The breakdown of the Vatican/UNASUR dialogue in Venezuela was totally predictable. Dialogue is still the key to peacefully resolving the crisis in Venezuela, but it must have teeth to punish noncompliance.
Venezuela isn’t a cheesy soft-porn novel. The international community has to realize there are no shades of gray in Venezuela anymore. For all its flaws, one side is democratic; the other is just plain autocratic.
Con la eliminación del referendo revocatorio y la postergación de las elecciones regionales, el chavismo confirmó lo que la mayoría de los venezolanos ya sabía: Maduro buscará perpetrarse en el poder por todos los medios.
Venezuela’s development challenges today are no different than they were 30 years ago—diversifying the economy. Except that today, it’s going to take more to climb out of the well dug by 17 years of chavista economics.
The CNE’s announcement Thursday September 22 showed that the Maduro government has no intention of holding a fair referendum. But the delay may have provided the international community with a positive option.
Frente al fracaso del diálogo entre gobierno y la oposición venezolanos, es imperioso que el sistema interamericano reactive el uso de la Carta Democrática, que quedó en suspenso luego del 23 de junio.
In 2004, Venezuela held a recall referendum after the Carter Center and the Organization of American States brokered a compromise between the government and the opposition. Now many are hoping for the same, but with none of the guarantees.
In the June 23rd meeting to discuss Venezuela’s violation of the Democratic Charter, the OAS Permanent Council basically left it to the informal group of former presidents organized under UNASUR. They haven’t done their job. It’s time for the OAS and others to step up and start imposing costs.