Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:15 pm
Last year was a tough one for Venezuela's firebrand leftist president, Hugo Chavez, who has frequently taunted the United States during his 13 years in power.
In June, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Chavez's abdomen, forcing him to dramatically scale back public appearances as he sought treatment in Cuba. Some predicted that the end was near.
But this year, Chavez has returned to his outspoken ways — just in time for his re-election campaign.