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Venezuela Re-engaging Through Security Reform

Venezuela Re-engaging Through Security Reform

The Economist’s Venezuela correspondent put out an informative video on the succession of the next possible leader in Venezuela, that can be found here. I also encourage everyone to read the last few posts on FPA’s Latin America blog for information on Venezuela as well. The consensus among …

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No Compromise, No Accountability, No Republic

No Compromise, No Accountability, No Republic

Recently in my own community, one branch of the government has taken to openly violating some enshrined rights under the constitution using their own legislation that clearly violates the rights of the people. The acceptance in using the legal system to remove the rights of citizens that are governed under …

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A Quick Primer on Venezuela Post-Chavez

A Quick Primer on Venezuela Post-Chavez

Hugo Chavez should be officially sworn into office on January 10. But with Chavez’s advanced cancer and his recently announced “complications,” it is unclear who will lead the country in 2013.  Here is a brief primer.
As Tim Padgett recently argued, Venezuela’s Bolivarian constitution provides a “murky map” on matters of …

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ARGENZUELA

ARGENZUELA

Argenzuela — an invented word that has been on the minds and lips of Argentines for the past year; the jokes that Argentina is following an eerily similar path to that of Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela are no longer funny.
The fact that the man who almost single-handedly has …

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Venezuelan Prisons and the Power of Pranes

Venezuelan Prisons and the Power of Pranes

 
At this point, the plight of Venezuelan prisons is internationally known. Jails are severely overcrowded, conditions are horrendous and members of armed gangs kill each other with such frequency that the government actually created a new Prison Ministry to oversee the rights of prisoners. But the most perplexing aspect of …

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Leaning Left in Latin America: Voting for Social Inclusion as an Economic Model

Leaning Left in Latin America: Voting for Social Inclusion as an Economic Model

This week’s election in Venezuela was important for reasons outside of Venezuela itself. The victory of Hugo Chavez with over 80% of the electorate voting and a sizable minority voting against the current President showed that Hugo Chavez does have a great deal of support as well as a strong …

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Hugo Chavez Wins Re-election

Hugo Chavez Wins Re-election



Polls closed in Caracas, Venezuela at 1800 October 7. Months of anticipation came down to the following four hours as the National Electoral Commission (CNE) counted ballots. Current president Hugo Chavez won the election with over 7.4 million votes, some 54 percent of the vote. Opposition candidate and …

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Venezuela Votes 2012: Internal and External Pressures

Venezuela Votes 2012: Internal and External Pressures

Early October will see an election in one of the most politically influential states in Latin America, Venezuela. Since Hugo Chavez was elected he has become the face of leftists in Latin America and populists worldwide. This upcoming election against rival Capriles is likely to be the closest race in …

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Corruption colors upcoming Venezuela presidential election

Corruption colors upcoming Venezuela presidential election

Mitt Romney isn’t the only presidential candidate having to answer for a controversial event caught on video. The presidential election in Venezuela will take place on October 7, 2012 and corruption is becoming that race’s primary issue.
When Venezuelans go to the polls in less than a month (they will

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The Venezuela Election: A Pragmatically Confrontational Opposition

The Venezuela Election: A Pragmatically Confrontational Opposition

With Venezuela’s presidential election coming up on October 7, one question looms large – can Hugo Chávez possibly lose? Perhaps the question should actually be, can his challenger win? From what I have read, the opposition is unified, pragmatic, and proactive in a manner different from prior campaigns. Checking my …

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Winning an Election in the Americas: Apathy and Corruption Compete for the Best of the Worst

Winning an Election in the Americas: Apathy and Corruption Compete for the Best of the Worst

Student protests this year in the streets of Montreal over a relatively small tuition hike took the Quebec government by storm. In reality, it is likely more than just tuition that fuelled this year’s protests with the Liberal Party of Quebec facing allegations of corruption after nine long years in …

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Illness and Elections: Does it Make a Difference?

Illness and Elections: Does it Make a Difference?

In 2011 Jack Layton, the left of center leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, changed the political landscape of Canada by campaigning for his party’s position as the third party in the Canadian political system. The New Democrats, known as the NDP, always was Canada’s third party behind the Conservative …

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Venezuela After Chavez

Venezuela After Chavez

What will Venezuela look like after Hugo Chávez’s reign? Given the secrecy surrounding Chávez’s cancer status and the growing popularity of Henrique Capriles, Chavez’s rival in the October 7 election, the question is more relevant now than anytime since 2003.
Last week Wikistrat, a geostrategic consulting firm I am associated with, …

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Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & the Threat to America

Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & the Threat to America

  
Now published! The introduction can be downloaded from Amazon for free.

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OPEC Meeting Ends without Consensus

OPEC’s meeting in Vienna a couple days ago ended without the cartel agreeing on a production level. This hasn’t happened in years (if memory serves, the last time was during the Iran-Iraq War), and it has left many questioning the organization’s future.
After 5 hours of talks, the Saudi Arabian …

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