These powerful paths for connectivity have played a significant role in the destabilizing of authoritarian regimes. Yet with the power of social media come the perils of espionage and the temptation of apathy.
Caught off guard by public enthusiasm for Lopez' new approach, which appears to have catalyzed a more generalized sense of dissatisfaction, the regime is clearly at a crossroads, and is perhaps unsure how to respond.
Let me start out by saying that the notion of meditating or praying to change the world usually annoys me for a number of reasons. As an American surr...
Over 11,000 miles away from her home country, Venezuela, Haydee Izaguirre was stunned as she watched the movie scene that her country had become on February 12, 2014.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López saying goodbye to his wife, Lilian Tintori de López, prior to his arrest yesterday in Caracas. (Pho...
I don't know if the timing or the content of these protests is optimal but I do know that Venezuela is run by thugs and that people should fight to get rule of law and a basic respect for life back.
This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.
When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the U.S. government says it is. Not surprisingly, that's not the way Latin American governments generally see it.
For Venezuela's embattled opposition, the solidarity that much of the international left has shown with the regime created by Hugo Chavez, and now led by his successor, Nicolas Maduro, is a depressing spectacle.
Looking to the year ahead, how do we see the global economic landscape, and what will this mean for our region? This question is especially on people's minds today, given the risks of deflation in advanced economies and of sustained turbulence in emerging markets.
China has already helped Venezuela with tens of billions of dollars of loans -- much of which has already been repaid -- as well as investment. It has also provided significant lending and investment in Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil, and other countries. But there is more that they could do at this moment.
Today, gold's importance in the collective imagination is rivaled only by its status in the global commodity market where, until recently, it was considered one of the world's safest investments.
It does not sound, then, like an adiós to the former fellow travelers who put their shoulders, and pockets, to the wheel to sustain this system for decades. Who, then, is this "anyone" whom Raul Castro strips of any chance to make demands?
The deadly turmoil that erupted in Juba last month threatens to ignite a full scale ethnic civil war across South Sudan. If peace talks between the government and the White Army rebels fail to stem the violence, a potential genocide may result.
At long last, Edward Snowden seems to have sparked a vital public debate about the U.S. national security state and its activities in South America. It may not be so easy, however, to disentangle the thorny web of corporate influence.