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Because the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Constituency Labour Party has finally weighed in with its long-awaited response to the Venezuelan crisis. Berlin, Paris, Washington, and New York have all been notified. So, too, of course, has Havana, Hanoi, Bejing, and Moscow. Before I reproduce the vital communiqué in its entirety below, I’m going to discuss […]
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The Latin American Left

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On December 8, 2015
For the first time since 1998, conservatives won a majority of the Venezuelan legislature. This is a rebuke to the policies of Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro. It has also led to a lot of hand-wringing in the United States about the state of the Latin American left. First, Greg Grandin at The […]

Screaming at the Sky

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On December 21, 2014

Remind me never to turn on Meet the Press, even for 2 seconds. I do today, or more accurately my wife is watching it because as a Latin American historian who has traveled in Cuba, she is following th

Hugo in Heaven

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On March 30, 2013
A typically subtle Venezuelan state animation showing Hugo Chavez in heaven met by his revolutionary ancestors: The group includes Cuban Revolution leader Che Guevara, Latin American liberator Simón Bolívar, Argentine first lady Eva Perón, Chilean President Salvador Allende, Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto César Sandino, and indigenous Venezuelan chief Guaicaipuro, according to Venezuela’s Agencia Venezolana de Noticias. […]

Worst Chavez Obit

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On March 7, 2013

The coverage of Hugo Chavez’s death has been almost universally terrible. But this piece from Associated Press business reporter Pamela Simpson takes the cake: Chavez invested Venezuela’s

The Chavez Legacy

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On January 10, 2013
Since it seems Hugo Chavez is about to die, it’s worth looking at his legacy a bit. Of course, it’s almost impossible to do so in a measured way. His die-hard supporters (relatively few as they may be in the United States) talk of him in reverent tones, as the sole man to stand up […]

Chavez

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On March 12, 2012

Callum McCormick has a very thoughtful essay on the legacy of Hugo Chavez from a leftist perspective. The upshot: While a defeat would for Chavez would be a setback for the left and perhaps ignite a

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