As the year comes to an end, the demise of social order in Venezuela is the chronicle of a foretold death. Though 2016 began with high expectations of a peaceful change in government, neither the Maduro administration nor the opposition have shown the courage and leadership needed to find common ground and to pull the country out of the deep hole it finds itself in. Unfortunately for Venezuelans, who are deeply suffering from the economic, social and political chaos, they have little to look forward to in 2017.
The breakdown of the Vatican/UNASUR dialogue in Venezuela was totally predictable. Dialogue is still the key to peacefully resolving the crisis in Venezuela, but it must have teeth to punish noncompliance.
Venezuela isn’t a cheesy soft-porn novel. The international community has to realize there are no shades of gray in Venezuela anymore. For all its flaws, one side is democratic; the other is just plain autocratic.
Con la eliminación del referendo revocatorio y la postergación de las elecciones regionales, el chavismo confirmó lo que la mayoría de los venezolanos ya sabía: Maduro buscará perpetrarse en el poder por todos los medios.
Venezuela’s development challenges today are no different than they were 30 years ago—diversifying the economy. Except that today, it’s going to take more to climb out of the well dug by 17 years of chavista economics.
The CNE’s announcement Thursday September 22 showed that the Maduro government has no intention of holding a fair referendum. But the delay may have provided the international community with a positive option.
Frente al fracaso del diálogo entre gobierno y la oposición venezolanos, es imperioso que el sistema interamericano reactive el uso de la Carta Democrática, que quedó en suspenso luego del 23 de junio.