Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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Title:  Venezuela, How a Democracy was Lost

Date:  January 10, 2019
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Rafael  Osío-Cabrices, Montreal Journalist

Internationally, Venezuela is described as the Country with both the world's largest proved oil reserves and worst-performing economy. But behind the recent economic collapse and mass migration, lies the story of how a democracy that was exemplary in South America turned into a dictatorship. Venezuela offers an example of how a Western society can lose its democracy in the 21st century, once the public sphere and the civil liberties are displaced by organized hate speech and journalism is declared the enemy of the state.  


Susan Belyea

Rafael  Osío-Cabrices

Rafael Osío-Cabrices is a Venezuelan writer, author of six non-fiction books, who worked as a journalist in press, magazines, and radio for 20 years before moving to Canada in 2014. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The World Post, among several media outlets in English and Spanish.