Latin America

The Venezuelan Referendum, Beware Jimmy Carter!

James Petras, Counter Punch

On August 14, 2004, Venezuelan voters will decide on a referendum, which has the utmost world historic and strategic significance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the energy world, the relations between the US and Latin America (particularly Cuba), and the political and socio-economic fate of millions of Venezuela's urban and rural poor.

archived July 7, 2004

Spanish Seek Oil Off Cuba, as Americans Watch Silently

SIMON ROMERO, The New York Times

Recent announcements from Repsol YPF, the big Spanish oil and gas company, indicate an ambitious expansion program, with projects planned for countries like Libya and Equatorial Guinea that are not for the risk-averse. But none has attracted as much attention as its gamble on Cuba.

archived July 5, 2004

Why should the United States care who is the President of Venezuela?

Karl B. Koth,

Peak Oil, petrodollars and the US interest in Venezuala

archived June 28, 2004

Latin America: Renewable Energy Not Always Sustainable

Gustavo González, IPS

Ten percent renewable sources of energy, established as a worldwide goal for 2010, is already a reality in Latin America, but that has been achieved mostly through big hydroelectric dams, which environmentalists argue are not sustainable.

archived July 1, 2004

Trinidad: Alternative energy sources our only hope

Raffique Shah, Trinidad Express

One would think that countries that are net importers of oil and gas would make concerted efforts to conserve energy, and to work feverishly towards developing alternative sources. But the paltry sums of money allocated for the necessary research and development of alternatives is negligible.

archived June 26, 2004

Crude Talk: US and Venezuela Dance

Suzan Mazur, From the Wilderness

After several failed efforts to unseat Venezuela's popular President Hugo Chavez, the fuel sector of corporate America is getting nervous. Venezuela is growing in prosperity, relying on its own mineral resources and technological patents to build new wealth. Chavez is exactly the kind of indigenous national leader whom American power can't tolerate.

archived June 10, 2004

BOLIVIA: Deep Division Over Referendum on Natural Gas

Franz Chávez, IPS

A succession of ministers of mining and hydrocarbons in Bolivia have attempted to lead the process of reforming the laws governing the industry, since the country's president was forced to step down late last year by protests over natural gas policy.

archived May 30, 2004

Fueling Conflict

Michael Renner, Foreign Policy In Focus

PetroPolitics Special Report: More than any other commodity, oil is the lifeblood of modern economies and the engine of military machines.

archived December 31, 2003