There are close to 2 million newly registered voters, mostly under 20 years old, so a grassroots art collective is giving Chávez a fresh look for election day with murals depicting him boxing and popping wheelies.
Capriles’s campaign comes off as very well run and professional, but without the sort of grassroots element seen in Chávez's, writes a guest blogger.
As politically-charged Venezuela heads into elections, objective analysis is hard to come by. A new report from two think tanks is an exception, writes WOLA.
Ballots are already printed for Sunday's election in Venezuela, but the opposition candidate's photo is shown in at least four places where, if marked, the vote will not be counted for his party.
While housing is an important consideration for voters in the barrios of Caracas, the persistent shortage can be muted by quality-of-life projects initiated in barrios, like free health-care and community centers.
This is the third fire at a Pemex gas facility in five weeks, and could suggest bigger problems – like safety and security regulations – need to be addressed.
The Capriles campaign has done well over the past two months, narrowing Chavez's lead. But a video of a Capriles ally allegedly accepting a bribe could keep him from squeaking out a victory.
Close to 20 percent of Venezuelans are undecided, and Capriles has won a number of them over. But Chavez has strong job approval and trust levels.
In many countries, a 10-point spread in polls would be considered a victory for the incumbent, but factors like the Amuay refinery explosion and the 20 percent undecided voters make Venezuela different.
A Caracas barrio is home to radical self-defense collectives known to patrol the neighborhood at night. Some fear their ideology has taken a new, aggressive turn as Chavez faces reelection.
Chevron has been in Venezuela since the 1920s when politicians were heavier handed than Chavez. Now, Chevron in Venezuela may be too big to nationalize, writes a guest blogger.
Celebrations in honor of Bolivar's birthday come in the middle of Hugo Chavez's reelection campaign, and include the opening of a personal mausoleum, writes a guest blogger.
The Venezuelan government and opposition are competing to promise security to voters leading up to the October election, but some warn a defeat for Chávez could unleash further violence.
Venezuela blames capitalism for global warming, but the country's delegation to Rio+20 allied with the US to block the Oceans Rescue Plan and fought against a deadline to end fossil fuel subsidies.
Hugo Chavez is known for invoking the name of Venezuela's liberator, Simon Bolivar, in everything from speeches to his political movement. Next step in the Bolivarian revolution? A theme park.
The 35-ton Kueka stone is claimed by some Pemón as a spiritual "grandmother" that belongs in Venezuela, not a Berlin park.
Over a dozen of the hemisphere's militaries already have drones, and small arms remain the much larger threat to the region's security, writes a guest blogger. They could be stolen and trafficked.
The Venezuelan consulate in Miami closed amid a political scandal this year, and now some 26,000 Venezuelans living in Florida must travel more than 650 miles to cast ballots.
Valencia has seen its share of troubles lately from transportation woes to contaminated water. Are the four city checkbooks that went missing, an example of bad governance or bad luck?
An influx of new voters and widespread apathy may be key factors, writes guest blogger Miguel Octavio.
Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, sponsored Formula One champion Pastor Maldonado, stirring controversy over the PR campaign at home, writes a guest blogger.