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The Making of Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez (Cristian Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images)

Robert Lovato delves into Leopoldo Lopez's checkered past from his elite US education to his suspected role in the 2002 coup, calling into question the Venezuelan opposition standard-bearer's democratic credentials. 

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US Targets Venezuela Using Border Dispute as Pretext

Map indicating disputed area. (teleSUR)

Draitser argues that Venezuela and Guyana’s despute over the Essequibo region is a new front in the destabilization of Venezuela

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Maduro Talks to teleSUR: Guyana Border Dispute, Greece, and Economic War

President Nicolas Maduro with historic map of Gran Colombia. (teleSUR)

From the Peruvian Sun Hall at the Miraflores Palace, teleSUR’s Tatiana Perez and Rey Gomez spoke to President Nicolas Maduro about the Guyana border dispute, Greece, economic war, the BRICS, and more.

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U.S.-Venezuela Détente Still Going — For Now

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Mark Weisbrot analyses the ongoing rapprochement between the U.S. and Venezuela and asks, will it last?

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A Marxist Analysis of the Currency Exchange Controls in Venezuela

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The author argues that the current foreign exchange control regime has failed to prevent transnational and domestic capital from taking its profits out of the country and that no government policy, no matter how conciliatory towards business, will attract investment in Venezuela as long as the Revolution continues. Only the expropriation of the bourgeois-controlled means of production– the "completion of the revolution"– will solve the present crisis. 

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Venezuela's Oldest Human Rights Organization: "Here There is a State That Respects Human Rights"

Sister Eugenia Russian is a longtime member of Venezuela's oldest human rights organisation, Fundalatin (Fundalatin)

As "reports" of alleged "human rights violations" in Venezuela are unscrupulously circulated by transnational corporate media and rightwing governments, VA speaks to long time human rights activist Sister Eugenia Russian, President of the Latin American Foundation of Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin), concerning a range of issues, including "political prisoners", "torture" allegations, the "crackdown" on journalists, Liberation Theology, and more. 

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Venezuela Rejects “Media Manipulation” of Brazilian Senator Visit

The Ministry of Foreign Relations released the official declaration on June 19th (CorreodelOrinoco)

The Venezuelan Foreign Relations Ministry has released an official communique lambasting international media reports surrounding a visit to the country by a group of rightwing Brazilian senators last week.

 

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Desmond Tutu, If You Stand with the Venezuelan Right, You Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Zak Hussein/PA)

In an op-ed published in the Spanish daily El Pais titled "Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Venezuela", the renowned South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid militant Desmond Tutu foresakes neutrality in order to unabashedly take the side of the oppressor, namely the United States and the Venezuelan Right.

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Roland Denis: "Chavez Didn't Dare to Do What He Had to Between 2002 and 2003”

Longtime Venezuelan revolutionary, Roland Denis (Aporrea)

In a critical interview, longtime Venezuelan anarchist revolutionary, Roland Denis, gives his perspective on the present condition of the Bolivarian revolution, judging it to be at a critical conjuncture.

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Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run Through Venezuela

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro (R) next to Haitian Foreign Minister

Obama's historic moves in normalizing relations with Cuba risk being jeopardized if the US leader fails to overcome rightwing efforts to derail reconciliation with Venezuela.

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Is the Western Media Balanced on Any Scale?

The Western corporate media has long decried the alleged lack of press freedom in Venezuela without citing any evidence. (Credit

The author contends that the international debate surrounding the alleged "pro-government bias" of Venezuela's Globovision television station is quite revealing of Western corporate media's glaring double standards vis-a-vis Venezuela

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Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello

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The information presented by the Wall Street Journal is a mix of anonymous opinions, value judgements by US anti-drug officials, declarations lacking any kind of time sequence and unproven speculations about Diosdado Cabello. 

 

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US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers

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Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.

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Chavismo On The Horns Of A Dilemma: Populism And Pragmatism In Venezuela

Mision Mercal, the state mission aimed at distributing subsidised food to Venezuela's poorer sectors emerged as a response

Academic Steve Ellner explores the current political and economic juncture in Venezuela, linking its current difficulties to the tendency to pursue both pragmatic and populist strategies and the failure of the government in certain cases to take advantage of its triumphs over the opposition in order to launch a revolutionary offensive. 

 

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Petrizzelli'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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