Hugo Chavez

Lorenzo Dávalos
Lorenzo Dávalos

In this two-part essay, public policy expert Lorenzo Dávalos delves into the complicated relationship between media and government in Venezuela. This first installment digs into Chavez and later Maduro's campaign against independent and critical media, aiming to demonize dissenting voices in the country. Part two moves further into the grounding of this campaign and its direction toward a media hegemony in the country.

 

Shaun Randol

In many ways, Oliver Stone’s latest documentary film South of the Border is a mirror image of the 2004 film adaptation of The Motorcycle Diaries. In this latter film, based on the journals of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara, two young idealists strike out across the South American continent on a motorcycle in search of adventure, but instead find passion, resilience, and a Latin American identity that transcended all political borders.

Marianna Gurtovnik

The gathering of Latin American leaders in Cancun, Mexico on February 23 grabbed the headlines after its 32 participants pledged to create a Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The new alliance, which includes Cuba and excludes the United States and Canada, was conceived as an alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS), a regional institution established in 1948 to fight communism and promote democracy and human rights.

Marianna Gurtovnik

"I want to leave as a distinguished guest, not as political refugee like the interim government wants." (The deposed Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, on his plans for leaving Honduras, December 10, 2009.)