Notable & Quotable: Nicolas Maduro Goes Woke

May 8, 2022 5:12 p.m. ET

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attends Workers’ Day celebrations in Caracas, May 1.


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From “Nicolás Maduro Trying a New PR Campaign: Going to Bed” by Tony Frangie Mawad for Politico, May 8:

As the Venezuelan government sinks deeper and deeper into autocracy, the country becomes increasingly isolated on the global stage, creating a humanitarian and reputational crisis for the oil-rich nation. Now, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed radical socialist politics offers it a potential alternative connection point with younger people in the US and elsewhere — a point where the Maduro government is clearly trying. try to take advantage.

Today, as the Venezuelan government shares messages on social media and Maduro speaks in public, Venezuelan observers find that he increasingly relies on progressive language familiar to young Western leftists. year old. Contrary to stale macho (and sometimes homophobic) speeches, Maduro is now co-opting the language of “feminism, LGBTI rights, the environment”, says Rafael Uzcátegui, joint coordinator of PROVEA, Venezuela’s most prestigious and oldest, said. human rights organization.

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Appears May 9, 2022, print edition as ‘Notable & Valuable: Maduro.’ Notable & Quotable: Nicolas Maduro Goes Woke

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