January 10, 2013

Is Chavez Still President of Venezuela?

Tim Padgett, Time

AP Photo

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro is an ardent defender of democracy’s institutional processes — at least in other countries. Last summer Maduro, who is also Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, flew into Asunción as part of a delegation of the Union of South American Nations and declared — correctly — that the Paraguayan Congress’ summary ouster of leftist President Fernando Lugo had been “a violation of all due process.” Maduro was also a justifiably outspoken critic of the 2009 coup that overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

But Maduro seems to have more trouble recognizing constitutionally cavalier conduct, including his own, inside the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez


January 15, 2013
Venezuela's Looming Political Civil War
Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld
Now that the legalist debate is left behind, a hardly-hidden, protracted power struggle is bound to come to the forefront of Venezuelan politics with renewed vigor. The struggle involves two major factions: The first group, led... more ››
January 13, 2013
Cuba's Role in Venezuela May Grow
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald
Venezuela's dependence on Cuba may not last forever. Sooner or later, Venezuelan leaders will start asking themselves whether, amid growing economic problems at home, they can afford the current oil-for-counseling deal. With... more ››
January 13, 2013
U.S. Can't Stay Quiet over Chavez Absence
Eric Farnsworth, CNN
The United States cannot remain mute given the principles and interests at stake in Venezuela. But neither will Washington be effective if it attempts to move forward alone. Partnership must be active, not passive, both for the... more ››
January 14, 2013
Venezuela: Defying Predictions -- Again
The Guardian
Even in intensive care, Hugo Chavez's authority keeps the ruling coalition of Bolivarian nationalists, socialists and oligarchs together. more ››
January 21, 2013
Chavez Is Not Going Quietly
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
Imagine that Barack Obama failed to appear for his swearing-in Monday — and had not been seen or heard from in a month. Imagine that Vice President Biden informed the nation that Obama, though sequestered in a foreign... more ››