Tuesday, September 4, 2012

From the Archives: First

The Latin Americanist blog was born on September 3, 2005 as the brainchild of a group of students at New York University’s Center for Latin American Studies. Seven years and over 7300 posts later the blog still continues with the same goal it had when it was conceived: to provide an English-language forum for issues pertaining to Latin America.

Today we will take a look at the first article that was published on this blog.

There is a cliché that states, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This saying can apply to the first post on this blog, which was the following:
Chavez earns scorn from The Economist

The Venezuelan president incurs the disapproval of the British mag after clamping down on the private sector. article

Since then the renown international affairs magazine has not let up on its criticism of the Venezuelan leader. The publication’s latest article on Venezuela reported on last month’s fire at the Amuay oil refinery as a potential liability for Chavez’ reelection campaign.

Additionally, an article published in April claimed that diplomatic officials worried about urban violence “found Venezuela's security services underwhelming” while a January headline asked if Chavez and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were “brothers in arms?

Video Source– YouTube via Voz de America (“The Economist” analyst Robert Woods provides his views on Venezuela’s upcoming presidential election in this February 2012 video from Voice of America’s Spanish-language channel).

Online Sources - The Economist, The Latin Americanist

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another big issue that does not get a lot of attention from mainstream media is the ongoing development - especially in Latin America - of regional integration alternatives to the free trade and neoliberal models. This video talks to a number of activists from Latin America involved with this work (as well as other countries): Global Crises, Regional Solutions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvB7c7X5qUc