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Venezuela’s War of Rhetoric Lands on ‘New York Times’ Op-Ed Page

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As protests continue in Venezuela, the war of words between the government and its opposition rages on, now in The New York Times opinion pages, revealing the depth of the rift between the two sides.

The paper on Tuesday published an op-ed by Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro calling for “peace and dialogue.” A week earlier, one of Venezuela’s main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, wrote his own editorial from prison, also published in the Times, denouncing the country as a “failing state.”

The dueling op-eds, of course, each stick to a narrative that ignores the complaints of their opponent. Maduro focuses on a narrative of class warfare that calls for peaceful dialogue, without mentioning that his government has jailed some of the opposition. Lopez criticizes the current government without acknowledging any of its merits. Both call for dialogue, but appear to put forth incompatible rhetoric. Read more…

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