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Ernesto Samper: "UNASUR Will Keep Looking for Peaceful Solutions in Venezuela"

Ernesto Samper, Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) speaks to El Tiempo (ElTiempo)

Rightwing Venezuelan newspaper El Tiempo conducts an interview with Secretary General of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations). In the interview, the Colombian diplomat gives his take on the current challenges facing the Venezuelan government, including his view on the economy and the threat of foreign intervention.

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FAO Representative Debunks Myth of Increased Hunger in Venezuela, Highlights Urban Farming Initiatives

FAO representative for Venezuela, Marcelo Resende (Photo: Miguel Romero)

FAO Representative Marcelo Resende says Venezuela's urban agriculture is playing a key role in improving food sovereignty.

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Whispering Venezuela?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas

Michael Albert critiques the U.S. anti-authoritarian Left's silence in the face of U.S.-sponsored destabilization efforts in Venezuela, encouraging U.S. leftists to join in critical solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution at its hour of greatest need. 

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Which Way Venezuela?

(Laradiodelsur)

Znet's Michael Albert interviews attorney and journalist, Eva Golinger, on the ongoing destabilization attempts against the Venezuelan government and US involvement.

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Raising the Price of Gasoline: An Inflationary Measure for No One’s Benefit

It is estimated that 100,000 barrels of oil and gasoline are smuggled out of Venezuela daily (Credit teleSur)

Deivi Peña argues that increasing the price of gasoline will give the Venezuelan oligarchy an excuse to intenify the economic war by setting off a further spiral of inflation that will harm working class people. 

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“What is Inexcusable is Venezuela's Political Independence”

John Pilger (agencies/TeleSUR English)

An interview with John Pilger, conducted by Michael Albert.

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Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

Venezuela's opposition took to social media to manipulate the international media into portraying right-wing protesters as

On the anniversary of the outbreak of violent right-wing protests, teleSUR examines the role of social media in fomenting violence and misinformation.

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Venezuelan Guarimbas: 11 Things the Media Didn't Tell You

Destroying a metro stop during last year's guarimbas. (Credit: Alba Ciudad/Telesur English).

teleSur journalists Tamara Pearson and Ryan Mallett-Outtrim debunk the myriad of lies and fabrications disseminated by the mainstream corporate media about the violent opposition protests in 2014, known as the "guarimbas." 

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Hector Navarro: I’m Encouraging a Rebellion at the Bases of the PSUV

Former minister Hector Navarro. (Joaquín Ferrer-Contrapunto)

Ex-minister Hector Navarro calls for the bases of the PSUV to retake control of the party whose internal democracy he claims has been threatened by bureaucratization and corruption. Nevarro, who was himself formally disciplined by the leadership of the PSUV for defending ex-planning minister  Jorge Giordani, nonetheless holds open the possibility of further deepening the Revolutioon by broadening popular protagonism. 

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Latin America Unites Against U.S. Attack on Venezuelan Democracy

The special commission met in Montevideo on Monday. (Photo: Twitter/UNASUR)

By insisting on U.S. “exceptionalism” in the 2015 National Security Strategy, it appears that the U.S. will tolerate only one economic and political model in its “backyard,” the one that conforms to the global neoliberal order, even as that order is being called into question by those who have the most to lose from its perpetuation.

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Allende was Wrong: Neoliberalism, Venezuela's Student Right and the Answer from the Left

"Defend University Autonomy for True People's Democracy". Photo taken at the University of the Andes. (Lucas Koer

Venezuelanalysis journalist, Lucas Koerner, takes a look at the rightwing student movement in Venezuela, its ideology and appropriation of leftwing symbols and discourse. He also examines what model of education is being proposed in Venezuela's new "experimental" public universities as an alternative to neoliberal visions of education. This analysis includes an interview with Luis Javier Gomez Rojas, a facilitator at the Bolivarian University for Workers.

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The Hypocrisy of Leopoldo Lopez's New Lawyer

Irwin Cotler (WorldJewishCongress.org)

South African officials have refuted claims that Irwin Cotler was Nelson Mandela's lawyer, but the politician's connection to Israel is clear.

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The Economic War: Not just business as usual

(Saber y Poder Blogspot)

Minister of Culture and Venezuelan academic, Reinaldo Iturriza, outlines the three main historic moments of anti-Chavista strategy in order to contextualise the logic behind the opposition's latest attacks on the Bolivarian Revolution, the ongoing economic war and its consequences for the Venezuelan process. 

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Venezuela: a Coup in Real Time

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There is a coup underway in Venezuela. The pieces are all falling into place like a bad CIA movie. At every turn a new traitor is revealed, a betrayal is born, full of promises to reveal the smoking gun that will justify the unjustifiable. 

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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