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Venezuelans went to the polls  Sunday to elect 23 new state governors. According to the polling, opposition candidates aligned with the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) stood to win  13 to 16 of those states. That didn’t happen.

In the midst of the country’s deep economic crisis, soaring crime rates,  and constant protests and counterprotests, an opposition sweep would have been unsurprising. But late Sunday night, Venezuela’s election commission announced that the ruling Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had achieved a stunning upset, capturing 17 governorships, with one governorship remaining contested.

President Nicolás Maduro quickly accepted the official results and declared victory, while opposition leaders alleged that the results were fraudulent.…  Seguir leyendo »

For Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority group that returned to their ancestral home in Crimea after 1989, the Russian annexation in March 2014 was a hard blow. Three years later, the European Union is pushing back against the latest U.S. sanctions on Russia, passed by Congress in July. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel even floated the possibility that the E.U. would turn a blind eye to the contested status of Crimea.

Ukrainian officials, typically sensitive to signals about Russian sanctions and the status of the formerly Ukrainian peninsula, have been surprisingly silent. But Crimean Tatars have loudly denounced the E.U. move.…  Seguir leyendo »

La cobertura mediática de las elecciones estadounidenses de 2016 recalcó frecuentemente el atractivo de Donald Trump para la clase obrera. The Atlantic afirmó que “el promotor inmobiliario multimillonario está sentando cimientos obreros”. Associated Press se preguntaba qué supondría para la estrategia electoral de Trump “su éxito a la hora de atraerse el voto obrero blanco”. El 9 de noviembre, según el artículo de portada del The New York Times sobre la victoria de Trump, esta era una “categórica demostración de poder de una coalición, largamente desatendida, compuesta mayormente por trabajadores manuales, blancos y de clase obrera”. Solo hay un problema: la descripción es errónea.…  Seguir leyendo »