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Nicaragua: the never ending hope

Published on: Tue May 14, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
Nicaragua: the never ending hope

Aleyda has a history. Brought up in the home of Sandinista revolutionaries, she nonchalantly tells me  how, in her childhood, she and brothers played with weapons, real weapons. The ones that her father used to fight the Somoza dictatorship. Her father, a founder member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front in the 1960s, was among thousands who took up arms and defeated the Somoza dictatorship in July 1979. The small Aleyda watched  the celebrations on TV from neighbouring Honduras, where she…

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VENEZUELA 4: CHAVEZ NO MORE

Published on: Wed Mar 6, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
VENEZUELA 4: CHAVEZ NO MORE

Barely two days after he left Caracas for Buenos Aires, Javier interrupted a busy schedule of films and interviews to reflect on the death of the Venezuelan President: "The gigantic posters that hang from tall buildings will fade and his olive-green uniform will not be worn by anybody else. A kind of hush has descended on Venezuela." To read the full article, click here

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VENEZUELA 3: DON'T MESS WITH BOLIVAR

Published on: Sat Mar 2, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
VENEZUELA 3: DON'T MESS WITH BOLIVAR

Here, in Venezuela, he is everywhere: on posters, walls, bridges, mobile phones and insurance companies. And it is not Hugo Chávez, the ailing president, but Simon Bolivar, El Libertador, The Liberator. Ever since Hugo Chávez emerged as a political leader in 1992 (read http://lab.org.uk/blog-on-venezuela-(1)) he has made Bolivar his inspiration and his flag. However, Chávez is not the first president to do that. In past administrations, visitors were not allowed to enter Bolivarian museums with shorts…

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OIL, DAMNED OIL!

Published on: Fri Mar 1, 2013
Author: Javier Farje
OIL, DAMNED OIL!

Venezuela has no worries about the future of its economy  or where earnings will come from for at least the next 150 years. There is one reason: oil. Venezuela is not only one of the main producers of crude in the world but just the 20% of proven reserves in the Orinoco Basin gives them enough oil for the next century and a half. I say “proven”, that is, the fully explored reserves. There is a further 80% that needs further exploration, but , make no mistake about it, the oil is there. Venezuela…

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VENEZUELA: CHAVEZ IS EVERYWHERE

Published on: Thu Feb 28, 2013
Author: Javier Farje, LAB
VENEZUELA: CHAVEZ IS EVERYWHERE

The last time I was in Caracas, four years ago, the colourful graffiti with revolutionary slogans followed you from the airport to the city and gigantic posters of Hugo Chávez looked down at you from tall buildings: Chávez hugging children, Chávez surrounded by workers in hard hats, Chávez smiling. Nothing much has changed. Some of the old posters have been replaced with equally huge faces of Hugo Chávez smiling at his people. What has changed is that now there is a sense of dread because of the…

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