Venezuelanalysis.com is an independent website produced by individuals who are dedicated to disseminating news and analysis about the current political situation in Venezuela.
The site's aim is to provide on-going news about developments in Venezuela, as well as to contextualize this news with in-depth analysis and background information. The site is targeted towards academics, journalists, intellectuals, policy makers from different countries, and the general public.
Web server services and bandwith is donated by Aporrea.org, a larger site maintained by grassroots groups in Venezuela. Venezuelanalysis.com is a project of Venezuela Analysis, Inc., which is registered as a non-profit organization in New York State and of the Fundación para la Justicia Económica Global, which is a foundation that is registered in Caracas, Venezuela.
Since our resources are limited, we need and welcome any and all donations so that we can continue to provide high quality news and analysis about Venezuela.
The website started out in Caracas, Venezuela, in mid-2003 but as of early 2008 its contributors are all working on the site from their homes in various places in Venezuela, the U.S., and elsewhere in the world.
While the site publishes opinion articles, it also aims for accuracy in the news and facts presented in all articles. Our goal is to be the primary resource for information and analysis on Venezuela in the English language.
We welcome article submissions, but will only post them if they meet our editorial aims and standards.
Similarly, we welcome submissions of original photographs and would provide a small compensation to the photographer if we end up using the photo(s).
Its members are:
- Rachael Boothroyd
- Chris Carlson
- Michael Fox
- Federico Fuentes
- Eva Golinger
- Kiraz Janicke
- Jan Kühn
- Ryan Mallett-Outtrim
- Tamara Pearson
- Ewan Robertson
- Gregory Wilpert
|Rachael Boothroyd is from Liverpool, England, where she has been involved in the anti-war movement and the student movement, as well as in other initiatives aimed at constructing a viable electoral political alternative in her home country. She has a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and a Masters degree in Latin American studies, in which she concentrated on popular movements in Haiti and Venezuela. Her current work focuses on the transformation of the state apparatus in Venezuela. Rachael joined the venezuelanalysis.com team in April 2011, and also writes for Correo del Orinoco International. Her interests include; alternative models of democracy such as the communes and workers control councils, Latin American-US relations, the Venezuelan women’s movement and state-society relations. She is also involved with grassroots movements in Caracas, particularly the Commune movement.|
|Chris Carlson is from the United States, where he has long been a student of Latin American history and politics with a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin. He has closely followed events in Venezuela since moving there in 2005, and has published work on Znet, Socialist Worker, Aporrea, and Venezuela Analysis among others. He is currently conducting research on agricultural development and agrarian reform in Venezuela.|
|Federico Fuentes edits Bolivia Rising, is part of the Venezuela Analysis team and a regular contributor to the Australian based newspaper Green Left Weekly, including as part of its Caracas bureau from 2007-10. During this time he was based at the Fundacion Centro Internacional Miranda, linked to the Minister of Popular Power for University Education as a resident researcher. Together with Marta Harnecker, he headed up two of the lines of investigation there: “Political Instrument for the 21st Century” and “Popular participation in public management”. He has also co-authored two books with Harnecker on the new left in Bolivia and Paraguay and is working on two further books regarding the new left in Brazil and Ecuador. His articles have been published on ZNet, Counterpunch, MRZine, Venezuela Analysis, Aporrea, Rebelión, America XXI, Comuna and other publications and websites in both Spanish and English.|
|Jan Kühn lives in Berlin, Germany, and has been responsible for the technical maintenance of venezuelanalysis.com and the website's development since 2007. He is also part of the editorial team of amerika21.de, an alternative German news website that focuses on the processes of social change and social movements in Latin America. He studied sociology and history in Germany and in Caracas and is a frequent visitor to Venezuela and other Latin American countries.|
|Ryan Mallett-Outtrim is an Australian activist currently living in Mérida, Venezuela. In recent years his passion for politics and social justice have led him to covering the democracy movement from Morocco, the ongoing struggle for self-determination in Western Sahara and progressive politics in Latin America. He is a regular contributor to Correo del Orinoco International and Green Left Weekly. Ryan also has a fortnightly column in the University of South Australia's Unilife Magazine, and manages To Here Knows When, a travel blog featuring political analysis and unusual stories from the road. Currently, he is studying Journalism and International Relations at the University of South Australia, majoring in national security and sustainability.|
|Tamara Pearson, previously a member of the Australian Socialist Alliance and collaborator with Green Left Weekly, has been living in Merida, Venezuela, since 2007. She is active in the Bolivarian revolution, including as a spokesperson for her communal council, collaborating in an alternative education project, writing a thesis on "Creative writing as a process of empowerment in the context of alternative education" through Venezuela's Open Studies University (UPTEM), and working with other movements such as the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP). She has been writing for and working with venezuelanalysis.com since 2008.|
|Ewan Robertson is from Scotland, United Kingdom. As a student, he was involved for several years in the anti-public spending cuts and anti-war movements. He studied History and International Relations at Aberdeen University, followed by a master’s degree in Latin American Studies as the same institution. His master’s thesis, entitled Democracy and the Bolivarian Revolution, reflected his long standing interest in the contemporary process of political and social change underway in Venezuela. Since moving to Venezuela, Ewan has traveled around the country and visited a range of social and political projects. He joined the venezuelanalysis.com team in September 2011. In Merida, his city of residence, he is also a volunteer teacher in the Escuelita Alternativa de Pueblo Nuevo.|
|Gregory Wilpert is one of the two co-founders of venezuelanalysis.com, together with Martin Sánchez, when the site launched in September 2003. Greg is a long-time activist and organizer, mostly around Latin America solidarity, but is also active around labor and ecological issues. He studied sociology at UC San Diego (B.A.) and at Brandeis University (Ph.D.). After marrying Carol Delgado in 1997, a Venezuelan who was studying in New York City at the time, Greg moved to Venezuela in 2000, with the help of a Fulbright Scholar grant, where he briefly taught development sociology at the Central University of Venezuela. In early 2002, around the time the coup attempt against Chavez took place, he was trying to figure out what to do next and decided to focus on writing about Venezuela, which resulted in a first edited book project, Coup Against Chavez in Venezuela. He then decided to launch venezuelanalysis.com together with Martin Sánchez and was the site’s main editor for six years, until 2009, and continues to do volunteer work for venezuelanalysis.com and is on the site’s Board of Directors. Greg’s second book on Venezuela, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government, was published in late 2007 by Verso Books. In early 2008 Greg moved back to New York City, where he has been teaching political science part-time at Brooklyn College’s Graduate Center for Worker Education and also worked for a little while for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation as Venezuela Project Coordinator.|