Tag: Venezuela

Venezuelan Petrol: Black Gold or the Devil’s Excrement ?

“Ten years from now, 20 years from now, you will see [that] oil will bring us ruin.” When former Venezuelan diplomat, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, spoke those words in the 1970s, his statement was predictably greeted with puzzlement, at a…

Bolivarian Gatekeepers: the Road to Military Praetorianism

Hugo Chávez was able to galvanize support and loyalty among the peasants during his tenure as president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the implementation of what he referred to as “twenty-first century socialism.” Quiescence was maintained via generous…

Dissent in Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez

On December 6th, the Venezuelan people will go to the polls. Much has been written about the major issues being voted on and concerns over the democratic fairness that the election will have. For a broader overview of this I…

Venezuela: Things to Note Before They Vote

For over a decade, foreign discourse on Venezuela rarely occurred without a reference to its leader, Hugo Chavez. While the policies of Chavismo were certainly divisive, the death of Chavez has coincided with rising instability in the country, leaving many to wonder over…

Weekly Round-Up: One Last Look

This week, MIR online traveled from Algeria, to Russia, to Venezuela, and various places in between. We covered topics ranging from Boko Haram’s allegiance to ISIS to the rise of political satire in the United States, passing by Netanyahu’s recent win…

#SOSVenezuela

Like most of today’s popular protest movements, Venezuela’s anti-government demonstrations have been massively empowered by social media. This links them to near contemporaries like Brazil and Egypt. Venezuelan students from society’s upper echelons make up a majority of protesters demonstrating…