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    1. The purported revelation comes in a new biography of Jos Mujica, the popular ex-Uruguayan president who was close to Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chvez.

    2. By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling socialists held primaries on Sunday ahead of December's parliamentary election they are forecast to lose due to a biting recession and discontent with the late Hugo Chavez's uncharismatic successor. You don't feel that emotion anymore," said a teacher at a state-run school in a low-income part of Caracas, who is disappointed with ...

    3. The huge response from ordinary people to the death of Hugo Chavez has highlighted the massive impact that the Venezuelan Revolution has had on millions of people worldwide. Never has the Venezuelan Revolution been more relevant than today.

    4. Eulogio del Pino takes on a tough task: returning the focus of Petróleos de Venezuela to oil.

    5. Hugo Chavez's Legacy: Venezuelans Are Terrified of the Dark

      Bloomberg via Yahoo! FinanceJun 12 06:00 AM

      For years in Caracas, as in most cities, the sun went down before the bars lit up. Stop by La Cita, a Spanish-style pub near the heart of downtown, and find clients like Freddy Barraiz, an upstanding 64-year-old physician, knocking back glasses of wine in bright sunshine. “What keeps us going is lunch,” lamented La Cita’s owner, Javier Lopez.

    6. Hugo Chavez's Legacy: One of the Worst Crime Rates in the World

      Bloomberg via Yahoo! FinanceJun 11 04:00 PM

      For years in Caracas, as in most cities, the sun went down before the bars lit up. Stop by La Cita, a Spanish-style pub near the heart of downtown, and find clients like Freddy Barraiz, an upstanding 64-year-old physician, knocking back glasses of wine in bright sunshine. “What keeps us going is lunch,” lamented La Cita’s owner, Javier Lopez.

    7. This paper from February 2009 looks at some of the most important economic and social indicators during the 10 years of the Chávez administration in Venezuela, as well as the current economic expansion. It also looks at the current situation and challenges.

    8. By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (Reuters) - When state governor Henri Falcon abandoned Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party in 2010 and later joined the opposition, he was pilloried as a "traitor" by former pal and then president Hugo Chavez. Now, it is opposition hardliners who insult him with that same word as Falcon promotes dialogue with Chavez's successor, President...

    9. Steak Is One More Thing That's Disappearing in Venezuela

      Bloomberg via Yahoo! FinanceJun 26 07:55 AM

      Slaughter of domestic cows almost halved in April to about 31,000 heads, according to the National Meat Packers Association.  Shortages of everything from vaccines to transport, lack of financing and price controls have decimated the once mighty Brahman cow herds that roamed Venezuela's lush savanna. The late President Hugo Chavez and his hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro have clung to power...

    10. Venezuela will hold legislative elections December 6, officials said Monday, setting a date after weeks of pressure from opposition groups hoping to deal President Nicolas Maduro's socialist party a crippling defeat. With Venezuela's economy in recession, oil revenues plunging and consumers facing chronic shortages of basic goods, Maduro's approval rating has sunk to 28 percent. An April survey...

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