This week, controversy over the Venezuelan presidential election, Liu Futang put on trial for “printing his books without proper licenses,” and the United Nations condemnation of the killing of Indian correspondent Chaitali Santra.
Israel Centeno examines the changes that Hugo Chávez has made to Venezuela’s government, including constitutional revisions, and wonders whether, even with a change in leadership, Venezuela can become a democratic state.
In this week’s column, Venezuelan author Israel Centeno issues a sharp critique to the Venice Biennale – and, by extension, the European left – for awarding the Golden Lion prize to the Tower of David, a 45-story “shantytown” project in Caracas, Venezuela.
Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno draws troubling comparisons between the government-tolerated militias in Venezuela and Benito Mussolini’s shock troops. These armed militias are alleged to be responsible for the growing number of violent crimes.
In this week’s Night Watch Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno traces the history of violence in Venezuela from the turn of the 20th century up to the present. “Venezuela is a cocktail of poverty, injustice, resentment, a rentier mentality, and clientelistic wealth.”
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