Congressional Elections in Venezuela Could Lead to More Chaos

April 26, 2016

2015 has been a difficult year for Venezuela, with falling oil prices and a tumbling economy, inflation has risen to 100% and there are constant shortages of basic goods.2 People have been taking to the streets to protest the government and its handling of the crisis, which in many instances it refuses to acknowledge. President Nicolás Maduro, who is a member of the same socialist party as his predecessor Hugo Chávez, has not been managing the various crises well.

Venezuela's Malignant Health Care Crisis

April 26, 2016

Venezuela has long been labeled the rebel in Latin America, holding on to a socialist identity since Hugo Chávez first brought his social revolution to fruition in the country. Part of this social revolution was providing poor Venezuelans with social services, namely health care. Though a popular idea, Venezuela has never truly been able to maintain the necessary resources and services to create an effective health care system. As a result, tens of thousands of citizens lack access to health care, medicine, and life-saving treatments.

Rancho, Plomo y Candela. Crónica y Ficción en "Salsa y Control" de José Roberto Duque

Salsa y Control [2](1996) del periodista y escritor venezolano José Roberto Duque es  un texto híbrido, que procede de modo fragmentario, trabajando con letras del cancionero popular caribeño y relatos de escenas de la vida cotidiana de los barrios urbano-marginales

Venezuela Suffers at the Helm of Lower Gas Prices

Recently, Venezuela's black market economy has been “booming,” or rather, has been able to supply basic goods to consumers that the government no longer supplies on a regular basis. The economic crisis in Venezuela, which has brought on shortages of food and other goods, has become normal for citizens, but recently President Nicolás Maduro declared an economic state of emergency.

A Panoramas Interview: Anibal Pérez Liñan of Political Science

October 10, 2016

Anibal Pérez-Liñan, professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh was recently honored with the award of Best Book of Comparative Democratization of 2014 by the American Political Science Association for Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall. The book was co-authored by Scott Mainwaring of Notre Dame. I was fortunate to sit down with Professor Pérez-Liñan to discuss his book and the theories and issues that it poses.


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