Already, Venezuela has indicated it wishes to leave the highest human rights court in the Western Hemisphere -- the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. Why? Because it loses, time and time and time again.
The people of the slums have come to define a way of life and a culture that doesn't necessarily see them jumping at the opportunity to leave it all behind to pay rent and maintenance for a city-centre condominium.
The assumptions that there is nothing new regarding crime and corruption and that these plagues are an inevitable part of the human experience are clouding an important change: the ascent of the mafia state, an old player that has gained renewed potency.
Between La Guaira, Venezuela, and Santiago de Cuba runs an umbilical cord that should turn us into a 21st Century country, remove our technological and communications handicaps.
Fifty-two years after U.S. policy first sought to break the communist dictatorship with an economic embargo, the Castro regime is still in power, lording over the Cuban people, enjoying trade and diplomatic relationships with countries across the globe.
The Communist Party of Brazil was given the political plum of running the ministry of sports by president Dilma as a reward for staying inside her Worker's Party coalition government during her dramatic move to the political center.
Resolving the situation of deserving asylum applicants will strengthen the powerful message that our government stands with victims of persecution and that we are a safe haven for those who cannot find justice in their own countries.
For far too many imbibers, rum is something that comes in a bottle with a pirate on it, and should be followed by the words "and Coke." It breaks my heart, it really does.
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.
'One Day on Earth' is a living time capsule of who we are. We have much to fix -- but we have more going for us, it seems, than not.
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.
Hugo Chavez has just left Cuba amid infinite speculation, and some alarming future scenarios are being woven around his health.
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