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Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Opinion & Analysis

(Reuters)

US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers

Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.

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Chavismo On The Horns Of A Dilemma: Populism And Pragmatism In Venezuela
Elitism and Disillusion Taint Venezuela's Opposition Primaries
Venezuela: Maduro and the Market
Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'

Venezuela in images

Caracas Theatre Festival 2015 - Venezuelanalysis brings you a selection of photos from Caracas' fourth Theatre Festival, which came to a close on Sunday.

"Ti@s" official billboard featuring Celia (Ti@s)

Petrizzelli's Ti@s: "Shak[ing] the World in a Very Necessary Way"

VA’s Lucas Koerner brings readers an analysis of the new documentary Ti@s which narrates the lives of six ageing gay “uncles” in Venezuela. The analysis offers us an insight into the reality of Venezuela’s LGBTQ community and the limits of the Revolution's attempts to deliver historic justice to subaltern groups within the confines of global capitalism. 

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Economic Indicators

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This CEPR has written various reports on the situation of the venezuelan economy. Read them here

Interview

Victor Alvarez (quintodia.com)

Victor Alvarez: “Venezuela’s Currency Controls Are No Longer Justified, and Are Only Used as a Means of Political Domination”

Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.

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