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  • Venezuela's so-called presidents

    1/31/19
    Who is Venezuela's legitimate president? The question appears to have split Latin America, and indeed the whole world, in two. Nicolás Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term on January 10, clearly lacks legitimacy,...

  • Music to Maduro's ears

    7/9/18
    A White House official may have denied the US wants to invade Venezuela, merely stating that all options are on the table, but Donald Trump has clearly entertained the prospect on numerous occasions and could still be flirting with...

  • The vultures are circling

    11/13/17
    Vulture funds have been licking their lips for years at the prospect of Venezuela defaulting on its burgeoning debt load, hoping to sue the government for the full face value of bonds bought at a large discount on secondary markets,...

  • Venezuela on the precipice

    7/21/17
    Most commentators regard the result of the non-binding referendum held in Venezuela on July 16 as a massive slap in the face for President Nicolás Maduro. Over 7mn Venezuelans turned out to vote – around 10% of them living ...

  • In institutions we trust

    12/2/16
    Think of a mature democracy as a hotel. The manager and her team constitute the country's institutions, with the penthouse guests the president and his entourage. Those on the top floor may be well behaved and stick to the...

  • Venezuela's triple whammy

    11/2/16
    The news that talks have begun between the Venezuelan government and representatives of the opposition, with the mediation of the Vatican, former Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the Unasur bloc of South...

  • Troubled democracies

    9/6/16
    Across the globe, almost every country claims to be a democracy, but this doesn't mean that all nations are run in the best interests of their citizens. Moreover, especially in Latin America, it is rare that an elected head of ...