This year in Venezuela is a general election year and like in any country when general elections occur, it becomes a drawn out year of circus-like journalism.
It is time to use the full weight of the United States government to bring an end to the drug activity in Venezuela, and protect the beleaguered opposition which it is now clear is simply being silenced and sidelined by a criminal government.
The biggest question in the event of President Chavez being incapacitated or killed by his cancer is the country's political future, and of all the government's branches the military is best positioned for the potential role of kingmaker.
At a time when most nations are trying to figure out how to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from killing his own people in a year-long struggle to stay in power, the Venezuelan government is helping to prop him up.
Bringing democratic reform to Russia will require concerted effort by the United States, our allies, NGOs, and the Russian people. Opening Russia's market under WTO rules can play a useful role in this effort.
In the event that Capriles does win and puts a break on Cuban-Venezuelan collaboration, what would be the psychological response of the Venezuelan people?
Hugo Chavez has just left Cuba amid infinite speculation, and some alarming future scenarios are being woven around his health.
If the impression that there are "untouchables" continues to rule, thieves no one can judge because of their political history or their ideological fealty, then we cannot move forward.
Brazil wants to be wanted in the region, and during this trip the president made certain that the Cubans understood that Brazil is willing to help them experiment delicately with capitalism. That, she said, will be Brazil's big contribution to Cuba.
German democrats used to say that "anti-semitism is the socialism of fools." Now in many countries we could say that anti-Americanism is the new anti-semitism. They're often found in tandem.
The Venezuelan opposition has a new leader.
While being booed by her fellow Assembly members, María Corina Machado Parisca describes a Venezuela very different from the one Chávez claims to have created.
President Martelly must recognize that the future prosperity of the Haitian people will not come from an association with the world's despots but with the hard work of fighting corruption, creating opportunities and educating his people.
Though U.S. diplomats would like to make alarmist claims about Iran's footprint in Central America, the evidence is pretty thin. That won't stop hyperbolic statements from the Republicans and others, however, who still regard Nicaragua as a virtual U.S. enclave.
Nicaragua, historically one of the most unstable countries in a region not known for its stability, appears to have given up its fight. In a season of political activism, Nicaragua's fraudulent election has shone for its silence -- and acquiescence.
On October 20th President Hugo Chavez declared himself free of cancer, however reports filtering out of Venezuela tell a different story regarding the physical condition of the bombastic president.