Article Photos: Venezuela in the Chavez era: a reporter's view 2/7

In this June 10, 2007 photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, speaks with AP reporter Ian James who sits in the passenger seat of a Toyota 4 Runner 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)