Venezuela’s government announced the start of electricity rationing in western Zulia state as well as water rationing in Caracas to reduce demand on the power grid, a day after Ford Motor Co. halted production in Latin America’s largest oil exporter.
Henrique Capriles Radonski , whose family members own Venezuela’s biggest movie theater chain, is emerging as President Hugo Chavez ’s strongest rival in 2012 elections by copying his favorite ploy of lavishing public money on the poor.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has used his stature to play peacemaker on Iran. Closer to home, he has shown little appetite for wielding his clout with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to repair a rupture with Colombia.
What stuck most in Timothy Towell’s memory was the car. When the former U.S. diplomat met with Leopoldo Lopez in September 2006, the Venezuelan opposition leader showed up in an SUV riddled with bullet holes.