Venezuela
President Chávez’ oil policies will bring few long-term benefits to Venezuelans.

President Hugo Chávez announced today that he is freezing plans to develop nuclear energy in light of the events currently unfolding in Japan.

A U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks today, dated November 16, 2008, from then-U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, William B. Wood, reveals that former President Alvaro Uribe authorized “clandestine cross-border operations against the FARC in Venezuela, while trying to avoid a repeat of a crisis generated by the capture of FARC official Rodrigo Granda in Caracas in 2003.”

Minister Rodrigo Rivera has announced that in the first week of February he will travel to Washington DC to consult his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on Colombia’s U.S.-backed efforts to combat drug trafficking.

A new session of Venezuela’s National Assembly began official business yesterday in Caracas with a host of new faces.

The long-running debate over how to deal with the irrational and impulsive strongman, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, has reached feverish pitch this winter.

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