| Mar 6, 2013
| 1:13 PM
I can't say I followed Hugo Chavez that closely. What I knew of him was that he was a buffoon who delighted in using over-the-top-rhetoric blasting the United States. He had a weekly TV show on Venezuelan TV that lasted from four to eight hours while he...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Classical conductors spend a lot of time on airplanes flying from one job to the next and are thus used to the frustrations that come with modern-day air travel. But for Gustavo Dudamel, a recent episode during a trip to Israel seems to have gone beyond...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 12:24 PM
The grand old names—the ones we gave to places before somebody invented “naming rights” for sports venues—can still stir the American spirit with their roughhewn poetry: Camden Yards, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Candlestick Park,...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:41 AM
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Venezuelans are hungry.
Food shortages in this oil-rich state are reaching record levels, and many consumers now have to lurk around behind grocery stores, hoping the merchant will open the back door and sell them corn flour, sugar, cooking oil,...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Dick Van Dyke brought his characteristic charm to the SAG Awards this weekend, and Internet users dutifully searched for all sorts of details on him -- anything to distract us from the icy weather that caused school closings from here to Ann Arbor. ...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 6:30 PM
For the first time since the revolution began in 1953, Cuba is transmitting a foreign TV signal in real time with the entry of Venezuela's Telesur, which began broadcasting 13 1/2 hours a day this week.
Venezuela's socialist leader Hugo...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez loomed so large over his country and Latin America for the last two decades that his death on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer confronts the region with potentially destabilizing political swings and economic...
| Dec 23, 2012
Meteorologists know seasons are predictable. In the weather world, spring is always followed by summer. But the political world is different. Spring can proceed to summer, or it can lead to a sudden onset of winter.
That was the case this year in the...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Havana -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived Monday in Cuba for surgery just days after saying his cancer had returned.
State-run VTV showed Chavez embracing Vice President Nicolas Maduro and other top Venezuelan officials before his plane took off...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Jewish human rights organizations urged Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday to denounce an “anti-Semitic” attack on his political opponent Henrique Capriles....