Links to collected news headlines and commentary on the situation in
- May 4, 2003 Latest suspicions about the 2002 coup, where the ringleaders
of the 'general strike' are ending up, what the US is doing, negotiations
with neighboring countries, and a link to the full english translation
of Venezuela's constitution.
11, 2003 Foreign investors are back, new oil fields discovered,
gold mining concessions granted to foreign companies, drought, and problems
4, 2003 Chavez accused of: ties with FARC, of worsening relations
with coup supporting nations, and being associated with the embassy
bombings. Another 'strike' leader is under house arrest, and Greg Palast
weighs in on the media lies surrounding the Venezuelan president.
26, 2003 The country remains at a low simmer, oil exports have resumed,
downright impolite behavior breaks out, two foreign embassies are bombed
by unknown parties, critics reduced to fuming that the government is
following the law, and yet another look is taken at why Chavez isn't
within miles of being the worst leader in the region.
5, 2003 Having exhausted all other options, the opposition will
attempt to have their way lawfully, PDVSA management continues to believe
that they alone can force the whole country to change, and TNR shows
its imperialism. For now, things look stable.
2, 2003 Strike on last legs, both sides are told to tone it down,
and the identity of Thor Halvorssen is revealed as the son of the former
drug czar instead.
31, 2003 The McDonald's will reopen, now that it looks like the
Chavez government has survived circumstances that have brought down
others in the region, the media giant will meet with Bush Sr., the 'Friends'
are in town, other business is good, and revolutionaries may be living
29, 2003 The banks are back, official diplomacy is strictly by the
book these days, financial markets smile, and the VP says oil workers
who don't come back will be fired for good.
27, 2003 Why the opposition won't take advantage of the law, a shipping
line breaks ranks as the opposition falters, and the writings of Thor
Halvorssen are answered by someone he named in a recent article.
26, 2003 Production up, Geraldo Rivera caught in a lie, an up close
account of rural life, the opposition will continue to threaten the
economy, and the Bush Latin American team's Iran-Contra origins are
25, 2003 Opposition prepares a campout demonstration, Jimmy Carter
has some ideas, the Friends convene, and journalists snipe at each other.
24, 2003 Oil exports up, managers at PDVSA want their jobs back,
Thor Halvorssen exposed, Venezuela's press objectivity questioned yet
23, 2003 Explosion at pro-Chavez rally kills one, injures 12, court
rules that there is no right to oppose a lawfully elected government,
media bias in the major press networks, and a 'what if this were happening
in the US' perspective.
22, 2003 The truth about Venezuela's opinion polls, the country's
foreign exchange markets suspended, the Supreme Court blocks the opposition's
referendum, and an editorial asks how people who are free to shut down
the country can claim they're being oppressed.
21, 2003 US backs down, tanker pilots break the strike, President
Carter comes to town, the strike is examined from below, VP Rangel tells
US to mind its own business, and more information on the food and drink
19, 2003 State department affirms commitment to constitutional solution,
a look at local polling and media, Republican gets paranoid, oil production
increases, US tech firm accused of supporting PDVSA lockout.
17, 2003 Strikers worry about backlash, everybody gets edgier.
16, 2003 The Economist obfuscates, the opposition begins to give
ground, the media mogul sues for defamation and plans to meet with Carter,
we take a look at the middle class and outgoing assistant secretary
of state, Otto Reich.
15, 2003 Washington Post engages in real journalism, Ecuadorian
inauguration impromptu regional summit, strike costs Venezuela $4 billion
14, 2003 Kofi Annan calls for peaceful solution, class warfare aspects
of conflict, Bushies remove Latin American policy coordinator.
13, 2003 Financial embargo continues, opposition leaders engage
in private diplomacy.
12, 2003 Chavez orders protest dispersed.
12, 2003 Four-way debate, professor, student, journalists mix it
up. Why we should care about Venezuela.
11, 2003 Venezuelan foreign relations, regional politics.
9, 2003 The Washington Post lies through its teeth, enjoy the fisking.
9, 2003 Opposition pushes Al-Qaida scare, army declares neutrality,
banks go on 'strike', Chavez in a two-part interview.
6, 2003 Straight story on the killings of two pro-Chavez marchers,
embarassing picture of 'strike' leader hugging April's dictator for
5, 2003 The Seattle Times' slight obfuscation.
30, 2002 Brazil's president & Chavez supporter, regional assistance
during fuel crisis.
28, 2002 Venezuela's oil chief on strategies for dealing with the
oil industry lockdown.
27, 2002 What the current situation means for indigenous rights,
only recently included in the constitution.
26, 2002 The Nation on Venezuela.
26, 2002 Venezuela's constitution recognizes homemaking as a valuable
part of the economy, guarantees pension.
23, 2002 Organization of American States votes overwhelmingly to
support Chavez, slap to OAS 'mediator' Cesar Gaviria.
23, 2002 The racial dimension of the conflict, more on the adoption
of the new constitution and elections in 1999.
23, 2002 Chavez sends troops to deliver cornmeal for Christmas meal
in the face of nationwide fuel shortage. Why the strikers in Venezuela
are getting a better deal in Venezuela than they would in the US.
21, 2002 Foreign nationals urged to leave country, Condoleeza Rice
delivers high-handed advice to Chavez.
21, 2002 Court orders strikers to go back to work.
19, 2002 US government funding directly supports the elite-led opposition.
Thoughts on what would happen if a strike like this was going on in
19, 2002 The National Review lies outrageously.
18, 2002 Mother Jones on Venezuela's recent history.
16, 2002 The crimes of Hugo Chavez. Why Venezuela's elected leader
is being pilloried for enacting policies that are very popular with
the citizens of first world democracies. How the citizens have rallied
against the propaganda of the elite-owned private media, and a brief
history of OAS representative Cesar Gaviria.
14, 2002 Reports of media bias and the situation on the ground as
the lockout gathered force.
10, 2002 Andrew Hagen questions media objectivity on the Venezuelan
10, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor speaks up.
10, 2002 The Guardian on Venezuela.
17, 2002 The blog Back to Iraq talks about US oil strategy, briefly
touching on Venezuela's role.