Venezuela Threatens To Seize Control Of All Bakeries

Energy | Andrew Follett
Illustration of a long shadow tableware vector illustration with the communist symbol (Shutterstock/Blablo101)

‘Inefficiency and corruption that is paid for by the Venezuelan consumer’

Venezuela Gears Up For Nationwide 'Disarmament Effort'

World | Craig Boudreau
A weapon is being destroyed

‘Disarmament and peace’

Politico Denies Connection To Cartels While Cartels Plan His Rallies

World | JP Carroll
Colombia's Defense Minister Pinzon speaks with General Alzate, soldier Rodriguez and lawyer Urrego at an army base in Rionegro Antioquia province

Party claims it is a smear campaign

INTERPOL Lets Rebels Off The Hook During Peace Talks With Colombian Gov't

World | JP Carroll
Venezuela's President Maduro speaks during a meeting with Frank Pearl, representative of Colombian government and Antonio Garcia, of National Liberation Army (ELN), in Caracas

Decision made after peace talks between narcos and gov’t begin

Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars - Reuters

World | interns

Venezuelan socialist President Hugo Chavez stated that there probably was civilization on Mars, but capitalism and imperialism killed the planet

Is there an Iranian missile base in Venezuela?

Feature:Opinion | Chet Nagle

Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez are up to no good.

TheDC Morning: What else can the state demand of us in exchange for our freedom? - TheDC

| Mike Riggs

Read TheDC Morning: An unvarnished e-mail summary of what’s really happening in political news

Iran's Latin incursion

Opinion | Peter Brookes

Is Iran placing missiles in Venezuela, within range of the US?

Chavez opponents kidnapped in Venezuela - BBC

World | Steven Nelson (admin)

In June Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez called the leaders of the national business federation ‘enemies of the nation’

The 'useful idiot' phenomenon returns with a vengeance - TheDC

US | Jamie Weinstein

Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky flak for leftist leaders in Latin America

U.S. banks: drug lord accomplices - Bloomberg

Business | interns

Wachovia and Bank of America fail to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers; allow Mexican drug trade to thrive

Bygones be bygones: Hugo foes unite - AP

World | admin

Pro-democracy activists, jailed government opponents, journalists, businessmen and union leaders are among the diverse cast of opposition

Spain and Venezuela face off over assassination allegations - WALL STREET JOURNAL

World | interns

Spain and Venezuela headed toward a potential diplomatic face-off after a Spanish judge on Monday accused Caracas of collaborating with rebel groups to assassinate Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and other top political figures. Spanish National Court Judge Eloy Velasco alleged Monday that the Venezuelan government had collaborated with Basque separatist group ETA and Colombia’s main guerrilla group in a plot against leaders living in or traveling to Spain that began in late 2003

The Age of Obama: Anno Domini 2

| admin

In the real world, as opposed to what French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls President Barack Obama’s "virtual world," America faces the reality of Iran’s intransigence and aggressiveness; China’s headlong pursuit of its own national, regional, and global interests; Russia’s determination to regain its Near Abroad;

Prison riot in Venezuela, 8 dead

World | AJ

A prison riot in Venezuela left eight dead and 16 injured, the country’s penitentiary director told CNN en Español on Wednesday

Earthquake rocks Venezuela

| Jeff Winkler (admin)

A strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook major oil exporter Venezuela on Saturday, causing panic in the capital, Caracas, and injuring at least seven people when houses in the countryside collapsed.

American Leadership Necessary to Assist Haiti After Devastating Earthquake

| admin

America’s response thus far to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 has been far too mute, creating an unexpected vacuum of leadership in a critical region. Haiti is the most impoverished nation of the Americas.

Wag the Dog Caracas Style

Opinion | Jeremy Martin

Every Sunday, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez takes to the air and radio waves for Aló Presidente. It is, to put it mildly, a key ingredient in the cultivation of his persona and pet issues for his Bolivarian Revolution. The show, complete with its own web site, often transmits from carefully selected locations to emphasize the president’s booming rhetoric of the day–oil fields when announcing nationalization of the oil industry or new schools and clinics when aiming to brag about the gains of 21st Century Socialism in Venezuela. Or along Venezuela’s border with Colombia when he desires to rail against two favorite targets: Colombia and the United States. Lately, the rants against Colombia have focused on a possible armed conflict – to avoid war we must prepare for war President Chavez declared.