Making the case for democracy in Venezuela

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)[…]

Venezuela Crisis Reading List

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[…]

The other January 23rd

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[…]

Democracy Decline, Multiculturalism and Global Immigration Crisis: Challenges of the Post-democratic Age

Prepared for delivery at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association October 10-13, 2018, Orlando, Florida The rise of nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and racism (ECRI, 2016) has dominated the political, social and economic debate, expressed in the critical approaches to unexpected political outcomes with unsettling social and economic consequences: Brexit (Norris &[…]

What’s the road ahead for Venezuela?

The international community has no other choice but to reject the National Constituent Assembly in #Venezuela. The regime’s decision to call for a vote ignoring the constitution forces them to reject it. The Venezuelan regime seems to believe that foreign sanctions will reunify chavismo, but that might not be the case this time around. It[…]

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