The Venezuelan government expressed outrage at U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday for calling Hugo Chavez's policies "authoritarian" at such a "delicate moment," with the Venezuelan president recovering from a difficult cancer surgery.
By Nil Nikandrov - Strategic Culture Foundation, Dec 29th 2011
Nine months ahead of the presidential poll in Venezuela, US President B. Obama gave a written interview to the country's top-conservative and sternly anti-Chavez outlet El Universal. Obama's provocative comments were immediately read as a mobilizing signal by the opposition in Venezuela.
By Eva Gollinger - Correo del Orinoco International, Dec 27th 2011
Dangerous and unfounded accusations could easily be used to justify an attack against Venezuela, as “weapons of mass destruction” was used against Iraq and “protecting the population” was used against Libya.Obama’s reckless bandwagoning of aggression against Venezuela could lead to an unnecessary atrocity.
This week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his choice for the State Department’s top Latin America post. An outspoken critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Obama’s nominee, Roberta Jacobson, recently told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that she was "particularly concerned" with the Venezuelan president.
Two incumbent presidents are running for re-election in 2012, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Barack Obama in the United States. What makes these two electoral contests significant is that they represent contrasting responses to the global economic crises.
According to Michael Froman, Obama’s national security adviser for international economic affairs, “This trip fundamentally is about the US recovery, US exports and the critical relationship that Latin America plays in our economic future and jobs here in the United States.”
By Eva Golinger - Correo del Orinoco International, Feb 18th 2011
The US government is setting the terrain for the 2012 presidential elections in Venezuela, soliciting funding to back anti-Chavez groups and help prepare a "candidate" to oppose Chavez. Meanwhile, Republicans recently called for a "full-scale embargo" against the oil-producing nation.
By Mike Whitney - Centre for Research on Globalization, Jan 27th 2011
His enemies call him a tyrant and a dictator, but he is neither. Hugo Chavez is a tireless champion of the poor and a committed Christian socialist. The only difference between Chavez's type of Christianity and Barack Obama's, is that Chavez walks the walk.