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.
The Bolivarian Revolution has become hard to defend. It suffers from the highest inflation on the planet, a deep and prolonged recession, widespread and chronic shortages of basic staples and medicines, crumbling public services, one the world's highest murder rates, and rampant and unprecedented levels of corruption. Venezuela is looking more and more like a failed state than a prosperous petrostate with the world's largest oil reserves .
The recent shooting of a Venezuela opposition politician and its aftermath are worth examining because it provides a compelling example of how international media has been manipulated, for over 15 years, to portray Venezuela in a way that conforms to U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution will face its toughest challenge yet this Sunday, when voters go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly. Amid an economic crisis marked by currency instability and inflation, many Venezuelans are understandably going to be thinking hard before re-electing incumbent, Nicolás Maduro.
While Venezuela faces numerous challenges in other areas, the electoral process is not one of them. Venezuelans can be certain their voices will be heard at the ballot box through a celebrated democratic process.
By attempting to delegitimize -- with no evidence of possible fraud -- Venezuela's upcoming election, the U.S. and some of its allies are promoting instability and possible violence.
Just as big fish eat little fish and lions prey on antelope, so there is no moral shame in the U.S. government trying to undermine, destabilize or get rid of democratically elected governments that it doesn't like.
The reason I love doing what I do so much is because I often get to the heart and soul behind film, food and fashion.
Controlling information in a globalized world is harder than it used to be, much to the dismay of authoritarian regimes. Yet such regimes today routinely use the trappings of democracy and the latest technology to stifle liberty.
Having been ungainfully unemployed for the past 15 years, I yielded my wife's pleadings to apply for a job. This morning I sent off five job applications. By all accounts, including my own, I was a mediocre CEO. But right now, mediocre may look good to you guys.
Crime, inequality, and urban poverty are highly intertwined. Crime patterns can be both symptoms and drivers of inequality. Informal settlements often epitomize the hot spots of urban violence.
When it comes to countries with troubled currencies and high inflation rates, The New York Times should do its homework.