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    Ukrainians and Venezuelans Demand What Their Neighbors Have: Economic Freedom

    The images flashing around the world of courageous freedom fighters in the streets of Kyiv, Caracas, and other cities and towns in Ukraine and Venezuela are compelling. Why are these people risking their lives? For freedom, that’s why. And how do they know they don’t have it? Because they can … More

    Venezuela Tries to Smuggle Cuban Agents into the U.S.

    Venezuela’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, recently attempted to smuggle a dozen Cuban agents into the United States. Traveling with Maduro to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the agents tried to pass themselves off as Venezuelan nationals. They were caught in France carrying fraudulent passports. … More

    Despite Victory Claim, Big Setback for Chavismo in Venezuela

    On April 14, some 14.8 million Venezuelans went to the polls to select a new president to replace Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5. By the narrowest of margins—reportedly fewer than 235,000 votes—it appears that Nicolas Maduro, candidate of Chavez’s United Socialist Party (PSUV), defeated opposition leader Henrique Capriles … More

    Heritage Analysts: What We Saw in Venezuela

    The situation encountered by Heritage analysts on the ground in Venezuela last week was of a country that has been looted and is falling apart—literally and figuratively. The once thriving nightlife of downtown Caracas is but a distant memory. These days the streets are deserted, surrendered to gangsters and narcotraffickers. … More

    Chavez’s Return to Caracas Answers Few Questions

    In the early morning of February 18, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez tweeted that he was back in Caracas, after spending over two months in a Havana hospital. On December 11, Chavez underwent a fourth round of surgery for an undisclosed cancer. Chavez was immediately moved to a military hospital under … More

    Waiting for Hugo Chavez: Theatrics and a Languishing Economy

    It has now been two months since Venezuela President Hugo Chavez departed Miraflores Palace (Venezuela’s White House) to undergo cancer surgery in Havana, Cuba. Very little is known about Chavez’s health. So far the only proof of life presented by senior officials are reported visits to the hospital where Chavez … More

    In the Intensive Care Ward: Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s Economy

    The failure of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to appear for what was to be his swearing-in for a fourth presidential term in Caracas on January 10 triggered greater doubts about his ability to ever assume his presidential duties. The true prognosis for Chavez is a secret known only to the doctors … More