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Blame it on Beijing

When readers suggested I explore the relationship between Venezuela and China on the blog, I was less than enthralled. After all, pretty much all you need to know about these two countries can be summed up in this headline: That pretty much sums it up: China bankrolls the revolution, and in exchange Venezuela gives it what…

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Maduro hearts Kim

The U.N. General Assembly voted in favor of referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and to impose targeted sanctions on the Asian country. The vote was 111-19, with 55 abstentions. Guess which was one of the nineteen countries supporting Pyongyang? The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. (Bolivia, Cuba and…

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Why is Venezuela relevant?

Since we are in the business of deciphering Venezuela to curious foreigners, I frequently ask myself why there is so much interest in our dysfunctional country. After all, Venezuela is not a particularly important place. From a geopolitical point of view, it’s not as crucial as, say, Egypt or South Korea. It’s not a breeding ground…

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International week at Caracas Chronicles

This week, I will be traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to participate in the 2014 Halifax International Security Forum. I’m honored to have been invited, particularly considering the quality of the guests and the interesting topics that will be covered. Because of this, I figured a change of pace might be nice, so we’re doing “International Week” on…

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A glass 98% full

In an interesting article in the WSJ in January, an analogy was made: Brazil was starting to look like Argentina, Argentina was looking like Venezuela, and Venezuela was resembling Zimbabwe. This metamorphosis was put to the test, when Brazil’s colossal voice resonated across the region as elections were held last Sunday. The continent held its breath to see if change was…