Nicolas Maduro http://blog.wlrn.org en Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuela-maduros-offensive-puts-human-rights-defensive <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caracas suffered another big power outage on Tuesday. The blackout shut down a hospital and a metro line and left large swaths of the Venezuelan capital without juice for much of the day.</span></p><p>One official response could be an upgrade of oil-rich Venezuela’s antiquated power grid. Another might be more spurious arrests of opposition politicians.</p><p>I’m betting on the latter.</p><p>That’s because the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro seems much more skilled at finding scapegoats than at fixing problems.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:53:33 +0000 Tim Padgett 29775 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts http://blog.wlrn.org/post/memo-doralzuelans-barrio-visits-are-more-effective-witch-hunts <p></p><p>Of all the on-scene reporting from the deadly anti-government protests in Venezuela, Frank Bajak of the Associated Press may have written one of the most<strong> <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/venezuelan-student-protesters-seek-woo-poor">important pieces</a></strong>&nbsp;this week – and it didn’t involve tear gas or street barricades.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:11:31 +0000 Tim Padgett 29545 at http://blog.wlrn.org Memo To Doralzuelans: Barrio Visits Are More Effective Than Witch Hunts Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuela-can-anyone-mediate-mess <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="465" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/476179565?et=f0gE4oh8sEmAqbG6VrVCSA&amp;sig=CWRp2NIz1LkiQDc7uo7HcqOcpMvNUbdJT0xsoi2O4G8=" width="594"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a shame that Venezuela just severed diplomatic and economic ties with Panama, because their respective presidents – </span>Nicolás<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Maduro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Ricardo </span>Martinelli<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – have a lot in common.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:51:58 +0000 Tim Padgett 28832 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-my-talks-hugo-taught-me-about-chavismo-venezuela <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in 1998, just before he was first elected President of Venezuela, Hugo </span>Chávez<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> described his socialist revolution to me:</span></p><p>“Our revolution is like a river and the rain,” he said with typical bravado. “It’s a natural force.”</p><p>These days, it’s looking more like a spent force.</p><p>Today, March 5, marks the first anniversary of Chávez’s death from cancer. He was still in power when he died, and his revolution still rules Venezuela.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:16:24 +0000 Tim Padgett 28716 at http://blog.wlrn.org What My Talks With Hugo Taught Me About Chavismo In Venezuela For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-protesters-time-ask-whats-endgame <p></p><p>There comes a moment in every political upheaval when the sound and fury of protests have to hook up with the clarity and practicality of platforms.</p><p>For anti-government demonstrators in Venezuela, that moment's arrived.</p><p>Since Feb. 12, the oil-rich but deeply divided country has been rocked by student-led unrest. Protesters are lashing out at President Nicolás Maduro’s heavy-handed socialist government and its inability to solve a raft of economic and social crises, including South America’s worst inflation and murder rates.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:56:30 +0000 Tim Padgett 28556 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Venezuelan Protesters, A Time To Ask: What's The Endgame? 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 Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-venezuelas-us-dollar-restriction-keep-1-billion-out-florida <p>What do you do when your country’s foreign reserves are dropping at a rate that would make avid bungee jumpers nauseous? If you’re left-wing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, you take strong, decisive macroeconomic action.</p><p>You withhold dollars from Mickey Mouse.</p><p>Yessir, you discourage your countrymen from traveling to Florida, by further restricting&nbsp;the amount of dollars they can spend there with their bank credit cards – from $2,500 to $700.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:46:40 +0000 Tim Padgett 27572 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Venezuela's U.S. Dollar Restriction Keep $1 Billion Out Of Florida? 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 How Venezuela Won Miss Universe – And Lost Its Relevance http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-venezuela-won-miss-universe-and-lost-its-relevance <p>What do Miss Universe and <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/11/3746827/miami-herald-reporter-recounts.html" target="_blank">Miami Herald South America correspondent Jim Wyss</a> have in common? Not a heck of a lot physically. But quite a bit symbolically: Left-wing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would have liked to use both of them recently to distract voters from his so-far disastrous administration.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:19:10 +0000 Tim Padgett 23715 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Venezuela Won Miss Universe – And Lost Its Relevance Deja Vu Venezuela: How Rotted Is The Revolution? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/deja-vu-venezuela-how-rotted-revolution <p>Anyone who’s traveled to Caracas in the past few years knows the drill. As soon as you clear customs, you scan the airport terminal for the guys in trench coats.</p><p>They’ve got the good stuff: bolívares, the Venezuelan currency, which they exchange for your dollars at the black market rate. That means what the bolívar is actually worth -- about six times less than the laughably overvalued official rate of 6.3 to the dollar.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 21729 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deja Vu Venezuela: How Rotted Is The Revolution? Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles Delivers Message To Supporters In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-opposition-leader-capriles-delivers-message-supporters-miami <p>Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles — who has been criticized by certain segments of the opposition that would like to see him take a more radical position against Nicolás Maduro’s regime — came out Sunday to convince nearly 5,000 people at a Miami convention hall that he knows exactly what he’s doing.</p><p>Capriles, who ran against the late Hugo Chávez in an election in October and then did it again versus Maduro in April, said he feels that change will come soon to his country and called on Venezuelans to continue supporting him and join the fight.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:18:20 +0000 Antonio Maria Delgado 20695 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles Delivers Message To Supporters In Miami How Venezuela's Maduro Mess Keeps Getting Worse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-venezuelas-maduro-mess-keeps-getting-worse <p></p><p>I’m becoming more certain that leftist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro keeps a Ouija board on his desk at Miraflores Palace in Caracas.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 20168 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Venezuela's Maduro Mess Keeps Getting Worse U.S. Filmmaker Held In Venezuela http://blog.wlrn.org/post/us-filmmaker-held-venezuela Venezuela has detained an American filmmaker, accusing him of "creating violence" at the behest of the U.S. government.<p>Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy was paying right-wing youth to hold violent protests in the aftermath of the elections narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor. Torres said Tracy worked for a U.S. intelligence agency. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:21:32 +0000 13171 at http://blog.wlrn.org U.S. Filmmaker Held In Venezuela Florida Roundup: Gun Control, Medicaid, Venezuela http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-gun-control-medicaid-venezuela <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The Florida&nbsp;Roundup, live at noon on&nbsp;</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">:</span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 12684 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Roundup: Gun Control, Medicaid, Venezuela Venezuela Grows More, Not Less Polarized After Chavez http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venezuela-grows-more-not-less-polarized-after-chavez Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.<p>But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/177268673/tensions-up-in-venezuela-after-polls-close">was ruled the winner</a> by a razor-thin margin, the country appears <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177037417/venezuela-after-chavez">more polarized than ever</a>.<p>Since Sunday's results, there have already been protests, eight deaths and angry cl Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:28:36 +0000 12691 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuela Grows More, Not Less Polarized After Chavez