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  1. May 15, 2014

    Venezuela is Latin America’s trust-fund kid

    For many outsiders, and many insiders too, Venezuela is maddeningly hard to understand. For some, it has been a socialist...

  2. April 21, 2014

    Venezuela sees a pragmatic revolution

    After a year in office, Nicolás Maduro has made little headway in correcting the economic distortions bequeathed by his...

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  1. Latin American Brands

    An economy of $6tn and a 600m population entice multinationals on the hunt for fresh m...
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  1. April 9, 2014

    Venezuela’s Maduro and opposition start talks to stop unrest

    Venezuela’s socialist government and its main opposition coalition agreed on Tuesday to begin talks in an effort to end the...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    March 4, 2014

    Remembering Chavez a year on

    John Moore/Getty A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is...

  3. March 4, 2014

    Venezuela’s poor wait for government to deliver on its promises

    Nelson Aranda’s temper rises with the day’s temperature as he queues outside a state-run grocery store in Petare, a gritty...

  4. February 25, 2014

    Protests against Nicolás Maduro split Venezuela in half

    On one side, dozens of protesters defend a barricade made from piled-up rubbish that blocks one of the main roads in eastern...

  5. December 27, 2013

    Latin America is turning a page

    He is ubiquitous and disregards liberal ideals such as the sanctity of private property by dropping unannounced into private...

  6. December 9, 2013

    Nicolás Maduro emerges from Chávez’s shadow

    Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan president, has pledged to continue his “economic offensive” against private business after...

  7. December 9, 2013

    Venezuela poll cements ruling of Hugo Chávez successor

    Venezuelan voters on Sunday helped cement President Nicolás Maduro’s hold on power in a nationwide municipal poll...

  8. November 26, 2013

    Nervous oil traders fixated on Venezuela risk

    After a year of huge and unforeseen disruptions to oil supplies from Libya to Nigeria, optimism is growing that 2014 will be...

  9. October 29, 2013

    The Kirchners: Goodbye to all that?

    Amado Boudou, Argentina’s gaffe-prone vice-president, took the microphone at the government’s late-night post-election rally...

  10. October 14, 2013

    Chaos in Caracas

    Hugo Chávez died six months ago, but Venezuelans are still grappling with the former president’s calamitous legacy. Shops...

  11. September 23, 2013

    Venezuela: Polar’s chilly relationship with Chávez likely to thaw under Maduro

    Venezuelans may live nowhere near the Arctic Circle, but polar bears are nonetheless a common sight in the Latin American...

  12. August 23, 2013

    Viva Hugo: the cult of Chávez lives on in Venezuela

    The eyes of Hugo Chávez peer down from some of Caracas’s tallest buildings, contributing to a sense that the “Comandante...

  13. August 14, 2013

    Fidel Castro lauds North Korea as UN inspects weapons cargo

    HAVANA - Pyongyang gave Cuba extensive military support in the 1980s, former president Fidel Castro said on Wednesday as the...

  14. beyondbrics

    June 19, 2013

    Maduro does Europe

    In Nicolas Maduro’s latest attempt to mimic his peripatetic predecessor, Hugo Chavez, he is touring the “Old Continent”,...

  15. beyondbrics

    June 18, 2013

    Kimberly-Clark comes to Venezuela's (toilet paper) rescue

    Conveniently for Nicolas Maduro, whose fledgling presidency has been marred by nationwide shortages of loo paper (amongst a...

  16. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2013

    Venezuela has a pretty big corruption problem

    Venezuelans barely flinched when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged four people linked to a New York-based...

  17. June 7, 2013

    Scientists develop first lung cancer ‘vaccine’

    Argentine and Cuban scientists have developed the world’s first lung cancer “vaccine”, that clinical trials have shown...

  18. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2013

    No joke. Venezuela to launch investor roadshow

    How Venezuela has changed since Hugo Chavez died. What would the raucously anti-imperialist leader have made, for example,...

  19. beyondbrics

    May 31, 2013

    Venezuela: more hurting ahead

    Apparently, the economic woes that Venezuelans are suffering at the moment are down to the fact that Hugo Chavez died – so...

  20. April 26, 2013

    Henrique Capriles to fight Venezuela election result in courts

    Venezuela’s opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, will challenge the result of recent presidential elections in the courts...

  21. April 16, 2013

    Venezuela forces Cuba’s pace of change

    Hugo Chávez’s death, the narrow election victory of Nicolás Maduro, his chosen successor, and Venezuela’s stuttering economy...

  22. FT Photo Diary

    April 16, 2013

    Opposition protests in Caracas

    Tomas Bravo/Reuters A boy jumps over a barricade of burning rubbish that supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles...

  23. April 15, 2013

    Chávez’s socialist dream fades fast

    Only six weeks in the grave, and Hugo Chávez’s socialist dream is fading fast. On Sunday night his hand-picked successor,...

  24. April 11, 2013

    Heir exposes hollow at heart of Chavismo

    In Venezuela, history is repeating itself in accordance with Karl Marx’s dictum: Hugo Chávez was tragedy; his would-be...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    April 11, 2013

    Campaigning in Caracas

    Ramon Espinosa/AP A man hawks framed pictures of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as supporters of ruling party...

  26. beyondbrics

    April 5, 2013

    Venezuela cracks down on FX brokerages

    Hugo Chavez always had a rather schizophrenic relationship with bankers. During his “Bolivarian revolution” he allowed many...

  27. April 2, 2013

    Chávez casts shadow on Venezuela poll

    Last year, Henrique Capriles proved no match for the electoral juggernaut of Hugo Chávez, who won more than a dozen...

  28. March 21, 2013

    Venezuela cuts off US ahead of elections

    Venezuela’s government has cut off diplomatic communications with the US after accusing Washington of meddling in domestic...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 19, 2013

    Going cuckoo for LatAm cocoa

    “Chocolate” and “shortage” should never appear in the same sentence. But as the Chinese say, in every crisis, there is...

  30. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2013

    Venezuela: just winging it

    One of the things Hugo Chavez will be remembered for is his spontaneous, freewheeling style of government. But in his...

  31. March 14, 2013

    My meeting with Hugo Chávez

    Has there been a more polarising political leader in recent years than Hugo Chávez? Hailed by some as a revolutionary hero,...

  32. March 14, 2013

    Chávez unlikely to be embalmed after all

    Hugo Chávez’s body is unlikely to be embalmed despite earlier plans to preserve it “for eternity” since preparations started...

  33. March 8, 2013

    What’s left of the Latin left?

    Three weeks before Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday, Yoani Sánchez, Cuba’s best-known pro-democracy blogger,...

  34. March 8, 2013

    Hero and villain

    Comandante: Inside Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, by Rory Carroll, Canongate, RRP£20/Penguin Press, RRP$27.95, 320 pages When Hugo...

  35. March 8, 2013

    Chávez’s body to be displayed ‘for ever’

    The body of Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s late president who died on Tuesday, will be embalmed so that it can be seen “for...

  36. March 6, 2013

    Venezuela: To the heir, a poisoned chalice

    Shortly before announcing the death of President Hugo Chávez on Tuesday, his expected successor made some thinly veiled...

  37. March 6, 2013

    After Chávez, a chance for progress

    For 14 years, Hugo Chávez’s anti-capitalist tirades gave voice to the downtrodden, made him a Robin Hood figure for the poor...

  38. March 6, 2013

    Chávez as divisive in death as in life

    Even after his death, Hugo Chávez remained a controversial figure, with international reaction to the passing of the...

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