Latest update: 08/10/2012
- culture - Hugo Chavez - London - oil - Russia - Venezuela - Vladimir Putin
Venezuela at the crossroads
The world’s international press spent the weekend speculating about the outcome of the Venezuelan election and weighing up the consequences for the country, the region and the global appetite for crude oil.
The Wall Street Journal called the election a “crossroads” moment, trying to guess which direction Venezuela would take.
Argentinian daily La Nacion ran an editorial criticising Chavez’s rule so far, while the UK daily The Guardian looked into the possible consequences of the vote for the oil markets.
Russians celebrated Vladimir Putin’s 60th birthday on Sunday, although The Moscow Times was swift to point out that many anti-Putin protestors also took to the streets. They were calling attention to other, sadder anniversaries: the death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the Moscow theatre siege in 2002.
Finally, a Mark Rothko painting in the Tate Modern in London received a little extra embellishment this weekend, when a visitor took a pen to the canvas! The Independent has the story.