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

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

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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Elitism and Disillusion Taint Venezuela's Opposition Primaries

Members of the MUD demand more democratic input in Caracas (LaPatilla)

TeleSur English journalist Ryan Mallett-Outtrim argues that Venezuela's opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) has "shot itself in the foot" by failing to organise primary elections that inspire trust in its own rank and file.

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Venezuela: Maduro and the Market

Nicolas Maduro at a Chavista rally (Credit: Ministry of Communication)

Historian and veteran analyst Steve Ellner argues that President Nicolas Maduro's economic strategy represents an effort to take the middle road between those demanding radical expropriations irrespective of market reality and those calling for currency devaluation,  all as part of a bid to win further breathing room for renewed revolutionary advances  

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Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'

The US relies on coltan to build the basic circuitry in guidance control systems. (Archive)

The author argues that Venezuela's abundance of the highly strategic mineral cotane could be behind Obama's labeling of the South American nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat". 

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

Victor Alvarez (quintodia.com)

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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Must the Venezuelan Right Back Coups?

Lopez, gas mask in hand, participating in the coup against Chavez while wearing a shirt of the municipality he was mayor of. (Ph

If the US government would stop unconditionally backing golpistas then the international press (and some well-funded NGOs) would follow suit.

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Guillermo Barreto: “If we don’t guarantee water for the future, then we aren’t socialists”

Venezuela’s new Minister of Eco-socialism, Guillermo Barreto (HidroVen)

In this interview with Caracas based newspaper Ciudad CCS, Venezuela’s new Minister of Eco-Socialism, Guillermo Barreto, gives readers an insight into the government’s vision for its environment policy.

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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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Venezuela on April 11: The 2002 Coup to the 2015 Economic War

A woman holds a placard reminding people of Capriles' role in the coup in the lead up to presidential elections between Cap

On the anniversary of the April 11th 2002 coup which temporarily ousted the Chavez government, teleSUR speaks to two Venezuelanalysis journalists and Venezuela-based activists, Z.C. Dutka and Rachael Boothroyd, about the relevance of the April 11-13, 2002 coup to the current situation in Venezuela.

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Australian Academics, Journalists, Unionists Tell Obama “Hands Off Venezuela”

Activists rallied in Sydney earlier this year in solidarity with Venezuela, shortly after Obama announced new sanctions against

A letter signed by over 70 high profile individuals from Australia and New Zealand has called on US President Barack Obama to “stop interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs” and revoke his March 9 Executive Order directed against the Nicolas Maduro government. 

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Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

U.S. President, Barack Obama, looks set to be isolated at the upcoming 7th Summit of the Americas (Archive)

This week's Summit of the Americas looks set to be yet another disaster for Obama, whose decision to impose an Executive Order on Venezuela has further isolated Washington ahead of the regional event.

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50 Leading UK Trade Unionists Show Solidarity With Venezuela

(Venezuela Solidarity Campaign UK)

We the undersigned – representatives of trade unions and working people in the UK – stand in solidarity with Venezuela’s unions of Railway workers, Urban and transport workers, Oil and electric workers, Education, Public Sector and Health workers, and Construction Workers who have organised mobilisations over the last month saying ‘Venezuela is not a Threat – We are Hope’ and ‘Obama – Repeal the Executive Order.’

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Fighting Words

US President Barack Obama (NBC news)

Lauren Carasik explains why Barack Obama's "tough talk" in Venezuela won't work.

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Attempts to Malign Venezuela as “Homophobic State” Have Backfired

An image made popular after Freddy Bernal’s comments about homosexual police last week. (Credit: ASGDRe)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka unmasks the recent attempts to slander the Venezuelan government as "homophobic" which have been spearheaded by rightwing Venezuelan NGOs, the corporate press, and the U.S. State Department. Dutka counters these distortions and fabrications by giving voice to grassroots LGBTQ activists, who offer a dialectical accessment of the gains and ongoing challenges of the "sexual revolution" in Venezuela.

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Obama's Legacy Set to Fail in Latin America

President Obama's Executive Order has provoked a worldwide petition campaign that has mobilized global civil society agains

Obama opened the door to Cuba, admitting Washington’s half century of failed foreign policy towards the island, but then shut it on Venezuela implementing policies that are set to end in a similar way. 

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