Hugo Chavez: Neither a Boogeyman Nor A Leftist Saint

This photograph was produced by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency.

Oliver Stone was never my bottle of beer. As much as some on the left attempted to prop him up as some type of progressive icon, he always appeared to me an ill-informed, conspiracy-crazed simpleton. Yet I still give his material a chance—always, so far, resulting in my frustration.

South of the Border, a “documentary” (more like propaganda piece) on Hugo Chavez and other South American leaders, was one such film that made clear Stone’s regard for accuracy was close to nonexistent.… [Read more]

Henrique Capriles: Is He or Ain’t He a Jew

Henrique Capriles

This year’s presidential election between incumbent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and contender Henrique Capriles was one of the most intensely watched and anticipated political races throughout the world for a number of reasons. Chavez, who has long been a thorn in the side of the West, was facing what many considered defeat. Had the naysayers gotten their wishes Venezuela would be headed in a very different direction, specifically as it relates to its foreign relations with the U.S.… [Read more]

2011: A Blurry Year In Review

2011

This is the time of year when those ‘Year In  Review’ articles appear. The thinking behind (some of) it is that in order to move forward, we should take a look back so that we may see what what we’ve survived and examine the lessons learned along the way. Here’s a small slice of what we recall in no particular order (hey, it’s still holiday season so we’re perfectly fine with being a wee bit foggy from all that, um, holiday cheer… [Read more]).