Category Archives: Venezuela

Around Latin America

-Nicaragua and China have entered into an agreement through which China could help build a canal through Nicaragua that would rival the Panama canal. Of course, Nicaragua has long been seen as a potential site for a canal; even in … Continue reading

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On Copper’s Importance to Chile

I’m a bit late in getting to this, but last week, JF String had a great piece that reveals just how vital to the Chilean economy copper continues to be. Among other data: The labor of every Chilean miner is … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, Economics in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Venezuela

Post-Election Paraguay – Is a Return to Mercosur Next?

After the institutional coup against Fernando Lugo last June, politico-economic trade bloc Mercosur suspended Paraguay’s membership. The response was swift, and Horacio Cartes, who at the time was a potential candidate for president, called on Paraguay to maintain faith in … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, International Relations, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela

Early Thoughts on Venezuela’s Election

As many probably know by now, presidential elections took place in Venezuela yesterday, as Venezuelans went to select either Nicolás Maduro or Henrique Capriles as the next president; Maduro was Chávez’s latest vice president, while Capriles ran against Chávez last … Continue reading

Posted in Elections in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America, Venezuela

Capriles Goes After Maduro for Failing to Live up to…Chávez?

My, how have times have changed. I give you Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on the campaign trail: Nicolas [Maduro] in a hundred days you are destroying what in the 14 years the President of the Republic achieved. Can you … Continue reading

Posted in Elections in Latin America, Venezuela

Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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On Populist Appeals & the Failures and Successes of Institutionalization in Venezuela

Over at Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have a piece up on the “Paradoxes of Chavismo.” In it, they do an excellent job concisely explaining why the rhetoric of Chávez (and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Bolivia’s Evo Morales) … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Ecuador, Governance in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Venezuela | 1 Comment