Francisco Toro

The Most Outrageous Lie in Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's New York Times Op-Ed
April 02, 2014

Imagine if Barack Obama claimed that he created Social Security.

The Venezuelan Protests Are Playing Right Into the Regime's Hands
March 10, 2014

This is the crisis that eases the passage from hybrid regime to Cuban-style dictatorship.

How Venezuela Turns Butter Vendors Into Currency Manipulators
March 04, 2014

And a butter shortage, and sugar shortage, and....

What Fidel Taught Hugo
March 05, 2013

Fidel Castro's Cuba defined Hugo Chavez's life as much as Chavez's own Venezuela did.

Venezuela's Woes Will Outlive Chavez
December 12, 2012

If Chavez can no longer rule, who will take his place?

Hugo Chavez Might Actually Lose His Election on Sunday
October 05, 2012

The presidential election in Venezuela this Sunday really shouldn't be this close. What happened?

How Hugo Chavez Could Help Mitt Romney Win the Election
September 27, 2012

Fourteen years into his term of office, an ailing Hugo Chávez faces his most competitive race yet. What happens if he loses?

What Hugo Chavez’s Illness Means for Venezuela’s Future
July 02, 2011

The world will remember Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s speech on Thursday evening as the moment when he announced that he’s being treated for cancer. For Venezuelans, though, the speech was almost as notable for another reason: Perhaps for the first time in 12 years of increasingly personalist rule, we heard the president reading, actually reading, from a prepared text.

Venezuela’s Lost Generation
March 03, 2011

It was not easy for me to watch the drama of Tahrir Square; and I cannot imagine that it was easy for any of my fellow Venezuelan exiles to watch, either. To the millions of us who marched our hearts out in the anti-Chávez protests of 2002 and 2003, the sight of those huge, hopeful crowds in Egypt set off an instant shock of recognition. In late 2002, a steady build-up of massive marches—usually numbering in the hundreds of thousands—brought Caracas to a standstill for days on end.

The Useless Old Guard
January 24, 2011

The absence of any clear acknowledgment of supra-constitutionality as a coherent and flawed constitutional doctrine will render large swathes of this