David Smilde

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 00:00
Despite the National Guard’s reputation for being heavily armed but lightly trained, and the excessive use of force this frequently leads to, people clearly prefer them over the police.
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 00:00
My best guess would be that the government will receive a bump that will cut its losses in the December elections, but it certainly will not be enough to revive the Chavez majority.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 00:00
While the government has complicated critical media coverage, the opposition has seen its exposure in broadcast media seriously reduced with changes in ownership at pro-opposition news TV channel Globovision.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 00:00
While average Venezuelans do not seem to think police corruption or inefficiency are major causes of crime, they do seem to believe that a professional police force and improved judicial and penal system could reduce crime.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 00:00
Most people do not consider Venezuela's crime problem to be the fault of the President. Neither do they see it primarily as the result of ineffective policing.
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 00:00
The government will likely win a larger number of municipalities. But the opposition theoretically has the chance to win the popular vote.
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 00:00
Venezuela's entire foreign policy has been predicated on the idea of balancing Washington's regional influence by facilitating Latin American unity.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 00:00
While installed capacity has grown every year since 2003, it has not kept pace with the increase in demand and there is a constant danger that moments of peak demand will overwhelm the system.
Monday, September 9, 2013 - 00:00
In what follows we present a chronology of alleged human rights violations committed by soldiers carrying-out citizen security functions during July and August.
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 00:00
"I found out that Ramon Guillermo Aveledo told the State Department that the only way to resolve this (salir de esto) is by provoking and accentuating a crisis, a coup or a self-coup"