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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Venezuela’s leader goes on national TV, claims U.S. is out to get him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Special to By Miles Yu, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro went on national TV on Oct.1 to announce his decision to expel three U.S. diplomats he charged were colluding with Venezuela’s domestic political opposition party. Maduro has, in recent weeks, […]

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Meanwhile in Venezuela, a Russian naval flotilla stages an anti-U.S. show of force

Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser.  /RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Ankov

Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued another challenge to U.S. global military influence by dispatching a large naval flotilla to the vehemently anti-American regime in Venezuela. Thus far, a toughened stance toward the […]

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Pyongyang nights: A modest proposal for Edward Snowden


Special to By Donald Kirk, Edward Snowden seems to have considered just about every conceivable option for asylum. At least two countries, Venezuela and Nicaragua, whose leaders are deeply critical of U.S. foreign policy, are happy to accept […]

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Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

A mural of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without […]

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Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: ‘Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word’


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — First, the good news. The United States has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council along with Germany and Ireland. So too have been South Korea and Japan. Now fasten your seat belts […]

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UN speakers to a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Mugabe

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, Iran, before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly.  /Vahid Salemi/AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Potentates gather in New York for the 67th annual session to the backdrop of spreading violence […]

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Sean Penn, the latest lightweight, hypocritical celebrity traitor

Sean Penn appeared at an election rally in support of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, who’s gunning for a new six year term in October.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Sean Penn loves dictators, especially if they are anti-American leftists. Recently, the Hollywood star visited Venezuela to campaign for strongman Hugo Chavez. Mr. Penn joined Mr. Chavez at a major rally in the city of Valencia. The […]

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Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, the Cuban DGI and U.S. national security


Special to By Cliff Kincaid President Obama’s mind-boggling statement about Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela not having “a serious national security impact” on the United States is getting little national media attention. But like the private conversation with outgoing […]

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Iran has sent drones, thousands of advisors to Venezuela

What is believed to be an Iranian drone at Venezuela's El Libertador Air Base.  /Omar Quintero

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has been tracking Iranian sales of unmanned aerial vehicles to Venezuela. Officials said Iran regards Venezuela as a key ally in South America. They said thousands of Iranian advisers, including members of […]

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