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Venezuela’s Chavez denies health problems

President Hugo Chavez appeared before journalists to deny reports his health had taken a turn for the worse, saying he was “doing well” as he recovers from cancer treatment. The Venezuelan president showed up at the Miraflores presidential palace wearing a baseball cap and glove, tossing a ball as he commented about his health…

Venezuela’s Chavez plays ball, mocks health scare

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-theatrical socialist leader Hugo Chavez sought to display his vigor on Thursday by playing sport in his palace grounds after mocking a U.S. media report that he was having emergency treatment. “I’m fine. Those who don’t love me and wish me ill, well bad luck!” a…

Venezuela considered freeing 20,000 inmates

The new Venezuelan minister for the prison service, Iris Varela, suggested the release of some 20,000 prisoners as part of a plan to ease overcrowding in facilities plagued by violence. “Of the country’s 50,000 prisoners, 20,000 should be out of jail, and rightly deserve to be out,” Varela said in…

Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars

(Reuters) – Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and…

“Don’t let them assassinate Hugo Chavez; Don’t let them assassinate Evo Morales”

It’s not very IMS for me to enthusiastically recommend an act as…earnest as Flobots, but I really like the single: so I bought the album on iTunes, and I have to say I’m very pleased with it. Another highlight, in my mind, is “Same Thing” (not a video): We say…

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