Mr. Trump's support does not come from his policies, few and vague at best, but from his personality, his persona, his very troubling persona.
Outsiders are once again attempting to alleviate political conflict in Venezuela. This was the case in Venezuela in 2002
VALENCIA, Venezuela -- My dad's diagnosis came a couple days before Christmas: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, stage III. The doctors planned his first dose of chemotherapy for mid-January. But because of Venezuela's deadly drug shortage, he had to bring everything to the clinic -- from the drugs to the needles to the saline solution. And with cancer, time is key. So we went on a mad dash search to find the medicine any way we could.
The dialogue between the Venezuelan opposition and Nicolas Maduro is in full swing. Its critics are many, its most visible loser: the Cuban government.
Director Diego Luna brought together a terrific ensemble of actors. Michael Peña gives us an understated yet engrossing rendering of the eponymous Mexican-American icon. We see how his fire burns deep -- how it chars him, not only fuels his cause.
The Venezuelan opposition stands on brittle ice. Their following, once united under MUD's umbrella and carried on Henrique Capriles's back, may find itself disbanded if the protests end without any results. Meanwhile, a colossal economic crisis lurks around the corner.
It's time for those us on the left to stop defending the undefendable, to denounce the repressive actions of a government shooting at it's own citizens for demanding a true democracy and a better life. Socialism without democracy is simply a dictatorship.
The U.S. media, echoing the sentiments of the U.S. government, is openly encouraging violent regime change in Venezuela. This type of reporting is not only irresponsible, but it is deeply misinformed.
While the press, as well as the U.S. government, will not acknowledge it, the elimination of progressive political leaders by coup d'état is taking place in Latin America with increasing frequency.
For all intents and purposes, the Arab Spring is dead. The Arab Winter has officially arrived.