Archive for the ‘Venezuela Blog’ Category

April 1, 2014 |

Nicolás Maduro: Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Nicolás Maduro, The New York Times – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the… read more »

March 21, 2014 |

CDA Conference Call on Venezuela, featuring Prof. Dan Hellinger and Prof. Alejandro Velasco

On March 6, 2014, the Center for Democracy in the Americas hosted a conference call regarding ongoing protests and violence in Venezuela. The topics discussed on this call were: The problems posed by the U.S. media coverage of the conflict; A comparison with other instances in the past 15 years… read more »

February 25, 2014 |

Chris Arsenault: Armed Venezuelans fear ‘Syria scenario’

Chris Arsenault, Al Jazeera –  A former socialist guerrilla whose brother died battling Venezuela’s dictator in the 1950s, Adicea Castillo knows the far-left well. But the current political climate – where armed pro-government collectives are asserting themselves in poor neighbourhoods – is too much for the aging radical. “This is… read more »

July 18, 2013 |

Caracas Connect, July 2013 Report

Twelve weeks after the April 14 presidential election, the shape of government under President Nicolás Maduro has begun to take form. Although Latin American governments have recognized his victory in the election to replace the deceased President Hugo Chávez Frías, the United States continues to withhold formal recognition of the result.

April 25, 2013 |

Havana Times: Caracas Connect: Photo Finish and a Lingering Controversy

HAVANA TIMES — The following is an extensive analysis and on-the-scene account by the Center for Democracy in the Americas of the recent Venezuelan elections that gave Nicolas Maduro a slight victory over challenger Henrique Capriles and the lingering controversy in the aftermath. Caracas Connect: Photo Finish and a Lingering… read more »

April 23, 2013 |

Caracas Connect, April 2013: Venezuela’s Elections- Photo Finish and a Lingering Controversy

Since the polls closed in Caracas on Sunday evening, April 14th, bringing a polarizing campaign to an end with a surprising photo finish, events in Venezuela have been fast moving.  While Nicolás Maduro has been declared the winner, and sworn in as president, the controversy surrounding the campaign is outliving… read more »

April 15, 2013 |

Maduro wins by a whisker: Read Dan Hellinger’s analysis

When the ballots were counted in Venezuela on Sunday, April 14, Nicolás Maduro won election to succeed the late president, Hugo Chávez, but by the narrowest of margins.  Dr. Dan Hellinger, CDA’s emeritus president, advisory board member, and author of our monthly update on Venezuela, Caracas Connect, was asked to comment… read more »

March 7, 2013

In South Bronx, Memories of Chávez and the Aid He Gave

Frances Robles, The New York Times -Lucia Solano became something of a stalker when Hugo Chávez visited the South Bronx in 2005. Ms. Solano’s organization, Servicio Basico Educativo, was $18,000 behind in rent and faced eviction. Mr. Chávez, she was sure, could help. He was the controversial leftist president of… read more »

March 7, 2013

Latin America After Chávez: Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil

Lula da Silva, The New York Times – History will affirm, justifiably, the role Hugo Chávez played in the integration of Latin America, and the significance of his 14-year presidency to the poor people of Venezuela, where he died on Tuesday after a long struggle with cancer. However, before history… read more »

March 6, 2013 |

Caracas Connect: The Chávez Legacy

Hugo Chávez Frías died at age 58 on March 5. He was the dominant personality in Latin American politics over the past fifteen years. First, with the failed coup of 1992, which raised questions about the compatibility of neoliberal, free market economic policies with democracy; then, with his landslide election to the Venezuelan presidency in December 1998, he put himself at the leading edge of what has been called the “Pink Wave” – the rise of leftists to power after years in the wilderness.