South America

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro: President Hugo Chavez Will Remain in Power, Even if He Can’t Be Sworn Into Office

January 7, 2013

“Opponents of the socialist president, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, are distorting the constitution by saying that Chavez must show up for the Jan. 10 swearing-in ceremony or be declared ineligible to govern, Maduro said last night.”

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Venezuelan Government: President Hugo Chavez Has a “Serious” Respiratory Infection

January 4, 2013

“The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public nor heard from in more than three weeks.”

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Argentina President Cristina Kirchner Demands the Return of the Falkland Islands from Great Britain

January 2, 2013

“The 212-word letter, copied to Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, repeatedly refers to the Falklands as the Malvinas, the Argentine Government’s Spanish name for the islands.”

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Julian Assange: WikiLeaks Preparing to Publish 1 Million Secret Government Documents

December 23, 2012

“Assange said that as long as the US government sought to persecute him and the Australian government refused to support him, he had no choice but to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy.”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez names his successor, Vice President Nicolás Maduro

December 18, 2012

“In a signal that the situation has grown more serious, Chávez named his successor Saturday: Vice President Nicolás Maduro.”

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Venezuelan Government: President Hugo Chavez Suffered Complications Following Surgery in Cuba to Remove Cancer

December 13, 2012

“It was his fourth operation since mid-2011. He claimed he was cured earlier this year, and was able to campaign for the election in October, but now appears to be fighting for his life again.”

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Analysis: The History Behind Argentina’s Bond Re-Payment Refusal

November 25, 2012

“Argentina’s battle with the holdouts, which it calls “vulture funds,” stems from its 2001 default on about $100 billion.”

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Argentina to appeal U.S. Court Ruling over $3 Billion Bond Payment

November 25, 2012

“Argentine Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino said he was optimistic the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals would rule in Argentina’s favor before the Dec. 15 payment date.”

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U.S. Federal Judge orders Argentina to pay Holdout Investors the $1.3 Billion due by December 15th

November 22, 2012

“The judge also barred Argentina from paying other bondholders until it satisfies this judgment, putting the president’s back against the wall: if President Cristina Fernández doesn’t reverse her longstanding position and pay up, she risks setting off another Argentine debt default.”

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Drudge Report incorrectly claims that the White House congratulated Hugo Chavez on his Electoral Victory

October 9, 2012

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney congratulated the Venezuelan people for their high voter turnout.

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Journalist: Venezuela’s Secret Service erased our camera, computer, and cell phone data

October 8, 2012

“The journalist said that he and his team were interrogated by Venezuelan secret police and accused of spying because, during his report last night for the Argentinian TV channel 13, he showed two written orders from Venezuela’s secret service ordering his surveillance while in Caracas.”

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council: President Hugo Chavez wins re-election

October 7, 2012

“It was Chavez’s third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office. The victory gives Chavez another six-year term to cement his legacy and press more forcefully for a transition to socialism in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.”

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Conflicting Exit Polls out of Venezuela disagree about the Presidential Election Results

October 7, 2012

“At 16 pm local time, the election was almost acquired for Hugo Chavez, with 55% of the votes, against 43.9 per Henrique Capriles. Participation was then 74.8%.”

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New York Times sacrifices journalistic integrity to slam Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

October 7, 2012

“OK, so she is giving the NYT her name but afraid to vote in an election. Strange. This might have made an inquisitive reporter do a google search on her name.”

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Venezuelans go to the polls for today’s Presidential Election between Hugo Chavez and Henrique Capriles Radonski

October 7, 2012

“Adding to the anxiety, the government recently introduced a new electronic voting system that many Venezuelans feared might be used by the government to track those who vote against the president.”

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