This is a video podcast for my International Politics class about the Venezuelan crisis. My students have been analyzing the situation and will reflect on the options, considering the role of the International Community, and the United Nations.
In a blunt statement, the result from the Venezuelan popular consultation on July 16th is that the Opposition sent a clear message to power about their commitment to democracy, stripping accusations that the coalition of opposition political parties (MUD) is taking shortcuts or calling the military to depose president Nicolas Maduro to restore democracy. In[…]
The Venezuelan political crisis has rapidly evolved into a constitutional disaster, even as the Supreme Court seemed to be in damage control mode a day after its decision to dissolve the National Assembly unleashed a wave of local and international rejection. The very attempt to correct the subversion of the constitution itself was enough proof[…]
The Venezuelan crisis hype has relinquished, and the current focus has turned to the staggering migrant influx making its way throughout Latin America. Back at home, Venezuelans continue to struggle to have access to food, medical attention, and basic utilities, while the country’s income rapidly declines, not only as a result of the economic sanctions,[…]
The Trump Administration continues to rely heavily on the policy of sanctions with regards to Venezuela and its crisis. The latest Executive Order signed by President Trump initially thought to be an embargo has been interpreted by some analysts as a measure that protects the future assets of the much-awaited transitional government. They will need[…]
The day before Venezuela’s Independence Day, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a damning report at the request of the UN Human Rights Council (Resolution 39/1). The report is a detailed, comprehensive and deeply critical assessment of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, regarding the human rights situation in the country since[…]
Chávez came to power with the promise to remove all vestiges associated with democratic institutions. First, he had tried through a military insurrection, that ended with a balance of dozens of deaths. After this military failure, he opted for the electoral route and finally reached victory. In the proclamations of the attempted coup of the[…]
Venezuelans have become involuntary pawns of the never-ending ideological global battle between left and right. The struggle democrats in Venezuela have undertaken has been reduced to a “minority in the hands of the far-right” (that’s one school of thought), or “shameless beggars waiting for crumbs” (the regime’s talking point). There is very little (to none)[…]