The fact that Sunday, Venezuelans can go to the polls and decide with their votes the immediate future of their nation, is something that was taken from Cubans a long time ago. Comparing our situations, Venezuelans are left with the hope of maybe... Cubans, the frustrations of never.
If Nicolás Maduro wins on Sunday, as expected, Hugo Chávez's heir apparent will probably deepen Cuba ties even further, thus demonstrating once again the complete and utter bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy.
It takes a larger-than-life character to make necessary changes. If a more progressive Latin America with less inequality is Chavez's legacy, then he made a positive impact on the world.
Cancer was a blessing for the legacy of Hugo Chávez. Cancer allowed the former Venezuelan president to die a martyr, derailing him from a fate á la ...
If rumors of consternation in the Maduro camp are true, they are caught in a trap of their own design.
by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to re...
The reality in Venezuela does not support Chavez's supposed leftist credentials. It would be much better for the European and British left to look at more sensible Latin American leftist leaders such as Velasco or Lula, and less toward Chávez's siren calls.
On the occasion of your decision to run for president as the opposition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) candidate in the forthcoming April 14 Venezuelan presidential election, I feel I must share some personal reflections with you.
The unprecedented worldwide response to the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and especially in the Western Hemisphere, has brought into stark relief the "multi-polar" world that Chávez fought for.
Now these same people are counting on the quasi-religious use of Chavez's persona to overwhelm the opposition. They very well may be underestimating the popular discontent in a revolution that has lost its hero, and with it, its magic.
When the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away last week, the public in the Arab world felt as if they lost one of their own. Chavez who r...
How can Venezuela stave off a currency crisis and place its economy back on a solid monetary foundation? The solution is simple: replace the bolivar with the U.S. dollar.
It is too early to say how Hugo Chavez's passing will effect developments elsewhere in the region. One wonders first and foremost about the consequences on and in Cuba. It is a reminder to the Castro brothers that power is ephemeral.
And when countries are under attack, the space for civil liberties diminishes. Sometimes that's for legitimate reasons, and sometimes it's not and is opportunistic on the part of would-be authoritarians. But it's essentially a law of nature; it always happens.
I asked him if it was true that he had ordered a delay in the evacuation of the Vargas region hit by the mudslide because it might interfere with the election he was in the process of winning. He didn't like that question. Then I asked him about improving relations with the U.S. That ended the interview.
Bertrand Russell once wrote about the American revolutionary Thomas Paine, "He had faults, like other men; but it was for his virtues that he was hated and successfully calumniated." This was certainly true of Hugo Chávez Frias.