At the time, I led the Americas Program at The Carter Center, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting peace
VALENCIA, Venezuela -- My dad's diagnosis came a couple days before Christmas: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, stage III. The doctors planned his first dose of chemotherapy for mid-January. But because of Venezuela's deadly drug shortage, he had to bring everything to the clinic -- from the drugs to the needles to the saline solution. And with cancer, time is key. So we went on a mad dash search to find the medicine any way we could.
The dialogue between the Venezuelan opposition and Nicolas Maduro is in full swing. Its critics are many, its most visible loser: the Cuban government.
Director Diego Luna brought together a terrific ensemble of actors. Michael Peña gives us an understated yet engrossing rendering of the eponymous Mexican-American icon. We see how his fire burns deep -- how it chars him, not only fuels his cause.
The Venezuelan opposition stands on brittle ice. Their following, once united under MUD's umbrella and carried on Henrique Capriles's back, may find itself disbanded if the protests end without any results. Meanwhile, a colossal economic crisis lurks around the corner.
It's time for those us on the left to stop defending the undefendable, to denounce the repressive actions of a government shooting at it's own citizens for demanding a true democracy and a better life. Socialism without democracy is simply a dictatorship.
While the press, as well as the U.S. government, will not acknowledge it, the elimination of progressive political leaders by coup d'état is taking place in Latin America with increasing frequency.
If Edward Snowden can make it to Ecuador, it will be a good choice for him and the world. The government, including President
Factories have rolled back production and oil production has slipped. _ Henrique Capriles, 40, governor of Venezuela's most
Capriles, an energetic 40-year-old state governor, wrapped up his second presidential campaign in seven months - he lost
The reality in Venezuela does not support Chavez's supposed leftist credentials. It would be much better for the European and British left to look at more sensible Latin American leftist leaders such as Velasco or Lula, and less toward Chávez's siren calls.
How can Venezuela stave off a currency crisis and place its economy back on a solid monetary foundation? The solution is simple: replace the bolivar with the U.S. dollar.
I asked him if it was true that he had ordered a delay in the evacuation of the Vargas region hit by the mudslide because it might interfere with the election he was in the process of winning. He didn't like that question. Then I asked him about improving relations with the U.S. That ended the interview.
Take a look at photos from the funeral in the slideshow below. Chavez died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He