The U.S. citizen detained by Venezuela on accusations of spying is a documentary filmmaker who had accreditation from the South American country’s electoral council to observe elections this month, his lawyer said today.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that he’s still convinced South American liberator Simon Bolivar was murdered in 1830 even though an investigation he commissioned has come up with no evidence of foul play.
Hugo Chavez, the self-declared socialist who transformed Venezuelan politics by channeling record oil revenue to the poor, nationalizing corporations and vilifying foes as U.S. imperialist puppets, has died. He was 58.
Allies of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez paid their final respects to the firebrand socialist leader at a state funeral that marked the emotional high point of a week of tributes preceding a snap election to choose his successor.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s acting president hours after eulogizing his mentor Hugo Chavez in a fiery and tearful state funeral that drew leaders and celebrity activists from around the world.
In the nature and the suffering of what may be his impending death, Hugo Chavez will probably achieve the immortality in human memory that he has always sought, the certainty of a veneration reserved for saints, martyrs and redeemers.