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.
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.
Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in the world, and illegal firearms are prevalent. More than 130,000 illegal arms were turned into the state last year as part of a pilot disarmament program.
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.