Jul 22, 2014

China's Xi signs Venezuela resource deals during Latin America blitz

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela Monday, his latest stop on a Latin American tour showcasing China’s growing influence in the region. During his four-country visit to what is often considered America’s back yard, Xi has ...

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

Apr 4, 2014

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet this 45-story skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block. It is a slum, probably ...

Chavez still going strong a year after his death

Mar 6, 2014

Chavez still going strong a year after his death

Though he died a year ago, Hugo Chavez still presents a weekly show on Venezuelan state television. In the last episode, he showed off poverty reduction data, railed at the “bourgeoisie” for looting the nation’s oil wealth and accused the opposition of fomenting instability ...

Dec 31, 2013

2013, a year of angry elites

by Jackson Diehl

The crowds who called for revolution in Cairo, Istanbul, Bangkok and Kiev in 2013 were not the impoverished losers of globalization. They were mostly the economic winners: middle-class, educated, English-speaking. So why were they rebelling?

Thatcher 'gave nod to son's coup plans'

Apr 18, 2013

Thatcher 'gave nod to son's coup plans'

by Daniel Boffey

Margaret Thatcher approved of a failed attempt to use an army of mercenaries to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea, according to the unpublished memoirs of the chief protagonist of the bid — former SAS officer Simon Mann. The former prime minister, whose son, ...

Chavez's 'son' wins election

| Apr 16, 2013

Chavez's 'son' wins election

Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro rose from bus driver to union activist and foreign minister, and now the man who calls himself Hugo Chavez’s “son” has succeeded his mentor in Sunday’s election. Named by Chavez as his political heir, Maduro ran a campaign that ...

Late Chavez haunts Venezuela's election

| Apr 14, 2013

Late Chavez haunts Venezuela's election

In Venezuela’s brief but raucous presidential campaign, the ruling party has let Hugo Chavez do the talking. On state television, he provides words of wisdom in frequent ads, and loudspeakers at campaign rallies belt out recordings of him singing the national anthem. And then ...