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República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Maduro's Failures All Too Apparent

Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

Protesting for Privilege in Venezuela

Seumas Milne, The Guardian

Venezuela's Best 'Anti-Coup' Medicine

Andres Oppenheimer, 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 ...(full article)

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

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....(full article)

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

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

Why Won't Washington Sanction Venezuela? - Carlo Davis, New Republic

The Venezuelan government sees America the way many western Ukrainians see Russia—as an erstwhile hegemon and untrustworthy actor with an ugly past of self-serving interventi...

How Cuba Is Fueling Repression in Venezuela - Sen. Marco Rubio, NY Post

It is shameful that only three heads of state in this hemisphere have spoken out forcefully against what’s happening in Venezuela. It is shameful that many members of Congress wh...

Venezuela: The Next Ukraine? - San Francisco Chronicle

The strife in Venezuela sounds like a rerun of Ukraine's turmoil where street protests, a sinking economy and deep political divisions chased out a combative leader and unhinged a ...

Is El Salvador the Next Venezuela? - Roger Noriega, Miami Herald

Recent revelations about secret dealings by El Salvador’s ruling party with street gangsters and international narcotraffickers have many in that country worried that they ma...

The Seeds of Violence Planted by Chavez - Grace Jaramillo, Globe & Mail

For more than 10 years, Mr. Chavez sponsored parallel military organizations that did not answer to any regular chain of command – just to him. It is assumed that some of the...

Truth About Venezuela's Popular Opposition - Aldo Civico, Espectador

The media criticism heaped on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has prevented an objective assessment of the protesters, who may not be quite as democratic as they're portrayed....

Socialism Has Destroyed Venezuela - Juan Carlos Hidalgo, City AM

MILTON Friedman once said that, if you put the government in charge of the Sahara desert, there’ll eventually be a shortage of sand. No wonder that, after 14 years of socialist g...

The Failure of Venezuela's New President - Jens Glüsing, Der Spiegel

He was hand-picked by Hugo Chávez, but Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has lost control of the country's economy. Vast protests have been the result, but the gove...

An Avoidable Crisis in Caracas - Rodrigo Linares, New Republic

Venezuela is in full-blown crisis mode. The violence has been in the making for years. It’s not a social or economic crisis—the economy is in shambles, but it’s n...

Keep the Peace in Venezuela's Protests - Christian Science Monitor

As in Ukraine, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro is losing the moral high ground as his forces shoot innocent protesters. He must adopt the nonviolent tactics of his political oppon...

Venezuela Is No Ukraine - Raul Gallegos, Bloomberg View

The political protests roiling Venezuela have led some to wonder whether its government would collapse like that of Ukraine's. It won’t -- at least, not yet. What makes Venezue...

The Tragedy of Venezuela - Moises Naim, The Atlantic

“Even in tragedy, Latin America can’t compete,” a cynical friend told me. He was referring to the fact that the region’s poverty is not as grim as Africa’s, armed confl...

Venezuela's Useful Idiots - Michael Moynihan, The Daily Beast

Defenders of the Venezuelan regime would never allow the White House to arrest opposition leaders and shut down unfriendly media outlets. So why the double standard?...

Venezuela on the Brink - Miami Herald

On the surface, the upheaval in Ukraine and the political unrest in Venezuela seem far apart in distance and character. But dig a little deeper and the parallels are striking — a...

The Left's Awkward Silence on Venezuela - National Review

The descent of Venezuela into autocracy and misery has been enabled in no small part by American elites and by elected members of the Democratic party specifically. There should be...

The Left's Venezuelan Blind Spot - James Bloodworth, The Independent

Unfortunately, supporters of the Chavez/Maduro government appear to be marooned in 2002, when a right-wing coup temporarily overthrew the then president Hugo Chavez. They are still...

Americas Turning a Blind Eye to Venezuela? - Carl Meacham, Miami H'ld

Why have the region’s democracies remained so absent over the past weeks? The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) and Mercosur voiced their strong support for President ...

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