Venezuela

República Bolivariana de Venezuela

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

China Throws Money at a Flailing Venezuela - Economist

The cash, to be invested in oil, will deliver dubious benefits to both parties....

South America's Perfect Economic Storm - A. Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

In recent years, when South America benefitted from record world commodity prices thanks to China’s ever-growing purchases of oil, soybeans and other raw materials, the region’...

Venezuela Prints Heaps of Money - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

But I'm not asking for the mechanism; I'm asking for the reason. Why is the Venezuelan government resorting to the printing press?...

How Chavez Rubbished Venezuela's Riches - Justin Fox, Bloomberg View

Chavez isn’t around anymore, but this is clearly his crisis. He took a country that was muddling along, and put it on course to become a basket case. There are worse kinds of...

Could Chavistas Lose Venezuelan Elections? - Daniel Zovatto, Brookings

For the first time in many years the pro-Chávez forces risk losing control of the Assembly. Among the factors that could have an adverse impact on the Maduro administration ...

Is Trump America's Hugo Chavez? - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Trump's rise from a real estate mogul and reality show performer to the No. 1 Republican hopeful in the latest polls — he’s leading with 24 percent of vote, followed by...

Venezuela Raises the Threat of a Border War - M. Peckel, Worldcrunch

Venezuela, facing economic turmoil and the challenge of upcoming legislative elections, is inflaming a centuries-old border dispute with Guyana....

Venezuela Is Almost Out of Beer - Simeon Tegel, Global Post

Throughout their country’s descent into political and economic crisis, Venezuelans of all stripes have at least been able to rely on one thing: drowning their sorrows in...

Venezuela, from Revolution to Misery - Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg View

Venezuela has more oil than Saudi Arabia and more poverty than Brazil. As the world’s only left-wing petrostate, it hopes to light a revolutionary path to prosperity for Lati...

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