Hugo Chavez mural in Caracas.
Americas / Blog

Venezuela Chokes on Failed 20th Century Policies

Hugo Chavez mural in Caracas.

Venezuela has sunk into chaos owing to the recent drop in oil prices, which constitutes 93% of its exports (combining crude and refined petroleum), leading to ludicrous inflation rates, electricity shortages, food shortages, and looting. On top of this Venezuela also has one of the world’s highest homicide rates and …

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Symbolic Politics, Social Media and Writing on Foreign Affairs

Analysis of Turkmenistan is dominated by talk of its bizarre cult of personality, notably in Ashgabat’s golden statue of its former president. Photo Source: David Stanley via Wikimedia Commons.

Having recently examined the role of symbolic politics in the regimes of Central Asia, I started to think about the wider parallels between this and the …

For two weeks disillusioned Venezuelans have taken to the streets. Cristian Garrido Paez, via Wikimedia Commons
Americas / Blog

A new social revolution in Venezuela?

For two weeks disillusioned Venezuelans have taken to the streets. Photo Source: Cristian Garrido Paez via Wikimedia Commons.

For Hispanics in the US, even when watching Thursday’s Premio Lo Nuestro Latin music awards ceremony from Miami on Spanish-language network Univisión, it was hard to escape the turbulent situation in Venezuela where anti-government protests continue.

What started …

Brazilian-owned Petrobas’ Oil Platform P-51 will produce about 180 thousand barrels of oil when fully operational. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_platform_P-51_(Brazil).jpg
Americas / Blog

Oil Wealth in Latin America: A Double-Edged Sword

Brazilian-owned Petrobas’ Oil Platform P-51 will produce about 180 thousand barrels of oil when fully operational. Photo Source: Divulgação Petrobras/ Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil, the 7th largest economy in the world, is planning to triple its oil production by 2035. Currently, Venezuela holds the largest supply of proven reserves in the world, outranking …