Ex-president: Drug trafficking “horrendous”


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Feb. 1, 1996. CARACAS, Venezuela – Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, under house arrest on corruption charges, knows about political controversy. And he has a few words of advice for his good friend Colombian President Ernesto Samper, caught in a drug-corruption

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Chávez’s fate is up to voters


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Aug. 16, 2004. Millions of Venezuelans flocked to polling stations Sunday to decide the fate of President Hugo Chávez, whose thirst for social revolution has left his strategic oil-rich nation deeply divided. Mr. Chávez, 50, a former lieutenant colonel once jailed for

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