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Must be more to his cancer than what they tellin'...

Chavez to Undergo Cancer Surgery Again
February 21, 2012 - Venezuela's president says he is once again facing surgery for cancer and that the operation will take place "in the coming days."
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Hugo Chavez announced on state television Tuesday doctors in Cuba had detected a two-centimeter lesion in his pelvis, where a tumor was removed last year. "In the medical examination conducted in Havana, a lesion was detected in the same place where the tumor was removed almost a year ago," he said. "It is a small lesion, about 2 centimeters in diameter, clearly visible. This lesion must be extracted, which means I must undergo another operation which is supposed to be less complicated than the last one. I am in good physical shape to confront this new battle."

Rumors that Chavez was seriously ill began circulating after he took an unannounced trip to Havana Saturday. The Venezuelan leader said his body shows no signs the cancer has spread, and he said doctors do not yet know if the new lesion is malignant. Last year, the 57-year-old Chavez had two operations and underwent chemotherapy in Caracas and Havana, though he has never specified exactly what kind of cancer he has.

Since his treatments ended, the Venezuelan leader had been saying he was cancer free. The president remains popular and is seeking a third six-year term in October elections. He was first elected in 1998 and then won elections in 2000 and 2006. Chavez is a vehement critic of the United States and an ally of communist-ruled Cuba.

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US Senators Warn Latin America on Iran Ties
February 16, 2012 - Legislators pledged heightened U.S. vigilance of Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere
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U.S. senators are warning Latin American nations against deepening financial and military ties with Iran, pledging heightened U.S. vigilance of Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere. The Senate's Foreign Relations Subcommittee took a close look Thursday at Tehran’s dealings with Latin America. Iran’s increasingly isolated regime retains friends in Latin America, most notably Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

U.S. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez had a stern message for the region. “Unfortunately, there are some countries in this hemisphere that, for political or financial gain, have courted Iranian overtures. They proceed at their own risk: the risk of sanctions from the United States, and the risk of abetting a terrorist state,” he said. Republican Senator Marco Rubio echoed that message. “The leaders of these [Latin American] countries are playing with fire,” Rubio said.

Researcher Douglas Farah said Iran's intentions in Latin America are twofold. “To develop the capacity and capability to wreak havoc in Latin America and possibly the U.S. homeland, if the Iranian leadership views this as necessary to the survival of its nuclear program, and to develop and expand the ability to blunt international sanctions that are crippling the regime’s economic life,” Farah said.

Of particular concern: Iran’s quest for raw nuclear materials and what U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper recently described as Iran’s increasing willingness to mount attacks on U.S. soil. Former U.S. Ambassador Roger Noriega said, “Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are conspiring to wage an asymmetrical struggle against U.S. security, and to abet Iran’s illicit nuclear program.”

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