With Fidel Castro reportedly in "grave condition" after three failed surgeries, Hugo Chavez looks poised to pick up his torch, announcing plans to nationalize Venezuela's energy industry and pushing through a constitutional measure designed to allow him to run for President once again when his term expires in 2013. Echoes of Castro graced Chavez's inauguration speech last week when he uttered the phrase "Fatherland, socialism, or death" as he took the presidential oath, and his meeting with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last Saturday confirmed that like Castro, he doesn't put placating the United States too high on his list of priorities.
The resurgent Latin American left has made Alan McPherson's Yankee No!: Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations more relevant than ever for people who want to understand the context in which today's events are taking place. See our last post for more info on the book, or check out an excerpt over at the main HUP site.