In claiming the election was “stolen” from him and using the office of the president to the benefit of his family, Trump dips into the authoritarian playbook to convert power into property.
Even though they occupied different ends of the political spectrum, Donald Trump and the late Hugo Chávez share one thing in common — their attempts to use illness to benefit them politically.
Progressives are leading in the presidential elections of Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia, bucking the region’s recent rightward trend. But there are lessons in the failures of leftists past.
The devastating costs of economic sanctions on Venezuela are being ignored or disregarded. So too is the lack of a legal basis for international intervention.
The rise of black comedy to explain Venezuela’s chaos recalls an old saying in the crisis-stricken South American country: ‘Laugh so you don’t cry.’
During the Cold War, socialism was portrayed as a gateway drug to communist orthodoxy. The crisis in Venezuela has resurrected tired old tropes about “pinks” and “useful idiots.”
Assertive politics is not enough.
Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?
Inflation is soaring, millions are fleeing – and two politicians are seeking to lead. It’s an impossible choice for an impoverished people.
Venezuela is gripped by a struggle for power, and much of the rest of the world is leaning in. Just how did it find itself in this position?
Everyone seems to be talking about populism. But if it is to appeal to ordinary people, why is often framed as a negative thing?
Venezuela’s military is an armed political actor with a gun to the head of a society that is urgently demanding a return to democracy.
Beginning with President Chávez and continuing under President Maduro, Venezuela has evolved into a rampant kleptocracy.
Cheap Venezuelan oil boosted Nicaragua’s economy and funded President Daniel Ortega’s many anti-poverty programs. With Venezuela in crisis, the oil has dried up – as has support for Ortega’s regime.
Maduro’s landslide May 20 re-election marks the official death of democracy in Venezuela. Dozens of nations worldwide have declared the vote illegitimate, and the US imposed new sanctions.
How to understand the economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has brought a South American nation to its knees.
China, Russia and the International Monetary Fund are among those contemplating a Venezuela bailout. But help for this debt-stricken nation seems far from assured.
The loyalty of Venezuela’s soldiers is getting shaky. History shows from the Arab Spring to Latin American coups, when the military withdraws support for a leader, a fall from power is imminent.
For all its faults, Chavismo has finally put marginalised Venezuelans at the centre of national culture – and many on the right still resent it.
Venezuela is long gone; say hello to Cuba-zuela.