Search Results for " Chávez " : 12

by / on October 4, 2012 at 12:35 am / in Opinion, World

This Sunday, Chavez vs. Opposition – Round Four

by photo from Wikimedia Commons The other day, President Obama was “fortunate” enough to receive an unexpected backing: “I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” said Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela and staunch anti-American. Though this was an endorsement Obama would have loved to avoid (and accusations from the Republican camps immediately appeared) it…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

…ing those of other nations is entirely counterproductive to policy and progress. It is a mistake to overestimate Chávez’s regional influence. Many of the countries that have become increasingly involved with Chávez’s initiatives have done so based on a pragmatic recognition of opportunity, not because of ideological solidarity. One illuminating example is Josette Altmann Borbón’s 2009 study of ALBA and Petrocaribe, Venezuela’s preferential paymen…

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by / on October 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm / in Opinion, World

“Socialismo, Patria, te moriste”

by A 2002 anti-Chavez rally, from Wikimedia Commons I’ve been meaning to write about the Venezuelan elections for a while, but I never truly found the incentive to do so until I ended conversing with a group of students with close ties to Venezuela on the eve of the elections. Although most of them do not live there anymore, they spent significant time growing up in the country and hold strong ties to it. As we spoke of tomorrow’s dem…

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by / on June 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Mexican Media Creates Sex Symbol, Dangerous Leftist

by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from Wikimedia Commons Few things are more painful to watch than a country that suffers from amnesia; a country that decides to forget over six decades of corruption, violence, and impunity. The country pretends to have forgotten how difficult the road to real democracy in Mexico has been, and instead is determined to vote for the reelection of what writer Mario Vargas Llosa once described as the “perfec…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

by Illustration by Daryl Seitchik One can hardly fail to notice the growing “cornflake-ification” of politics in the midst of the 2012 Republican primaries. Ideology has become irrelevant; the focus is now on personality. A candidate’s hairstyle counts as much as his views on immigration – or on, say, Libya. The voter is the consumer, the candidate the product. Behind this growing business lurk some of the most powerful men of the mod…

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by / on February 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm / in Opinion, World

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (I’m With The Brits)

by You have to admit: The current crop of Latin American socialist leaders is the gift that just keeps on giving. December brought us Venezuelan Prime Minister Hugo Chávez’s declaration that the CIA was behind a plot to infect leftist Latin American leaders with cancer. Not to be outdone on the Ridiculous Scale, Comrade Cristina Kirchner of  Argentina chose January to beat our favorite dead horse: the territorial status of the Falklan…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 10/06 – 10/12

by Monday, October 6, 2014 The Turks Were Killing the Body, the Austrians Kill the Soul: Suffering as a Patriotic Sentiment in Bosnia, 1840-1914 1:00pm-3:00pm International Affairs Building, Room 1201 Please join the Harriman Institute and East Central European Center for a discussion about “Suffering as a Patriotic Sentiment in Bosnia between 1840-1914″ with Edin Hajdarpasic, Assistant Professor of History at Loyola Univer…

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by / on October 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Carne Asada and a Side of Jihad?

by This past Tuesday, United States law enforcement announced that they had foiled a plot by the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US  in Washington, DC. Unsurprisingly, this news generated headlines across the globe. This has all the makings of a Tom Clancy novel – a foreign government, let alone Iran, contemplated a political assassination on American soil. Yet, this is not the most bizarre part of the sto…

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by / on November 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Unwrapping Cuba

by In the world’s slow move towards more open and competitive markets, a few countries continue to resist change. Nominally communist and content with becoming quaint relics of a Cold War past, they have allowed the world to pass them by.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in Cuba. Only 45 miles from Florida, Cuba remains mired in poverty and gross economic inequality. However, the February 2008 election of Raúl Castro has brought so…

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by / on December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Anyone remember the FTAA?

by Anyone remember the FTAA?  Probably not. The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) was supposed to be revolutionary. Lowering or eliminating tariffs on thousands of goods in every country between Canada and Argentina, the treaty was heralded as a breakthrough in Western relations when first announced at the 1994 Summit of the Americas. But today, the FTAA is dead in the water. Instead, as a result of domestic and internationa…

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