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Venezuela’s Electoral System is Being Unfairly Maligned


Venezuela might be experiencing rising discontent fueled by economic woes, violence and corruption, but Caracas hasn’t had trouble holding clean and transparent elections. Contrary to what the OAS might say.  

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Venezuela and Poverty: Has the International Media’s Foolishness Reached an All-Time High?

Petare, Caracas. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

Political analyst Joe Emersberger dissects a new study claiming that income poverty in Venezuela has reached an historic high of 73%, demonstrating that such a figure is incompatible with statistics proffered by the IMF and Bank of America. 

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#LATE: A “People’s Campaign” for the Commune and Chavismo’s Revolutionary Rebirth

The Commune (#LATE)

#LATE, “Every heartbeat counts”. The provocative slogan is flooding Venezuelan social media in recent weeks, appearing in vibrantly colored artwork, videos, and other multimedia. Much more than a passing hashtag, the campaign is the work of an army of revolutionary artists and grassroots media activists seeking to reinvent the aesthetic narrative of the Bolivarian Revolution, overcome "the exhaustion of the image of Chávez" and situate the commune at its “symbolic center”.


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Washington Seeks Observers That it Can Influence in Venezuela’s Election

(Jorge Silva/Reuters)

"Any government that has been a major U.S. target for regime change for more than a decade would have reason to be wary of OAS observers."

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The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela


Venezuelanalysis's Gregory Wilpert breaks down the causes of the current difficulties in Venezuela, arguing that they can be traced to the currency control measures implemented in 2003 - designed to defend the government against a capitalist attack on its currency.

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Argentina's Elections Should Be a Wake up Call for Venezuela


Panicked warnings of a receding Pink Tide aside, Ryan Mallett Outtrim argues that Venezuela's revolutionaries should pay careful attention to what happens next in Argentina.

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“Venezuela Must Raise the Flags of Campesinos Across the Globe against the Privatisation of Food”

VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas talks with activist Manuel Suarez of the Venezuelan collective Homo et Natura about the monumental Anti-Transgenic and Anti-Patent Seed Law currently in debate in the country’s National Assembly.

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US Espionage: Alive and Well in Latin America


Eva Golinger writes that Latin America has been "subject to every tactic in the CIA book to ensure U.S. domination and control of its 'backyard' in the wake of NSA spying revelations against Venezuela. 

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Overwhelmed NSA Surprised to Discover its own Surveillance "Goldmine" on Venezuela's Oil Executives


This newest revelation of NSA spying, reported as part of The Intercept’s partnership with teleSUR, comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government has launched “a series of wide-ranging investigations” into alleged corruption at Petróleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA.

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NSA Taps into Venezuela's State Oil Company with Help from US Embassy, Snowden Leak Reveals

(TeleSUR English)

U.S. intelligence agents posing as diplomats in Caracas helped an NSA analyst try to crack open PDVSA’s computer network.

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Venezuela at an Impasse: Crisis and Community Solutions

"Make socialism fly".

With parliamentary elections fast approaching, VA's Z.C. Dutka looks at Venezuela's current economic crisis and the emerging responses from below, examining grassroots initiatives to build a new productive economy in the oil-exporting nation, one based on solidarity and participatory democracy. 

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You Don’t Need to be a Semiotics Expert to Decode Leopoldo Lopez’s Latest Post

Leopoldo Lopez. (teleSUR)

Jailed Politician Leopoldo Lopez has revealed that the opposition would use a majority win at the legislative elections to attempt to remove the current president from office, calling on his followers to “defend the popular will” without hesitation. 


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"Loss for Revolution at Legislative Elections Would Bring Negative Consequences for Latin America"

Nelson Davila, Venezuelan ambassador to Australia (telesur)

Venezuelan ambassador to Australia, Nelson Davila, talks international solidarity and legislative elections with TeleSUR English.

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Invite Chomsky but Take His Warning Seriously

Noam Chomsky (Reuters)

VA presents a response to recent comments by Noam Chomsky in which the Venezuelan activist Clodovaldo Hernandez takes linguists’ warnings about corruption seriously, and calls for a deepening of the revolutionary process in lieu of abandoning it to defeat.

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Javier Biardeau: Chavismo Must Face the Crisis and Correct its Course

Javier Biardeau (Aporrea)

In an interview with the website Contrapunto, sociologist and UCV professor Javier Biardeau argues that Chavismo must begin a necessary and urgent process of rectification, citing discontent among the bases of Chavismo and a dangerous crisis of representation that harkens back to what Venezuela lived through under the Fourth Republic.

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