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Hunting Hugo Chavez
Conn Hallinan - 10/30/2006
There are times when the tensions between Venezuela and the Bush Administration seem closer to Commedia dell'arte than politics. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compares President George W. Bush to the devil, right down to the smell of sulfur during a speech at the UN General Assembly. Homeland Security responds by strip-searching Nicolás Maduro Moros, Venezuela's foreign minister, at JFK airport. Venezuela seizes 176 pounds of frozen chicken on its way to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.

Chavez-China Oil Deal May Produce Unsuspected Winners
Trevor Houser - 9/9/2006
The Venezuelan president announced plans to increase oil exports to China tenfold over the next five years, with the expectation that China will invest in the nation's oil infrastructure, particularly in developing the reserves of the Orinoco Belt. The heavy tar-like reserves, which require special technology to extract, amount to about 20 percent of the global oil supply. But any agreement between China and Venezuela does not necessarily mean less oil for other countries, particularly the US, which has had a rocky relationship with the Chávez administration. China lacks the technological abil...

Chavez, Oil and American anxiety
Abid Mustafa - 1/17/2006
Once again tensions have surfaced between Hugo Chavez, the leader of Venezuela, and the Bush administration. Amid rumours of a planned US coup against the Venezuelan government, Chavez has again come out to publicly deride the US. On Jan.10, 2006, President Hugo Chavez said that the US administration is the principal threat for Venezuela today. He also noted that should a US invasion occur, "it would be crazy, they would certainly be defeated." Such bellicose statements have come to define the deteriorating relationship between the Chavez and the Bush administration.

Chavez's Inspiration - Simon Bolivar
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/8/2005
Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) is a Latin American folk hero, revered for having been a revolutionary freedom fighter, a compassionate egalitarian and a successful politician. He is credited with the liberation from Spanish colonial yoke of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, a country named after him. Venezuela's new strongman, Hugo Chavez, renamed his country The Bolivarian republic of Venezuela to reflect the role of his "Bolivarian revolution".

What to Do About Hugo Chavez?
Tom Barry - 9/3/2005
As President Hugo Chavez adeptly leverages Venezuela’s oil wealth to forge an array of regional alliances that leave the United States out in the cold, U.S. – Venezuela tensions are heating up. Boosted by the rising prices of oil and the deepening regional anger over U.S. imperial arrogance, Chavez has proved able not only to construct a counter-hegemonic constituency in Venezuela among the country’s poor majority but also to piece together a regional network that is challenging U.S. political and economic dominance. Uncle Sam is becoming the odd man out in the hemisphere claimed as U.S. domain since the early 19 th century.

Hugo Chavez's Threat to U.S. Security and Regional Stability
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 2/20/2005
Although their actions have slipped largely under the radar screen due to America's continuing duties in the War on Terror and in Iraq, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his minions have initiated an aggressively anti-American campaign in recent months that poses a direct threat to the security of the United States.



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