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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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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Chavez to Halt Heating Oil Aid Program for Poor in USA
By Mariela Rosario | 01/06/2009 - 18:30

Due to nose-diving oil prices, the government of Venezuela recently decided to end it's program for providing home heating oil to impoverished communities in the United States.

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Abrazame Mucho: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez & King Juan Carlos of Spain Hug It Out
By Mariela Rosario | 07/22/2008 - 14:50

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has put aside petty quarrels with King Juan Carlos of Spain and offered an open embrace. Chavez, who seems to really love the sound of his own voice and is known for his lengthy speeches, angered King Carlos last year by interrupting a speech given by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The King was already annoyed with Chavez after he had called former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a "fascist" at the Ibero-American summit in Chile.

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J.Lo, Shakira & Ricky Martin speak up in support of Alejandro Sanz
By Mariela Rosario | 02/22/2008 - 17:03

In response to the snubbing of Alejandro Sanz by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, as many as 80 Latino artists signed a petition in support of the Spanish singer, stating that they "believe in a Latin America where we are all free to express our views." Sanz made some disparaging comments about Chávez during a press conference in 2007. "I don't like him," Sanz told the local press in reference to the Venezuelan leader. 

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