The call opens with shared laughter between the two leaders, and with Fidel confessing that he had been unable to sleep because of the excitement of events. Chavez then quickly jumps to the story of what happened.
What is shameful is these others, hiding behind their uniforms, trappings, the military ranks they awarded to themselves. They should be embarrassed to be hiding under the dishonorable garb of their fear.
In the spring of 2009, as part of a design studio looking at sustainable tourism in the beach and cocoa producing town of Choroní, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and was privileged to meet a number of people who I've stayed in close touch with since.
What we can be sure of is the enduring vitality of grassroots religious practice in Latin America beyond the pale of institutional Christianity.
It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?
For Venezuela's embattled opposition, the solidarity that much of the international left has shown with the regime created by Hugo Chavez, and now led by his successor, Nicolas Maduro, is a depressing spectacle.
Today, gold's importance in the collective imagination is rivaled only by its status in the global commodity market where, until recently, it was considered one of the world's safest investments.
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Ottawa has been steadily deploying all of the resources at its disposal, including spying and corporate influence, to ensure its hegemony over some of the hemisphere's poorest and most oppressed nations.
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.