Venezuela's Hugo Chavez handily won re-election over the weekend. On the heels of his victory, in a speech to his supporters, he vowed the country would never return to "neo-liberal" economics and would instead deepen its embrace of socialism.
Under pressure, Venezuela's top court reversed its decision to strip the legislature of its power. But to government critics the case was clear: They say judges loyal to President Nicolas Maduro attempted to set the stage for one-man rule.
Presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, has called for direct diplomacy with friend and foe alike, and among the foes of the Bush administration is Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela;
Hugo Chavez hasn't been seen in public for weeks, reportedly due to mysterious health issues he developed while traveling. The last photo of Chavez was released on Tuesday, and showed him in Cuba chatting with former leader Fidel Castro.
Venezuelans head to the polls Sunday to pick a new leader. They'll chose between Nicolas Maduro, who vows to continue Chavez's socialist policies, and opposition Henrique Capriles. Jennifer McCoy of the Carter Center is there to monitor the vote.
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.
For the past ten years, the U.S. military has run anti-drug surveillance operations from a military base in Ecuador, but the lease is set to expire next year and Ecuador's government wants the U.S. to leave
Hugo Chavez is struggling to recover from a fourth cancer operation and officials describe his situation as "delicate." Julia Sweig, of the Council on Foreign Relations, says it's unlikely Chavez will be able to attend the swearing in for his fourth term.