Article Photos: Venezuela in the Chavez era: a reporter's view 1/7

In this June 10, 2007 photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks with AP reporter Ian James in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela. During more than eight years covering Venezuela, James says he has gained more street smarts, become a tougher, more resourceful reporter and developed a deep affection for Venezuela, a country where events often collide in unpredictable and dramatic ways and where a wide gap frequently separates the reality on the street from the socialist-inspired dreams that Chavez has instilled in his followers. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)