Category: Andes

Chávez Celebrates 12 Years In Power; Prepares For 2012 Elections

Today in Latin America Top Story — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez celebrated 12 years in power Wednesday and asked his supporters continue with the country’s socialist revolution. Chávez, who admitted that […] Read More >

Hugo Chávez Won’t Give Up Decree Powers In Venezuela

Today in Latin America Top Story — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Thursday he won’t relinquish special legislative powers, which he hinted he might do earlier this week. Facing a […] Read More >

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Says May Relinquish Decree Power Early; Calls For National Conciliation

Today in Latin America Top Story — Facing a Congress with an increased opposition presence, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has adopted a more conciliatory tone. In a speech to the […] Read More >

Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez Suggests Sean Penn, Bill Clinton or Oliver Stone for Ambassador Position

Today in Latin America Top Story — With uncertainty looming over Larry Palmer’s nomination as ambassador to Venezuela, on Tuesday Hugo Chávez jokingly suggested a number of people that he […] Read More >

Colombian Major and Four Soldiers Accused In “False Positive” Murders

Today in Latin America Top Story — Authorities brought accusations against a Colombian army major and four other soldiers Monday for the killing of three civilians  in 2002. Maj. Juan […] Read More >

Bolivian President Evo Morales Revokes Controversial Gas Decree

Today in Latin America Top Story — Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday the revocation of a decree that had ended gas subsidies, after a week of protests and […] Read More >

Transport Workers In Bolivia Strike Due To Rise In Fuel Prices

Today in Latin America Top Story — Bus drivers and other transport workers in Bolivia began an indefinite strike Monday in protest against an increase of more than 70 percent […] Read More >

Venezuela Approves Changes In Media Laws; Chávez Critics Worry About Free Speech

Today in Latin America Top Story — The Venezuelan congress approved two controversial measures late Monday night that put new regulations on the country’s internet and telecommunications systems.  One part of […] Read More >

Chávez Asks Venezuela National Assembly For Decree Powers

Today in Latin America Top Story — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez requested temporary decree powers Tuesday from the country’s National Assembly, the fourth time he has requested deree powers during […] Read More >

Wikileaks Cable Alleges Peruvian Military Ties To Drug Trafficking & Reveals U.S. Fears Over Shining Path

Today in Latin America Top Story — A leaked United States diplomatic cable reports that Peru’s new military head was involved in drug corruption, a charge that the general adamantly […] Read More >