Tag: Chavez

The Bias of Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch’s se­lective and biased ap­plic­a­tion of the human rights norms en­shrined in the UN Declaration not only un­der­mines its cred­ib­ility, it also pro­motes injustice. Over the past thirty years, Human Rights Watch has become one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in the world due to its global promotion of human rights. But…

Chávez and the Future of Chávismo

The most charismatic, democratic political leader in decades is dead. Whenever charisma plays a role in a democratic context, it establishes a particularly mobilizing political relationship between rulers and the ruled, as it adds to democratic legitimacy an identity of belonging and a sharing of goals that go way beyond political representation. Well used to…

Hugo Chavez: The Revolution Will Not be Televised

We were saddened to see the death of Hugo Chavez today – and the barely contained joy from parts of the global elite. The focus on the ‘restrictions to the media’ in particular forms the central plank of the various liberal, neo-liberal and neo-con responses to his government. We thought it would be good to…