What Next for Venezuela? – By Mark Weisbrot – News Analysis

What Next for Venezuela?

Saturday, 19 December 2015 – By Mark Weisbrot, The Hill | News Analysis

  • Venezuela’s opposition has won a large majority of the country’s legislature, or National Assembly, for the first time in 16 years. Many observers in Washington see this as a tipping point for Venezuelan politics.

What are we to make of this development? First, an endless stream of news articles,newspaper editorials and proclamations — such as from the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) — denouncing the Venezuelan electoral process and insisting on “credible” election monitors (by which they meant OAS monitors beholden to Washington) were wrong. Quoting out-of-context remarks from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and adding other misleading statements, inaccuracies about “gerrymandering,” and more, they created a fear that the government would not accept the results if it lost.   

Read more: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34069-what-next-for-venezuela

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