Search Results for "Venezuela" : 16

by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

…ts steady warnings of US exploitation. Chávez’s rhetoric, however, is a mere political tool. It does not capture Venezuela’s full political and economic reality. Despite the criticisms levied against the US government, Venezuela is highly reliant on the increasing material benefits of trade with its top trading partner: the United States. In 2009 alone, trade between the two countries reached $37 billion; 45 percent of Venezuelan exports went to…

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by / on October 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm / in Opinion, World

“Socialismo, Patria, te moriste”

by A 2002 anti-Chavez rally, from Wikimedia Commons I’ve been meaning to write about the Venezuelan elections for a while, but I never truly found the incentive to do so until I ended conversing with a group of students with close ties to Venezuela on the eve of the elections. Although most of them do not live there anymore, they spent significant time growing up in the country and hold strong ties to it. As we spoke of tomorrow’s dem…

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by / on October 4, 2012 at 12:35 am / in Opinion, World

This Sunday, Chavez vs. Opposition – Round Four

by photo from Wikimedia Commons The other day, President Obama was “fortunate” enough to receive an unexpected backing: “I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama,” said Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela and staunch anti-American. Though this was an endorsement Obama would have loved to avoid (and accusations from the Republican camps immediately appeared) it…

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by / on March 24, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Umm… lo siento, no entender. No hablar español!

by Standing on the beach in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking country, my friends and I roll our eyes and strain to stifle our laughter as the family of American tourists behind us attempts to brush away a persistent beach peddler. How bad were they? Frankly, typing a tilde over the “n” in their pronunciation of español would be quite generous. As the joke goes, “What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you cal…

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by / on December 18, 2009 at 7:42 am / in Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Friending Cuba

…when the shit hits the fans. As of yet unable to tap into its own offshore oil reserves and highly dependent on Venezuelan subsidies (especially of oil—they took on average 94,000 free barrels a day in 2008) , the Cuban state is on the brink, especially when one considers that the Venezuelan handouts cannot last forever given the effect of the economic crisis and falling price of oil on Venezuela. Granted, Cuba has weathered such austerity befor…

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by / on February 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

2012 Latin American Political Playbook

…ead. It looks to be action-packed, by any measure. Chávez Wins Reelection Amidst Fraud and International Disgust Venezuela holds presidential elections this year as well, pitting incumbent international curmudgeon and “Bolivarian Socialist” Hugo Chávez against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Radonski is the current governor of Miranda state (and an iffy Columbia alumnus). Venezuelan opposition parties, while widely-varying in pol…

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Putting Foreign Policy Back on the Map

by from Wikimedia Commons Heading into election day, the country seems set for a showdown. The final weeks have seen rollercoaster poll ratings. Obama, who enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the election season, has had to deal with surging Romney popularity, and polls now point almost to a dead tie. Last week the candidates addressed in their final debate a topic that has thus far been conspicuously absent: foreign policy. As we…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

by Illustration by Daryl Seitchik One can hardly fail to notice the growing “cornflake-ification” of politics in the midst of the 2012 Republican primaries. Ideology has become irrelevant; the focus is now on personality. A candidate’s hairstyle counts as much as his views on immigration – or on, say, Libya. The voter is the consumer, the candidate the product. Behind this growing business lurk some of the most powerful men of the mod…

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by / on September 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm / in Latin America, Uncategorized, World

Petrobras and the Brazilian Presidential Election

by “Oil platform P-51 (Brazil)” by Divulgação Petrobras / ABr – Agência Brasil [1]. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0-br via Wikimedia Commons In the most recent Brazilian presidential debate between Marina Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and Aecio Neves, there was a discussion about the future of oil in Brazil, specifically in regard to continued deep sea drilling. Rousseff, the current president, claimed to se…

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by / on September 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Pumping Pain

by photo from Wikimedia Commons Ah, Labor Day; a time when many Americans get a long weekend off from work and an opportunity to spend time with the family and go on a road trip. Inconveniently enough, gasoline prices have sharply spiked recently, causing this Labor Day weekend to have the highest national average price for a gallon of gas ever – $3.83 a gallon. The price spike is the result of a witch’s brew of calamities: Increased…

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