An audit by the Venezuelan election council found no major discrepancies in the April 14 presidential election.
The facts surrounding the voting process and election outcome in Venezuela demonstrate that U.S. refusal to recognize Maduro has nothing to do with the U.S.'s alleged concerns for democracy, but rather, its complete disdain for it.
Violence, instigated by the right wing opposition, has broken out in Venezuela after leftist candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won the special election necessitated by the death of Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelan right wingers appear to accept Capriles will lose, but they may question the election's legitimacy and somehow have the results overturned with U.S. help.
Acting President Maduro accused a group of right wing former U.S. officials of working to destabilize Venezuela and strongly suggested that his election opponent is in contact with those circles.
Land takeovers for industrial farming are on a fast track with harmful effects accumulating. And plans are unfolding for manufacturing and trade enclaves under privatized governance.
The 15-year-old Pakistani woman gravely wounded in a Taliban attack, has come to symbolize a broadening struggle in that country, against the extremist views the Taliban seeks to enforce there.
French voters responded positively to the proposal, with recent polls showing a slight uptick in support for Hollande. The prospects of passing such tax-the-rich legislation will depend on parliamentary elections,.
France elects a new president on April 22, with a runoff possible on May 6. As this date approaches, it would appear that incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is going to have trouble holding on to power.
New legislation could end up sending members of the country's Communist Party and other leftists to prison for up to three years because of their beliefs and speech.