September 2011

Oil and Gas in the Capitals

The revelation of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s cancer in June raised the question: Will he be able to run for reelection next year? However, after undergoing surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumor from his pelvic area and two rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba, Chavez was as busy as ever in late August—crediting Jesus and Castro for his recovery, nationalizing Venezuela’s gold industry, and vowing to continue supporting Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi even as rebels stormed the gates of Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli.

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