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 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)[…]
I have compiled a list of articles that can help put the pieces together on the most recent episode in the Venezuelan crisis: 1) Why Regime Change Is Now On the Table in Venezuela: wapo.st/2RBsWNr by Patricia Laya 2) Venezuela’s Lessons for American Socialists: bloom.bg/2WBohyR by Noah Smith 3) Trump Makes the Right Decision for[…]
Venezuelan crisis has reached a new high as tensions escalate with the international community and the opposition joining efforts furthering in the isolation of Nicolas Maduro and his regime. On January 10th, the day set by the constitution, Maduro took the oath of office before the Supreme Court, instead of the National Assembly. This triggered[…]