Don’t be fooled. President Maduro’s call for UN help in addressing Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis—of the government’s own making—is just another in a long line of distracting tactics.
Pan-hemispheric solidarity and unity has long been a dream of independence fighters, politicians, academics and dreamers. Given the state of the Americas today, you can forget about it.
The Americas has a lot at stake in the U.S. remaining in the Paris Agreement. Latin America and Caribbean countries and Canada should convince it to do so.
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.
It didn’t seem like much at first—the vote to approve the agenda at June 23 meeting of the OAS Permanent Council. But behind the scenes, Venezuela had been trying to head off a discussion over the state of its democracy. It lost, and with some interesting defections.
Did I miss something? No collective call for dialogue, not even a meeting wrap up by the Ambassador from Argentina. Just a call for lunch. Does that make the whole endeavor of convening the Permanent Council to discuss Venezuela a bust? Hardly.
For a moment, it looked like Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition had a powerful new ally in Buenos Aires. But it didn’t take long for principles to give way to big politics.
The new leader of the Organization of American States (OAS) has openly rebuked the country’s ‘Petty Dictator,’ but it may be too late to avert disaster in Venezuela.
On June 23, the Permanent Council of the OAS will meet to discuss Venezuela, a country in the throes of an economic, political and humanitarian crisis. It now appears that it’s only a matter of time before Venezuela implodes and becomes a failed state.
On May 30th, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro invoked the Inter-American Democratic Charter in the case of Venezuela, political “red card”. The question now is, will the Permanent Council uphold the red card or denounce the ref?