CARACAS, Venezuela — The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez always had superb political timing. His initial election in 1998 coincided with the lowest oil prices in decades, and he rode a steady rise in prices to a nearly impregnable, petrodollar-
Chávez the Unfriendly Ghost
April 06, 2013
What will happen to Venezuela now that the caudillo is dead?
Hugo Chavez's Legacy
March 06, 2013
What will outlive the Comandante?
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?
Obama a Socialist? Guilty by Association, Says Romney Ad
November 02, 2012
Mitt Romney has long avoided explicitly calling President Obama a socialist, but desperate times call for desperate measures—and that includes another dubious ad, this one linking Obama with a triumvirate of famous socialists. "Who supports Barack Obama?" asks the Spanish-language released this week in Florida. The question is followed by clips of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez saying he’d vote for Obama if he lived in the U.S. and of Mariela Castro, Fidel Castro’s niece, saying she would vote for Obama, too.
Six More Years of Disappointment for Venezuelan Expats
October 08, 2012
VANCOUVER—The line was 30 deep before 6 a.m. at the Venezuelan consulate in downtown Vancouver, the only location in western Canada for ex-pats to vote in their presidential election Sunday. By noon more than 600 Venezuelans had stood in the short hallway, marked the labyrinthine bingo-card-like ballot and dipped a pinky tip in a well of blue ink on a wooden stool.
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?
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.
The Great Democracy Meltdown
May 19, 2011
As the revolt that started this past winter in Tunisia spread to Egypt, Libya, and beyond, dissidents the world over were looking to the Middle East for inspiration. In China, online activists inspired by the Arab Spring called for a “jasmine revolution.” In Singapore, one of the quietest countries in the world, opposition members called for an “orchid evolution” in the run-up to this month’s national elections. Perhaps as a result, those watching from the West have been positively triumphalist in their predictions.