The Venezuelan elections were held yesterday, April 14, and it now appears that Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked political heir, has won. Duke Univerisity Press authors blanketed the media this weekend talking about the elections and the future of Venezuela.
George Ciccariello-Maher's We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution is just out and he is burning up Twitter and the airwaves. He appeared on Al-Jazeera, Russia Today, and on BBC Radio 5. In an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, he debunks five common myths about Venezuela. In Counterpunch, he compared reactions to the deaths of Chávez and Margaret Thatcher. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and Brazil's InterJournal.
Sujatha Fernandes, author of Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in
Chávez’s Venezuela is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, discussing the importance of women in Venezuelan politics. “Chávez made popular women central protagonists in his politics,” she says. "It was really important in giving women a sense of what they could achieve in life." She also appeared on NY1.
Miguel Tinker Salas, author of The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela, appeared on a panel with filmmaker Oliver Stone at a special screening of his film on Hugo Chávez. Salas commented on the importance of this election and the future of Venezuela: “What’s at stake is really two different visions of Venezuela, two different visions of Latin America, and two different visions of how the north and the south should relate to each other. Fundamentally what’s at stake here is control over the largest oil reserve in the world,” he said. Tinker Salas also appared on the PBS News Hour, Russia Today, Al-Jazeera, Telemundo, Pacifica, Telesur, and CCTV.
David Smilde, co-editor of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation,
Politics, and Culture under Chávez, liveblogged the elections yesterday, calling the results "a devastating victory" for Maduro. "It leaves him weakened within his own coalition and facing an emboldened opposition," he writes. Smilde appeared on BBC Radio 5, Latin Pulse at Link TV, and on Al-Jazeera discussing the elections.
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