Venezuelan Politics

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    September 30, 2013

    Is Hugo Chavez Alive? Venezuelan President Says 'Recording From Beyond the Grave' Is A Fraud

    The voice is scratchy but vaguely familiar. "I want you to tell the boys," the man says in Spanish, "that today, Sept. 16, I am more alive than ever." According to thousands sharing the recording across social media in Venezuela, the words come from none other than strongman Hugo Chavez and prove th ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Los Amigos Invisibles: "We Want to Leave the Crowd Sweating From So Much Dancing"

    At a time when most bands were either grunge, punk, or nu-metal, Los Amigos Invisibles took a different route -- danceable Latin funk -- and it was a path that led them to becoming the premier party band in Venezuela. Over the last 20 years, these chamos musicales have definitively proved that Lat ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Crappy Situation: Venezuela Is Running Out Of Toilet Paper

    When it comes to sanitation, Americans are spoiled. We have so much toilet paper in this country of anal-wipe abundance that we can afford to slap politicians' faces on it in protest. Not so in Venezuela, where a TP shortage currently has government officials and opposition leaders blaming each oth ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Hugo Chavez Takes Credit for First South American Pope from Beyond The Grave

    Excited about the first pope from Latin America? Well, apparently you have recently deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to thank. That's according to his handpicked successor and interim president Nicolas Maduro, at least.Maduro is theorizing that Chavez went up to Heaven and made arrangements ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Hugo Chavez, Like Lenin Before Him, Will Have His Dead Body Permanently Displayed

    During his political life, Hugo Chavez took more than a few pages out of the playbook of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, and the emulation will continue even in death.To this day, Lenin's embalmed body is still on display in Red Square in Moscow. Now, acting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro announced ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    In Honor of Hugo: Make Homemade Arepas, Venezuelan-Style

    Venezuelan restaurants across Miami announced specials such as discounted arepas and one buck Miller Lites following the announcement of president Hugo Chávez's death yesterday afternoon.The end of the socialist leader's tendentious rule meant Venezuelans took to Doral with flags and Polar beers un ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Hugo Chavez Is Dead, According to Questionable CNN Chile Report

    Last night, CNN's Chilean affiliate reported that Hugo Chávez is not, in fact, recovering in a Venezuelan hospital because he is dead.The report was based on the claims of Guillermo Cochez, until recently Panama's ambassador to the Organization of American States. In the hours since it was publishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    New, Oddly Posed Photos of Hugo Chavez in the Hospital Emerge

    Hugo Chavez hasn't been seen or heard from by the public since December 10, right before he underwent surgery in Havana, Cuba. Now, new pictures of the Venezuelan president have emerged, and they're pretty oddly staged.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Considering Asylum Request From Syrian Strongman Bashar al-Assad, Report Says

    If you're a hated, blood-soaked Middle Eastern tyrant whose nation has been ripped asunder by a devastating civil war that's about to topple you from power, where on Earth do you flee?In the case of Syria's Bashar Al-Assad, the answer might just be Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez has remained a steadfa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Chavez Endorsement, Che Picture Flap Used Against Obama In New Spanish Ads

    In the desperate fight to snag Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade -- a battle that could easily swing Florida, and thus the presidency -- Romney's campaign has decided to pull out the oldest trick in the GOP handbook: Tying Obama to Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.It's ridiculous, of course, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Fidel Castro Supposedly Releases Letter to Downplay Rumors He Had a Brain Aneurysm

    ABC, one of Spain's largest newspapers, ran a story earlier today claiming that Fidel Castro had suffered a massive brain aneurysm and is slowly dying. Their source: a doctor who lives in Naples, Florida. The Cuban Government apparently decided to combat the rumors by releasing a letter today c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Wins Reelection With 54 Percent

    In an election held more than a thousand miles away, but one that will hit home for thousands of locals, Hugo Chavez has won reelection with 54 percent of the vote in today's presidential election in Venezuela. The controversial Chavez has been in power for 13 years, and will rule for another s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Hugo Chavez: "I Would Vote For Obama"

    While Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is just days away from what might be the toughest election of his career, he's decided to lend some very much unwelcome support to another presidential campaign.Yes, the controversial Venezuelan leader has all but officially endorsed Barack Obama. Uh, well, at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Fidel Castro Is Not Senile, Still "Working Hard," His Son Says

    Nary a single "crush the American oligarchy!" has been heard from Fidel Castro since June, when el jefe's regular columns began devolving into the kind of bizarre, haiku-like rants found only in assisted living facility newsletters or Dadaist art collectives.But any fears that the Bearded One has go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Plans His Own Disney World: A Libertador Theme Park

    Do you love Disney World, but wish Mickey and Minnie were a little heavier on the socialism? Why can't Space Mountain also educate kids about the glories of Simon Bolivar's revolution? Don't worry: Hugo Chavez is on the case.The Venezuelan president announced plans this week to turn the site of a ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Eligio Cedeño Slams Hugo Chávez's Bid to Join UN Human Rights Council

    Read the incredible story of how Eligio Cedeño cheated death and Chávez's security forces to flee Venezuela and start a second life in Miami.Eligio Cedeño finally got his day in court -- or as close to it as he can get while Hugo Chávez is still alive. The Venezuelan banker was imprisoned for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Bans Guns, Gives Away A House On Twitter, Might Be On Heavy Duty Morphine

    Hugo Chavez had himself the kind of action-packed weekend fit only for a Bolivarian strongman. First, he banned all private gun sales in Venezuela -- limiting hand guns to just police and military forces -- in a move he says will help stem the wave of violent crime in his country. Then, he turned ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Is Hugo Chavez Setting Up a Military Junta In Case He Dies of Cancer?

    Hugo Chavez may have quelled rumors last week that he was near death by appearing on TV looking relatively robust, but some recent political moves have left many in Caracas wondering if he's going to make it to the presidential elections -- and even more alarmingly, what will happen to Venezuela if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Fidel Castro May Have Photobombed His Way Onto Colombia's 1,000 Peso Bill

    There's no denying that the guy behind the Mariel Boatlift and the Cuban Missile Crisis can cook up a damned devious trick when he wants to. But did Fidel Castro really photobomb the Colombian 1,000 peso bill?Colombia has been rumbling this week with the conspiracy theory that a young Castro's face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Hugo Chavez Will Die In "Less Than One Year" From Cancer, WikiLeaks Emails Say

    ​Yesterday, WikiLeaks dumped a trove of emails from a Texas-based intelligence firm called Stratfor that includes an insider talking about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's cancer. If the firm's Venezuelan sources are any good, it's very bad news for the Bolivarian strongman.Citing a "well-connec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Annual Study: Cuba Has the Worst Press Freedom in the Americas

    ​The annual Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index is out, and Cuba continues to have the least freedom of the press in our part of the globe. No other country in the Americas even comes close to Cuba's lowly ranking. Meanwhile, the United States fell 27 places in the rankings in a worrisom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Castro, Chavez Make Top Ten List of World's Worst Dictators

    ​We just usually read Parade magazine for Howard Huge cartoons and "Ask Marilyn," but the magazine actually keeps a somewhat frequently updated list of the world's worst dictators. For the first time this year, Raúl Castro and Hugo Chávez made the top ten list.

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    December 29, 2011

    Hugo Chavez Thinks The U.S. Secretly Gave Him And Other Latin Leaders Cancer

    ​Hugo Chavez has struggled through cancer over the past year, losing his hair, gaining weight and traveling repeatedly to Cuba for surgeries. Chavez has never said precisely what stage of the disease he has, but on Wednesday the Venezuelan president suggested that he knew the source: A secret U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Hugo Chavez Says His Navy Chased Off a Mysterious Submarine Engaged in "Espionage"

    Hugo Chavez suspects that The Empire is watching him...​Hugo Chavez is no stranger to conspiracy theories. Shortly after a January 12, 2010 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti, one of his spokesmen claimed the disaster was the result of the United States testing a secret weapon ultimately intended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Hugo Chavez Releases Exercise Video

    ​It's the hottest aerobics video starring a communist-sympathizer since The Jane Fonda Workout.It's the craze sweeping hoards of South Americans looking to drop a few kilograms in time for summer.It's the latest sign that Venezuela's president is further sinking into some sort of out-of-touch Kim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    LeBron James Alive, At U2 Concert

    Maverick CarterThe Edge has perfected a more subtle way of hiding his hairline than the LeBron Headband.​Good news, Miami! LeBron James has not fled the country, nor does he appear to be too depressed for a few photos with some fellow squagillionaires. Apparently inspired by Venezuelan President H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Where In The World Is Hugo Chavez? Watching Porn Perhaps

    ​Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still officially recovering from surgery. Although, we think his people would have come up with a better excuse than he needed to have an abscess removed from his pelvic region. Cuz that only makes us wonder where he's been dipping his stick if you catch our dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Where in the Hell is Hugo Chavez?

    Help us find Hugo.​Where in the hell is Hugo Chavez?The normally voluble Venezuelan president has been missing for nearly a month. The official explanation is that he's recovering from surgery to remove a pelvic abscess in Cuba, but rumors abound.Is he pissing into the Mississippi to make it flood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Hugo Chavez Needs To Hurry Up And Heal

    One of these men is a crazed, dangerous narcissist. The other is -- oh, you know the joke.​It's been almost two weeks since Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has made a public appearance. The 56-year-old leader, a television regular since he took power in 1999, hasn't been heard from publicly sinc ... More >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2011
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    May 25, 2011

    Hugo Chávez Cured by Evo Morales and His "Magic Plant"

    Fit as a fiddle thanks to Evo's "magic plant"​Oprah may have taped her last show yesterday, but we've still got another plump drama queen -- perhaps for decades to come. With the Big O saying goodbye, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is now the western hemisphere's premier entertainer. And injuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Hugo Chávez Calls Cuban Reforms 'Refreshing'

    walksydneystreets.netRefreshing! Like Cuba's economic reforms​Over the past decade, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has become the Cuban government's number one supporter. His oil subsidies help keep the embargoed island afloat and, in return, he welcomes Cuban doctors to Caracas's poor, inner-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Hugo Chavez Rallies Against Boob Jobs

    ​Move over, America. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has found a new evil to target: boob jobs. He might actually have a point, for once. Venezuela has become one of the biggest markets in the world for breast augmentation, and the plastic surgery trend has become so severe that often women who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2010

    Carlos Andres Perez Would Have Made a Better Venezuela

    ​So the last sane president of Venezuela died in Miami Saturday. Carlos Andres Perez was the probably the first Latin president to flex his muscles over oil, thus setting the stage for his one-time nemesis, the half wit Hugo Chavez, to take power. I interviewed Cap -- who was 88 at the time o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Hugo Chávez Annouces Another Run for President, Accuses Globovisión Boss Guillermo Zuloaga of $100 Million Plot to Kill Him

    Hugo could be in office long after we are all dead...​Brace yourself. This news is as newsy and shocking as it gets: Hugo Chávez is running for president... again.The Venezuelan comandante has been in office for 12 years and has said he plans to stay there -- elections willing -- for another deca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    In Chavez's Crime-Torn Venezuela, No More Front-Page Photos of Bullet-Riddled Corpses

    One opposition paper reacted to the ban with a front-page "Censored" photo.​Last year, more than 16,000 Venezuelans were felled by bullets, bombs, knives and other violent instruments of crime -- but don't look for their grisly death photos on the front pages in Caracas. A Venezuelan court yesterd ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010
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    August 2, 2010

    Hugo Chavez Doubts Whether 9/11 or Moon Landing Ever Happened

    ​Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hit new levels of ego-infused insanity last month when he had the bones of South American hero Simon Bolivar dug up to prove some weird conspiracy theory, and then live tweeted about crying over the remains. Inspired by the insanity, Christopher Hitchens ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Hugo Chavez Accuses "Gringo Government" of Harboring Luis Posada Carriles

    Chavez's Twitter Icon​Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is picking a fight with America in the most mature of way: Tweets complete with derogatory slang and swears. Such a refined statesman that Chavez is."The gringo government accuses us of anything and everything, but today marks 5 years since th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Hugo Chavez Accuses U.S. Plane of "Electronic Warfare," Hints at Aggression with Colombia

    ​Venezuela and Colombia are starting to become the Ned Flandars and Homer Simpson of Latin America: two neighbors with very different world views that are really starting to hate each other.Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has even implied that if Juan Manuel Santos, the chosen successor of curre ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Hugo Chávez Calls Twitter a Tool of Terrorism

    Socialist crank Hugo Chávez doesn't much care for communication he can't control, so it was only a matter of time before he put the kibosh on Twitter in Venezuela.Last week, the tag #FreeVenezuela became a trending topic thanks to citizens protesting Chávez's crackdown on press freedom and ca ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Hugo Chavez is in a Silent Cat Fight with Miss Universe

    ​Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez loves celebrities. He was Oliver Stone's date to the Venice International Film Festival, could probably convince Sean Penn to agree to be held captive and perform a stage rendition of his parts in Simple Jack I Am Sam, and is perhaps the only known person on the p ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Memo from Caracas: Venezuelan Jews, Democracy Are In Trouble

    It was a damn good weekend for the vanguard of the Bolivarian Revolution, Fidel Castro's BFF Hugo Chavez.About 54 percent of Venezuelans on Sunday voted to remove term limits so that Chavez can run again for president in 2012 -- and presumably well beyond, if Castro is really the role model here. It ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Hugo Chavez Stinks, but Rafael Correa...Not

    Today's Hugo Chavez's tenth anniverary in power. He's messed with everybody's brains since taking the oath of office -- and he has brought a voice to a lotta poor Venezuelans, many of whom have come to Miami. But this caudillo ain't slick. He's lucky. Oil revenues have soared to the point where he's ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    A Clown, Dracula, or a lot of Crapula?

    One of these guys wants to suck your blood President Hugo Chavez deserves a second nod for the “Most Memorable Use of Metaphor by a World Leader Making Verbal Attacks” award for a pair of recent barbs; the first stemming from his September 2006 verbal salvo comparing President George W. Bush t ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007

    Patricia Poleo: Fugitive, or Mercenary?

    I met Venezuelan blogger Luis Carlos Daz at a media conference at University of Miami last week. He told me that he had just published a post about my article on Patricia Poleo. It seems he thought it was pretty skewed. A rough translation of his comment: "The press in Miami received me with an ... More >>

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Through a Lens Distortedly

    A new documentary about Hugo Chavez plays it fast and loose

  • City Life

    May 15, 2003


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