Venezuela: Maduro Keeps on Keeping On

Venezuela: Maduro Keeps on Keeping On

Speaking of places where democracy has withered, Venezuela held municipal elections this weekend, in which the ruling PSUV ran the table — in part because the beleaguered opposition boycotted the vote. Now, President Maduro says, they’ll be barred from fielding candidates in next year’s presidential election.


Say what you will about Maduro, but he has confounded his doubters, holding on to power even as his government goes broke, inflation hits triple digits, and his people suffer hideous crises of violence and malnutrition. How do guys like this hang on for so long? The two keys for Maduro — as for a long list of soft and not so soft authoritarians — are the continued loyalty of the military and the chronic fragmentation of the opposition. And the recent rise in oil prices, which account for 95% of Venezuelan exports — can only help Maduro. A little more cash to throw around will reinvigorate the loyalty of senior officers whose commitment to 21st Century Socialism has at least as much to do with financial interest as with revolutionary fervor. This story can go on for quite a bit longer yet.

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As we enter the homestretch of the US presidential election — which is set to be the most contentious, and possibly contested, in generations — Americans are also voting on 35 seats up for grabs in a battle for the control of the Senate. The 100-member body is currently held 53-47 by the Republican Party, but many individual races are wide open, and the Democrats are confident they can flip the upper chamber of Congress.

Either way, the result will have a profound impact not only on domestic policy, but also on US foreign relations and other issues with global reach. Here are a few areas where what US senators decide reverberates well beyond American shores.

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Movses Abelian, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management, acknowledges that this year's gathering of world leaders presents unique challenges. But, he says, the work of the UN continues. For two decades he has had a pivotal role in organizing thousands of key diplomatic meetings during these important weeks in NYC. In this video, Abelian explains the General Assembly, how it has worked in the past, and what to expect this year.

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