from The Great Debate:

What Hugo Chávez and Donald Trump have in common

March 31, 2016

Venezuela's acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro kisses a painting of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during a campaign rally in the state of Vargas April 9, 2013. Venezuelans will hold presidential elections on April 14. Maduro promised on Tuesday to hike Venezuela's minimum wage by about 40 percent if he is elected in a weekend vote to replace late socialist leader Chavez. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS OBITUARY) - RTXYFMI

Venezuela's acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro kisses a painting of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during a campaign rally in the state of Vargas April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

from Breakingviews:

Venezuela’s populist revolution runs out of gas

December 4, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

Times of protest

April 23, 2014

Caracas, Venezuela

By Jorge Silva

April 12 marked two months since the first people died in a wave of unrest that hit Venezuela this year. The day sat between the April 11th anniversary of the 2002 coup against then-President Hugo Chavez, and April 13th - the day that he managed to return to office. Those dates still serve as a reminder of the political division and sense of confrontation that has long existed in this country.

from Photographers' Blog:

A year without the Comandante

March 13, 2014

Caracas, Venezuela

By Jorge Silva

March 5, 2014

Once in a great while there comes a day that marks the end of an era. That’s what happened the afternoon Hugo Chavez died.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Venezuela’s revolutionary leaves chaos behind

August 2, 2013

By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Why Latin America (Hearts) Snowden

July 17, 2013

Edward Snowden requested political asylum of 20 or more countries across the globe to avoid facing espionage charges in the United States. Though he is now seeking temporary asylum from Russia, where he has been stranded in the Moscow airport, only a few nations, all in Latin America, have been openly receptive to his pleas.

from Jack Shafer:

When death comes in installments

July 12, 2013

"Inconsiderate to the last, Josef Stalin, a man who never had to meet a deadline, had the bad taste to die in installments," wrote New Yorker press critic A.J. Liebling in the magazine's March 28, 1953 issue. His piece deserves rereading every time a Hugo Chávez, a Margaret Thatcher, or now, a Nelson Mandela, drag their feet in their last approaches to their final reward.

from The Great Debate:

Maduro pressed to drop ‘magic’ focus on ‘realism’

April 15, 2013

Nicolas Maduro’s election campaign was rich in magical realism, designed to bedazzle voters.

from The Great Debate:

No matter who wins in Venezuela, Chavez’s legacy is secure

April 12, 2013

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president. Will Hugo Chavez’s legacy be fleeting? Or will Chavez shape politics and public policy from the grave? What will happen to Chavismo, Chavez’s unique form of state capitalism and paternal socialism?     

from The Great Debate:

In Venezuela, an election about the future is haunted by the past

April 3, 2013

Presidential elections will be held in Venezuela on April 14, pitting Hugo Chavez’s vice president and chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, against Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate who lost to Chavez in 2012. At stake: whether Chavez’s legacy will continue after his death.