Workers poster
library.ucsc.edu

United Farm Workers Cleared of Wrongdoing

The California state attorney general’s office has found no wrongdoing in the United Farm Workers Union’s handling of its affiliated charities. The probe was launched in response to allegations raised by a series of articles published in the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
alternet.org

Chavez Wins Third Term

Hugo Chavez has successfully defended his post and secured another six-year term as Venezuela’s president following an election held on Sunday.  During his acceptance speech, Chavez reprised his pet name for President Bush, saying his victory was “another defeat for the devil.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Video Podcast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, Clinton and More

Robert Scheer sounds off on the midterm election, Hugo Chavez and Iran, Clinton’s Fox News smackdown, and Sam Harris’ charge that liberals are soft on terror.

Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, the Dems, and Sam Harris

This week Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, sits down with interviewer Peter Scheer to discuss the Chavez-Ahmadinejad friendship, Democratic prospects in the upcoming elections,  the Bill Clinton-Fox performance, Sam Harris and the American support of fanaticism in the middle east.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Speak of the Devil

In the same week, both Hillary Clinton and President Bush were labeled the devil. Have we gotten perhaps a bit too literal in the demonization of our enemies?

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez

Chavez Calls Bush ‘the Devil’

In case you missed it, here’s Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s address to the U.N. General Assembly in which he referred to Bush as the devil: “Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez at the U.N.
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At U.N., Chavez Calls Bush ‘The Devil’

Maybe it’s time for you vacationers to cancel those travel plans to Venezuela…
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Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


US and Venezuela fight over chicken
Illustration by Peter Scheer

U.S.-Venezuela Relations Go Fowl

Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela took a bizarre turn this week after Venezuelan authorities confiscated diplomatic cargo headed for the American Embassy in Caracas and accused Washington of smuggling.  Included in the shipment were parts for ejector seats and 176 pounds of chicken.

Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
wikipedia.org

Venezuela to Sever Ties With Israel

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela?s feisty president, said he intends to cut diplomatic relations with Israel in protest of its attack on Lebanon, which he called “a new holocaust.” Tensions began to build between Venezuela and Israel after Chavez visited Iran last month, saying he would ?stand by Iran at any time and under any condition.?

Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld Compares Chavez to Hitler

The secretary of defense likens the Venezuelan president to the German dictator, saying: “He’s a person who was elected legally—just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally.” | story

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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