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July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is wrapping up a whirlwind tour of four South American nations, dispensing largesse in the form of investment and energy deals to enhance what he calls "regional integration."The populist, anti-U.S. leader this week visited Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador, with a final stop in Bolivia Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - As Venezuela and the wider region grapple with the implications of Sunday's referendum defeat for leftist President Hugo Chavez' attempts to rewrite his country's constitution, some analysts believe he will keep trying.By a slim margin, voters rejected 69 amendments that included throwing out presidential term limits and other measures that would have given him greater powers.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the United States of trying to sour relations between his country and Peru and Argentina, saying Washington "wants to interfere in the unity of Latin America, and the approach of our nations."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Following days of violence prompted by a government attempt to rewrite his country's constitution, Bolivian President Evo Morales is proposing a recall referendum.A Bolivian constitutional assembly has approved a package of "reforms" including allowing the president to seek re-election as often as he likes, the nationalization of hydrocarbon industries, and a greater inclusion of indigenous people in government.Among other things, critics say that the changes will reduce the powers enjoyed by Bolivia's nine provinces.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - During a recent tour of four South American nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged economic aid worth more than $1 billion, adding to existing pledges totaling over $8.8 billion. Chavez, who has shown a tendency to give a hand to leftist allies such as Bolivia's Evo Morales and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, also has spread aid to other nations in Latin America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Angered by legal proceedings in Miami, officials in Venezuela and Argentina have accused the United States of trying to engineer a split between the two Latin American countries' governments.Three Venezuelan nationals and a Uruguayan citizen were arrested last week and face charges of acting as agents of a foreign power on U.S. soil, according to a press statement by the U.S. Justice Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia begins a visit to Washington Tuesday amid allegations by the leftist government that the U.S. Embassy in La Paz is interfering in domestic affairs.Last Wednesday, Bolivian government minister Juan Ramon Quintana warned that "the doors are open" for American officials attached to the embassy to leave if they do not abide by local regulations.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Following drawn-out negotiations with the Colombia's armed rebel group FARC, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' effort to secure the release of three hostages appears to have failed.The negotiations with the Colombian group, whose full name is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), came after a public quarrel between Chavez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, derided by the Venezuelan leader last November as a "sad pawn of the empire" -- a reference to the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - In a move that could revive recent tensions between the two Latin American countries, the government of Peru has granted asylum to Carlos Ortega, a Venezuelan activist who is strongly opposed to the Chavez administration.Ortega told the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal this week that Peru was granting him political asylum. Ortega is former president of the Venezuelan Workers' Confederation and a leader in protests leading up to the coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez from the Venezuelan presidency in April 2002.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Despite the defeat of last month's referendum on changing Venezuela's constitution, President Hugo Chavez is urging his supporters to resume the fight for "21st century socialism" in the country in 2008."Here we are, as always, accustomed to fighting, and [we will] fight as long as it is necessary," he said during his weekly radio and television show "Hello, President" early this week, the official Bolivarian News Agency ABN reported.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Following the latest in a series of disputes between the Argentine government and Royal Dutch Shell, the company's sole refinery in Argentina was allowed to resume activities on Tuesday. Argentina's Secretariat of the Environment and Sustainable Development confirmed the decision in a statement. It had ordered the refinery closed last Wednesday over environmental concerns, a step that led to a shortage of premium fuel and diesel throughout the country.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Despite having lost his attempt to rewrite Venezuela's constitution to strengthen his grip on the oil-rich country, President Hugo Chavez shows little sign of easing off on his anti-American rhetoric.On a recent edition of his weekly radio and television show, Chavez urged his regional allies to line up against "the empire" -- his standard term for the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened Monday to take over and nationalize all private schools that do not accept a new education program promoting his left-wing worldview.Speaking at the opening of one of 15 new so-called "Bolivarian" schools, the anti-U.S. populist said private Venezuelan schools "shall be subordinate to the constitution and the national education system -- the Bolivarian education system. Those who don't want to will have to close their schools."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' threats to cut oil supplies to the United States should not be taken seriously, because doing so would hurt the Latin American country as much as, or even more than, it would harm the U.S., an industry analyst said."I do not believe that it would make any sense for Mr. Chavez to follow through on his threats," Tom Kloza, chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service told Cybercast News Service .
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Iran's senior diplomat here has been sternly reprimanded for remarks suggesting that Argentina would be joining the enemy camp if President Nestor Kirchner criticizes Iran during a planned address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.The foreign ministry over the weekend criticized Mohsen Baharvand, whose official rank is business attache, for his statements about Kirchner, saying they were "unacceptable" and unbecoming the envoy of a foreign country.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes dates in 6th paragraph.) Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Argentine Jewish organizations remain on high alert, following threats by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hizballah to extend its armed conflict with Israel beyond the Middle East region.Although the country is far from the affected region, "it is regrettable, but this is how Jewish organizations need to operate in Argentina," Luis Grynwald, chairman of the Argentine Mutual Aid Jewish Organization (AMIA) said in an interview.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Fresh from his headline-grabbing visit to New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday began a short trip to Latin America to shore up ties with two of the region's most anti-American regimes.The Iranian leader first stopped briefly in Bolivia, whose leftist President Evo Morales -- a close ally of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez -- recently re-established diplomatic relations with Tehran.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - As foreign ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) prepare to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss issues including the recent Colombian cross-border military strike against leftist rebels, analysts in the region remain divided over who emerged as winners and losers in the episode.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. military is looking for a new location in South America, after Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced he is not renewing the current lease he holds for a base in Manta, along Ecuador's shoreline.In 1999, the U.S. and Ecuador signed a bilateral agreement that allows the U.S. to use a portion of the Ecuadorian Eloy Alfaro Air Force Base in Manta as a "forward operating location" (FOL) for counter-narcotics operations. The agreement expires in November 2009.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Plans to amend Venezuela's constitution in a way that will lead to increasingly authoritarian rule under President Hugo Chavez have triggered violent clashes between police and student-led protestors in Caracas.Thousands of demonstrators took part in a protest Tuesday, and television footage showed scuffles with police, who used tear gas against the crowd. A delegation of protest leaders reportedly was able to meet later with lawmakers at the National Assembly.