President Hugo Chavez greeted Venezuelans in a video this month reading from Friedrich Nietzsche on the attributes of a superman. The days when Chavez played that role himself with six-hour speeches and midnight meetings are gone for now, a casualty of cancer.
Nokia Oyj , AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are urging the U.S. government to ease rules that keep them from operating in Cuba even after President Barack Obama loosened telecommunications regulations last year to promote democracy on the communist island.
The Venezuelan government, citing Hugo Chavez’s health problems, canceled a July 5-6 regional summit just hours after broadcasting images of an apparently fit president in Havana, a move that raised fresh questions about the gravity of the socialist leader’s ailments.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Honduras should be readmitted to the Organization of American States, potentially putting the U.S. at odds with Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Latin America’s largest economies.
A move by President Barack Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba would allow the administration to change U.S. policy toward the island even if legislation to repeal a wider travel ban isn’t approved by Congress this year.