The Battle of Venezuela

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Seven Stories Press, 4 janv. 2011 - 192 pages
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In August 2004, the Venezuelan public came out in record numbers to deliver an overwhelming vote of confidence. After many attempts to unseat him, Hugo Chåvez, the former military man who took the country first by coup and then by ballot, again emerged as the people’s choice. It was, in his words, "a victory for the people of Venezuela."
Yet despite Chåvez’s successes, having defended his post in six referenda, two elections and against one failed coup, Venezuela—one of the world’s largest oil exporting countries—is a nation deeply divided. The power struggle between the country’s first indigenous head of state and his detractors expresses a larger conflict gripping the region.
In The Battle of Venezuela, Guardian reporter Michael McCaughan captures the drama of challenges to Chåvez’s presidency in the courts and on the streets of Caracas. In this detailed analysis of the political forces at work, McCaughan documents the role of the country’s powerful and shrinking middle class, the effects of Chåvez’s social programs for his mainly poor constituents, and the rise of the social movement whose members proclaim themselves "Chåvistas."
  

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SIMÓN BOLÍVAR
OIL ANDCAUDILLOS
GENERAL LÓPEZ CONTRERAS 19361941
THE BIRTH OF POLITICAL PARTIES
PARLIAMENTARY RUPTURE
FROM PUNTO FIJO TO HUGO CHÁVEZ
GUERRILLA WARFARE
ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT
TAKING STOCK
THE COUP
RADIO BEMBA
AFTERMATH
MEDIA
MIRAFLORES RESPONDS
INTERNATIONAL REACTION
THE OPPOSITION REGROUPS

THE CARACAZO
THE 1992 COUP ATTEMPT
MAS AND LCR
LA CAUSA R IN POWER
CALDERAS LAST STAND
PABLO MEDINA
POLITICAL ALLIES
RESHAPING THE NATION
THE RELEGITIMIZATION OF NEW INSTITUTIONS
THE INTERNATIONAL SITUATION
THE YEAR OF ENABLING LEGISLATION
CHÁVEZ ON THE WORLD STAGE
RURAL RESETTLEMENT AND URBAN MARKETS
SARAO
OIL
THE OLIGARCHY STRIKES BACK
ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
FROM THE MIDDLE
THE PEMÓN EXPERIENCE
PDVSA
FORO CONSTITUCIÓN Y PAZ
THE BOLÍVARIAN ECONOMY
MOVIMIENTO VS REPÚBLICA
STEERING THE COURSE OF REFORM
THE MADNESS OF OTTO REICH
A NEW CONFIGURATION OF POWER
WHO IS HUGO?
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MICHAEL MCCAUGHAN has reported extensively from Latin America for The Irish Times and The Guardian, among others. He is author of True Crimes: Rodolfo Walsh, the Life and Times of a Radical Intellectual.

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