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Links to collected news headlines and commentary on the situation in Venezuela.

  • 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.
  • Apr 11, 2003 Foreign investors are back, new oil fields discovered, gold mining concessions granted to foreign companies, drought, and problems with Columbia.
  • Mar 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.
  • Feb 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.
  • Feb 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.
  • Feb 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.
  • Jan 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 in Florida.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 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 discussed.
  • Jan 25, 2003 Opposition prepares a campout demonstration, Jimmy Carter has some ideas, the Friends convene, and journalists snipe at each other.
  • Jan 24, 2003 Oil exports up, managers at PDVSA want their jobs back, Thor Halvorssen exposed, Venezuela's press objectivity questioned yet again.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 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 seizures.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 17, 2003 Strikers worry about backlash, everybody gets edgier.
  • Jan 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.
  • Jan 15, 2003 Washington Post engages in real journalism, Ecuadorian inauguration impromptu regional summit, strike costs Venezuela $4 billion so far.
  • Jan 14, 2003 Kofi Annan calls for peaceful solution, class warfare aspects of conflict, Bushies remove Latin American policy coordinator.
  • Jan 13, 2003 Financial embargo continues, opposition leaders engage in private diplomacy.
  • Jan 12, 2003 Chavez orders protest dispersed.
  • Jan 12, 2003 Four-way debate, professor, student, journalists mix it up. Why we should care about Venezuela.
  • Jan 11, 2003 Venezuelan foreign relations, regional politics.
  • Jan 9, 2003 The Washington Post lies through its teeth, enjoy the fisking.
  • Jan 9, 2003 Opposition pushes Al-Qaida scare, army declares neutrality, banks go on 'strike', Chavez in a two-part interview.
  • Jan 6, 2003 Straight story on the killings of two pro-Chavez marchers, embarassing picture of 'strike' leader hugging April's dictator for a day.
  • Jan 5, 2003 The Seattle Times' slight obfuscation.
  • Dec 30, 2002 Brazil's president & Chavez supporter, regional assistance during fuel crisis.
  • Dec 28, 2002 Venezuela's oil chief on strategies for dealing with the oil industry lockdown.
  • Dec 27, 2002 What the current situation means for indigenous rights, only recently included in the constitution.
  • Dec 26, 2002 The Nation on Venezuela.
  • Dec 26, 2002 Venezuela's constitution recognizes homemaking as a valuable part of the economy, guarantees pension.
  • Dec 23, 2002 Organization of American States votes overwhelmingly to support Chavez, slap to OAS 'mediator' Cesar Gaviria.
  • Dec 23, 2002 The racial dimension of the conflict, more on the adoption of the new constitution and elections in 1999.
  • Dec 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.
  • Dec 21, 2002 Foreign nationals urged to leave country, Condoleeza Rice delivers high-handed advice to Chavez.
  • Dec 21, 2002 Court orders strikers to go back to work.
  • Dec 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 US.
  • Dec 19, 2002 The National Review lies outrageously.
  • Dec 18, 2002 Mother Jones on Venezuela's recent history.
  • Dec 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.
  • Dec 14, 2002 Reports of media bias and the situation on the ground as the lockout gathered force.
  • Dec 10, 2002 Andrew Hagen questions media objectivity on the Venezuelan situation.
  • Dec 10, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor speaks up.
  • Dec 10, 2002 The Guardian on Venezuela.
  • Nov 17, 2002 The blog Back to Iraq talks about US oil strategy, briefly touching on Venezuela's role.