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Socialism Leads to Toilet Paper Shortage in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government was forced to begin importing 50 million rolls of toilet paper this week, due to massive shortages in consumer goods, and food in the country. Venezuela has found itself in a downward spiral of increased crime, and a struggling economy, after more than a decade of rule by it’s socialist president Hugo…

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Opposition Refuses to Give Up on Electoral Fraud

Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been protesting the hairline margin by which the incumbent clung to the position bestowed on him by Chavez since the election results were announced. On Thursday, the Consejo Nacional Electoral (National Electoral Council) was unable to make a decision about concerns presented by Capriles regarding irregularities during April’s election. It is unclear whether or not this board operates independently…

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Why Opposition in Venezuela Didn’t Have a Chance

A recent article in The Atlantic extensively documents and details the extent to which Chavez had institutionalized and consolidated his power over the past 14 years, before passing away last month. Intimidation, corruption, manipulation, and outright violence prevented any serious opposition from having a chance at fair representation in recent dubious elections. In 2005, exasperated voters flat out boycotted…

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Venezuela’s New President Was a Bus Driver

Nicolás Maduro started his political career while driving a bus full time for the Caracas Metro system in the 1980s, when he began unofficially organizing workers of the transportation system. In the 1990s, he helped to found the Movimiento V República (Fifth Republic Movement) as a left-wing, Socialist political party which Hugo Chavez represented in…

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Embalming Chavez for Political Gain Against His Wishes

In 2009, Hugo Chavez forced the closure of a scientific exhibition touring Venezuela which featured human cadavers called “Bodies Revealed,” calling it a sign of “moral decomposition,” noting that the exhibit was made up of “human bodies,” suggesting that the display of human remains as part of an exhibit was wrong morally. On March the 7th,…