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Why Are There No Barricades in Afro-Descendant Communities?

Foreign Minister Elias Jaua visits Barlovento (La Voz)

In these 15 years of the Bolivarian process, afro-descendant Venezuelans have been dignified in an unprecedented way in Venezuelan history. 

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Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

Mural of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. (Reuters)

Venezuelan social movement activist Arlenys Espinal argues that the current opposition offensive should be combated by grassroots organizing rather than giving “triumphalist” support to the government.

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A Response from Venezuela

boy under flag

Dan compares his experience in Venezuela to those recounted in Mike Gonzalez's "A Second Letter from Caracas," highlighting what current opposition protestors’ motives seem to be, as well as the chavista response to them.

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The Barrios Won’t Join In

A hillside barrio, Caracas (Psiconauta)

Venezuelan newspaper editor Eleazar Diaz Rangel explains why the residents of the country’s barrios are shunning protests.

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Interview with Steve Ellner: Can A Country Have A Revolutionary State and A Capitalist Economy?

Ellner and Marcano (Aporrea)

In two interviews, Marcano and Ellner discuss the Marxist view of the state and its relevance to Venezuela today.

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Interview with Luis Britto Garcia, “The Blockades have Reduced and the Opposition is Divided”

Luis Britto Garcia (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlings)

In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.

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Venezuela: Neither Agreements nor Conciliation - Complete the Revolution!

Last Thursday's dialogue (Sibci)

On the evening of April 10, the main political representatives of the Venezuelan opposition attended a meeting at Miraflores Presidential Palace with representatives of the government and the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting generated a lively debate within the Bolivarian movement. 

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How The Oligarchs Were Defeated ― Remembering The April 2002 Coup

Hugo Chavez being returned to power on 13 April 2002 after a right-wing coup briefly overthrew him (AVN / archive)

On the anniversary of the April 2002 coup attempt, Green Left Weekly recalls the events around and consequences of the right-wing coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez from power twelve years ago.

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¿Cogestión es Revolución? Workers' Participation During The First Chávez Administration (1999-2006)

An outdoor worker assembly in the Alcasa steel factory, August 2011 (Prensa Alcasa)

Attempts to analyse Venezuela's experiments in cogestión (generally translated as "co-management") during the first Hugo Chávez administration (1999-2006) have tended to centre on form rather than content. Almost all have concluded that the government ultimately abandoned cogestión, and with it, support for workers' participation.

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Where's This Dialogue Going?

President Maduro addresses opposition representatives at the roundtable of the first peace talk in Miraflores presidential palac

Venezuelan author and journalist Jose Roberto Duque reflects on Thursday’s live broadcast “peace talk” between the Venezuelan government and the opposition in Miraflores presidential palace.

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Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela

(archive)

Joe Emersberger calls out Human Rights Watch on their latest attempt to “mislead” people about the content of Venezuelan media.

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FiveThirtyEight Gets it Wrong on Venezuela

FiveThirtyEight.com features Venezuelan economy

Nate Silver, who became famous for his use of polling data to accurately project U.S. elections, launched a new blog – FiveThirtyEight.com last month.  It’s been off to a rough start, Paul Krugman wrote soon after its launch, “[S]loppy and casual opining with a bit of data used, as the old saying goes, the way a drunkard uses a lamppost — for support, not illumination.” I leave it to the reader to decide whether the FiveThirtyEight article on March 17 by Dorothy Kronick on Venezuela fits this description.

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Undocumented Migrants in Venezuela Have More Rights than US Citizens in the US

"Bye friend, return soon", says the sign at one of Venezuela's border points (archive)

While most first world and imperialist countries criminalise refugees and undocumented migrants, scapegoating them, promoting racism, and mistreating them, Venezuela welcomes all migrants, and provides them with the same rights as Venezuelan citizens.

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Venezuela: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

(Etten Carvallo/Ciudad CCS)

After over a month of violence explicitly aimed at ousting the Maduro government, major media outlets and governments in the North Atlantic are blind to the bad faith of the opposition.

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Venezuela Shows that Protest Can Be a Defence of Privilege

'Despite claims that the government is waging a terror campaign, the evidence suggests a majority have been killed by oppos

If we didn't know it before, the upsurge in global protest in the past couple of years has driven home the lesson that mass demonstrations can have entirely different social and political meanings.

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