Venezuela

República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Symptom of a Sick Venezuela

Lilian Tintori, Washington Post

Ghost of Hugo Chavez Stalks Spain

Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

A World Full of Militarized NGOs

Moises Naim, The Atlantic

Venezuela May Finally Be Collapsing

Alvaro Llosa, The National Interest

This year, my husband, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López , spent his 43rd birthday behind bars. To mark Leopoldo’s birthday, our children, Manuela, 4 , and Leopol...(full article)

Political idiocy is within reach of every country. No society is free from treading that path. Whoever doubts it should think of Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Castro's Cuba ...(full article)

Who invaded Crimea? Civil society. Who has occupied government offices and police headquarters in eastern Ukraine, bringing massive instability to that region? Civil society. Who i...(full article)

Thanks to an economic crisis, the list of things you actually can buy in Venezuela seems to be getting shorter every day....(full article)

Venezuela’s fifteen-year socialist dictatorship may be collapsing. Credit goes to Venezuela’s students and new political leaders....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Will Venezuela Become a No-Fly Country? - John Holman, Vice

The cheap-fare loophole had turned into a national racket. Tales of $300 round-trip fare to Europe and weekend jaunts to New York for relative peanuts were said to be common among ...

Poverty Soars in Venezuela - Juan Nagel, Foreign Policy

When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; ...

Why Sanctioning Venezuela Would Be Pointless - David Smilde, Wash Post

There is no doubt that the government’s response has been excessive and that the international community has a role to play in ensuring that human rights are respected. But l...

Tighten the Screws on Venezuela - Miami Herald

The failure of Venezuela’s government to bargain in good faith with leaders of the pro-democracy movement strengthens the case for imposing U.S. sanctions on President Nicolás M...

Venezuela: The Forgotten Revolution - Bridget Johnson, PJ Media

Opponents to the Chavista rule of Nicolas Maduro poured out into the streets as the Euromaidan activists were demanding a future free from the Kremlin’s grip, creating a tug-o-...

Venezuelans Ask What Now After Protest Camp Raids - Josh Goodman, AP

In the bubbling cauldron that is politically riven Venezuela, divining the government's motives is a favorite pastime. So as soon as security forces stormed a handful of ramshackle...

Sanctions Could Break the Chavez Model in Venezuela - Washington Post

The Obama administration has been supporting the political talks in Caracas while hinting that sanctions could be applied if they fail. But the two are not incompatible. More press...

'Stability' Over Liberty in Venezuela - Roger Noriega, The American

In short, an undemocratic regime known for its hostility to the United States, its complicity in narcotrafficking, and its affinity for Iran and Hezbollah has its back against the ...

Democracy's Deepening Recession - Larry Diamond, The Atlantic

While the world’s attention has been riveted on Ukraine and what move an emboldened Vladimir Putin will make next, diverse threats to democracy have intensified on other fronts...

Putting a Leash on Latin America's Rebels - Financial Times

But take Venezuelan and Argentine reform with pinch of salt....

Venezuela's Killer Elite - Marcel Ventura, The Daily Beast

For almost six weeks, from February 12 to March 24, there was about one death a day in anti-government demonstrations, 39 people killed altogether. In the four weeks since, two m...

Venezuela's Unending Ordeal - Rodrigo Pardo, Project Syndicate

Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country. President Nicolás Maduro’s government appears to be losin...

Maduro's Failures All Too Apparent - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

Nicolás Maduro didn't fare well in the first round of talks at Miraflores Palace. Man does not live by slogans alone. He, his government and half of Venezuela for the first time ...

As Maduro Flails, Venezuela's Military Rises - Marcel Ventura, Daily Beast

Barely a year after the death of the charismatic, problematic President Hugo Chávez, his successor, Nicolás Maduro, is flailing and the military is gaining....

Venezuela's Protesters Fight the Ghost of Chavez - Rosie Gray, BuzzFeed

The legacy of Hugo Chavez hangs over Venezuela -- and the country’s protest leaders are having a hard time bringing his followers into their fold....

Protesting for Privilege in Venezuela - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

Street action is now regularly used with western backing to target elected governments in the interests of elites....

Chaos, Chavismo and Telenovelas - Ibsen Martinez, New York Times

As a writer in Caracas in these chaotic times, I live in two different worlds. By day I write scripts for a telenovela, or soap opera, a Mexican-Venezuelan coproduction for Telemun...

Venezuela's Best 'Anti-Coup' Medicine - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

While Venezuela is not a conventional military government, it is certainly a militarized government, in which even civilians — like Maduro — dress up in military-lookin...

The Most Outrageous Lie in Maduro's Times Op-Ed - Francisco Toro, TNR

Fact-checking the entire piece would be enough to cause an aneurysm. Instead, to give a sense of the depth of historical falsification involved, let's focus on one particular line:...

Which Path Will Brazil Choose? - Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld

When Latin America's most-populous nation was awarded the 2014 World Cup back in 2007, it was enjoying strong economic growth and being celebrated as a potential superpower. Brazil...

A Call for Peace in Venezuela - Nicolas Maduro, New York Times

Venezuela needs peace and dialogue to move forward. We welcome anyone who sincerely wants to help us reach these goals....

Testing Venezuela's Sincerity - Miami Herald

The Vatican’s conditional interest in mediating the political chaos in Venezuela is the first promising development in that country since the current round of unrest began in...

Venezuela's Neighbors Watch as It Spirals Downward - Washington Post

The chief protagonist of this meltdown is Mr. Maduro, the former bus driver who succeeded Hugo Chávez a year ago and has since proved himself as crude in his political tactics a...

Venezuela's Failing State - Leopoldo Lopez, New York Times

As I compose these words from the Ramo Verde military prison outside Caracas, I am struck by how much Venezuelans have suffered. For 15 years, the definition of “intolerable...

The 'Ignorization' of Venezuela - Roger Noriega, AEIdeas

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States voted Friday to exclude a Venezuelan opposition congresswoman from a discussion of the violence that has been wrackin...

Can the Chavistas Save Venezuela from Cuba? - Roger Noriega, RCW

Just as upstart Venezuelan university students stepped out ahead of the opposition establishment a month ago to launch street protests against crime and food shortages, now a new t...

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted - Richard Wike, The Guardian

World leaders may be cracking down on dissenting voices online – if ever there were a global trend, it’s that the revolution will be tweeted, and then restricted – but resear...

Castro's 'Children' Run Away from Home - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

Officially, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the candidate of the FMLN, won the recent presidential election in El Salvador. So declared the country's Electoral Supreme Court ...

Meanwhile, in Venezuela ... - Michael Fumento, National Post

Two crises: Ukraine and Venezuela. Both heartbreaking and, unfortunately, intractable. Yet even as hawkish pundits are practically chiding U.S. President Obama for not threatening ...

Bachelet's Chile: Closer to Venezuela? - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet may turn out to be a better president than her predecessor Sebastian Piñera, but many pro-democracy activists in Latin America may well c...

The Blame Game in Venezuela - New York Times

In the month since mass demonstrations began in Venezuela, at least 25 people have died in the protests. No end to the crisis is in sight, and each day the grievances grow, the arr...

The Siege of San Cristobal, Venezuela - Girish Gupta, BuzzFeed

San Cristobal, nestled in the Andes mountains, is where the protests that have gripped Venezuela for the past several weeks began. In early 2013, the city’s University of th...

Age of Latin American Dictator Is Ending - Enrique Krauze, New Republic

It is not hyperbolic to argue that the future of democracy in Latin America is at stake in the streets of Venezuela. A rebirth of political liberties in Caracas would reverberate i...

Venezuela Goes Mad - Rafael Osio Cabrices, New York Times

Venezuela has long been a country with no space for independent media, the rule of law or competitive politics. Now, it is also a country where thousands of protesters, absurdly, a...

How Venezuela Government Made Media Its Ally - Katelyn Fossett, FP

When former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was briefly deposed in a 2002 coup, the country's press reacted with unbridled enthusiasm. The daily newspaper El Nacional welcomed t...

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and T...

A Year Without Chavez, Is Venezuela Unraveling? - Carl Meacham, GPS

Despite the mimicry of Chavez’s rhetoric and style, Maduro has struggled to live up to the legacy of his predecessor and mentor. Violence and corruption continue their steep ...

The Frank Underwood of Venezuela - Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, Atlantic

In recent weeks, Venezuela’s political crisis—mass protests in response to a flailing economy, rampant scarcities, soaring crime, and ideological polarization—has been portra...

Venezuela Struggling with Chavez's Legacy - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Thousands of red-shirted supporters and heavily armed soldiers marched in unison Wednesday to kick off 10 days of commemorations to mark the anniversary of President Hugo Chá...

Meanwhile in Venezuela ... Growing Chaos - Foreign Policy Initiative

As Venezuela passed the one-year anniversary of the death of strongman Hugo Chavez today, his successor Nicolás Maduro continued his crackdown against protestors demanding an end ...

A Legacy of Thuggery and Chaos Haunts Venezuela - Financial Times

Chavez left a grim legacy....

Maduro Looks to Hardline Chavez Tactics - Benny Avni, Newsweek

Venezuela’s street protests have shaken up President Nicolas Maduro enough that he has turned to the Hugo Chavez playbook, pulling from it such tricks as launching paranoid sa...

Venezuela In Worse Shape than You Think - Andres Oppenheimer, MH

Inflation may make the country ungovernable....

Venezuela Will Erode, Not Explode - Ian Bremmer, Reuters

While the international media focuses on the opposition protests, Maduro’s approval ratings are still hovering above 40 percent, and the ruling PSUV party retains important l...

Time for U.S. Talks with Venezuela - Dallas Morning News

The United States can ill afford to stand by and watch as Venezuela careens toward economic collapse and bloodshed on the streets. This isn’t the Arab world or Eastern Europe...

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