Concerns About Violence Ahead of Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles is the opposition candidate against Hugo Chavez in the country’s presidential elections scheduled to take place on October 7, 2012. Supporters of Hugo Chavez had recently set up roadblocks during a visit by Mr. Capriles to a coastal city. It appears that stones were thrown in addition to arson and numerous…

Opposition Candidate Runs to the Left of Hugo Chavez

Next month, Venezuela will hold elections, and despite the dramatic failures of anti-Western leftist president Hugo Chavez, the opposition candidate is campaigning as a more extreme version of Chavez. Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles will represent an alternative to Chavez. Citing increased violence, poor infrastructure, and a flailing economy, Capriles is making a populist proposition to…

Grand Canal of Nicaragua

Since completion in 1914, the Panama canal has been vital for maritime trade between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by cutting through the Isthmus of Panama to eliminate the lengthy and dangerous Cap Horn route looping around the southern tip of South America. As far back as 1825, the newly established Federal Republic of Central…

Hope for Change in Venezuela

There is concern in Venezuela about the direction the country is moving politically, and Venezuelan governor Henrique Capriles is beginning to represent hope for opposition groups. As mayor of Caracas, Henrique was targeted by the administration for not doing enough to suppress protests against the Cuban embassy in 2002, and was charged with fomenting violence;…

Ahmadinejad Strengthens Ties with Latin America

Despite drastic differences culturally, religiously, and geographically, Venezuela’s Chavez and Iran’s Ahmadinejad seem to be united as enemies of a common enemy. Both countries are fond of railing against the "imperial Yankee," and a planned tour of leftist Latin Amarican states by Ahmadinejad is seen as a demonstration of solidarity against Western powers. Coming on…

Map of Venezuela

Chavez Blames United States for Cancer

On Wednesday, the president of Venezuela suggested that the United States of America may have developed technology to induce cancer in their political opponents, including himself. Hugo Chavez, long known for inflammatory rabble-rousing rhetoric against the West, suggested he would not be surprised if it was discovered in 50 years that the US caused the…

Unlikely Bedfellows

Venezuela has been predominantly Catholic for roughly half a millennium since the Spanish conquest. Iran has been under Muslim control for nearly one and a half millennium. Venezuelans speak Spanish. Iranians speak Arabic languages. Yet recently, Hugo Chavez has been currying favor with the mullahs of Iran.Tehran is geographically located 7319 miles from Caracas as the…