After winning its first electoral victory in more than 16 years, the Venezuelan opposition is divided over whether to pursue an electoral or extra-legal path to power. Unfortunately, the U.S. government's foreign policy apparatus is also divided.
My beloved, fractious Venezuela offers a cautionary tale to the United States: You don't want your democracy to end up looking like ours. This has not only polluted the public sphere -- it also invaded the private one, soiling relations among friends, parents, wives, husbands and children.
Surprise! Venezuela, the world's most miserable country (according to my misery index) has just released an annualized inflation estimate for the quarter that ended September 2015. This is late on two counts.
Critical to the U.S.'s ability to get away with its backing of monstrous crimes is the Orwellian nature of U.S. government rhetoric about "democracy" and "human rights," and the main stream press's eagerness to parrot this rhetoric and selectively report upon human rights abuses.
Perhaps it is time for Bernie's followers, the "Sanderistas," to start pressuring their candidate to come up with a more convincing narrative on international affairs.
In 2015, news of Syria's globalized civil war and the mobilization of ISIS recruits dominated the international sections in U.S. newspapers. In contrast, Colombia's civil war, which has been winding down, has received much less attention.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- In the span of a few hours the 17-year stranglehold of an opprobrious regime on Venezuelan voters was broken, democracy could breathe again, tears were shed, flags waved and in the land of Bolívar the tide of history turned. Things will not be transformed overnight, but they will never be the same again in Venezuela or Latin America: change has come and it is here to stay.
In all the talk about the Venezuelan government's alleged "repressiveness," there has been little to no discussion of its neighbor, and close U.S. ally, Colombia, whose military admittedly killed over 5,000 of its own civilians and claimed they were guerillas in order to justify the continued massive military support from the U.S.
Latin America's decade of easy economic growth is over and citizens are getting restless. The region is on the downside of a commodities boom, with c...
Beyond ratifying the substantial, but inadequate, voluntary national commitments to lower climate emissions, which had already emerged as the first major Paris contribution to climate progress, the final Paris agreement opened three major avenues for climate advocates and solutions.
The Venezuelan political system, with all its flaws, is much more democratic than the conventional wisdom has maintained. Now, what about the future? Opposition leaders will still face the same choice they have faced for the past 16 years: Do they want to participate in the political system, or simply vanquish their enemies (the Chavistas)?
As Venezuela's political opposition celebrates its first electoral victory in 17 years by gaining control of the national legislature, uncertainty still bedevils the country's political landscape. Once the euphoria of victory subsides, a new phase of escalating confrontation will ensue between President Nicolás Maduro and the new opposition-led congress.
Venezuela is still waiting for results on 22 seats in the 167-seat legislature, but it was already clear early on Monday that the election was an overwhelming victory for the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, which won at least 99 seats over a longstanding socialist leadership.
The people, the same people that the president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) invoked from the platform to justify his misdeeds, has said no to 21st-century socialism and the national project promoted by the ruling party.
It is the season of lists: best movies, best books and on and on. Since I teach and write on globalization and international political economy, I thought I would continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of globalization's top five trends for the year.
Washington has been trying to get rid of the Venezuelan government for more than 13 years, going back to the failed military coup of 2002. There is something sinister going on here.