Freedom Flagging in South America

Human rights advocates condemn Ecuadorian president’s assault on free speech
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa / AP

Human rights and press freedom advocates are sounding the alarm on an effort by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to undermine an international watchdog charged with ensuring freedom of the press.

Chavistas in Mourning

Feature: D.C. activists meet, recall life of dead strongman
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In retrospect, wearing a pro-Israel shirt probably wasn’t the best choice while trying to interview people at a Hugo Chavez commemoration.

After Death of Chavez, Iran-Venezuela Alliance in Doubt

Fate of Iran, Hezbollah in Chavez-free Venezuela uncertain, expert says
AP

The death of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez could spark an intense internal battle between socialist leaders and terrorist Muslim forces such as Hezbollah, which long served as an ally to Chavez, according to foreign policy experts.

With Mourners Like These

Tributes to Venezuelan strongman pour in from far-left admirers
Chavez and Ahmadinejad (AP)

Tributes to Venezuela’s socialist strongman Huge Chavez, dead of cancer at age 58, have poured in from rogue states, terrorism sponsors, and Democratic politicians, lauding him for his antagonism to the United States, Israel, and the West. Hollywood celebrities joined in the mourning, hailing him as a man of the people who devoted his rule to helping the poor.

Smell the Sulfur

Chavez dead; Penn, Kennedy hardest hit
AP

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has died, Venezuelan vice president Nicolás Maduro announced Tuesday afternoon. The cause was complications from a longstanding struggle with cancer.

7 Things You Need to Know About Al Jazeera

Greatest hits from the new owners of Current TV...one al Qaeda recruiter called 'trustworthy,' and Hugo Chavez calls a 'model of honor'
AP

Al Jazeera made a big move Wednesday, taking over former Al Gore’s Current TV in a major deal that will bring the Qatar-financed news source to millions of U.S. cable subscribers. What to expect from such a network? We’ve compiled seven of Al Jazeera’s greatest hit to provide some clues.