In the weeks before Colombia gets a new president, tensions between current President Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez reached a breaking point this week when Chavez cut diplomatic ties with its neighbor over renewed accusations he is coddling Colombian rebels. Continue reading
Recent arrests of outspoken critics of the Venezuelan government have revived the debate over whether President Hugo Chavez is using heavy-handed techniques to silence government opponents or enforcing the country’s laws against the spread of false information. Continue reading
After months of tensions following the ousting of Honduras’ top leader, the country elected a new president on Sunday. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
A multimedia exhibition from Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., documents the experiences of families living in unplanned, off-the-grid slums in Nairobi, Mumbai, Caracas and Jakarta.
In other news, the president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted in the first coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War, and Iran’s top electoral oversight committee reaffirmed the disputed results of the nation’s disputed presidential election. Continue reading
Venezuelans voted to lift a two-term constitutional limit on the presidential term, allowing Hugo Chavez to run for office again in 2012. Analysts discuss what this means for the future of Venezuelan politics. Continue reading
Oil prices continued to slide Friday despite an agreement by OPEC members to cut production by 1.5 million barrels per day, in a new sign of the far-reaching fallout of the global financial crisis. Continue reading
Question/Comment: With the record world petroleum prices, why is it that many oil-producing countries, such as Mexico, Venezuela, Nigeria, are still unable to solve their chronic poverty problem? Shouldn’t the oil boom generate more jobs for the masses and revenue … Continue reading