WBEZ | South America http://www.wbez.org/tags/south-america Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en With Hugo Chavez ailing, his opposition gains traction in Venezuela http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-05/hugo-chavez-ailing-his-opposition-gains-traction-venezuela-96974 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/chavez seg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hugo Chavez reported on his latest cancer surgery today. The Venezuelan leader said the two-centimeter tumor was cancerous; however he was optimistic saying vital signs, including blood pressure, were "favorable." Chavez also clamis to have "no fever, hemorrhages or infections"and that scarring is occurring at "a normal pace, and digestion is normal." Chavez sums up his recovery as "real, sustained, progressive and fast...I am flying like the condor."</p><p>But Chavez never said what kind of cancer he has. His health, and a unified opposition ready to contest the October elections, creates many questions about the Venezuela's future.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks with <a href="https://www.amherst.edu/users/C/jcorrales/aboutme">Javier Corrales</a>. He’s Professor of Political Science at Amherst College and co-author of the 2011 book, <em>Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the political economy of revolution in Venezuela</em>.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 17:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-05/hugo-chavez-ailing-his-opposition-gains-traction-venezuela-96974 How the U.S. lost South America http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/how-us-lost-south-america-96342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/AP03093003866.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>While the U.S. economy has struggled in the last decade, South America's has thrived. And as the U.S. deals with near record poverty, South American countries are ramping up social spending and broadening their safety nets. For the first time, it looks like the U.S. may need a dose of South America’s economic advice instead of the other way around.</p><p>Hal Weitzman is author of the book, <a href="http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470481919.html"><em>Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering</em></a>. Hal covered the changes in South America for the <a href="http://www.ft.com/"><em>Financial Times</em></a>. He’s now the FT’s Chicago and Midwest Correspondent.</p><p><em>Hal Weitzman will speak tomorrow morning (Feb. 14) at a Chicago Council on Global Affairs <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Event/FY_12_Events/02_February_2012/Latin_Lessons.aspx" target="_blank">event</a> at the Chicago Club.&nbsp; He will also make some bookstore appearances on Feb. 16 at Afterwords bookstore (23 E. Illinois, 6.30pm) and Feb. 23 at Unabridged bookstore (3521 N. Broadway, 6.30pm).</em></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/how-us-lost-south-america-96342 Dam project in Chile's Patagonia region causes mass protests http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-01/dam-project-chiles-patagonia-region-causes-mass-protests-88586 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/5596907836_1df8f850df_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The $3.2 billion <a href="http://www.hidroaysen.cl/eng/" target="_blank">HidroAysen</a> project is a controversial hydroelectric dam complex planned for Chile. The project’s five dams would flood almost 15,000 acres of Patagonian wilderness. Getting the power to market would require transmission lines to gauge a 1,200 mile swath through the forest. Chile’s government says they need the dams to help double the country’s energy output in the next 10 years. But activists against the dams have increasing popular support to stop the project.</p><p>Berklee Lowrey-Evans is a Latin America program associate at <a href="http://www.internationalrivers.org" target="_blank">International Rivers</a>, which works to protect rivers and the communities that depend on them. Ten days ago, a Chilean court suspended work on the dams. Lowrey-Evans tells us what this means for the project's future.</p><h1>&nbsp;</h1></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-01/dam-project-chiles-patagonia-region-causes-mass-protests-88586