Monthly Archives: April 2013

From bad to the bizarre in Venezuela

If you thought that Hugo Chávez’s heart as in the right place even if the execution of his policies in Venezuela was deeply flawed, a recent piece in Foreign Policy is not going to make you change your mind. Juan Nagel catalogs the bizarre and, frankly, frightening tenor of the presidential election campaign being run by Chávez’s anointed successor, Nicolas Maduro. Hopefully this is just a fit of panicked populist performances and not a harbinger of the policy style his government will take if successful in the April 14th ballot.

–Sean Burges

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What does middle class mean in Brazil?

The story in Brazil is the “rise of the middle class”, but as Folha de São Paulo blog entry by Vincent Bevins explains, this might not mean the same thing in Brazil as it would in a country like Australia. Definitely worth a read to get a sense of what is really going on both in terms of the classification of income groups and changing social dynamics in Brazil.

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