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Chavez Reaches Out and Touches Obama
By Mariela Rosario | 04/20/2009 - 12:45

Over the weekend, the Summit of the Americas provided a stage for some highly anticipated interaction between President Obama and left-leaning leaders of Latin America, who have sharply criticized the United States in the past.


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Latin America Looks to Redefine Relationship with United States at Summit of the Americas
By Mariela Rosario | 04/17/2009 - 17:20

President Barack Obama is going to have a lot on his plate at the fifth Summit of the America's, kicking off today in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Although circumstances have drastically changed since the last Summit four years ago when President Bush was met with violent protests and the ire of President Hugo Chavez in Argentina, Latin American leaders are hoping that an even more dramatic shift will occur in relations between the United States and the region, which has been largely ignored by US politicians since the start of the Iraq war.


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Chavez Calls Obama "Ignoramus"
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/23/2009 - 11:40

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has resumed trash talking President Barack Obama. In response to the U.S. president’s assertion in a January interview with Univision that Chavez exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America, Chavez said Obama was at best an "ignoramus,” Reuters reports.


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New Line of Revolutionary Action Figures Created by Venezuelan Family
By Mariela Rosario | 03/13/2009 - 17:20

Father and daughter team Angel and Joyce Parra have teamed up to create a different kind of action figure. Angel, a 58-year-old painter and socialist told the NY Daily News that he was inspired by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to create a line of toys about the revolutionary heroes of the country.


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Hugo Chavez Urges Obama to Join Socialist Movement
By Monica Herrera | 03/09/2009 - 16:05

Hugo Chavez took to Venezuelan state television on Friday to lament the state of the U.S. economy and urge President Barack Obama to join the socialist movement.


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Chavez Declares Venezuela's Vote on Referendum "Mandate for Socialism"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2009 - 16:07

Hugo Chavez scored a decisive win recently with the passing of a referendum he had proposed, effectively ending term limits and opening a path for the controversial president to stay in power well past his current term, which ends in 2012.

Speaking from the balcony of the presidential palace to thousands of supporters, Chavez called his referendum win a "perfect victory" and declared it a "mandate for socialism."


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Iran Giving Millions in Aid to Bolivia
By Mariela Rosario | 02/10/2009 - 17:53

Bolivia and Iran have seemingly litle in common but immense expanses of desert and natural gas reserves. But that hasn't stopped the controversial Islamic nation from reaching out to extend it's diplomatic relations across Latin America.


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Chavez Celebrates a Decade in Power
By Mariela Rosario | 02/03/2009 - 17:45

Latin American leaders gathered this week to celebrate Hugo Chavez and his 10 years as President of Venezuela. Chavez strolled through the National Pantheon, a square in Caracas that holds the remains of famed revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar. Also in attendance to help the President celebrate were Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Jose Manuel Zelaya of Honduras, and Evo Morales of Bolivia.


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Hugo Chavez Says Obama has the "Stench" of Bush
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/20/2009 - 17:45

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez doesn’t expect his country’s strained relationship with the U.S. to improve now that Barack Obama has taken office. According to Reuters, Chavez said Obama has the “stench” of George Bush and could be killed if he tries to change the American “empire.”


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Hugo Chavez Kicks Out Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Offensive
By Mariela Rosario | 01/07/2009 - 17:40

Venezuela recetly expelled the Israeli ambassador from the country in protest over the offensive currently underway in the Hamas controlled Gaza strip. The move by President Hugo Chavez to kick out the diplomat has been the most drastic reaction to the attack on Gaza by a country with ties to Israel. Other countries have protested Israel's offensive, but none besides Venezuela have taken the step of expelling the ambassador.


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