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June 2009: "In Venezuela, a South American country that is increasingly polarized, protests against President Hugo Chávez's administration are common. Juan Mejía, 22, said he found the protests in Iran stirring, partly because he felt that opponents of the government in Tehran want the same thing as protesters in Caracas."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062604343.html

August 2008: "If the new laws are perceived as a way to force reforms down the throats of voters who already rejected such proposals, however, it could embolden the opposition further and turn off moderate Chávez supporters ahead of regional elections in November."

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0812/p04s01-woam.html

May 2008: '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.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/14/AR2008051403785.html

November 2007: Nationalization is also a political trend in some regions, mainly Latin America, where the populist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador have made it part of their discourse. They are led, of course, by Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He has made private producers accept state control of their operations. When they wouldn’t, as in the case of ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, he simply nationalized their holdings. Chávez has also asserted his control over Venezuela’s state oil company, which before him operated very much like a private, profit-driven enterprise.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/magazine/04oil-t.html

October 2007: The idea by Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, to create a Bank of the South to finance regional development projects is moving forward, aided by the tacit approval of Brazil, which has South America’s largest economy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/world/americas/22bank.html

January 2007: 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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013001918.html

January 2007: BOGOTA, Colombia, Jan. 8 -- 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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/08/AR2007010801668.html

December 2006: The Venezuelan divide is often described as the white elite versus the dark-skinned masses. Like most things Chávez says, there is some truth to this. But the black vote in Venezuela shows the enormous gap between the romanticized version of the 'Bolivarian Revolution,' Chávez's political program for Venezuela, and the real thing.

http://www.slate.com/id/2154688/

December 2006: CARACAS, Venezuela, Nov. 30 -- This country'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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/30/AR2006113001383.html

December 2005: "...the region's self-appointed standard-bearer for the left, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, a populist who has injected the state into the economy, showered the nation's oil profits on government projects aimed at the poor, and antagonized the Bush administration with constant invective."

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/weekinreview/18forero.html

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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 06, 2009 When two plus two equals three: Cuba's penurious revolution

QUOTE: On taking over as president [of Cuba], Raúl Castro called for “changes of structure and concept” in the economy, raising hopes in some quarters that Cuba would imitate Vietnam in moving to a capitalist economy under communist political control. Those hopes have yet to be met.

Economist
Jul 26, 2009 Latin American Jews contend with spike in anti-Semitism: Derogatory political statements and attacks on synagogues have increased since Israel's January war in Gaza.

QUOTE: Across Latin America, Jewish leaders say they are contending with a new level of anti-Semitism that heated up after Israel's military operation in Gaza in December.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 02, 2009 Honduras Targets Protesters With Emergency Decree: Media in Country Also Feel Pressure

QUOTE: The new Honduran government clamped down on street protests and news organizations Wednesday as lawmakers passed an emergency decree that limits public gatherings following the military-led coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2009 Authoritarian Regimes Censor News From Iran

QUOTE: pro-democracy protests that appeared to inspire and energize one another broke out in Eastern Europe, Burma, China and elsewhere. Not all evolved into full-fledged revolutions, but communist regimes fell in a broad swath of countries, and the global balance of power shifted. A similar infectiousness has shown up in subtle acts of defiance by democracy advocates around the world this week.

Washington Post
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
Jul 03, 2008 Colombia Plucks Hostages From Rebels’ Grasp

QUOTE: Hours after Colombian commandos in disguise infiltrated the FARC terrorist group in a daring rescue operation, three American hostages were flown to safety in the United States and another freed captive, a French-Colombian politician held for six years, was reunited with her family.

New York Times
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 02, 2007 The Perils of Petrocracy

QUOTE: Nationalization is also a political trend in some regions, mainly Latin America, where the populist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador have made it part of their discourse. They are led, of course, by Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He has made private producers accept state control of their operations. When they wouldn’t, as in the case of ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, he simply nationalized their holdings. Chávez has also asserted his control over Venezuela’s state oil company, which before him operated very much like a private, profit-driven enterprise.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 Chávez’s Plan for Development Bank Moves Ahead

QUOTE: The bank’s formation comes at a time when South America is awash in development money, both public and private, and when most of the continent’s economies have increased their credit ratings to levels that make the cost of borrowing cheaper than during the past two decades.

New York Times
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
Sep 07, 2006 Letter From Mexico: Long History of Vote Fraud Lingers in the Mexican Psyche

QUOTE: After decades of one-party rule sustained by fraudulent elections, many Mexicans still deeply distrust their institutions and courts. But it is also because Mexicans have a very different notion of electoral fraud than voters in the United States, a notion that goes beyond stuffing ballot boxes....in Mexico it is against the law for a president or any elected official to use public resources to campaign for his party’s candidate.

New York Times
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
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