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[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
9 April 2010

Announcement: Good governance in Land Tenure Conference

Good Governance Project

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Faculty of Law, NWU (Potchefstroom) cordially invite all interested parties from the judiciary, government departments, private practice, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions to a two-day colloquium on: Good governance in land tenure 22 and 23 April 2010

Venue: Faculty of Law, North-west University, Potchefstroom

The programme will, inter alia, focus on: • International perspectives on the meaning of good governance in land tenure • Good governance in land restitution, including pre- and post-settlement support • Good governance in land redistribution, including pre- and post-settlement support • Good governance in the reform of communal land tenure and land registration • Good governance in land planning

Reservations for attendance should be made no later than Monday 7 April 2010

THE PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY THE KONRAD-ADENAUER STIFTUNG

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