Venezuela

República Bolivariana de Venezuela

In Venezuela, the Lights Are Going Out

Juan Nagel, Foreign Policy

Hard Times for Castro's Heirs

Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

3 Steps Venezuela Must Take

Leopoldo Lopez, Washington Post

Venezuela on the Edge

Robert Kahn, Council on Foreign Relations

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are preparing to put out their annual Latin American economic forecasts, and they won’t look pretty. Judging from what I he...(full article)

Venezuela is, once again, in the throes of a full-blown electricity crisis. Citizens complain of unannounced blackouts are shutting down factories, forcing shopping malls to close ...(full article)

These are hard times for Latin America's populist left, the one that, inspired by the Castro model, was brought to power at the dawn of the present century by Hugo Chavez in Venezu...(full article)

After an opposition victory in last year’s elections, what comes next?...(full article)

The Venezuelan government has a $2.3 billion debt payment due this Friday. Most believe the government has the resources to make the payment, though it is hard to see a coherent ec...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Who's Left Standing at the End of the Oil War? - Charles Kennedy, Oil Price

It’s hard to come up with a real breakeven point for Saudi oil, for example, because it is responsible for funding the royal palace and indirectly, a large number of social p...

Socialism From Vermont to Venezuela - Matt Purple, National Interest

Whereas Chavismo represents Venezuela’s past—Chávez’s revolution began fifteen years ago—it’s neoliberalism that’s been tried for decades...

The Last Days of Nicolas Maduro - Peter Wilson, Foreign Policy

Venezuela faces a slow-moving economic disaster that could spell political doom for the embattled president....

Chickens in Venezuela's Presidential Palace - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RCW

Smothering price controls, unrealistic official exchange rates, lavish money printing, and criminalization of the entrepreneurial class, all characteristics inherited from Hugo Cha...

Dueling Data Blur Venezuelan Murder Rate - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Just how murderous is Venezuela? The answer, it turns out, depends on whom you ask....

Oil Dictator Dominoes: Who Will Fall? - Bill Emmott, Project Syndicate

The potential victims are many, with worrying implications for geopolitical stability worldwide. Venezuela has been in financial crisis since long before the oil crunch, and Nigeri...

No One Has Time for Venezuela Anymore - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

What was new in Quito was not only the official candor about Venezuela's mess, but also the rest of the region's relative indifference to it. A few years back, when Chavez ran thin...

Zika Swamps Venezuela's Ailing Health Care System - Gustavo Alex, MH

The latest crisis to swamp Venezuela’s struggling healthcare system is being carried by an army off mosquitoes. Venezuela’s emergency rooms are filling up with Zika pat...

Crisis Reshaping Venezuelan Tourism - Sven Bergsberg, Miami Herald

Venezuela’s economy and security, long in decline, slid into crisis over the past year. Food and manufactured goods are scarce. Inflation, the highest in the world, is out o...

Smuggling Soars as Venezuela's Economy Sinks - Girish Gupta, Reuters

In interviews with scores of smugglers and visits to more than a dozen sites - from the western village of Boca del Grita to the eastern port of Guiria and the borders with Brazil ...

Venezuela Sits on the Brink - Japan Times

Hopes for a smooth transition in Venezuela after the opposition prevailed in national elections have been quickly dashed. Despite President Nicolas Maduro’s promise to respec...

Chavismo Is More Dangerous in Defeat - M. Inganamort, RealClearWorld

In March 2014 elections, El Salvador's ruling left-wing party, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, or FMLN, fought the ascendant right-wing ARENA party to a draw,...

Venezuela Swears In Opposition-Led Assembly - Vyas & Kurmanaev, WSJ

CARACAS—Venezuela’s new opposition-controlled National Assembly was sworn in on Tuesday amid rising political tension as President Nicolás Maduro moved to curtai...

Venezuela Opp Picks Old-Guard Vet as Leader - Jim Wyss, Miami Herald

Venezuela’s opposition on Sunday picked Henry Ramos Allup, an outspoken old-guard politician, to be the new president of the National Assembly — setting the stage for a...

Collapse of Oil Is a Challenge to the Old Order - Allister Heath, Telegraph

The cost to oil-exporting countries from the lower prices is nearing $2 trillion a year. Drivers, by contrast, have saved a fortune, allowing them to spend the cash on other things...

Strongmen Strike Back in Burma and Venezuela - Jackson Diehl, WaPo

Two particularly noxious regimes now are confronted with what might be called the Polish communists’ dilemma. The military regime of Burma and the self-styled “Bolivari...

Two Blows Against Illiberal Democracy - Andres Velasco, Project Syndicate

The number of elected governments competing to be the world’s worst has now fallen by two. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe remains in office, as does Hungary’s Viktor Or...

President Maduro's Imaginary Parliament - Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, FP

Venezuela’s opposition has just won a majority in the National Assembly — but the ruling socialists are already working to undermine it....

Freedom Brews in Venezuela - Paul Bonicelli, The Federalist

The ugly face of Venezuela’s authoritarian socialism finally took a beating at the polls on December 6—a beating that has been long overdue. I am personally overjoyed not only ...

Venezuela's Far Left Is Still Alive and Well - Katarina Hall, CapX

We have to be realistic and expect that Maduro’s left-wing revolutionary regime will fight back, as it did in 2008 when Chavez seized control of budget, following an oppositi...

The Sad Death of Latin America's Left - Christopher Sabatini, Foreign Policy

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Brazil’s Luiz Inacio da Silva dreamed of a new world order. Their successors watched it fall to pieces....

A Requiem for Chavismo? - James Stavridis, Foreign Policy

Elections in Venezuela are over, and the results appear to have provided a strong boost to the heretofore fractured opposition: a significant majority in the parliament of that ver...

Making Venezuela's Vote Count - Bloomberg View

In a stunning victory, Venezuela's opposition has won control of the country's legislature. But converting a nationwide protest vote into a platform for positive change will requir...

Venezuela's False Dawn? - Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera

The electoral blow was obviously too traumatic for the government: the opposition won control of National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the long-ruling soc...

A Huge Victory for Democracy in Venezuela - Economist

VENEZUELA’S left-wing government chose to hold parliamentary elections on December 6th because that was the day in 1998 that Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, was first e...

Venezuela's Opposition Shouldn't Celebrate Yet - Raul Stolk, NY Times

The 'Chavistas' have proved again and again that they are democrats when they win a vote and authoritarians when they lose. It would be surprising if things were different this tim...

Venezuelans Deal a Huge Blow to Chavismo - W. Neuman, New York Times

The election took place 17 years to the day after Mr. Chávez was first elected president — and for virtually all of that time, Mr. Chávez, his allies or his pol...

Beware Post-Election Coup in Venezuela - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Hld

Maduro may accept a defeat — like Chávez did after a 2007 referendum — and wait a few weeks before striking back....

Will Venezuelan Voters Shock the World? - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RCW

Nicolás Maduro warned that the elections of Dec. 6 will bring a surprise to Venezuela. (He's right, but it won't be the surprise he's expecting.) This time, it wasn't a litt...

Venezuela Is an Out-of-Control Crime Scene - Bart Schut, Daily Beast

Cops are among the first to die in a country with the second highest murder rate in the world....

A Wake-Up Call for Latin America's Left - Arlene Tickner, Worldcrunch

BOGOTÁ — Recent election defeats for the social-democratic Peronist candidate in Argentina, and for Bogotá's unapologetic socialist mayor, may be part of a wide...

In Crime-Swamped Venezuela, Cops Are Targets - Jim Wyss, Miami H'ld

Venezuela has long been synonymous with bloodshed. The country has the second-highest homicide rate in the world after Honduras and violence is so commonplace that only the most sp...

Argentina's New President to Be No Friend of Venezuela - Margolis, BV

Fresh off a bruising campaign that toppled a political dynasty and split Argentina in two, incoming president Mauricio Macri was blunt at a Monday news conference. "If I said I'd d...

Venezuela's Dirty Election Approaches - Washington Post

WITH THE world’s attention mostly fixed elsewhere, Venezuela, a country of 26 million people with some of the world’s largest oil reserves, is spiralling through a historic cra...

Is a New Day Dawning in Venezuela? - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

pollsters say that the opposition will win by a huge margin because of Venezuela’s economic and social collapse. The country’s economy has contracted a whopping 8 perce...

Venezuela's Threatened Elections - New York Times

Late last month, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said that in the event of a defeat for his party in December’s legislative election, he would “not hand ov...

Venezuela's Strongman Will Simply Ignore Election - M.A. O'Grady, WSJ

Independent polling companies in Venezuela are reporting that if the Dec. 6 national assembly elections are fair, Nicolás Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela ...

In Praise of Venezuela's Heroic Opposition - Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld

Referring to the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, and the victory of pro-Fascist Francisco Franco, the French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus wrote: "It was in Spain that men ...

Why I Will Not Talk About Venezuela's Politics - G. Dudamel, LA Times

As a Venezuelan and a public person, I often end up in the center of such political theater. Because I have been reluctant to speak out on events in my home country, I have been mu...

They Can Jail Me, but I'll Still Fight for Venezuela - Leopoldo Lopez, NYT

I am now in solitary confinement in a 7-by-10-foot cell that has nothing more than a single bed, a toilet and a small shelf for my few changes of clothes. I am not allowed writing ...

Venezuela's Day of Reckoning Approaches - Vicente Fox, Miami Herald

World history suggests that, sooner or later, all dictatorships — whether formal or in disguise — end up falling. In their stubborn struggle to shut down all spaces to ...

Why the U.S. Needs Cuba in Venezuela - Colin Reed, Ramen IR

In the worst case, consulting the Cubans on the issue would strengthen ties between the American and Cuban policy infrastructures, lending the benefit of Cuban experience and intel...

America Should Stand by Venezuelan Opposition - David Shedd, TNI

It is time to reverse course and stand with those who will help bring Venezuela back from the abyss....

Latin America's New Era of Disenchantment - A. Oppenheimer, Miami Hld

Never again should Latin America postpone investing in quality education and infrastructure. And never again should Latin Americans believe in authoritarian leaders who scare away ...

Why Is China Bankrolling Venezuela? - Jose Cardenas, Foreign Policy

This week, beleaguered Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro was in Beijing rattling the tin cup, securing another $5 billion loan from his hosts — a deal in which, as The Econ...

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