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  • Venezuela: Democracy or Dictatorship?

    May 25, 2007 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently said, “I believe there is an assault on democracy in Venezuela and I believe that there are significant human rights issues.” She did not, however, say what she meant by “democracy.” We’ve selected essential characteristics of democracy and supplied key facts about them from the Chávez era. Is Secretary Rice correct? You be the judge.
  • Elite Democracy: When Washington Reigned Supreme in Venezuela

    January 25, 2007 ... the system in the U.S., to pacify the population. Both dictatorship and elite democracy play the same role of ... democratic system. Whether through elite democracy, or dictatorship, the participation of the masses must be ... In the 20th century, Venezuela transitioned from dictatorship to elite democracy and, finally, to that other ...
  • Chávez in Charge

    February 2, 2007 ... old bureaucracies will have to be merged. Is this road to dictatorship or the path to reasonable reform? The nature of ...
  • Chavez Denounces Effort to Give Venezuelans Political Refugee Status in the U.S.

    March 28, 2007 ... immigrants in the country, claiming that "there exists a dictatorship in Venezuela." Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez ... has come to admit formally that Chávez has established a dictatorship in Venezuela," said the Cuban-U.S. Republican Lincoln Díaz-Balart. "What dictatorship?" responded Hugo Chávez yesterday on his TV and ...
  • Venezuela Knows What It's Doing

    November 29, 2007 ... being considered in Venezuela are but a step toward dictatorship. A little calm, and context, is in order. Since ...
  • Interview with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías

    March 13, 2007 ... manichaeist view that tries to associate military with dictatorship and this is a lack of respect, [an insult] to ... contribute to the construction of an authentic democracy. Dictatorship is not possible here in Venezuela... Journalist ... in publicity against you. The dilemma that you represent dictatorship and the others represent democracy, freedom of ...
  • Venezuela’s Enabling Law Could Also Enable the Opposition

    February 6, 2007 ... the world finally feel vindicated (again). The Venezuelan dictatorship that they have been predicting for the past ... in 1998 critics predicted Chavez would bring about a dictatorship in Venezuela. They kept having to revise their estimates for when this dictatorship would set in, though, because following each ...
  • Washington and Its Contempt for the Venezuelan People

    January 9, 2007 ... little too popular for Washington's liking. After years of dictatorship, El Mocho represented a wide array of groups in ... had been sidelined, the threat of democracy avoided. Dictatorship: The Solution to the "Problem" of Democracy ... Juan Vicente Gómez who came to power a decade later. Dictatorship was much less risky, mostly because it was ...
  • Washington’s New Imperial Strategy In Venezuela

    May 13, 2007 First used in Serbia in 2000, Washington has now perfected a new imperial strategy to maintain its supremacy around the globe. Whereas military invasions and installing dictatorships have traditionally been the way to control foreign populations and keep them out of the way of business, the U.S. government has now developed a new strategy that is not so messy or brutal, and much sleeker; so sleek, in fact, that it’s almost invisible.
  • Venezuelan Legislature Allows President to Pass Laws by Decree for 18 Months

    January 31, 2007 ... powers. Instead, Rodriguez asked, "What kind of a dictatorship is this?" The enabling law "only serves to sow ... to increasing grassroots participation in the state. "Dictatorship is what there used to be," he added. "We want to impose the dictatorship of a true democracy." Various representatives of ...
  • Was the constitutional reform a threat to democracy? A reply to Mr. R.Douglas MacDonald.

    Letter
    December 12, 2007 ... and the media claim that Chavez wishes to introduce a dictatorship, to be a President elected for life and so on. ... stampeded to the polls with the shrill propaganda about dictatorship. What discouraged the poor people from voting ... December. The reformed constitution was not a recipe for dictatorship but contained many points in the interest of the ...
  • Spanish-Venezuelan Spat Continues As Both Try to Calm Issue

    Venezuelan President speaks to reporters at the airport upon his return to Venezuela (Prensa Presidencial)
    November 13, 2007 ... also collaborating to change the democratic regime for a dictatorship." Llamazares also denounced the "excesses of ... Carlos to make such pronouncements. "A king imposed by the dictatorship of General Franco has no moral or political ...
  • Venezuela: Still A Democracy

    November 22, 2007 ... portrayed in the media as the next step on the road to dictatorship. That's because the mainstream media generally ... college, that I am unable to see this as the making of a dictatorship. Not to mention that if Hillary Clinton is ...
  • Forum on Venezuela

    December 17, 2007 ... outlets, commentators worried about Chávez's emerging "dictatorship" and cheered the referendum's defeat as a ...
  • Is Free Speech Really at Stake? Venezuela and RCTV

    May 23, 2007 ... His critics often accuse him of laying the groundwork for dictatorship, despite the democratic credentials of his ... media, much of which has been unsuccessfully predicting dictatorship under Chávez for years, has used this case to ... again, it seems, the warnings of a move from democracy to dictatorship in Venezuela have been loud but lacking in ...