A Failed State in Latin America?

A Failed State in Latin America?

Venezuela is at the mercy of its fluids. For a country that depends on oil for 95 percent of its exports, the prolonged drop in the price of crude has been a serious financial blow. If nothing else, though, Venezuela should be able to use its oil resources to keep the...
Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

In the beginning of March of this year, President Obama ominously called Venezuela a “threat to US national security” and imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials, creating a new wedge between Washington and Latin America. Only July 8, CODEPINK, the...
Manuel Pérez-Rocha discusses upcoming Summit of the Americas

Manuel Pérez-Rocha discusses upcoming Summit of the Americas

This week’s edition of teleSUR’s Interviews from Washington looks at the current state of US-Latin American relations in light of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, slated later this week in Panama City. Program host Jorge Gestoso interviews Manuel...
Art and Action in Venezuela: A Talk with Bituaya

Art and Action in Venezuela: A Talk with Bituaya

In 2005, hundreds of urban artists transformed a 9 square kilometer wasteland of asphalt in a working class Caracas neighborhood into a space that challenges traditional and elitist forms of cultural production and consumption, while emphasizing social change and...
Venezuelan Constitutional Expert Hermann Escarr Speaks

Venezuelan Constitutional Expert Hermann Escarr Speaks

Join IPS’ Foreign Policy In Focus for a talk with Venezuelan law professor, Hermann Escarrá about the current situation in Venezuela, the dialogue for peace underway, and the constitution as an apt legal framework for resolving the political differences...
The Legacy of Hugo Chavez at Home and Abroad

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez at Home and Abroad

March 5th will mark the one year anniversary of the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías. Join us one week before this important date to pay tribute to him and the legacy he left the world. A panel discussion will focus on the political,...
The Second “5 Days for the Cuban 5

The Second “5 Days for the Cuban 5

Join us in Washington DC to add your voice along with Angela Davis, legendary activist, scholar and author; Father Miguel D’Escoto, former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, President of the 63 General Assembly of UN 2008-2009; Ignacio Ramonet, journalist, writer...
Film: Venezuela Rising

Film: Venezuela Rising

“In the face of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s ill health and subsequent death on March 5, the U.S. press…jumped at the opportunity to disparage him and his legacy, often on spurious grounds.” –Keane Bhatt Join IPS for a...
The Impact of Hugo Chavez & The Bolivarian Revolution

The Impact of Hugo Chavez & The Bolivarian Revolution

Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías passed away on March 5th but his legacy will undoubtedly be felt for generations to come, especially within Venezuela and Latin America. Join the Black Male Initiative at University of Maryland for this...
Chavez: Washington Nemesis, Latin American Hero

Chavez: Washington Nemesis, Latin American Hero

You could almost hear the sigh of relief coming out of Washington at the news of Hugo Chavez’s death on March 5. President Obama issued a brief statement that failed even to offer condolences, forcing a senior State Department official to patch over the evident...
Chavez: Lest We Forget

Chavez: Lest We Forget

In early December 2001, I was searching through my files looking for a column topic. At the time I was writing on foreign policy for the San Francisco Examiner, one of the town’s two dailies. A back page clip I had filed and forgotten caught my attention: on...
I’ll Miss Hugo

I’ll Miss Hugo

I’ll miss Hugo. When I first was introduced to him in Porto Alegre in 2003, he greeted me, “Mi padre,” and said he learned a lot from me. I was dubious about this and thought he was simply buttering me up, like any two-bit politician. Then he started...