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In Maduro Era, Ramírez Sidelined With Other Former Chávez Grandees

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

After zigging toward liberalization, by suggesting a reduction in the gasoline subsidy or letting the bolívar devalue, and zagging back away, the only continuity is that Maduro is gradually displacing the original chavista high guard.

The Truth Behind The Cuba Venezuela Relationship?

AP | KARL RITTER and FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 07.21.2013 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's parliament roared back to life Tuesday with fractious debates between government and opposition lawmakers after...

Maduro's Leadership Questioned Mere Days After Vote


CARACAS, Venezuela -- Nearly half Venezuela's voters don't want Nicolas Maduro in the presidential chair. He's inherited a dysfunctional economy, a de...

Venezuela's Election: A Defeat for Chavismo

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Marco Vicenzino

With less than two months since President Hugo Chavez's death and barely half the votes, Maduro has no popular mandate but will undoubtedly claim one by continuing to relentlessly invoke the name of Hugo Chavez.

The Populist Temptation: Will Latin America Escape Its Past?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Nathan Gardels

Though the interventionist role of the military has mostly disappeared across Latin America today, the temptation of populist politics remains. Indeed, today, the temptation is greater than ever as democracy joins with a politically active middle class.

A Chavez-less Venezuela?

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 04.17.2013 | World
Marco Vicenzino

As the first images of Hugo Chavez emerge after a two-month media blackout, the issue of post-Chavez Venezuela takes center stage once again. The bottom line is that without its chief protagonist, Chavismo will ultimately wither away over time.

Chavez Suffering From 'Severe' Respiratory Problem

Reuters | Daniel Wallis and Diego Ore | Posted 03.05.2013 | World

CARACAS, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering a "severe" respiratory infection that has hindered his breathing as h...

Chavez Allies Jostle For Power

AP | IAN JAMES | Posted 02.13.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez's most influential allies are projecting an image of unity while the president recovers from cancer surgery in ...

Maduro Is No Chávez, for Now

Javier Corrales | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Javier Corrales

After much speculation, President Hugo Chávez announced that he now had a person in mind to succeed him -- Nicolás Maduro, the minister of foreign affairs who was elevated to vice president in October. So who is Maduro, and will he ever command the loyalty of chavistas?

What to Expect From a New Chávez Term

Federico Barriga | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Federico Barriga

Mr. Chávez was quick to emphasize his centrist position during his victory speech. But does this mean that we are likely to see a more moderate Chavismo in the next few years?

The Fracas in Caracas

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Feeling a clear and present danger from Team Obama's new bases designed to contain the FARC, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening retaliation and cutting off oil exports to his top customer, the U.S.