1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.
Watch Rubio's full speech below:
Marc Caputo, a political reporter with the Miami Herald, called the speech the "best oration" of Rubio's career. Here's an excerpt:
For 14 minutes and 16 seconds, Rubio gave the best oration of his political career, speaking largely off the top of his head and with only the barest of notes. Rubio sometimes dripped with sarcasm or simmered with indignation as he made the case to Congress that the United States needs to continue Cuba sanctions and punish Venezuela.
Over the next few days, Rubio said, he’d propose sanctions “we should be pursuing against the individuals responsible for these atrocities.”
Rubio said it’s “shameful” that the United States and Congress haven’t done more to denounce or punish the government-sponsored violence in Venezuela.
As an aide flipped through over-sized photos of Venezuelan protests, Rubio ticked off the struggles of living in the country, the horrors of its citizens dying and being jailed at the hands of its government.
Read the whole thing here.
9:31 AM, Apr 23, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
During the 14-year reign of Hugo Chávez, Venezuelans became drearily accustomed to hearing so-called cadenas interrupt the regular programming on their radios and television sets. These are “chained” broadcasts (the word cadena means “chain”) that all stations must carry. They originated long before Chávez took power, mainly to help the Venezuelan government disseminate urgent information about a matter of national importance, such as a natural disaster. Under the so-called Bolivarian revolution, they were transformed into shameless propaganda vehicles.
12:03 PM, Apr 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney released this statement on the Venezuelan election:
10:25 PM, Mar 7, 2013 • By VANESSA NEUMANN
On Wednesday, the body of Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chávez, was transported through Caracas in a formal procession that drew a crowd of weeping millions, accustomed to calling him, among other epithets, "the Example of Permanent Battle," and "the Christ of Latin America's Poor."
6:10 PM, Mar 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas released the following statement to mark the death of Hugo Chavez:
“Sic semper tyrannis.
“After the welcome news of Hugo Chavez’s death, I hope that the oppressed people of Venezuela will be able to live in freedom, not under miserable tyranny. I look forward to working in the House to promote a free, democratic, and pro-American government in Venezuela.”
1:45 PM, Feb 25, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
According to a leading Spanish newspaper, Hugo Chávez’s doctors have told his family that the cancer-stricken autocrat will not recover from his illness and will not be able to resume the Venezuelan presidency. Perhaps that’s why his return to Venezuela was a relatively subdued affair.
12:38 PM, Dec 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a candlelight vigil for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Bolivia, actor Sean Penn offered great praise for the sick strongman:
9:05 AM, Nov 19, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
When Argentine president Cristina Kirchner nationalized the Spanish-owned YPF oil company this past April, Washington Post correspondent Juan Forero proclaimed her “the standard-bearer of populist nationalism in Latin America.”
Susan Rice praises council for "increasingly proving its value."3:01 PM, Nov 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United States and Venezuela will now serve together on the United Nations Human Rights Council, after both countries won elections today to serve together. Venezuela received 154 votes and is in the Latin American group, while the U.S. received 131 and is in the Western group.
1:33 PM, Oct 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Yesterday, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez "won" reelection. Today, the White House is congratulating Venezuela on that outcome.
From the pool report, which details a gaggle held by White House spokesman Jay Carney:
8:30 AM, Sep 28, 2012 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
We are now less than two weeks away from an election that could either save or destroy what remains of Venezuelan democracy.