Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Who Will Defend Nicolas Maduro? Bueller?

The New York Times has a "room for debate" section today, with four short articles about Venezuela: two are well-known critics, and two are much more sympathetic to the government. The question posed is:

If Maduro were voted out tomorrow, what should be done to get Venezuela back on firm ground? 

What stood out for me immediately is that there is not a single sentence defending Nicolás Maduro, no one trying to say there are reasons not to assume he'll be voted out. As a matter of fact, I cannot find anyone anywhere defending his actions/policies. Mark Weisbrot is left simply arguing that no one wants to invest in Venezuela because of U.S. policy (yes, this is what he argues) while the other sympathetic article calls--quite reasonably--for any post-Maduro government not to dismantle existing community organizations.

So who will defend Maduro?

Bueller? Bueller?


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