Last January, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a weeklong tour of Latin America, visiting Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and finally Ecuador. In the U.S. media, where there are no two greater villains than Ahmadinejad and Chávez, it was not hard to predict that the coverage of the first stop on the tour would result in an onslaught of negative headlines filled with hysterics at what such a meeting could mean for U.S. national security.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has criticised the U.S. State Department’s “absurd” decision to threaten Latin American countries with sanctions should they engage in trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Washington has made no secret of its disdain for Venezuela’s President Chavez and mass media have turned a democratic leader into a dictatorship. Does Venezuela really represent a threat to the United States or is the hype just an excuse for regime change?
By Hugh O'Shaughnessy, The Guardian UK, Jan 12th 2012
The arrival of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Sunday was an interesting but minor item in the process of what has become known as "south-south relations". It will strengthen western myth-makers – the same ones who brought us Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction – on the story of Venezuela as a modern day Cave of the 40 Thieves with Hugo Chávez cast as the wicked and wily Ali Baba.
In a meeting between Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez yesterday in Caracas, both presidents emphasised that their relationship was about promoting peace and development, in light of U.S warnings against ties between the two countries.
Yesterday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed the United States government for the danger of a possible “nuclear war” in the Middle East, as a result of “tensions over the last few weeks” between the West and Iran.
By Lance Selfa - Socialistworkers.org, May 19th 2011
In this critical look at Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's foreign policy towards the Middle East, writer Lance Selfa affirms that the Arab people's perception of Chávez has changed as a result of the Venezuelan leader's open support for Libya's Qaddafi and Syria's Assad, among others.