Chávez’s sickness has exposed him as vulnerable. People are beginning to realize that he is not eternal, that his mandate is limited.
Nada le convendría más a Chávez que, en el momento en que la atención internacional está puesta en Piñera, tener con él una confrontación en su estilo que no reconoce maneras.
Venezuela’s oil industry has been in decline for years due to mismanagement and lack of investment. But this year, the industry’s problems seem to have multiplied as a result of the sharp decline in global oil prices.
A pesar de que todos los países de América Latina se han comprometido formalmente a adoptar medidas colectivas para corregir los quebrantamientos de la democracia, se ignoraron las crecientes violaciones de los derechos humanos y el orden democrático en Venezuela.
Pode levar o governo autocrático venezuelano a se enraizar mais solidamente, fraturar e enfraquecer ainda mais a oposição já tolhida e
deixar os problemas da Venezuela sem solução.
Two decades ago, the US and Latin America seemed poised to forge new political and economic partnerships. Since Chávez, the sense of community has dissipated.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has clearly been enticed by the Libyan drama, where his longtime friend and ally, Muammar al-Qaddafi, is under siege from rebel forces.
Chavez’s illness and physical limitations will inevitably compound his already serious political problems in Venezuela.
What will be the most important issues of the Venezuelan race? Is the election likely to be free and fair?
Is there a real risk that the political and social situation in Venezuela could turn chaotic as a result of Chávez’s illness?
Chávez has aroused considerable curiosity. Beside Cuba’s Fidel Castro, no other Latin American leader has elicited as many journalistic accounts or serious analytic and conceptual contributions.
The best scenario for Chávez is to distribute resources again by increasing funding to social programs or misiones.
Despite continued tensions among the Andean countries, four U.S. ambassadors painted an encouraging picture of regional stability.
Today, signs of frustration are unmistakable in Washington and in many Latin American capitals, despite Obama’s immense personal appeal and the continued promise of a more productive partnership.
Even with loaded dice, Chávez may be running scared. What to do to preserve power? That’s all that has ever mattered.