Venezuela’s opposition celebrated the defeat of President Hugo Chavez’s constitutional reforms on Monday, but political analysts said Chavez’s “socialist-inspired state” was unlikely to loosen its grip on power. “He’s no longer the enigmatic figure that can do anything he wants,” said Juan Pablo Fuentes, a Venezuelan economist at Moody’s Economy.com, “but he’s not going to go backwards.” (MarketWatch)
What the commentators said
“A funny thing happened to Hugo Ch
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How Ronald Reagan turned America into a nation of children
- Why scientists can't kill HIV
- Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016
- The Nazi smart bomb that inspired China's most dangerous weapon
- 8 things the world's most extraordinary survivors can teach you about resilience
- The crusade against Iraq War supporters has forgotten someone: Hillary Clinton
- 8 secrets to steal from power networkers
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why is the West so afraid of Islam?
Subscribe to the Week