Ottawa hopes to warm ties with Caracas
Yesterday on Tuesday March 5, 2013; the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has passed away after a two year battle with cancer. Chavez has been in power for over15 years and has been identified as an autocratic ruler by many western countries including Canada. Canadian-Venezuelan relations are relatively hostile since both nations share a different view of political direction and the close American-Canadian relationship doesn’t mix in. The last direct contact by a Canadian minister with Venezuela dates back to 1986 by then-Foreign Affairs minster Joe Clark. Ever since then, the relation of the two countries went cold.
For the Canadian to announce a possible restoration of this international relationship could lead two main purposes. One of which is political influence. Chavez’s Venezuela has been heavily vocal on rejecting American influence and hegemony into South America and since Canada are close allies, US and Canada would be on the same boat. Now with a different leader in place in the future, there could be a great change in the American Affairs. The second purpose would be to increase trading relationships. Canada currently shares around 1.3 billion dollars worth of trade. Since Venezuela is a growing economic power, it is safe to say that higher volumes of trade or even outsourcing of jobs could be a possibility as well.
Biden says US is ready to use force if talks with Iran fail
The US-Iran relation has been known to be hostile and the Americans continue to demand for Iran to stop their nuclear development. As allies to Israel, the Isrealis have been seeking for American pressure on Iran for a long time, and has been be the determinant of the US-Middle East relations. Now Vice President Joe Biden has announced that the US will be ready to aid the Israelis if all negotiations fail with Iran. That means if Iran does attempt to make an all-out attack on Israel, the US will respond fire to fire.
As many of us have been aware that Israel`s neighbors never approved the existence of the its formation, let alone its declaration of independence and its victory after the 6 Day War. The Middle East has been a battleground for not just religion but politics and regional power distribution. In an analogy; all the neighbors collectively hate one particular neighbor but they don`t like each other very much. With the US adding themselves in the area, it makes them more detestable after what they did to Afghanistan and Iraq. This announcement will have a greater negative effect for the US in continuing their activities around the Middle East as a possibility of war is stirring in the atmosphere.