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Peace at Stake in Venezuela's Upcoming Assembly Elections

Legislator Blanca Eekhout talks to teleSUR’s Tamara Pearson. (Photo: teleSUR / Pablo Serrano)

Venezuelan legislator Blanca Eekhout tells TeleSUR English's Tamara Pearson why the Venezuelan National Assembly is vital to guaranteeing the power of the people.

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Allende’s Grandson: “Not in the Name of Allende nor Socialism”

Caption: Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende, overthrown in a US-sponsored military coup on September 11, 1973 (archive

Pablo Sepulveda Allende, the grandson of the late Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende, is now a doctor living in Caracas. In this article he speaks out against declarations made by his aunt, the current president of the Chilean Socialist Party, against the conviction of Leopoldo Lopez in Venezuela.

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It is Necessary to Contextualize the Pragmatic and Populist Policies of the Chavista Government: An Interview with Steve Ellner, Part II

Steve Ellner is a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and is a retired professor at the Universidad de

In the second part of the interview, Ellner argues that populist policies also have to be contextualized in order to be objectively analyzed. At the same time, he calls for a critical examination of the assertion that the government’s social programs and labor policies have generated low levels of productivity.

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The Truth About Chávez

Supporters of late president Hugo Chávez. (AVN)

Responding to US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' dismissal of Hugo Chávez as a "dead communist dictator", the author argues that the late Venezuelan president's radical egalitarian program of participatory economics and protagonist democracy actually mirrors Sanders' own political proposals. 

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Between the Hammer and the Anvil: the Left, Latin America, and Venezuela

The leaders of Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, from left to right. (Photo:

"Even so much as the force of this revolution is to be found in its promises, which are growing ever harder to fulfill, they remain as road maps for a common strategy between popular forces and the government.”

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The Future of Venezuela's Revolution: At the Crossroads of Hope

(Photo: TeleSUR English)

Will the current economic crisis be overcome? What does the future hold for Colombian-Venezuelan relations? Will the people continue to support the party of Chavismo?

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Judgement and Verdict: 13 Years for Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez (AFP/Getty)

It’s official. Leopoldo Lopez is probably the only favoured heir of the Venezuelan bourgeoisie to have been sentenced by the Venezuelan justice system in recent years. It is a fact that in Venezuela no one is untouchable. There are no surnames or birthmarks which guarantee absolute impunity.

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It is Necessary to Contextualize the Pragmatic and Populist Policies of the Chavista Government: An Interview with Steve Ellner

Steve Ellner is a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and is a retired professor at the Universidad de

In the first section of this two-part interview, academic Steve Ellner discusses the recent charges of populism and pragmatism levelled at the Maduro-led government within the broader context of Chavista strategy vis-a-vis private sector business interests and the transition to socialism as a whole.

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Another Beer is Possible: Venezuela's Grassroots Take On the Polar Brewing Monopoly

The polar bear is the symbol for Polar enterprises, one of the largest monopolies in Latin America dominating over half the coun

The beer business in Venezuela was strategically designed so that that only three brewing companies could become part it, which with the passing of time became two: that of the Mendoza family– Polar– and that of the Cisneros–Regional/Zulia. But if the course of the revolutionary process has taught us something it is that nothing has been so well designed– by the dominant classes– that the organized people can’t transform it.

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Venezuela Takes Control of Its Border as Bogotá and Caracas Bring Their Cases to UNASUR

President Maduro speaking at the march against paramilitarism in Caracas.

The author argues that chronic shortages in Venezuela are a direct result of cross-border smuggling networks, which are the target of President Maduro's recent anti-contraband offensive in the Colombian-Venezuelan border zone. 

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Andrés Antillano: Economic Recession and Increased Repression Are the Spark for Social Explosions

Andrés Antillano (Gabriela García)

Andrés Antillano, chair of the Department of Criminology at the Central University of Venezuela School of Law, analyzes the crime surge in Venezuela as well as the Maduro government's recent police offensive, Operation Liberation and Protection of the People, arguing that the latter marks a return to a more repressive model of policing that risks criminalizing the poor and excluded.

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The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict

Guyana has approved drilling by Exxon Mobil in the disputed Esquibo region. (Reuters)

Eva Gollinger traces the neocolonial roots of the current Esquibo border dispute, arguing that the US and Exxon Mobil are backing Guyanese annexation of the contested territory in a bid to weaken Venezuela and shore up US influence in the Caribbean.

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The Infiltration of Colombian Paramilitaries into Venezuela

Colombian paramilitaries. (Colombia Report)

The phenomenon of paramilitary groups in Venezuela is on the rise, according to that country's government. Journalist Gustavo Fuchs looks at their history in the country to shed light on the current situation.

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Could Venezuela's Socialists Lose the Coming Elections?

Campaign signs and a bullhorn are propped in a stroller during a closing campaign for the PSUV primaries in Caracas, Venezuela,

Although some Chavistas seem to think they have already lost the vote, there are signs that the popular sectors will not go down without a fight.

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Mehmet Ali Dogan: Communes, Counter-Hegemony, and the Kurdish Fight for the Middle Eastern Patria Grande

Mehmet Ali Dogan (courtesy)

As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. With powerful testimony, Dogan bridges the gaps between peoples' movements across the globe, emphasizing the need to reduce state roles in order to create and defend revolution from the ground up.

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