Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez heads the Archdiocese of Cumana and serves as president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference. Some six months after the death of strongman Hugo Chavez, the Church remains wary of the new government, wi hch promises but little change from the policies of its predecessor.
With so much internal division and ideological muddle within the Brazilian government, it is no wonder that the N.S.A. has been so successful in its espionage efforts.
Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?
What's behind Piñera's cautious handling of the Snowden affair? Perhaps, the Chileans envy Washington's eavesdropping capabilities and want to secure greater access to the PRISM program. Or maybe, Santiago has been working with Washington all along.
Whatever its scenic attractions, Costa Rica has been touched by the ever widening war on drugs which has engulfed Central America and Mexico. As I reported as early as three years ago, smugglers use Costa Rica as a transshipment point for drugs coming from Colombia and Panama.
Prior to the Snowden affair, it looked as if Secretary of State John Kerry might have brokered a thaw in U.S.-Venezuelan relations. If anything, however, the Snowden affair will probably exacerbate the poisonous atmosphere.
It seems that the Snowden saga may exert a profound impact upon diplomatic relations at the global level. In yet another bombshell, Snowden disclosed sensitive NSA files relating to Brazil. Despite outrage, however, reaction within the Rousseff administration has been decidedly muted.
If Obama's underlying objective was to intimidate Latin American nations over the Snowden affair, his strategy has colossally backfired. Indeed, much to the chagrin of the White House, Latin nations have rallied to Snowden's defense.
Much to the chagrin of the Obama administration, the unlikely Evo Morales incident has made Washington look like an international bully. In Germany, there are growing calls to assist Snowden, and meanwhile, South America may prove more receptive to the young whistleblower.
I just returned from Venezuela this week where I was observing the post-election audit of the vote count at the invitation of the CNE (the National Electoral Council). The audit, known as the Citizens' Verification process, is impressive in its scope and thoroughness.
Maybe the American audience does not know too much about what is going on in the Argentina media world and never heard about a situation that has star...
Now that Venezuela's larger-than-life Hugo Chávez has vanished from the political landscape, what does the future hold for South America?
From now on the Cuban press will find it more difficult to speak of Venezuela as a country of only one color, of a single party. We have now listened to the polls and what they have said is a long way from the unanimity they wanted us to believe.
Why was the margin of victory so slim and what does this tell us about Maduro's chances of hanging on to power once the memory of Chávez fades?
After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month.
Maduro is being declared the winner, and thus, the man in charge of reconstruction. But he is emerging from this election far weaker rather than the "official loser," Capriles. This seems to be the wrong way to start the reconstruction effort.