Venezuela elections http://wlrn.org en Venezuela Says Recount Likely After Chavez Heir's Close Win http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelan-election-dispute-after-chavez-heir-declares-narrow-victory A surprisingly <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/177268673/tensions-up-in-venezuela-after-polls-close" target="_blank">small victory margin for Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor</a> in Sunday's special presidential election looks likely to be followed by a recount in Venezuela.<p>Chavez, Venezuela's fiery, controversial and charismatic leader, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/06/173634420/thousands-line-the-streets-of-caracas-paying-respects-to-hugo-ch-vez" target="_blank">died on March 5</a>.<p>NPR's Juan Forero tells our Newscast Desk that Nicolas Maduro, who had b Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:10:22 +0000 Mark Memmott 12434 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela Says Recount Likely After Chavez Heir's Close Win Venezuelan Humorist Engages Kidnappers In Election Dialogue http://wlrn.org/post/popular-writer-debates-his-own-kidnappers-venezuelan-politics Earlier this week in Caracas, we were about to go to an interview when it had to be rescheduled. The man we were going to speak with was unavoidably detained — kidnapped, to be precise.<p>It took awhile after that for Laureano Marquez to free up his schedule and meet us in a coffee shop.<p>"I'm so sorry," he said when he finally arrived, as if it was his fault for being thrown into a car and driven off to the far reaches of town.<p>We'd been planning to talk with Marquez about Venezuela's presidential election this weekend, an election that opens a door on a changing Latin America. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:22:43 +0000 Steve Inskeep 12330 at http://wlrn.org Venezuelan Humorist Engages Kidnappers In Election Dialogue Top News This Week In South Florida: Dolphins Referendum, Venezuelan Election And Medicaid http://wlrn.org/post/top-news-week-south-florida-dolphins-referendum-venezuelan-election-and-medicaid <p></p><p>Join us for an hour of conversation about the week's news on The&nbsp;Florida Roundup, live at noon on&nbsp;WLRN. &nbsp;Here's what we're watching:</p><p></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 12264 at http://wlrn.org Top News This Week In South Florida: Dolphins Referendum, Venezuelan Election And Medicaid Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel http://wlrn.org/post/oil-chavez-and-silent-rise-venezuelan-novel <em>Marcela Valdes is the books editor of </em>The Washington Examiner<em> and a specialist in Latin American literature and culture.</em><p>For more than 40 years, the most important book prize in South America has been bankrolled by the region's most famous petro-nation: Venezuela. Yet Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least read and translated writers in the entire continent. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:35:52 +0000 12258 at http://wlrn.org Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel How Hugo Chavez's Policies Affected Ordinary Venezuelans http://wlrn.org/post/look-legacy-hugo-chavez-ground In the days before elevators, there was no such thing as a penthouse on the top floor. The highest floors of a building had cheaper rents because the stairs were hard to climb.<p>Caracas, Venezuela, is organized roughly the same way, with many poor neighborhoods climbing up the sides of a mountain valley. Some of the poorest homes are among the most remote, accessible not by any road but by alleyways and long flights of stairs.<p>Up one of those flights of stairs, we found a woman whose life says a lot about Venezuela and by extension about Latin America. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:44:30 +0000 Steve Inskeep 12251 at http://wlrn.org How Hugo Chavez's Policies Affected Ordinary Venezuelans Venezuela's Next Leader Faces Tough Choice On Oil Program http://wlrn.org/post/venezuelas-next-leader-has-figure-out-what-do-all-oil As Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez thought in grandiose terms, and his country's vast oil riches enabled him to act on his vision. But Chavez died before he had to deal with the flaws in his model, and some hard choices await his successor.<p>Key to Chavez's notion of "21st Century Socialism" was the redistribution of Venezuela's oil earnings. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:45:38 +0000 Tom Gjelten 12245 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela's Next Leader Faces Tough Choice On Oil Program Campaign Heats Up Ahead Of Sunday's Vote To Replace Hugo Chavez http://wlrn.org/post/campaign-heats-ahead-sundays-vote-replace-hugo-chavez <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">This Sunday, Venezuelans return to the polls for yet&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">another presidential election.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This vote is to replace the late Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">month after winning&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">re-election in October.</span></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:30:47 +0000 Phil Latzman 12200 at http://wlrn.org Campaign Heats Up Ahead Of Sunday's Vote To Replace Hugo Chavez Unable To Vote In Miami, Local Venezuelans Mobilize For Road Trip To New Orleans http://wlrn.org/post/unable-vote-miami-local-venezuelans-mobilize-road-trip-new-orleans <p>Absentee ballots. Polling centers open for days on end. Early voting. All of these are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ways in which Americans can vote for their nation’s elections. So they might be shocked to hear&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">me tell them that 19,542 Venezuelans living in the United States have to go through a much more&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">grueling process to be able to do the same thing they can do rather easily.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:02:00 +0000 Emily Bello-Pardo 11186 at http://wlrn.org Unable To Vote In Miami, Local Venezuelans Mobilize For Road Trip To New Orleans How South Florida Will Remember 2012 http://wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-will-remember-2012 <p></p><p>We were once again in the center of the political universe, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/2012-year-electile-dysfunction-florida">as the state that can't vote straight</a>. &nbsp;It was also the year that <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/trayvon/">the death of a black teen from Miami Gardens named&nbsp;Trayvon Martin</a> made us reassess race relations, and the right to stand your ground. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 6942 at http://wlrn.org How South Florida Will Remember 2012 2012: The Year of What Didn't Happen In Latin America http://wlrn.org/post/2012-year-what-didnt-happen-latin-america <p>2012 may be remembered in Latin American for what didn't happen more than for what actually did, especially in Venezuela and Cuba.</p><p></p><p><strong>VENEZUELA</strong></p><p></p><p>The year began ominously for Venezuelan nationals living in South Florida. &nbsp;The U.S. State Department expelled&nbsp;the country's consul-general, alleging she was involved in a cyber-terrorism plot. In&nbsp;January, Venezuela's&nbsp;Miami consulate was shut down by President Hugo Chavez, who was facing a tough&nbsp;reelection campaign.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:30:00 +0000 Phil Latzman 6854 at http://wlrn.org 2012: The Year of What Didn't Happen In Latin America Chavez' Win Broke Hearts In Doral http://wlrn.org/post/chavez-win-broke-hearts-doral <p></p><p>In South Florida's Venezuelan enclave of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/us/23florida.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">Doral </a>this weekend, happy confidence turned to shock and dismay in about the time it took to count the ballots in Caracas.</p><p>Fifty-eight-year-old Venezuelan President Hugo&nbsp;Chávez&nbsp;had won his third re-election campaign decisively, defeating <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda,_Venezuela">Miranda</a> state Gov. Henrique Capriles by a margin of more than 10 percent.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:21:44 +0000 Rick Stone 2483 at http://wlrn.org Chavez' Win Broke Hearts In Doral Chavez Faces Toughest Test In Venezuela Election http://wlrn.org/post/chavez-faces-toughest-test-venezuela-election <p>Forget the US election.&nbsp;</p><p>There may be an even more important presidential vote taking place in Venezuela this fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim&nbsp;Wyss updates WLRN's Phil Latzman on Hugo&nbsp;Chavez's fight to keep his job against upstart opponent&nbsp;Henrique&nbsp;Capriles. Also discussed: political strife in Colombia and Latin American countries tasting rare Olympic glory during the Summer Games in London.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:20:33 +0000 Phil Latzman & Jim Wyss 1184 at http://wlrn.org Chavez Faces Toughest Test In Venezuela Election Miami Student To Help Mobilize 20,000 Venezuelans To New Orleans For October Election http://wlrn.org/post/miami-student-help-mobilize-20000-venezuelans-new-orleans-october-election <p>When the Venezuelan Consulate in Miami was shut down in January of this year,&nbsp; Venezuelan nationals in the region were left stranded, with no chance to participate in the democratic process.</p><p>Then came the reality of the logistical nightmare- 19,542 citizens registered in Miami (which are Venezuelans living in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) would have to mobilize and vote in New Orleans for the upcoming October elections.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:41:08 +0000 Daniel Rivero 2537 at http://wlrn.org Miami Student To Help Mobilize 20,000 Venezuelans To New Orleans For October Election