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Latin America Showcases the Desperate Need for Term Limits

In 2010, Alvaro Uribe’s two terms as president of Colombia were drawing to a close. Uribe had won two decisive presidential contests, without the backing of a major political party. Rather than running with the Liberal or Conservative parties, he formed his own party,...

Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Bolivarian Project: How to Reactivate Chavismo

People in difficult circumstances often develop a culture of making the best of a bad situation. Their jokes are often revealing. A common form of humor on the streets of Venezuela today consists in talking about “the time when we were rich and didn’t...

How Maradona Supports Anti-Imperialism Across Latin America

The Argentine soccer legend is a strong supporter of social causes in the continent, following the steps of his compatriot Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Over the years Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona has proven to be a strong supporter of the Latin American governments that...

How Venezuela Became a Communist Totalitarian State

When Hugo Chávez was running in his first successful presidential campaign, back in 1998, he was asked point blank in several television interviews whether or not he was a communist. icolás Maduro has replaced Venezuela’s Congress with the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly controlled by the...

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela

Venezuela, the South American country convulsed by economic and humanitarian catastrophe, has defaulted on some of its debt after missing an interest payment due in October. A follower of President Nicolas Maduro runs past a line of soldiers in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017....

Under Socialism 60% of Venezuelan Businesses Have Closed

During the last five years of “socialism” in Venezuela, 60% of its businesses have closed, in the wake of the serious economic crisis and the draconian controls imposed by the Nicolás Maduro regime. Under the socialist yoke of Chavez and Maduro, Venezuelan entrepreneurs have suffered...

Venezuelans Celebrate Chavez’s Birthday Amid Opposition Protest

Thousands of Venezuelans gathered at the Mountain Barracks in Caracas on Friday to celebrate the 63 anniversary of the birth of deceased former President Hugo Chavez. Celebration events began at 9 a.m. local time in the central courtyard of the barracks, where rallies, performances and...

Understanding Latin American regionalism: ALBA

ALBA has always supported left ideals within South America and the Caribbean countries as an opposition to the neoliberal model imposed by the USA during the 90’s in which capitalism was the model of development for the region. The member countries are Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia,...

Venezuela on edge as violent protests continue

Opposition Deputy Carlos Paparoni is hit by a jet of water during riots at a march to the state ombudsman’s office in Caracas, Venezuela on May 29, 2017. TODAY VENEZUELA – Anti-Maduro protests surge in Caracas as members from the 34-nation Organization of American States...

Protesters in Venezuela burn Hugo Chavez’s childhood home

An opposition activist throws a molotov cocktail in clashes with riot police during a march by doctors and other health care personnel in Caracas, Venezuela, May 22, 2017. Protesters set late president Hugo Chavez’s childhood home in western Venezuela on fire Monday afternoon, an opposition...

President Maduro Says Politicians Are ‘The New Jews That Hitler Pursued’

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, has likened the harassment of government officials and their families outside of Venezuela to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis. Maduro also said in comments to a televised cabinet meeting late on Tuesday that planned opposition...

Venezuela: What’s Next?

Venezuela: What’s next? Only a strategy that targets Cuba and the army will produce results. (Twitter) Venezuela: What’s Next? Venezuela is again in the news. It has become an annual event. As Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, clings to power, the true dictatorial nature of...

Ecuador’s populist electoral victory for Moreno shows erosion of democracy

(Q24N) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down. However, political power isn’t falling far from the tree. Correa’s hand-picked successor and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, has declared victory against liberal banker Guillermo Lasso. The election has calmed fears...

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

CARACAS April 13, 2005 .- El presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez. EFE/Miraflores TODAY VENEZUELA – Hugo Chavez, the people’s president, led Venezuela from 1998 to 2013. It’s been four years since Nicolas Maduro went on national TV to announce the tragic death of beloved revolutionary leader, Hugo...

Nicaragua Launches Hugo Chavez College Program

Hugo Chavez Plaza in Managua, Nicaragua honoring the late Venezuelan leader. (United Socialist Party of Venezuela). Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN, is launching a new program at the country’s National Autonomous University dedicated to former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. The program, named after the...

Life Within the Wall of Venezuela

Life Within the Wall of Venezuela. Fee.orgFEE.org – Venezuelan activist and architect Javier Garcia Hernandez is only 37, but he’s seen and been through more than anyone normally would in the US. Hernandez was in Atlanta recently and had a chance to talk with FEE...

President Ortega Highlights Chavez’s Legacy in Latin America

In this undated photo we have Hugo Chaves (left) and Daniel Ortega in triumph.TODAY NICARAGUA (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Sunday highlighted the impact of the revolutionary work of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Latin America, on the 4th anniversary of his...

‘Hugo Chavez, El Comandante’: The Man Behind The Myth

Q ENTERTAINMENT - The life of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias, who died in 2013, still unleashes all sorts of passions, and that is something that can not be denied. For the Colombian production and management team of the Hugo Chavez series, "El Comandante"...

Insult, Provoke, Repeat: How Donald Trump Became America’s Hugo Chávez

Both Donald Trump and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez broke all the rules of presidential conduct. Composite: Rex Features (The Guardian) He was a one-man media hurricane dominating the news with insults and provocations, promises and policy pronouncements. He would tweet at all hours, phone TV...

How Venezuela’s experiment with ’21st century socialism’ failed

When a Venezuelan entrepreneur we know launched a manufacturing company in western Venezuela two decades ago, he never imagined he’d one day find himself facing jail time over the toilet paper in the factory’s restrooms. But Venezuela has a way of turning yesterday’s unimaginable into...

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