I suppose, given his proclivities, that I shouldn't be surprised that Hugo Chavez has launched his own little anti-Semitism campaign down in Venezuela.
Chavez' Venezuela wasn't the most free place on the planet in the first place, but ethno-religious hatred and violence was never part of the equation. But it's still true that, as the old adage goes, anti-Semitism is often the first sign of a much darker turn in a country's politics. Expect Venezuela to get worse and worse, kids.
It'll also be interesting to see if the mini-Chavezes in South America follow suit. Evo Morales, already from an oppressed minority, doesn't seem like the hating type, and there are barely any Jews in Bolivia anyway. I don't know much about Correa in Ecuador, but that's worth watching, as is Lugo in Paraguay.