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Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim gives a run-down of the root causes of Venezuela's economic problems, arguing that the government's maintenance of exchange controls, not socialism, has sunk the country into a financial black hole.

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Media Wars: The Role of the Left When Venezuela's Imperfect Revolution is Under Attack

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Tamara Pearson makes a case for critical solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that not talking about problems only contributes to creating a distorted picture of Venezuelan reality.

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Venezuela – A Last Warning

Imports dropped by 18.7% in 2015 due to collapsing oil prices, forcing Venezuelans to queue up for government-regulated goods or

Venezuela's crisis is the failure not of socialism but of reformist attemps to tame and humanize capitalism, argues Jorge Martin. 

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Ye'kwana, Sanema and Pemon Peoples’ Declaration Against Orinoco Mining Belt

The Kuyujani Organization holds their 20th General Assembly and protests against the Orinoco Mining Belt. (Kuyujani Organization

Venezuelan indigenous peoples issue a manifesto rejecting the government's controversial mining project.

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“We Will Defend the Revolutionary Process”: Afro-Venezuelan Youth and Today's Struggle for Freedom

Afro-Venezuelan children practice traditional music at a cultural center in Barlovento, Miranda State. (Jeanette Charles)

VA’s Jeanette Charles speaks with one youth organizer about his movement's commitment to continue the revolutionary legacy of the Afro-Venezuelan people.

 

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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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"The Struggle isn't Over": Venezuela Moves Towards Marriage Equality

Social movements mobilize outside the National Assembly in Caracas as they deliver their legislative proposal for same sex civil

VA's Jeanette Charles speaks to María Helena Ramírez Hernández of the Sex and Gender Revolutionary Diversity Alliance on the Supreme Court's recent decision to declare Article 44 of the Civil Code unconstitutional - giving the judicial green light to same sex civil marriage in Venezuela.

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The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez: An Interview with Eva Golinger

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Investigative journalist Eva Golinger argues that the late Venezuelan leader may have been assassinated by close aides who fled the country following his death. 

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The Fight for Justice, Truth and Peace in Venezuela

Photo caption: Luis Durán shares his personal testimony with the guarimbas that took his son's life. (Paola Martucci)

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and Ongoing Coup internationally denounces the Venezuelan opposition’s terror campaign and attempts to silence victims’ families through the Amnesty Law.

 

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to the Impunity of Liberal Terror

Protesters burning barricades during 2014's guarimbas (Reuters).

In striking down the opposition's Amnesty Law, Venezuela's Supreme Court places the rights of the victims of right-wing terror above the privileges of the perpetrators.

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New Commodity Frontiers in Venezuela: Extractivism’s new leap forward into the “web of life”

An example of open-pit mining in Venezuela (archive).

The national government is now driving a significant geo-economic reorganization of territories around extractivism, with “Orinoco’s Mining Arch“ and “Orinoco’s Petroleum Belt“ as central projects. The appropriation of the last “virgin” areas of the country paves the way for new “accumulation by dispossession” processes, attempting to address the crisis of governability and accumulation model.

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Venezuela’s Outages and the Western Press’s Confirmation Bias Problem

El Guri, Venezuela's largest hydroelectric dam. (Archive)

Western media deploy double standards in their coverage of water and electricity shortages in Venezuela, blaming the country's leftist government for problems common across the global South. 

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Chavismo From Below

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Eva María talks to Trotskyist party Marea Socialista on why they've broken with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the path forward for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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Debunking Washington Post’s Absurd Call for (More) Intervention in Venezuela’s Democracy

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (AVN)

The U.S. already intervenes in Venezuela, and all of Latin America. It has for decades -- with catastrophic results. 

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The 2002 Coup: Destabilization and Revolution in Today’s Venezuela

"Chávez Lives". (AVN)

Katherine Castrillo, writer and queer organizer, recalls the mass protests against the 2002 U.S.- backed coup and contextualizes people’s power in Venezuela today.

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