The Bush administration had a policy of trying to isolate Venezuela from its neighbors, and the strategy ended up isolating Washington instead. Obama, in his first meeting with hemispheric leaders in 2009, promised to turn a new page. But today, his administration finds itself even more isolated that that of his predecessor, and for much the same reasons.
I have seen, first-hand the potential that is unleashed in an individual with a renewed sense of health and hope.
During the trans-Atlantic slave trade an estimated 100,000 enslaved Africans were transported to Venezuela. Over 100 years later, racism and marginalization in the education, economic and political front remain challenges for the estimated 20 to 30 percent of Afro-descendants in Venezuela.
The other night I heard a work that I had not come across for many years. It was a big symphonic piece that lasts about 30 minutes by the German co...
According to a report of the Venezuelan Press National Union, 89 journalists have been attacked or arrested by the police or the paramilitary government sponsored brigades since the protests began about a month ago.
I don't blame you for being just a little confused about the different claimants to the mantle of "the people" in the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Egypt. In all three cases, people went to the polls and elected governments, and then the people went out onto the streets to reject those very same governments.
In the spring of 2009, as part of a design studio looking at sustainable tourism in the beach and cocoa producing town of Choroní, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and was privileged to meet a number of people who I've stayed in close touch with since.
What we can be sure of is the enduring vitality of grassroots religious practice in Latin America beyond the pale of institutional Christianity.
Unasur's meeting today in Chile, a country where protests and democracy seem to coexist quite productively, will tell us a lot about how far South Americans are or are not willing to go in talking to one another about matters traditionally considered to be sovereign.
It would have been preposterous to tell Ukrainian demonstrators facing government storm troopers to just grin and bear it without any external solidarity or support. It is just as preposterous to tell Venezuelan demonstrators the same thing. In these circumstances, the principle of self-determination, so beloved of foreign ministries everywhere, becomes an empty slogan.
We documented 56 hyperinflations -- cases in which monthly inflation rates exceeded 50 percent per month. Only seven of those hyperinflations have savaged Latin America. Will Venezuela be the eighth country to join the Latin American Hall of Shame?
Of course violence from either side is deplorable, and detained protesters -- including their leader, Leopoldo López -- should be released on bail unless there is legal and justifiable cause for pre-trial detention. But it is difficult to argue from the evidence that the government is trying to suppress peaceful protest.
In our efforts to create a better version of ourselves, we lose sight of who we really are and the problems at hand.
If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.
Taken over by Cuban intelligence, monitored from the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana, and ruled by a man who incites violence against those who are different, this South American nation now finds itself facing the most important dilemma of its contemporary history.
A country that used to be an example of democracy and leadership in South America has fallen far.