South American Union?
According to the Hindustan Times, Chavez of Venezuela thinks that a South American Union is the answer to reversing "underdevelopment, backwardness and violence". He is looking for a "geopolitical, economic and social project" in order to do the job.
Venezuela is about to enter the MERCOSUR, the Southern Common Market.
I bet that this will concern US critics, who have villified Chavez as they have anyone who doesn't subscribe to their brand of capitalism or any other 'subverse' political thought. These days the general public's eye is not often on South America, thanks to all the sadness happening in Iraq, or the 'sad game' that's being played in North Korea. Personally, I have high hopes that South America will cultivate a good balance between economically open markets, and socialist policies that will ensure that the people of a respective country as a whole will flourish and have good and improved quality of life. The only seemingly acceptable social policy that is accepted here is when it comes to corporate welfare. And that is even a term where most people just roll their eyes and quickly move on so as to not give it another thought.