January 30, 2013

Hugo Chavez: An Elected Autocrat

Rory Carroll, New Statesman

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He kept power by bullying those who dissented -- and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.

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TAGGED: Latin America, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez


January 23, 2013
Venezuela Stuck in a David Foster Wallace Novel
Tyszka & Marcano, NYT
From the intensive care unit, the president "continues to perform his duties"; he gives orders and sends kisses to children. This is what his vice president says. According to the Supreme Court, the Congress cannot consider him... more ››
January 21, 2013
Chavez Is Not Going Quietly
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
Imagine that Barack Obama failed to appear for his swearing-in Monday — and had not been seen or heard from in a month. Imagine that Vice President Biden informed the nation that Obama, though sequestered in a foreign... more ››
On Sunday night, Brazilian websites began posting the names, photos and bios of the 233 victims of that morning’s horrific nightclub fire in the southern city of Santa Maria. What stands out is that half of them were college... more ››
January 29, 2013
Can Dilma Rousseff Fix Brazil?
Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld
Rousseff took office on New Year’s Day 2011, and she inherited a resource-rich economy that had grown by 7.5 percent in 2010. She also inherited a world-famous anti-poverty program (Bolsa Família) that has helped... more ››
January 18, 2013
What's Behind Cuba's New Travel Policy?
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
Analysts say politics, money, and sending a message to the U.S. may have motivated Cuba to instigate a more liberal travel policy. more ››