May 17, 2011 |
IPOJUCA, Brazil — Here on Brazil's northeast coast, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dreamed of building an oil refinery and naming it after a Brazilian adventurer who had fought for Venezuela's independence. The joint venture with Brazil, he said in trips here, would help unify Latin America against his adversary, the United States. The $15 billion refinery is now two years away from completion, but with little input from Venezuela or its mercurial president, who for years backed projects regionwide in his drive to make Venezuela...
March 16, 2013 |
HUGO CHAVEZ may be dead, but the offensive he led against democratic institutions in Venezuela and across Latin America has not slackened. In fact, it may be accelerating, especially with regard to independent media. Last week the beleaguered owner of the last Venezuelan television station not subservient to the government announced that he was selling his shares to a businessman close to the ruling party. Guillermo Zuloaga , the majority owner of the Globovision network, was forced into exile in the United States in ...
May 29, 2008 |
Latin America has never mattered more to the United States. The region is the largest foreign supplier of oil to the United States and a strong partner in the development of alternative fuels. It is one of the United States's fastest growing trading partners, and its biggest supplier of illegal drugs. Latin America is also the largest source of U.S. immigrants, both documented and undocumented. No less important, nearly all Latin American nations are now vibrant, if imperfect, democracies.
February 20, 2013 |
LONDON — After his doctor advised him against making grueling transatlantic trips, Pope Benedict XVI faced a dilemma . If the ailing 85-year-old obeyed the advice, he would have to do the almost unthinkable: avoid World Youth Day, a huge jamboree of the young faithful set to take place this July in the most Catholic country in the world, Brazil. Latin America accounts for 40 percent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, and if temporal concerns such as majority voting have any sway over the cardinals' conclave,...
July 25, 2008 |
WASHINGTON -- My mother just wrapped up her annual visit. Usually, she would take over our house and our lives. But this time it was different. Two weeks in, she looked at me, pointed in my direction and said: "I hope you never get old. " This past year has not been easy for my mother -- one of the most energetic persons I've ever known. She has lost strength in her hands and often her legs don't do what she wants them to do. Opening a water bottle or using stairs and escalators are now nearly...
January 8, 2012 |
With his government increasingly isolated by sanctions and facing the U.S. Navy close to home, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flew Sunday to Venezuela to meet with a like-minded leader who shares his goal of challenging the United States, President Hugo Chavez. The arrival of Ahmadinejad in the Venezuelan capital, to be followed by a swing this week through Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador, allows Iran to show that it still has friends and economic partners despite sanctions designed to cripple its nuclear program.