English | Prensa | 7 octubre 2012

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English | News | 1 octubre 2012

6 days out, Venezuelan government websites use public funds to support Chávez (images)

Venezuelan Television (government-financed public television, VTV) Although this type of abuse of State resources is nothing new in President Hugo Chávez’ Venezuela, it is particularly striking just six days prior to the nation’s presidential elections. The images below show clear favoritism toward Chávez’ reelection as demonstrated on the websites of nine federal government websites. ... ver más
English | News | 1 octubre 2012

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council uses ballot confusion to favor Chávez

tarjeton Last week, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council announced that all votes cast for the Unidad Democratica (Democratic Unity) party–which as you can see on the sample ballot (tarjetón electoral) below, features the picture of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles (circled in red)–will not be counted as votes for Capriles, but rather will go to little known candidate Reina Sequera*. ... ver más
English | News | 24 septiembre 2012

Chávez accused of election dirty tricks (Financial Times)

Opponents of President Hugo Chávez see this election as their best chance yet of ousting him Shortly after Venezuelan television stations began a live broadcast of a major opposition rally this month, coverage was cut and replaced with images of President Hugo Chávez looking jovial and fatherly as he visited young children at school. It was one of the populist leader’s infamous “chain broadcasts”, in which all regular programming on public access television and radio is suspended so that he can trumpet the achievements of his “Bolivarian revolution”, often for hours on end. ... ver más
English | News | 24 septiembre 2012

The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela’s Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do (Ray Walser, Ph.D.)

There is still time for the U.S. to support democratic freedoms before Venezuela's election On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah. ... ver más
News | 19 septiembre 2012

Venezuela’s Unfair Elections (analysis, Joel D. Hirst)

Capriles faces an uneven electoral playing field On October 7 Venezuelans will go to vote in the 12th national-level election in as many years. This time they will be choosing whether or not to extend President Hugo Chavez’s time in office to 19 years (assuming he makes it that far and does not die of cancer, which is another topic altogether). ... ver más
English | News | 11 agosto 2012

A Feather in Capriles’s Cap (Francisco Toro, NYTimes)

Henrique Capriles is running against President Hugo Chávez in Venezuela’s upcoming presidential election Venezuela’s campaign for the presidential contest of Oct. 7 descended into farce last week when election officials chastised the opposition for abusing campaign rules. At issue was the hat worn by the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles at recent campaign events: a baseball cap adorned with the Venezuelan flag. ... ver más
English | 8 agosto 2012

Who is speaking on Venezuelan TV – the president or the candidate? (Transparency International)

Chávez crosses the line between presidential prerogative and candidate advantage The following blog post was written by Alejandro Salas, Transparency International’s Regional Director for the Americas, and Natalie Baharav, Communications Officer at Transparency International. Presidential elections are coming up in Venezuela and it is essential for its citizenry to know when President Hugo Chavez speaks as the president, and when he speaks as a presidential candidate. ... ver más
English | 8 agosto 2012

Venezuelans bombarded by Chávez’s endless speeches on an almost daily basis (analysis, Andres Velasco)

Chávez shutters private channels and dominates State media to promote his campaign […] Of course, Capriles faces formidable obstacles. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch documented the accumulation of executive power and the erosion of human-rights protections in Venezuela. “For years, President Chávez and his followers have been building a system in which the government has free rein to threaten and punish Venezuelans who interfere with their political agenda,” said José Miguel Vivanco, the group’s Americas director. ... ver más
English | 8 agosto 2012

If it’s not way-over-the-top, you’re not flaunting your power properly (Caracas Chronicles)

Chávez and Capriles have both used national symbols openly in the campaign I’m fascinated by crazy little flash-in-the-pan controversies like the one over Capriles’s baseball hat. In case you’ve been living under a rock, two CNE directors have now weighed in to ask Capriles to stop wearing his Venezuelan-flag themed baseball cap, because it’s illegal to politicize national symbols – (unless your name rhymes with Pávez) It would be trite, in a Jon Stewart “should-I-play-the-montage?”  ... ver más