Mike Pompeo’s Art of Indirect Involvement in Venezuela

May 11, 2020

Two American men have been detained by the Venezuelan military following “a botched beach landing in the fishing village of Chuao,” the Associated Press reports. They were reportedly attempting to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolas Maduro, apparently as a prelude to installing...

Why Maximum Pressure on Venezuela Is the Only Way Out

April 22, 2020

Venezuela’s dictatorship has proved to be highly resilient. It mutated from a lively democracy in the second half of the 20th century to a hybrid regime where unfree and unfair elections were held and repression reigned, giving way to the current dictatorial domination. In the process, it also...

Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

June 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

May 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Robert Patman, professor of international relations at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Venezuela is in the midst of a severe socio-economic and political crisis. President Nicolás Maduro faces growing pressure, both domestically and...

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

March 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

US Government Should Hit the Stop Button on Punitive Sanctions

June 08, 2018

America’s implementation of wider sanctions will serve to help, not hurt, its adversaries, all while putting its allies under economic pressure. As the Trump administration continues to deliver its “America First” agenda regardless of collateral damage, it is perhaps unsurprising that the...

The Battle for Venezuela is Heating Up

September 13, 2016

National surveys show the economic crisis and food shortages have taken their toll on the quality of life for Venezuelans. In Venezuela, more than half a million people marched on September 1 to protest against the government, calling on the electoral authority to approve a recall referendum...

Maduro’s Time is Running Out in Venezuela

March 04, 2016

Faced with electoral setback and rising popular discontent, the Venezuelan president just announced a number of economic reforms. In Venezuela’s most recent parliamentary elections on December 6, 2015, Chavismo experienced its first political setback since coming to power 17 years ago. The...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

November 26, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. There are times when the ground beneath our feet shakes. Events occur and, even as they are unfolding, we realize their historic significance. As the news of the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1...

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