It’s hard to know what to believe these days.
The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.
Tear gas on the streets of Caracas.
Fed up with an increasingly authoritarian government, Venezuelans are taking to the streets – where they are met with violence.
Rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Rather than an outright coup, Venezuela's government has slowly eroded its democratic institutions and processes, until now.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (L) and Presidential candidate Lenin Moreno greet supporters.
Recent elections in Latin America have suggested a retreat from left-wing politics and populist leaders. But results from Ecuador's 2017 presidential election suggest otherwise.
Primera's tomb // lubrio/flickr
It was popular music that enabled Chávez to link his political movement with grassroots activism.
Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro in 1999.
More than any other, Venezuela is a country of Cuba's making. But its own national tragedy is too deep for most citizens to mourn Fidel Castro's death.
Some onlookers are suspicious that Venezuela's army is mounting a slow coup – but the country has been militarising itself for decades.
Empty grocery store shelves in Venezuela’s capital.
How does an oil-rich country end up with a food shortage? A GSU international development expert explains how the legacy of one man's rise to power continues to cripple the nation.
Venezuelans flee a food shortage protest.
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuela sits at the edge of a humanitarian calamity. A GSU international mediation expert explains how outsiders can play a critical role in resolving the cause – a deeply rooted political battle.
Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A drought in the socialist South American country has led to blackouts, political conflict and increased exposure to Zika.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), greets supporters at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Soweto.
Understandable anger about the excessive inequality in South Africa lies at the heart of the rise of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters. The problem is how the party wants to address these issues.
Populists are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic – Donald Trump (right) has even been called ‘America’s Marine Le Pen’ (left).
Populist politicians are on the march, first in Latin America, then in Europe and the US. They are on both the left and right, and their policies vary, but their approach carries the same risks.
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras and Pablo Iglesias of Podemos have taken their populist parties to victory in Greece and a lead in the polls in Spain.
The rise of left-wing populism challenges those who flatly denounced right-wing populism as undemocratic. Populism can appear as a democratic force in some contexts and anti-democratic in others.
Political opposition in Venezuela is a serious business.
With opposition leaders in jail and an economy in tatters, Venezuela could be just around the corner from a formal state of emergency.
US and Venezuela meet in Brazil
The Obama administration announced the intention to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba the same week that Congress approved sanctions against Venezuela for human rights violations. The timing was coincidental…
Dictatorship or direct democracy? Depends who you ask.
Opposition protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro over crime, inflation, and shortages show no sign of abating, and the March 5 anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death will only add to the sense…
Hugo Chávez still looms over Venezuela.
Venezuela has seen waves of protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro. At least 13 people are dead, a prominent opposition member, Leopoldo Lopez, is now in custody having surrendered and three…
Nicolas Maduro, a 50 year old former bus driver and successor to Hugo Chavez, has won the Venezuelan elections by an unexpectedly close margin.
The results of the Venezuelan presidential election to replace the late Hugo Chávez are in and were much closer than previously expected. Socialist party leader and Chávez’s anointed heir, Nicolas Maduro…
Venezuela’s oil reserves, inflation rate, and the handling of its currency are shaping up to be central issues in the lead-up to the election, which will be held on Sunday.
Elections in most Latin American countries are extremely polarised and emotionally charged events. They are highly contested and controversial affairs, characterised by massive political rallies, clever…
Mourners accompany the remains of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez through the streets of Caracas.
The recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez from cancer comes as no great surprise. The former military leader had rarely been seen in the public eye since December last year when he travelled…