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    Hugo Chavez Stands in the Terrorist Vanguard

    While hosting Syria’s President-for-life Bashar al-Assad on June 25-26, Venezuela authoritarian populist and aspiring president-for-life Hugo Chavez was quick to promise ever-closer ties with Syria.  Assad’s Syria is the longest running country on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Chavez described the Syrian leader’s visit as part of a “strategic … More

    The Day Chavez Stubbed His Toe in Honduras

    On June 28, 2009, Latin America’s populist authoritarian movement led by Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez suffered a major setback.  Vigilant Hondurans defended their representative institutions and Constitution by removing Manuel Zelaya from power. They did so after Zelaya attempted to alter Honduras’ strict, one-term limit on executive power and adopt … More

    Obama Cannot Ignore Chavez Terror Links

    Washington’s ability to manage multiple challenges continues to be tested in the Western Hemisphere, where Venezuela’s anti-American leader Hugo Chavez is working to  destabilize the region and support international terrorist organizations. The Washington Post’s Juan Forero reported on May 20: Now, based on documents and witness testimony, Chávez is facing … More

    Chavez Needed a Bailout - So He Made One Up!

    Last weekend President Hugo Chavez announced with great fanfare that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), had signed an agreement with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to develop part of the Orinoco heavy crude area for which they had given Venezuela a $20 billion loan. As usual … More

    Silence No Solution for Iran-Venezuela Problem

    In his most recent congressional testimony the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela successfully managed to outline Obama Administration policy for Latin America without once mentioning Hugo Chavez or Iran.  Such a glaring omission speaks volumes about the Obama readiness to “speak no evil” and bury … More

    Chavez to Putin: "I Want to Be Your Friend"

    Almost a year ago, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez told President Obama, “I want to be your friend.”  Today the much-photographed handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad has become a cold shoulder.   Sadly like much of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, relations with arch-anti-American Hugo Chavez have fallen … More

    Chavez’s Nationalizations May Spell His Doom

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rose to power by tapping into populist and nationalist sentiment. Blaming the problems facing his country on western superpowers, Chavez portrayed himself as a man of the people who would bring the wealth of Venezuela to the people. The pie-in-the-sky rhetoric does not jive with cold, … More

    Hollywood: Chavez's Last Bastion of Support

    In the wake of a devastating report on his presidency by the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Commission, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s loudest defense has come from actor Sean Penn, known most recently for his roles in Milk and Mystic River. In the OAS report, Chavez is accused of … More

    Spanish Judge Probes Chavez Terror Connection

    On March 1,  Spanish prosecuting judge Eloy Velasco issued indictments against 12 terrorist members of the ETA, the chief Basque separatist/terrorist organization, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  Both ETA and FARC are considered international terrorist organization in Europe and by the U.S. The Spanish judge charged the … More

    Be a Man! Hugo Chavez!

    The buzz in Latin America was the February 22 shout-fest in Cancun, Mexico between Colombia’s pro-American leader Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela’s populist, anti-American president Hugo Chavez.  The showdown erupted during a private luncheon for Latin American and Caribbean presidents gathered to discuss [without the U.S. or Canada present] a framework … More