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Oct 05, 2009 Politics and Prison in Venezuela: Student Protester's Saga Shines New Light on Chávez's Approach to Dissent

QUOTE: human rights and legal policy groups say that even more worrisome is the growing number of government foes [in Venezuela] in jail for what they allege are politically motivated reasons.

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2009 Hugo Chávez seeks to catch them young: Venezuela's education “reforms”

QUOTE: the focus of the Venezuelan leader’s [Hugo Chávez] reforms [for education] is on ensuring the intrusion of politics at every level. Mariano Herrera, an educationalist, predicts that the result will be greater inequality, not less

Economist
Aug 12, 2008 Venezuela's Chávez riles critics with new decree: Chávez issued 26 laws last week, many of which resemble items in a constitutional reform package rejected by voters last December.

QUOTE: [Hugo Chávez's] government is once again riling critics with recent moves, such as the passage of a slew of new laws that resemble items in the rejected constitutional reform package and the banning of opposition candidates from upcoming mayoral and gubernatorial elections.

Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2008 Venezuela Offered Aid to Colombian Rebels

QUOTE: President Hugo Chávez, who has publicly lauded the FARC and characterized Colombia's government as illegitimate, ridiculed the latest batch of correspondence Sunday as "imbecilic documents." He cast Colombian President Álvaro Uribe as a "manipulator" linked to drug trafficking and charged that the Bush administration is using the documents as a pretext to invade Venezuela from Colombia.

Washington Post
Jan 20, 2008 Radical Left, Iran’s Last Legal Dissidents, Until Now

QUOTE: In recent weeks, the leaders of the Marxist student movement have been arrested, suggesting that the government is worrying about the size of the demonstrations and the growing attraction of an ideology that is deeply antithetical to its own.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 A Health System’s ‘Miracles’ Come With Hidden Costs

QUOTE: Cuban doctors abroad receive much better pay than in Cuba, along with other benefits from the state, like the right to buy a car and get a relatively luxurious house when they return. As a result, many of the finest physicians have taken posts abroad. The doctors and nurses left in Cuba are stretched thin and overworked, resulting in a decline in the quality of care for Cubans...

New York Times
Oct 07, 2007 The World: Living in Exile Isn’t What It Used to Be

QUOTE: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela are all discussing ways of bringing former leaders out of exile to face human rights or corruption charges, and legal experts expect these various efforts to be energized by a ruling by Chile’s Supreme Court ordering that Mr. Fujimori be sent to a jail cell in Peru to await trial.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2007 Caracas Journal: A Culture of Naming That Even a Law May Not Tame

QUOTE: The bill’s ambition, according to a draft submitted to municipal offices here for review, is to “preserve the equilibrium and integral development of the child” by preventing parents from giving newborns names that expose them to ridicule or are “extravagant or hard to pronounce in the official language,” Spanish.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2007 Ecuador moves to cut Interest rates for poor: Banks and microlenders say Ecuador's leftist president may hurt most those he wants to help with 'financial justice' law.

QUOTE: [Although] The bill...paves the way for a complete overhaul of an abusive financial system...[it] could hurt most those Correa hopes to help.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 31, 2007 Venezuela Poised to Hand Chávez Wide-Ranging Powers

QUOTE: Two months after Chávez was reelected to another six-year term by an overwhelming margin, Venezuela is experiencing a fundamental shift in its political and economic climate that could remake the country in a way perhaps not seen in Latin America since Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959. On Wednesday, the National Assembly is expected to entrust him with tremendous powers that will allow him to dictate new laws for 18 months to transform the economy, redraw the structure of government and establish a new funding apparatus for Venezuela's huge oil wealth.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2007 Chávez Sets Plans for Nationalization: Venezuela 'Heading Toward Socialism,' President Says; More Powers Sought

QUOTE: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Monday announced plans to nationalize the country's electrical and telecommunications companies, take control of the once-independent Central Bank and seek special constitutional powers permitting him to pass economic laws by decree. "We're heading toward socialism, and nothing and no one can prevent it," Chávez, who won a third term in a landslide election in December...

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2006 For Chávez, Firm Rule and Favors: Venezuelan President Expected to Win Easily in Sunday Vote

QUOTE: [Venezuela's] populist president, Hugo Chávez, beloved by his followers, has achieved a cultlike status by mixing his considerable charisma with a free-spending policy of funneling billions into social programs. But that hasn't stopped his oil-rich government from using every tool at its disposal to ensure that voters flock to its side in Sunday's presidential election.

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2006 Is there a "black vote" in Venezuela?

QUOTE: Barlovento is home to one of the largest concentrations of black Venezuelans in the country, and it is a center of the growing Afro-Venezuelan movement. But leaders here say that their struggle for increased visibility is too often a lonely one, even though the government claims to represent the world's downtrodden.

Slate
May 10, 2006 Crime Brings Venezuelans Into Streets: Large Protests Over Soaring Homicide Rate Create Political Challenge for Chavez

QUOTE: ...gives Venezuela a solid claim to the dubious title of the world's capital of violent crime....Many of the protesters have suggested that Chavez has divided Venezuelan society with his frequent criticism of the country's upper class, rhetoric they say has incited lower classes to violence against the wealthy.

Washington Post
May 02, 2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas: Troops Deployed In Move to Block Foreign Influence

QUOTE: Bolivian President Evo Morales seized control of the country's natural gas industry Monday, sending soldiers to occupy fields that he contends private companies have plundered for years.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2005 Nations Reach Agreement at World Trade Conference

QUOTE: Trade ministers representing most of the world's governments reached a deal....sets a deadline for the global elimination of agricultural export subsidies, realizing a goal that United States negotiators have been pursuing for two decades. The agreement, to be known as the Hong Kong Declaration, also requires industrialized nations to eliminate almost all tariffs and quotas on the exports of the world's poorest nations, a goal of the United Nations...

New York Times
Nov 20, 2005 Che's Second Coming?

QUOTE: Morales is the first full-blooded Aymara, Bolivia's dominant ethnic group, to make a serious run for the presidency, which is in itself testimony to the extraordinary marginalization that Bolivian citizens of pure Indian descent, who make up more than half of the population, have endured since 1825, when an independent Bolivia was established.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2005 Does That F-16 Come With a Warranty? What happens if the U.S. government sells you a lemon.

QUOTE: Venezuela has now threatened to violate this provision on the grounds that the United States refused to work out a deal for more spare parts. Meanwhile, U.S. military officials say they're not selling spare parts because Chavez won't let them inspect his F-16s.

Slate
Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
May 18, 2005 Anti-Castro Militant's Arrest Puts U.S. in a Bind: Administration Mindful Of Fla. Cuban Exile Politics

QUOTE: ...the aging militant and vehement opponent of Cuban leader Fidel Castro was arrested by U.S. immigration officers...dilemma for the Bush administration, which has taken a strong stand against terrorism in all forms but has also been reluctant to cross the politically potent Cuban exile community...

Washington Post
Apr 13, 2005 U.S. Asylum Sought by Cuban Tied to Terror Cases

QUOTE: Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA-trained Cuban exile implicated in a series of terrorist incidents, applied for political asylum in the United States yesterday, prompting at least one congressman to assert that granting the request would undermine the nation's credibility in the war on terrorism.

Washington Post
Apr 19, 2002 Lying in Style

QUOTE: If the truth was too precious to waste on politics for Bush I and a challenge to overcome for Clinton, for our current George Bush it is simply boring and uncool.

Washington Post
Oct 27, 2001 Baseball's Minor Infractions: in Latin America, Young Players Come At a Bargain Price

QUOTE: ...what are the responsibilities of the U.S.-based teams that conduct business in poor, often-corrupt societies and of an industry that wields enormous power over a vast pool of unsophisticated teenage ballplayers?

Washington Post