Tag: Hugo Chavez

Colombia on the International Stage

Today, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos travels to Havana to meet with Cuban officials and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, currently convalescing in a Havana hospital. This hastily planned…

The FARC’s announcement to halt kidnapping: why?

The FARC’s announcement last Sunday that the organization will no longer kidnap civilians was a surprise to most observes and experts of the region. The mainstream media has…

Venezuelan-Colombian Relations at World Politics Review

Diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela have been at the front lines since a Spanish judge accused Venezuela of assisting FARC rebels on March 1, two years to…

Venezuelan Influence in Nicaraguan Media

Another opposition media outlet has fallen. And it’s not in Venezuela. Albanisa, a Venezuelan-owned conglomerate that controls below market-value Venezuelan oil imports in Nicaragua and has business ties…

Venezuela Referendum 2009: Why it matters

Some have argued that the upcoming referendum this Sunday in Venezuela is not all that significant, pointing out that if Chavez loses he will simply try again until…

Chavez and Anti-Semitism in Venezuela

In the past few days Venezuelan President Chavez has been accused by many of instigating the attacks on the oldest synagogue in Caracas last Friday, which left damaged…

The Role of the State and the Black Markets of La Guajira

Riding in an old Renault at night in La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost state, our driver, Edison, recognizes an opportunity to fill up his tank not by Chevron, Shell,…

2 Weeks and Counting: Venezuelan Regional Elections

On 23 November, less publicized but nonetheless very important elections are slated to take place in Venezuela. Many important positions are up for grabs in these regional elections,…

The Crisis Has Been Overcome?

After six days of tension which led some to fear inter-state armed conflict in the Andes, the conflict was declared “overcome” by Presidents Uribe, Correa, Chávez, and Ortega…

Civil Society Reacts in Latin America

This week has been characterized by a lot of saber-rattling and microphone diplomacy by the region’s dignitaries. At the OAS, virtually every country in the region took a…

Arming the Colombia-Venezuela Border

As relations between Colombia and Venezuela deteriorate, U.S. officials took the opportunity this week to express their disappointment with Venezuelan President Chávez during visits to Colombia. On Thursday…