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The [Organization of American States] has won a more relevant space in the hemispheric community. The Inter-American Democratic Charter reflects several shared democratic values; establishes a clear symbiosis between democracy and human rights. […] Venezuela requests responsibly that the Inter-American Democratic … Continue reading

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A sympathizer of chavismo holds a flag and a Hugo Chávez doll while participating on the march commemorating the 24th anniversary of the February 4, 1992 coup. Photo credit: Oswaldo González. Source: Ministry of the Popular Power for Communes and Social … Continue reading

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A Response to Roberto Lovato (Updated)

Background note: Roberto Lovato is a Latino activist and blogger, and a research fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research. This is a response to an October 9 post Lovato wrote for Latino Rebels, which he forwarded to … Continue reading

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A Foucauldian Critique of Bolivarian Venezuela

Michel Foucault (1926-1984). Source: Wikipedia I have been thinking about making a critique of the Latin American radical left for several months now. As a matter of fact, I was working on such a critique – mainly, of Charles McKelvey’s … Continue reading

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Is Caracas Burning?

 (The following is a translated and expanded version of a recent op-ed submission to El Sol de Ohio) The political polarization that has affected Venezuela over the last 15 years has once again fallen to dangerous levels recently. Student-led protests … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Investment Pitches

It is a fact that Latin American economies have reached unprecedented levels of growth during the last decade. Good macroeconomic policies played a role, but the most significant factor is the “commodity boom” that preceded the global recession of 2008: … Continue reading

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Understanding Venezuela’s Bolivarian Moment

López Maya, Margarita, and Luis E. Lander. 2011. “Participatory Democracy in Venezuela: Origins, Ideas, and Implementation.” In Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics, and Culture Under Chávez, edited by David Smilde and Daniel Hellinger, 58-79. Durham and London: Duke University Press. … Continue reading

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