Americas

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) Praises Hugo Chavez via Twitter

March 5, 2013

“”Jose E. Serrano @RepJoseSerrano Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”"

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President Obama Reaffirms Support For Venezuelan People Following Death of Hugo Chavez

March 5, 2013

“”As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” the statement said.”

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Foreign Minister: Venezuela to Hold a Presidential Election in 30 Days

March 5, 2013

“Venezuelans will vote for a new president in 30 days and Vice President Nicolas Maduro will temporarily assume power following the death on Tuesday of Hugo Chavez, the foreign minister said.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Maduro: Hugo Chavez Infected With Cancer By “Imperialist Foes”

March 5, 2013

“”We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said, repeating a charge first made by Chavez himself that the cancer was an attack by “imperialist” foes in the United States in league with domestic enemies.”

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The Death of Hugo Chavez: What Are his Legacy And Accomplishments?

March 5, 2013

“After enacting a new constitution with ample human rights protections in 1999 – and surviving a short-lived coup d’état in 2002 – Chávez and his followers moved to concentrate power. They seized control of the Supreme Court and undercut the ability of journalists, human rights defenders, and other Venezuelans to exercise fundamental rights.”

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Death of President Hugo Chavez Leaves Behind a Bitterly Divided Venezuela

March 5, 2013

“But even if Mr. Maduro prevails, he may have a hard time holding together Mr. Chávez’s movement and furthering its socialist goals while fending off resistance from what is likely to be a revived opposition.”

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Two U.S. Embassy Officials Expelled from Venezuela Shortly Before Announcement of Hugo Chavez’s Death

March 5, 2013

“The news comes just hours after Mr Maduro announced that two U.S. Embassy officials were expelled for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilise the country.”

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Vice President Maduro: Venezuela Deploys Army and Police Following Death of Hugo Chavez

March 5, 2013

“2216 GMT: VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE FOLLOWING CHAVEZ’S DEATH, MADURO SAYS.”

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Venezuelan VP: President Hugo Chavez Dies From Cancer At Age 58

March 5, 2013

“Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.”

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Analysis: Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Effort Making Significant Waves

February 28, 2013

“The Mexican president is preparing to launch a series of ambitious measures that aim to overhaul taxes, open up state oil giant Pemex to more private capital and ease tycoon Carlos Slim’s tight grip on Mexico’s telecommunications industry.”

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Mexico Arrests Head of Teachers’ Union For Embezzling $200 Million From Union Funds

February 27, 2013

“Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she embezzled about $200 million from union funds.”

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California Couple Missing in Peru Turn Up Safe on a River Boat

February 26, 2013

“Garrett Hand and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, both 25, had last been heard from by friends and relatives about a month ago, according to co-workers and a statement issued on Monday by the U.S. Embassy in Lima, the Peruvian capital.”

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Colombian Government Authorizes Committee of Civilians and Red Cross Workers to Travel to German Hostages

February 25, 2013

“The National Liberation Army (ELN) said in early February they had captured two German men in Catatumbo, near the border with Venezuela, the second time in a month it seized foreigners.”

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Cuban President Raul Castro Announces Plans to Retire, Not Run for Re-Election in 2018

February 24, 2013

“Castro made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament.”

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President Correa: Ecuador “Oppressed by the Tyranny of Capital” Just Like Europe

February 20, 2013

“”We need to make these capitalist states people-oriented for the benefit of all of us, with no discrimination. We have already achieved a lot, but things may roll back. That’s the message I’m trying to get across to Ecuadorians.”"

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