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    Copycat Chavistas: Kirchners Seek to Impose Censorship in Argentina

    In the run-up to her (or perhaps husband and former President Nestor Kirchner’s) expected bid for re-election in 2011, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is flexing her government’s muscles to pressure the media for favorable coverage.  Opposition leaders, however, call it an attempt to silence critics. Fernandez is sending … More

    Censorship and Confrontation Will Not Solve Chavez’s Mounting Problems

    On August 13 El Nacional, a Venezuelan daily, published a disturbing photograph of corpses piled up in a Caracas morgue. The photograph drove home an indisputable fact: Caracas has become one of the most dangerous places in the Americas. Reports the latest Economist: Venezuela’s national murder rate is 75 per … More

    Hugo Chavez’s Nonsensical Rejection of Obama’s Ambassador-Designate

    Always impulsively anti-American, Venezuela’s authoritarian populist President Hugo Chavez is once more attempting to cast himself as the victim of campaign of lies and calumnies conducted by the Obama Administration. In another act of bullhorn diplomacy, Chavez announced on August 8 that Larry Palmer, U.S. ambassador- designate to Venezuela, “disqualified … More

    Hugo’s Empty Oil Threats

    Venezuela’s authoritarian populist president, Hugo Chavez, is threatening to cut off oil sales to the U.S. The latest dispute follows Colombia’s presentation of evidence regarding the presence of an estimated 1,500 FARC fighters on Venezuelan soil with the complicit support of Chávez and his government. Thundered Chavez: If there was … More

    Chávez, FARC, and Colombia: Decision Time for the Obama Administration

    On July 22, Colombia’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) presented evidence of what is clearly a credible report on the presence of camps of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) inside Venezuela. By official U.S. designation FARC is a terrorist organization, one of three operating in … More

    Hugo Chavez Discovers: President Andrew Jackson Murdered Liberator Simon Bolivar

    With great solemnity and in the presence of several cabinet ministers, the tomb of Simon Bolivar (1783–1830), Latin America’s equivalent of George Washington, was opened in Caracas this past week. “Bolivar is alive. Let us not see him as a dead man and let us not see him as a … More

    Chavez and FARC to Colombia: A Body of Lies

    In a major press conference on July 15, outgoing Colombian Minister of Defense Gabriel Silva briefed the national press on the presence of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leaders and camps in Venezuela. Silva reported the location of one such camp at the following coordinates: North 10° 40′ 42″ … More

    Chavez’s Reign of Legal Terror Widens

    On July 12, agents of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service raided the Caracas home of Venezuela opposition figure Alejandro Peña Esclusa.  According Pena’s wife, Indira de Peña, the intelligence operatives blatantly planted evidence including explosives about the apartment and hauled her husband off to jail on treason and terror charges. The … More

    Clinton’s Diplomatic Disconnect on Venezuela

    Secretary of State Clinton’s congratulatory message to Venezuela on its independence day reflects the State Department’s continued inability to craft a coherent strategy for Venezuela. The friendly message claims ingenuously: We [the U.S. and Venezuela] share a common history of emancipation and democratic aspiration. Yet, in reality, it is hard … More

    Hugo Chavez’s Socialism: Beg, Borrow or Steal

    Venezuela’s populist authoritarian President continues to battle a slumping economy, high inflation and faltering popular approval ratings. With the national oil company (PDVSA) the chief lifeline of his regime, Chavez will literally beg, borrow or steal to keep pumping oil. Chavez’s nationalization mania took off in earnest in 2007.   Last year, … More