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Right Wing Majority in Venezuela's National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

(Huffington Post UK)

An illuminating piece by Dr. Francisco Dominguez on what the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) can and can't do with its two-thirds super majority in the National Assembly.

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The Discreet Charm of Venezuelan Racism

A meme circulated on social media following Luis Salas' nomination as Minister of Productive Economy (Contrapunto)

No matter what the circumstance, Venezuela is a country which is mainly concerned with making sure that it doesn’t lose its tradition of discrimination, but above all, its worst fear is that we Black, indigenous and poor people also might be “equals”.

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The Economist’s Latest Whoppers on Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) gestures next to Nicolas Maduro. Both Venezuelan president have been targets of disho

Joe Emersberger debunks The Economist's latest distorted coverage of Venezuela, including its claims that Venezuelan poverty failed to drop under Chavismo, that Venezuela is the worst performing economy in the world, and that press freedom is under attack. 

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How Bad is Venezuela's Economic Situation?

(AVN)

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim runs readers through an indepth breakdown of the current economic situation in Venezuela. He argues that despite the dire outlook, not all is lost.

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Can the NYT Really Answer Your Questions on Venezuela?

(The New York Times)

VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas takes apart NYT correspondent Nick Casey's latest blogpost purporting to answer readers' questions on Venezuela, exposing the Establishment journalist's thinly veiled Western colonial bias evidenced in his systematic privileging of wealthy opposition voices over those of working class Chavismo. 

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Chavismo and Its Discontents: International Left Intellectuals Respond to Venezuelan Government’s Legislative Election Setback

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Prominent Latin America solidarity activists Roger Harris and Chuck Kaufman critique the recent wave of attacks by US leftist intellectuals against the Bolivarian Revolution in the wake of last month's landslide defeat in parliamentary elections, arguing that anti-imperialist solidarity is more necessary than ever. 

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Chavismo, Historic Crisis and End of a Cycle: Rethinking Ourselves Territorially

A mural of Hugo Chávez in Mérida. (David Hernández)

Sociologist Emiliano Teran Mantovani analyses the current political conjuncture in Venezuela and argues that conditions are apt for a "new cycle" of popular struggles. 

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Venezuela’s Upcoming Double-Confrontation

Grassroots activists prepare for what Greg Wilpert terms a "double-confrontation."

Following the swearing-in of the new opposition-controlled National Assembly, the Maduro government and its grassroots bases will face both a newly empowered opposition bent on rolling back the gains of the revolution as well as a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by collapsing oil prices.

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Lessons We Can Learn from the Electoral Setback in Venezuela

Anti-imperialist mural in Caracas.

Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee activist Stan Smith reflects on the Bolivarian Revolution in the wake of December 6th parliamentary elections, which he observed firsthand as part of a delegation organized by Task Force on the Americas and School of the Americas Watch. 

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Sixth Republic: How to Combat the Laws to Come

(Misión Verdad)

Renowned Venezuelan writer José Roberto Duque argues that in the face of a rightwing-controlled legislature, Chavismo must be prepared to disobey laws aimed at rolling back revolutionary advances and fortify communal power on the margins of the state. 

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Struggle Ahead for Venezuela Grassroots as Right-Wing Sworn In

After the electoral loss, Maduro called for street assemblies and meetings to reflect on changes needed and make proposals. (AVN

Facing possible austerity and a return to neoliberalism at the hands of a right wing parliament, will the millions involved in the Bolivarian revolution radicalize further and protect their 15 years of gains, or will this be the blow that finally dampens their revolutionary joy and collective ambition? 

 

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Economism in Venezuela: Theory and Practice

President Maduro. (VTV)

Chris Gilbert argues that the Venezuelan leftist leadership must first overcome its economism if it is to resolve the country's current economic and political crisis. 

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WikiLeaks Reveal What the US Really Thinks of Henry Ramos Allup

New President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup. (EFE)

Leaked diplomatic cables reveal Washington's misgivings towards new Venezuelan National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup, who is variously described by the US ambassador as "delusional", "dictatorial", and "a relic of the past". 

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What Is to Be Done?

A motorcyclist passes by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2015 (AFP Photo/Federi

Renowned Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia echoes Lenin in asking "What Is to Be Done?" at the start one of the most difficult years the Bolivarian revolution has ever faced. Here are his recommendations. 

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Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand

Archives (Entorno Inteligente)

The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro. On December 29, during his television show, “In Contact with Maduro, number 52,” Maduro said that the new seed law provides the conditions to produce food “under an agro-ecological model that respects the pacha mama

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