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Hugo Chavez

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

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Paul Cummins: We Reap What We Sow

A wildly successful Venezuelan governmental program that makes free musical instruments and training available to all children should serve as a model for the U.S. as we struggle to keep guns out of kids’ hands.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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

Hugo Chavez

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

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

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez embrace

Venezuela and Iran Get Cozy

The love-fest between Tehran and Caracas deepened this week, with an official visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Venezuelan capital.  Hugo Chavez and the Iranian leader embraced, signed 29 agreements and decried American-style world hegemony.

Posted on Sep 17, 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

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

Inside Chavez’s Venezuela

Sharmini Peries, foreign policy advisor to Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, talks about Latin America’s most contentious leader—and thorn in Washington’s side—since Fidel Castro. Peries became advisor to President Hugo Chavez after interviewing him and members of the Venezuelan government while she was on assignment for India’s magazine Frontline in 2004.

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE

Argentina defeats the IMF and moves South America left

Just four years after defaulting on more than $100 billion in debt, Argentina is expected to completely re-pay its debt to the International Monetary Fund and strengthen its alliance with Venezuela’s populist leader, Hugo Chavez. Read the story.

Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE

Hugo Chavez with Evo Morales

The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE

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