Latin America

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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega ‘Dictabasura’ in Venezuela

Chavism, now in its advanced (or retrograde?) phase of ‘Maduroism’, has destroyed a country. It attained power through the ballot box (preceded by Hugo Chávez’s attempted coup) with a mandate to ensure a fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth and to do away with the corruption of the previous [...]

The Future of Natural Gas in South America

Latin America is one of the most dynamic regions for the development of natural gas markets at the global, regional and national levels. In fact, all the existing projections point to a significant increase in the degree of gas penetration in South America’s energy markets. Although unevenly distributed, natural [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Is Hugo Chávez still there?

Reading decree nº 2,323 in the Official State Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, whereby President Nicolás Maduro Moros declared a “state of exception and economic emergency” on 13 May, is instructive. Not only because it contains profuse allusions to foreign conspiracies against the regime, authorises military deployments [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Venezuela: struggle for power with a backdrop of economic disaster

Initially, Hugo Chávez won elections, all above board. But then he began to win with all manner of chicanery and by manipulating the State’s institutions, as his regime gradually jettisoned any checks and balances. Nevertheless, he continued to win incontestably. Now, under Nicolás Maduro, whose mandate ends in 2019, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Chinamerica

Some years ago there was talk of Chinafrica, especially in French analyses. The term Chinamerica, in turn, was originally used to describe the relations between Beijing and Washington. But it then began to be applied as the description of a new reality that had emerged over the previous decade, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Latin America: time well employed, time wasted

Latin America –many of its countries, states and companies– have taken advantage of the economic growth of recent years to boost the creation of a middle class which, in turn, should be the basis for future development. In this respect, the region has made good use of its time. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask…‘What can be done from abroad to deactivate the social confrontation in Venezuela?’

Andrés Ortega asks Simón Pachano ( Political scientist, lecturer and researcher of FLACSO Ecuador), Carlos A. Romero (Institute of Political Studies, Central University of Venezuela) and Juan Carlos Monedero (Professor of Political Science and Administration, Complutense University of Madrid and researcher at the Miranda International Center). [...]
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