Historical Context – Simón Bolívar

Just as the historical events outlined in my last post such as the Caracazo and Chávez’s 1992 coup attempt were cornerstones of Chávez’s overall narrative, Simón Bolívar, El Libertador, was also a central figure. Indeed, as the revolutionary who led the fight for freedom from Spanish rule in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Peru,…

Origins II – Venezuelan Education Reform

On December 23, 2010, Venezuela’s National Assembly passed the controversial Ley de educación universitaria (University Education Law, LEU). Their passage of the bill came just days before the Christmas recess and the beginning of the 2011-2015 term, in which the almost entirely pro-Chávez assembly would be replaced by one in which the opposition had gained…