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Venezuela: The Brutal Truth About Maduro’s Election Victory

By any measure, Sunday’s gubernatorial elections in Venezuela did not go well for the opposition. The regime of President Nicolás Maduro took 17 of a possible 23 seats, with, as of this writing, another still up for grabs. Marred by predictable irregularities and government manipulation, the MUD opposition coalition’s decision to participate failed to pay … Read more Venezuela: The Brutal Truth About Maduro’s Election Victory

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Luisa Ortega Díaz: The Venezuelan Opposition’s Unlikely Ally

Few question whether Venezuela’s former Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz is a true chavista. As Venezuela’s top law enforcement officer for nearly a decade, she followed the government line to the letter, including in the prosecution of demonstrators arrested in a wave of protests against President Nicolás Maduro in 2014. That is, until recently. In … Read more Luisa Ortega Díaz: The Venezuelan Opposition’s Unlikely Ally

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Venezuela’s Neighbors Need to Step Up. What’s Holding Them Back?

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump promised “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro goes through with the July 30 vote to select delegates to the constituent assembly. This announcement comes after an increasingly desperate situation in Venezuela has been met with remarkable regional inaction, producing a power vacuum not seen for decades. Those, however, … Read more Venezuela’s Neighbors Need to Step Up. What’s Holding Them Back?

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Mid-Terms, Graduation, Fighting a Dictator: Venezuelan Students’ Shifting Priorities

CARACAS – Students at Caracas’ Simón Bolivar University (USB) haven’t had an exam in three months. Professors at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) stopped taking attendance. At the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), protests and road closures count as excused absences. As a large portion of the 3,500 people detained by security services in recent … Read more Mid-Terms, Graduation, Fighting a Dictator: Venezuelan Students’ Shifting Priorities

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