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    So Why Isn’t Venezuela on the State Sponsor of Terror List?

    In a recent letter to Speaker Pelosi, President Obama stated that North Korea does not fit the criteria for being listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, which would automatically impose sanctions.  That leaves four countries on the list: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.  But given testimony this week from … More

    A New Chapter Dawns for Honduras

    A seemingly uneventful transition of power will take place today in the small Central American country of Honduras as Interim president, Roberto Micheletti, hands over the keys to the presidential palace to president-elect Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo. The occasion will be marked with the usual pomp, celebration and traditions that mark … More

    Hugo Chavez Shuts Down Cable Channel Amid Growing Popular Unrest

    Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez took another step aimed at consolidating his authoritarian choke hold on Venezuela by forcing cable providers to dump Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) from their broadcasting lineups.  The popular, anti- Chavez channel first ran afoul of the populist leader for its critical programming back in 2007.  At the … More

    The Obsessions of Hugo Chavez on Haiti Defy Logic

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is a man consumed by an obsession. That obsession is the United States. The United States wants to assassinate him; steal his oil; invade his country, etc. Hugo Chavez wakes up in the morning obsessing about the Empire, shorthand for the U.S. and beds down at … More

    Things to Remember While Helping Haiti

    Today, the United States began surveying the damage inflicted by a devastating earthquake in Haiti this week. In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake should address long-held concerns over the fragile political environment that exists in the region. The U.S. government response should … More

    Chavez’s Devaluation Leaves Venezuelans Jittery About His “Socialism of the 21st Century”

    President Hugo Chavez, architect of Latin America’s so-called “Socialism of the 21st Century,” roiled Venezuela’s economic waters with his decision to devalue the Bolivar, the national currency, on January 8. Under a new exchange regime, the first devaluation in five years, Venezuela will operate a three-tiered exchanges rate system. For … More

    Morning Bell: The Hugo Chavez Case for Cap and Trade

    This morning while President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference, his allies were busy trying to shield him of the political fallout from the conference’s apparent failure to produce anything substantial. Throughout the conference, one of the biggest obstacles to an agreement was the insistence of developing … More

    Chavez on Climate Change: Blame Capitalism

    President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez received resounding cheers from the audience after saying, “Seven percent of the world population – some 500 million people – are responsible for half of contaminating emissions. Capitalism is to blame for this.” He also asserted, “our revolution seeks to help … More

    Video: Copenhagen Cheers as Chavez Condemns Capitalism

    At the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, National Review Online’s Charles Krauthammer wrote: “The raid on the Western treasuries is on again, but today with a new rationale to fit current ideological fashion. With socialism dead, the gigantic heist is now proposed as a sacred … More

    Talk is Cheap: The Obama Administration on Democracy Promotion and Human Rights

    Diplomacy and development have been major administration priorities as illustrated by the State Department’s first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) intended to provide the short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for our diplomatic and development efforts. On December 14, 2009, Secretary Clinton gave democracy its due in a lecture … More