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Polarisation and Prospects for Social Harmony in Venezuela

The polarisation which has marked Venezuelan politics needs to be overcome if Hugo Chavez wants his agenda to succeed in his new term as president. However, that can happen only with the lessening of poverty and inequality and the empowerment of the black, mestizo and other non-white groups.

Obama and the Future of US-Cuba Relations

Even as Barack Obama has signalled a different approach to United States relations with Cuba, there are elements of continuity with the past. Obama needs to respond to many demands at the same time, including that of the domestic anti-Cuba lobby. But the balance of forces - both within the US and among Latin American countries - is still shifting, and this will play a crucial role in determining the future of US policy towards Cuba and Latin America.

Latin America Looks towards European Union

With many of the Latin American countries electing left wing governments in the past decade, the United States is losing its influence in what has hitherto been its "backyard". These countries are now looking towards the European Union as a model for trade and internal integration.

Where Is the 'Right' in Latin America's Left Turn?

Recent events in Latin America are indicative of the prevailing political instability. The laptops seized during a raid by the Colombian government on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Ecuador allegedly reveal linkages between the leftist leaders of Venezuela/ Colombia and the rebels. Another indication of political fluidity is the case of the Bolivian separatist elites fostering autonomy claims, which could fuel regionalist sentiments across countries.

Trajectory of Indigenous Politics in Latin America

The emergence of powerful indigenous movements throughout Latin America has led to the indigenous peoples asserting their presence in national politics without being intimidated by violence or fear of the ruling classes.

What Is at Stake in Venezuela's Reform Referendum?

Venezuela's constitutional referendum is scheduled for early December. Opposition parties remain divided over what strategy to adopt in an uphill battle. While some of the criticism views the proposed changes through the lens of procedural democracy, there is an apprehension that substantive democracy is likely to be eroded with the president monopolising power and wielding greater executive authority.

Gender Agenda of Pink Tide in Latin America

With the ascent of moderate to left leaders across Latin America, women are in the public spotlight. Although they are assuming greater levels of leadership, the question is whether these new governments genuinely address the rights of women. To ensure that women do not fare worse than before, alongside equality a change in the gender division of labour is necessary so that they do not end up bearing the triple burden of housework, wage work, and activism.

Debating the Future of Political Parties in Venezuela

The proposal by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to unite all the parties supporting him into a single united front has started a debate in the country about the relevance of political parties and their role in social change. Perhaps community-based organisations are more in tune with present-day reality.

Pink Tide in Latin America

Latin America has seen divergences in electoral strategies between neoliberal conservative candidates employing market-based approaches and left-leaning candidates who seek to put real social issues on the table.

With or Without Fidel

The revolutionary euphoria of the 1960s may have waned in Cuba, yet many Cubans continue to believe that the revolution and what it achieved was important and that the values and institutions it represented and gave rise to can yet be salvaged. This critical engagement with the meanings and values of Cuban socialism is being spearheaded by sections of the Cuban youth, cultural activists, musicians and intellectuals.
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