Archive for the ‘Venezuela Blog’ Category

September 29, 2014 |

Caracas Connect, September 2014 Report

It has been a long, hot summer in Venezuela; fortunately, there has not been a great deal of political violence. For the time being, President Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to face the kind of political unrest that plagued Venezuela earlier this year, but his political star continues to fall. A Datanálysis poll claimed that 62.3 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of his performance in government. Perhaps more telling is the poll’s finding that 59 percent of Venezuelans think that “Maduro has ideals different from those of Hugo Chávez.”

June 9, 2014 |

Caracas Connect, May-June 2014

Crises, said political scientist Charles Hermann, are typically defined by three factors: threat, time, and surprise. What we see in Venezuela is a gathering crisis characterized by high threat, a moderate but shrinking time to resolve it, and very little surprise. But, there is a large element of unpredictability due to the opaque nature of two key actors with influence: the Obama Administration and Venezuela’s military. The country’s political future is also clouded by divisions in both the government and opposition camps.

May 19, 2014 |

Steve Ellner: Terrorism in Venezuela and its Accomplices

Steve Ellner, — The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months. Among the latest examples of terrorism news that have been underreported abroad is… read more »

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 »