Henrique Capriles http://blog.wlrn.org en Venezuela's West Side Story: Why Street Protests Aren't Likely To Topple The Regime http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelas-west-side-story-why-street-protests-arent-likely-topple-regime <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leopoldo </span>López<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a rock star among Venezuelans in South Florida. But in west Caracas he's the rich guy. And those contrasting images could affect the outcome of street protests playing out in Venezuela right now.</span></p><p>But first the obvious:&nbsp;This week’s arbitrary arrest of López, a top Venezuela opposition leader, is a reminder that President Nicolás Maduro’s already scant credibility is evaporating during the anti-government demonstrations that have swept his country since Feb. 12.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Tim Padgett 28172 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela's West Side Story: Why Street Protests Aren't Likely To Topple The Regime Venezuelan Elections: Maduro's Counter-Counter-Revolution http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-elections-maduros-counter-counter-revolution <p>When socialist Nicolás Maduro eked out last April’s special presidential election in Venezuela, I wrote:&nbsp; “Even if Maduro won, he lost.”</p><p>Maduro&nbsp;defeated the opposition candidate&nbsp;–&nbsp;the same challenger&nbsp;Maduro's mentor Hugo&nbsp;Chávez had trounced just six months earlier by an 11-percent margin&nbsp;– by only 1.6 percent of the vote.&nbsp;Maduro’s lame performance shook the socialists’ claim that Chávez’s revolution would be just as dominant without Chávez, who had died of cancer in March after ruling Venezuela for 14 years.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:24:31 +0000 Tim Padgett 24929 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuelan Elections: Maduro's Counter-Counter-Revolution Capriles in Miami: Are Venezuelans For Henrique Or Just Against Nicolás? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/capriles-miami-are-venezuelans-henrique-or-just-against-nicol-s <p>I know&nbsp;Henrique&nbsp;Capriles&nbsp;speaks decent English. So because I work for English-language radio, I asked him during his visit to Miami last week if I could put a question to him&nbsp;<em>en&nbsp;inglés</em>.</p><p>“Go ahead,” he told me. “But I’ll answer it in Spanish.”</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:20:57 +0000 Tim Padgett 21155 at http://blog.wlrn.org Capriles in Miami: Are Venezuelans For Henrique Or Just Against Nicolás? In Upcoming Venezuelan Vote, Hugo Chavez Looms Large http://blog.wlrn.org/post/upcoming-venezuelan-vote-hugo-chavez-looms-large The tall and imposing Nicolas Maduro stepped forward last week to be sworn in as Venezuela's interim leader following the death of President Hugo Chavez.<p>Before the country's packed congressional hall, he swore to complete Chavez's dream to transform the OPEC power into a socialist state, allied with Cuba and decidedly opposed to capitalism and U.S. interests in Latin America.<p>It's a dream Maduro says will not die, even with the death of El Comandante. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:46:04 +0000 editor 10710 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Upcoming Venezuelan Vote, Hugo Chavez Looms Large Chavez Faces Toughest Test In Venezuela Election http://blog.wlrn.org/post/chavez-faces-toughest-test-venezuela-election <p>Forget the US election.&nbsp;</p><p>There may be an even more important presidential vote taking place in Venezuela this fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim&nbsp;Wyss updates WLRN's Phil Latzman on Hugo&nbsp;Chavez's fight to keep his job against upstart opponent&nbsp;Henrique&nbsp;Capriles. Also discussed: political strife in Colombia and Latin American countries tasting rare Olympic glory during the Summer Games in London.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:20:33 +0000 Phil Latzman & Jim Wyss 1184 at http://blog.wlrn.org Chavez Faces Toughest Test In Venezuela Election