Girish Gupta

HOME

PHOTOS

VENEZUELA ECON

ONLINE

Twitter
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn
AngelList
Keybase
GitHub
IFTTT

BY COUNTRY

Afghanistan
Brazil
Colombia
Cuba
Ecuador
Egypt
Guyana
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Mexico
United Kingdom
Venezuela

BY MEDIUM

Text
Photo
Radio
TV/Video

BY PUBLISHER

Al Jazeera
BBC
BuzzFeed
CBC
Christian Science Monitor
CNN
Daily Mail
Data Driven Journalism (EJC)
Datum
Ecologist
Economist Intelligence Unit
Emerging Markets
Financial Times
Foreign Policy
France 24
Fusion
GlobalPost
Guardian
Independent
La Prensa (Panama)
LatinFinance
Mancunion
Monocle
National (Abu Dhabi)
New Internationalist
New Statesman
New York Times
New Yorker
NPR
PBS
PRI
Radio France Internationale
Reuters
RTE
Sky News
Sun
Sunday Times
Telegraph
TIME
Times of London
USA Today
Vice
WLRN

ABOUT

About
CV
Contact (PGP Key)


Iran's Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro discuss war with Israel, US
Jan. 13, 2012 — Caracas, Venezuela

Published by GlobalPost

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finished up his tour of Latin America, as tensions between his country and Washington are on the up.

The US imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Iran on New Year’s Eve before Iran sentenced a former US Marine to death for alleged spying as well as threatened to close the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the choke point for a fifth of the world’s oil.

To add fuel to the already considerable fire, Ahmadinejad spent the week with some of Washington’s greatest adversaries across Latin America.

Kicking off in Venezuela on Sunday, he joked with President Hugo Chavez about having an atomic bomb. “That hill,” said Chavez, pointing at the grassy mound in front of his Miraflores palace, “will open up and a big atomic bomb will come out.” The pair laughed, as Chavez continued: “Ahmadinejad and I are going into the Miraflores basement now to set our sights on Washington and launch cannons and missiles.”

Read more: Ahmadinejad and Chavez, together again

Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA was hit with sanctions last year in response to its ties with Iran. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez was quick to respond: “We’ll sell oil to whoever we want to. We don’t need money from gringos… The imperialists can go to hell.”

In Cuba, Ahmadinejad met with former President Fidel Castro and his brother and incumbent Raul Castro. During their two hours together, one of the main themes of discussion was a hypothetical nuclear war with Iran pitted against US and Israel.

The Iranian leader also took in Nicaragua and Ecuador, where he finished up yesterday. Brazil was notably absent despite a visit during the previous government of Brazil’s then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Read more: Why Brazil snubbed Iran's Ahmadinejad

Despite ample opportunity, there was little discussion of the important topics, least of all any direct responses to Washington’s sanctions. “The four countries are united with Iran primarily in their antipathy toward the United States,” wrote Jeff Franks of Reuters.

Read more: Iran's investment plans in Latin America

Filed from
Caracas, Venezuela






More...

Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering
Jan. 16, 2018


Inflationary math
Dec. 12, 2017


Venezuela money supply up 14 percent in one week, fastest rise on record
Dec. 1, 2017


How a defrocked judge became the chief enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela
Nov. 15, 2017


De cómo un juez destituido se convirtió en el principal artífice judicial del presidente de Venezuela
Nov. 15, 2017


The 'Venezuela Econ' app: Harnessing data to understand a spectacular economic meltdown
Nov. 6, 2017


Venezuela's monthly inflation rises to 34 percent: National Assembly
Sept. 7, 2017


Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor says she fears for her life, will keep fighting
Aug. 10, 2017


Venezuela quells attack on military base, two killed
Aug. 6, 2017


Exclusive: Venezuelan vote data casts doubt on turnout at Sunday poll
Aug. 2, 2017


All eyes on Venezuela military after protests, vote
Aug. 1, 2017


U.S. 'sweetheart' of Venezuela sees worrying signs of authoritarianism
Jul. 29, 2017


Venezuela money supply surges 10 percent in one week, fastest in 25 years
Jul. 29, 2017


Exclusive: At least 123 Venezuelan soldiers detained since protests - documents
Jul. 6, 2017


Venezuela hikes minimum wage 50 percent, effectively down 17 percent
Jul. 2, 2017








© Girish Gupta