Today the Obama administration threw a bone to the extreme right, with a press release from Secretary of State John Kerry announcing “restrictions on travel to the United States by a number of Venezuelan government officials who have been responsible for or complicit in such human rights abuses.” This is of course a very hostile gesture that is transparently political, and has nothing to do with human rights.
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.