Hugo Chavez http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19865/all en Chavez defends dictator friends in Middle East http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110628/chavez-arab-spring-gaddafi <p> CARACAS &mdash; &quot;Just because the whole world calls Gaddafi an assassin doesn&#39;t mean Chavez will call him an assassin,&rdquo; Chavez declared.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110628/chavez-arab-spring-gaddafi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez World Leaders Americas Middle East Venezuela Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:28:42 +0000 John Otis 5661238 at http://www.globalpost.com The worrisome absence of Hugo Chavez http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110629/chavez-health-cancer <p> CARACAS &mdash; Perpetually on television, radio, even Twitter, Chavez has built his success through the power of personality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110629/chavez-health-cancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez World Leaders Politics Venezuela Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:15:00 +0000 Girish Gupta 5661752 at http://www.globalpost.com Have you seen this face? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/world-leaders-missing-chavez-venezuela <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There's a long list of world leaders who have mysteriously gone missing. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephanie Garlow </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Hugo Chavez&#39;s recent absence from the spotlight is a rarity&nbsp;for a president who is perpetually on TV, the radio and even <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/chavezcandanga">Twitter</a>.</p> <p> But Chavez is hardly the first world leader to go missing for days at a time.</p> <p> Like Chavez, other leaders have sought medical treatment out of the country, leaving their countrymen to wonder about their health &mdash; and often whether they&#39;re alive at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/world-leaders-missing-chavez-venezuela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Venezuela Que pasa Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:55:00 +0000 Stephanie Garlow 5661831 at http://www.globalpost.com Chavez returns to Venezuela after surgery http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110704/chavez-returns-venezuela-after-surgery <p> On his Twitter account, Chavez assured Venezuelans that he was back: &ldquo;Good morning my beloved Venezuela! Good morning beloved people. Thanks be to God. It is the beginning of the return.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110704/chavez-returns-venezuela-after-surgery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cuba Hugo Chavez Raul Castro World Leaders Americas Politics Venezuela Mon, 04 Jul 2011 14:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5668819 at http://www.globalpost.com Chavez's illness spells trouble for Cuba http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/cuba/110705/castro-chavez-energy-oil <p> HAVANA &mdash;&nbsp;Steady oil shipments from Venezuela have largely eliminated the chronic blackouts that plagued Cuba and led to riots in the early 1990s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/cuba/110705/castro-chavez-energy-oil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Cuba Venezuela Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:35:00 +0000 Nick Miroff 5669407 at http://www.globalpost.com The world without Hugo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavez-cancer-cuba-nicaragua <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pick a side: Can Venezuela's allies survive without Hugo Chavez? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephanie Garlow </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>If Hugo goes ... ?</p> <p>It&#39;s the <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/28/if_hugo_goes?page=0,1">question of the week</a> in Latin American politics. If Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez &mdash; who has been in power for 12 years &mdash; can&#39;t recover from cancer, what does that mean for Venezuela?</p> <p>And, since Chavez has used his oil riches to throw money at allies in the region, are&nbsp;Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba in trouble as well if Hugo goes?</p> <p>Check out these takes from the Guardian, GlobalPost and The American about what a world without Hugo would mean for Cuba and Nicaragua.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavez-cancer-cuba-nicaragua" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Nicaragua Venezuela Que pasa Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:52:00 +0000 Stephanie Garlow 5669836 at http://www.globalpost.com Report card: 12 years of Hugo Chavez http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110715/chavez-poor-social-welfare-reelection <p> CARACAS &mdash;&nbsp;Under Chavez, living standards have improved for the county&rsquo;s have-nots. But critics refuse to give Chavez any credit and claim he&rsquo;s squandered billions in petrodollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110715/chavez-poor-social-welfare-reelection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez World Leaders Venezuela Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:39:06 +0000 John Otis 5670655 at http://www.globalpost.com Hugo Chavez: the boy from humble beginnings in Sabaneta http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110803/hugo-chavez-the-boy-Los-Rastrojos-sabaneta-cancer-health <p> LOS RASTROJOS &mdash; Black-and-white photos that depict the young Chavez with classmates. One shows him in a white T-shirt and baseball cap, in front of a giant map of Venezuela.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110803/hugo-chavez-the-boy-Los-Rastrojos-sabaneta-cancer-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Venezuela Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:55:00 +0000 Girish Gupta 5672279 at http://www.globalpost.com Stripped of his powers, Caracas’ mayor still tries to run a city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110811/Politics-Venezuela-Oppression-Chavez <p> CARACAS &mdash; With Hugo Chavez dominating Venezuelan politics, opposition leaders have had a hard time gaining traction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/110811/Politics-Venezuela-Oppression-Chavez" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Venezuela Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:03:24 +0000 John Otis 5672904 at http://www.globalpost.com Hugo Chavez takes the gold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/venezuela/hugo-chavez-takes-the-gold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Venezuelan leader nationalizes another industry. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Looks like Hugo Chavez is already delving into his bag of pre-election tricks.</p> <p> Chavez <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-18/chavez-emptying-bank-of-england-vault-as-venezuela-brings-back-gold-hoard.html">announced this week</a>&nbsp;that he would nationalize the gold industry, and ordered home some 200 tons of gold the country had stored with European and American banks. The decision was taken in part, he said, because of the U.S. debt crisis and fears of instability in Europe. Chavez argued that the gold would be safer at home or with allied countries, such as China.</p> <p> &ldquo;I agree with bringing that home,&rdquo; Chavez said on state television, according to Bloomberg. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a healthy decision.&rdquo;</p> <p> Chavez already has plenty of cash&mdash;Venezuela sits on the largest oil reserves in the world. But with presidential elections coming next year, Chavez may also be looking to secure other assets as he prepares for his campaign.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/venezuela/hugo-chavez-takes-the-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gold Hugo Chavez Venezuela Venezuela Que pasa Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:23:00 +0000 Sarah Childress 5673441 at http://www.globalpost.com Nicaragua would welcome Gaddafi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/first-chavez-now-nicaragua-gaddafi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Venezuela isn't the Libyan leader's only friend in the region. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still has a few friends left in Latin America.</p> <p> We know that Hugo Chavez, Venezuela&rsquo;s charismatic president, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavez-rallies-libyan-leader">supports</a> him because he can&#39;t stop talking about it.&nbsp;</p> <p> With the Libyan rebels firing celebration guns in Tripoli, Chavez came out with a second statement that said he <a href="http://www.eluniversal.com/2011/08/23/venezuela-dismisses-the-idea-of-recognizing-libyan-rebels.shtml">refused</a> to acknowledge any government in Libya but that of his friend. &quot;Without a doubt, we&#39;re facing imperal madness,&quot; Chavez said in his televised address, according to the Associated Press.</p> <p> And now, Nicaragua has chimed in.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/first-chavez-now-nicaragua-gaddafi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Libya Gaddafi War Venezuela Que pasa Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:00:17 +0000 Sarah Childress 5673836 at http://www.globalpost.com Venezuela's squatter city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110829/squatter-city <p> CARACAS &mdash; The unfinished 45-story office tower looming over this capital city lacks plumbing, elevators and walls. It&#39;s also home to more than 2,500 people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110829/squatter-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez Venezuela Americas Elections Venezuela Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:46:52 +0000 John Otis 5674184 at http://www.globalpost.com Chavez's challengers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavezs-challengers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can any of these guys beat Hugo? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez doesn&#39;t go away easily. Since he came into office in 199, he&#39;s been reelected twice, beaten a recall referendum and a coup.</p> <p> Now he&rsquo;s <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/04/world/americas/venezuela-presidential-hopeful/index.html?eref=edition_americas&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fedition_americas+%28RSS%3A+Americas%29 " target="_blank">facing another poll</a> next year. Chavez is still popular, and his pro-poor, socialist agenda has helped to reduce poverty. His critics charge him with implementing unsustainable policies, and inappropriately favoring those who support him &mdash; and working to censor those who don&rsquo;t.&nbsp;</p> <p> Here&#39;s a look at the challengers:</p> <p> <strong>Henrique Capriles: </strong>The governor of Miranda state, Capriles is currently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/10/henrique-capriles-chavez_n_956992.html " target="_blank">at the top</a> of the polls among the other opposition candidates. He&rsquo;s also encroaching on Chavez&rsquo;s support, which is a feat for an opposition politician.</p> <blockquote><p> A survey released this week by the Caracas-based polling firm Datanalisis showed Capriles with about 36 percent support to Chavez&#39;s 38 percent in a two-way matchup. The late July survey of 1,300 Venezuelans had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.</p> </blockquote> <p> <strong>Leopoldo Lopez: </strong>The opposition politician had been banned by Chavez from running for president. That ruling was recently overturned by the Inter-American Human Rights Court, a regional body. It&rsquo;s not a binding decision, though, and Chavez didn&rsquo;t seem too impressed. In classic form, he laughed it off with a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/17/us-venezuela-election-idUSTRE78G1RC20110917">joke</a>:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavezs-challengers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez World Leaders Elections Venezuela Que pasa Wed, 05 Oct 2011 20:40:00 +0000 Sarah Childress 5676967 at http://www.globalpost.com Chavez loses a friend in Gaddafi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavez-loses-friend-gaddafi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chavez had written encouragement to the Libyan leader, telling him, "Win or die." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/gaddafi-dead-eyewitness-recounts-final-moments">confirmed killed</a> on Thursday, didn&#39;t have a lot of friends.</p> <p> He was never really welcomed in the circle of Arab leaders, who <a href="http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2053164,00.html" target="_blank">considered him more of an African</a> than one of them. When&nbsp;Gaddafi turned south, he found few supporters among African leaders.&nbsp;</p> <p> All that makes Gaddafi&#39;s friendship with Hugo Chavez even more particular.&nbsp;Venezuela&#39;s president has been a staunch ally of Gaddafi from the beginning.&nbsp;</p> <p> Chavez has been battling cancer, flying to Cuba regularly for medical care. He returned on Thursday from Havana after another round of treatment, but didn&#39;t have anything immediately to say about his friend&#39;s death.</p> <p> But as the rebellion in Libya began, Chavez was out front, condemning the uprising.</p> <p> As other leaders slowly began to recognize the transitional government, Chavez made a point of declaring that he would not recognize the rebels. In March, Chavez offered to try to broker a truce between the two sides. The rebels turned him down.</p> <p> When Tripoli fell, Chavez released yet another statement upbraiding the rebellion as &quot;imperial madness.&quot; But there would be more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/chavez-loses-friend-gaddafi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaddafi Dead Hugo Chavez Libya Gaddafi War Middle East Venezuela Que pasa Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:35:18 +0000 Sarah Childress 5678664 at http://www.globalpost.com Chavez on death of Gaddafi, a "martyr" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/venezuela/chavez-speaks-out-gaddafi-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hugo Chavez and the former Libyan leader were close friends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Girish Gupta </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> CARACAS, Venezuela &mdash;&nbsp;One of Muammar al Gaddafi&rsquo;s few friends on the international stage has said that the former Libyan leader will be remembered &ldquo;as a great fighter, a revolutionary and martyr.&rdquo;</p> <p> Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez described the killing of Gaddafi as a &ldquo;murder,&rdquo; before slamming the U.S. and its allies. &ldquo;The story in Libya is just beginning,&rdquo; Ch&aacute;vez said. &ldquo;The Yankee empire cannot master the world. The worst thing is that in their efforts to dominate the world, the empire and its allies are burning.&rdquo;</p> <p> Chavez arrived back in Venezuela today after medical tests in Cuba, which he claims have given him the all clear. &ldquo;I am free of illness,&rdquo; the president confidently declared. &ldquo;Chavez is back!&rdquo;</p> <p> That Chavez of old will be looking forward to presidential elections next October and his rhetoric will no doubt return to its previous magnificence. Just today, on a pilgrimage to a Catholic shrine, Chavez said: &ldquo;It would be easier for a donkey to pass through the eye of a needle than for the opposition to win the elections.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/venezuela/chavez-speaks-out-gaddafi-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaddafi Dead Hugo Chavez Libya Gaddafi War Middle East Venezuela Que pasa Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:49:00 +0000 Girish Gupta 5678773 at http://www.globalpost.com