By Dorkys Ramos | 01/25/2010 - 17:00
On Saturday, the Venezuelan government took six cable TV channels off the air for disobeying a law requiring them to air government messages. Last week, 24 channels—including RCTV—were redefined as national rather than international broadcasters, meaning they are now forced to carry President Hugo Chavez’s addresses and campaign materials throughout this election year.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2009 - 11:14
Being fat in Venezuela is taboo. The country seems to breed Miss Universe winners! But a different kind of beauty pageant is taking Hugo Chavez's homeland by storm these days. And if you thought being pudgy was taboo, what about being overweight, gay and a queen? Downright scandalous.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."
By Mariela Rosario | 10/29/2009 - 11:45
It seems that the lines of communication have been crossed between Puerto Rican band Calle 13 and president Hugo Chavez. After lead singer René Pérez Joglar wore a shirt to the Los Premios MTV that read, "Chavez por mejor artista pop" the Venezuelan leader took the reference as a compliment.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/26/2009 - 11:00
At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team were kidnapped and found shot to death in Tachira, a town on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, Reuters reports. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the athletes were on their side of the border. One team member survived the attack, and another player is still missing.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/28/2009 - 09:40
Is it just us, or is Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez getting a little excessive with the amount of stuff being banned in the country? Some of the things Chavez has banned in his country we'd actually love to see off limits here too—like golf (yawn) and video games (may increase hubby's productivity a hundred fold)—but most are arbitrary reflections of the increasingly militant leaders whim.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/08/2009 - 10:05
This week at the Venice International Film Festival, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traded in his red beret for the red carpet. Oliver Stone’s documentary, South of the Border, about the embattled leader, premiered this week at the Italian film festival, and the director said he is prepared for strong reactions from both sides of the political spectrum.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/14/2009 - 09:20
Protesters in Caracas were sprayed with tear gas as they
gathered outside of parliament to oppose a bill that would broaden state
control over schools. The bill would require the country's public and private
schools to base their teaching on "the Bolivarian Doctrine"— a
reference to 19th Century independence hero Simon Bolivar's ideals, such as
Latin American unity and national self-determination.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/10/2009 - 16:54
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is up in arms about a proposed agreement for Colombia to lease seven military bases to the United States.
Warning that the presence of U.S. troops could be used to destabilize the region, Chavez declared, "The threat against us is growing. I call on the people and the armed forces, let's go, ready for combat!" The socialist leader also warned Colombian president Alvaro Uribe that "Venezuela's military will respond if there's an attack against Venezuela."
By Christine Estevez | 06/30/2009 - 11:15
Various leaders are calling for the return to power of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was exiled by a military coup last weekend after he expressed interest in changing the constitution to allow him to seek another term in office. The country’s Congress has appointed a new president, Roberto Micheletti, who is insisting that Zelaya was removed legally for violating Honduras's constitution and attempting to extend his own rule.