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It may seem to the English-speaking reader that Venezuela is a remote country both geographically and politically, a country which has become a hot topic of discussion in recent times without it being entirely understood what is going on over there: is it a dictatorship? A dictator elected by the voters? Is such a thing possible?“SOS Venezuela“ offers the reader a brief, y It may seem to the English-speaking reader that Venezuela is a remote country both geographically and politically, a country which has become a hot topic of discussion in recent times without it being entirely understood what is going on over there: is it a dictatorship? A dictator elected by the voters? Is such a thing possible?“SOS Venezuela“ offers the reader a brief, yet rigorous run-through of the various historical aspects that have shaped the political process which the country currently finds itself in, dragging it through an economic and social crisis that is unprecedented in Latin America. A description of the political regime that has come to be known as “Chavism,” which celebrates its twentieth year in power in December 2018, shall also be introduced. To this effect, the book briefly recounts how the democratic institutions were overridden by making use of the popular vote (as well as fear, fraud, and threats) to bestow an increasing amount of power and discretion to the government.“SOS Venezuela“ compiles, in a summarized format, the most relevant information necessary to understand why Venezuela is coursing through such a severe crisis and why it is so difficult for its people to reverse this situation. The potential concern shown by the readers in this regard will be of great help both to us and to them, even if they may not believe so at first. At the end of the day, the struggle for democracy is not the matter of a single country, no matter how remote it may seem to us. Regardless of where freedom succumbs, all of humanity will be brought down with it.


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It may seem to the English-speaking reader that Venezuela is a remote country both geographically and politically, a country which has become a hot topic of discussion in recent times without it being entirely understood what is going on over there: is it a dictatorship? A dictator elected by the voters? Is such a thing possible?“SOS Venezuela“ offers the reader a brief, y It may seem to the English-speaking reader that Venezuela is a remote country both geographically and politically, a country which has become a hot topic of discussion in recent times without it being entirely understood what is going on over there: is it a dictatorship? A dictator elected by the voters? Is such a thing possible?“SOS Venezuela“ offers the reader a brief, yet rigorous run-through of the various historical aspects that have shaped the political process which the country currently finds itself in, dragging it through an economic and social crisis that is unprecedented in Latin America. A description of the political regime that has come to be known as “Chavism,” which celebrates its twentieth year in power in December 2018, shall also be introduced. To this effect, the book briefly recounts how the democratic institutions were overridden by making use of the popular vote (as well as fear, fraud, and threats) to bestow an increasing amount of power and discretion to the government.“SOS Venezuela“ compiles, in a summarized format, the most relevant information necessary to understand why Venezuela is coursing through such a severe crisis and why it is so difficult for its people to reverse this situation. The potential concern shown by the readers in this regard will be of great help both to us and to them, even if they may not believe so at first. At the end of the day, the struggle for democracy is not the matter of a single country, no matter how remote it may seem to us. Regardless of where freedom succumbs, all of humanity will be brought down with it.

18 review for SOS Venezuela: A Brief Story of a Wrecked Country

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy D Lucas

    As the Jon Stewart of Venezuela, where opposition to the government is violently suppressed and political humor gains little traction with a nervous public, Laureano Márquez deserves an enormous amount of credit for this book, a humorless account of Venezuela as both a great and flawed society at war with itself. I was struck by the notion that international sanctions and embargoes have actually, on numerous occasions, led to the Venezuelan people coalescing around their government, however vile As the Jon Stewart of Venezuela, where opposition to the government is violently suppressed and political humor gains little traction with a nervous public, Laureano Márquez deserves an enormous amount of credit for this book, a humorless account of Venezuela as both a great and flawed society at war with itself. I was struck by the notion that international sanctions and embargoes have actually, on numerous occasions, led to the Venezuelan people coalescing around their government, however vile or corrupt it may be, in an effort to seem taller, more together, more unified in the eyes of the world. Much like its island neighbor to the northeast, Haiti, the cycle of demise seems a bit hopeless. SOS Venezuela is a simple account, but somewhat disjointed and hyperbolic. Accusations against the government or its leaders, Chavez and Maduro in particular, were always without reference and often without context. Which is to say that while Márquez offers an explanation for the current state of events, he does so without any support, which only further adds to the tragedy and hopelessness of the nation going forward.

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    Arup Chatterjee

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    Eamonn Mc Enroe

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    Mark P Freeman

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    Isabella Greene

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    Ellen Williams

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    Dong-One Kim

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    Gary J Cross

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    Ikramov Alexander

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    Tanupat Boonchalermvichien

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    J Houghton

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    Gerri Mahon

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    Claire

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    Organic Spirit

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    Alexandra

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    Camille

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janmis Davila

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