Dr Asa Cusack is Managing Editor of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog, Honorary Research Associate of University College London, and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. He holds a PhD in Latin American and Caribbean Political Economy from the University of Sheffield. He has contributed to various print, digital, and broadcast media (including The Guardian, BBC, Venezuela Analysis, openDemocracy) on Venezuelan and regional politics.
In the face of dire warnings about his economic policies, his electability, and his past indiscretions, I just voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election. This is why.
Spain's traditional parties aim to halt the remarkable rise of Podemos by painting links to Venezuela as foreign intervention. Like many Podemos policies this is an import from Latin America. The good news is that it makes no sense. The bad news is nobody cares.
25/03/2015 12:11 GMT
Death Is the Ultimate Intimacy: The Media Were Wrong to Show Video of Charlie Hebdo Policeman Ahmed Merabet's Murder
Ahmed Merabet's death is not the first I've witnessed on screen, but it has troubled me in ways that other deaths have not. Warnings of "distressing scenes" have it backwards. This is not about us as viewers. It's about him as a human being.
09/01/2015 12:39 GMT
For most people the real issue is having to take out their Oyster various times a day instead of just pressing their wallet or purse against the reader. A trivial complaint? Perhaps, but with about 19 million Oyster journeys a day, that adds up to a lot of needless frustration. So why haven't TfL come up with a solution?
17/09/2014 12:25 BST
This weekend I got up in the middle of night and plastered my own branch of Nationwide with posters bearing the simple message "£3m for CEO? Vote NO @AGM". Then I started a petition against them via 38degrees. This is why.
26/06/2013 11:08 BST
Chávez's success is as much about how the poor feel about their place in society as it is about improvements in their material conditions.
15/04/2013 12:48 BST
With just a few days to go before Sunday's elections (14 April), there's only one winner: Chávez's former vice-president Nicolás Maduro. Here we look at the last-minute grenades coming his way and how he's batting them back with a little help from friends (and enemies) abroad.
11/04/2013 09:41 BST
The temporary ceasefire following Hugo Chávez's death is over, and campaigning for mid-April elections has seen Venezuela's two political poles renew hostilities. Here we take a local look at who's heading the race for the presidential palace and why.
25/03/2013 18:31 GMT
The death of Hugo Chávez leaves the future of Venezuela in the balance. With elections set for early April, the question of who will replace him takes on new urgency. Here we survey the runners and riders, from the obvious choices within Chávez's PSUV and the opposition MUD to outliers on both sides.
10/03/2013 20:36 GMT
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