Evo Morales, Rafael Correa

Chaos and the Left

There’s a certain tendency among conservatives to see the macroeconomic chaos Venezuela is experiencing as the inevitable result of radical leftist government. But this must be one of the easier fallacies to refute: Latin America is peppered with radical leftist governments that are chipping away at democracy in a context of macroeconomic order and growing prosperity. Prof.…

Trojan-Horse

The Castillian horse

This article by Spain’s El País is a bombshell. In a secret report, Venezuelan ambassador to Spain Mario Isea talks about the opportunity chavismo has in Podemos, the upstart party that is leading in the polls in Spain. That Podemos is Spain’s version of chavismo is no news. That the memo, part of a presentation…

Translator Hiroaki Idaka, with one of his malas juntas.

A Superb Book, Lost in Translation

 Cross-posted on CaracasChronicles in Japanese. This April, as the streets of Caracas, San Cristobal and many other Venezuelan cities were alive with protests, I felt powerfully called on to do something, even if small, to lend my support. Though I was in Montreal, I found myself helping my Japanese friend to organize “#SOSVenezuela en Japón”…

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Yes we can! Podemos = chavismo

Over at Foreign Policy’s Transitions blog, I make the case that Spain’s rising party Podemos – which is now leading the polls in Spain – is chavismo’s first cousin. The value added: “Regardless of the distance they want to put between themselves and the chavista revolution, chavismo is strikingly evident in most of what Podemos’…

Aécio Neves, the Social Democrats' candidate, greets Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers' party, before a

Boa sorte, Brasil

We’ve been tempted to write about the rocky Presidential election in Brazil, but have held back due to how volatile it has been. One day a candidate dies in a plane crash, then we’re looking at an environmental activist and former housemaid being elected, and the next day we’re tempted to crow about sensible Aécio Neves as…