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Who Will Stand With Venezuela?

(Invent the Future Blog)

Who in the world stands with a country when it is under the looming threat of a major U.S. government intervention? When Guatemala (1954), the Dominican Republic (1965), Chile (1973), and Haiti (2004) were in trouble, there was no one.

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Economic Solutions: Two Perspectives from the Bolivarian Left

Women buy toilet paper in Caracas Supermarket (PHOTO: The Guardian)

In the face of on-going shortages of basic consumer goods, soaring inflation, a multi-pronged and broken currency exchange system and now falling oil prices, Venezuela's economic “crisis” is now being acknowledged at the highest levels of government. As opposed to the simplistic mainstream media coverage that attempts to blame Venezuela's woes on the boogie monster of “socialism,” we present two perspectives from within the Bolivarian Revolution on concrete public policy solutions to Venezuela's economic crisis.

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China, the CELAC, and Venezuela

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Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia discusses the massive impact Chinese investment has had on recent Latin American development, while calling for strict outlines to be drawn to protect Venezuelan sovereighnty in the midst of heightened negotiation.

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US Slaps New Sanctions Against Venezuela: Why Now?

Just as US Relations with Cuba improve, the US approves sanctions against Venezuela.  (PHOTO: EFE)

In this article Roger D. Harris, President of the Task Force on the Americas, explains the current political context for the United States´recent sanctions on Venezuela. Harris outlines the substance of sanctions, the response of Venezuela and the international community and how the current correlation of forces in both the US and Venezuela have resulted in increased sanctions against Venezuela that are spearheaded by the Democratic Party in the United States.

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Rapprochement Between the United States and Cuba and Sanctions Against Venezuela

United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (archives)

William and Frederick lay out a comprehensive analysis of the "consistent imperial strategy" demonstrated by US president Obama in recent policy shifts toward Cuba and Venezuela.

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Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

Despite continued reporting that Venezuela will default on its debt, Mark Weisbrot, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Po

Despite continued reporting that Venezuela will default on its debt, Mark Weisbrot, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, argues that default is unlikely.

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After Chávez: The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela

A mosaic of Hugo Chavez (left), Nicolas Maduro (centre) and 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar (right) (ciencia con co

Academic Steve Ellner examines the question: With economic difficulties mounting and dissent in the ranks, is the government of Nicolás Maduro living up to Hugo Chávez’s legacy?

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The Worst Venezuela Coverage of 2014

Image from a Reuters article claiming constant homicides are making coffins scarce in Venezuela.

(Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawli

Joe Emersberger lists examples of corporate media's most outrageous claims about Venezuela in 2014, and explains specific political agendas endorsed by those messages.

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Against Judicial Attacks, International Support for Venezuela’s Communes

Protestors call for commune activist David Diaz's release in Caracas earlier this month. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana

VA.com publishes this open letter by a number of scholars and activists who warn about recent judicial attacks on commune activists in Venezuela, and encourage support for the country’s commune movement.

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Venezuela in 2014: Maduro Administration Given Reprieve by Divided Opposition

From left to right: opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado, and Henrique Capriles (AFP)

VA.com’s Ewan Robertson offers an assessment of the relative positions of the Bolivarian government and conservative opposition after a bumpy year for Venezuela’s politics and economy.

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Venezuela Sanctions Highlight US Hypocrisy on Human Rights

 Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Havana, Dec. 14, 2014. (Prens

Obama should follow his example on Cuba and engage with, not punish, Venezuela.

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Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights

Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela. (EFE)

Diosdado Cabello expresses his opinion in the NY Times; "It seemed an unfortunate coincidence that just as scores of people demonstrating against police brutality were being arrested on the streets of New York and other cities, the United States Congress passed a bill to bring sanctions against members of my country’s government for alleged human rights abuses during protests earlier this year."

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Detained Colonel Says Maria Corina Machado Was at the Forefront of the Opposition Violence

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014. 
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The following is a report that appeared in the privately-owned Caracas newspaper Ultimas Noticias this morning, detailing the sworn confession made by the retired Venezuelan colonel Jose Gustavo Arocha Perez, who admitted to colluding with the former opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado in a plot to create unrest and oust the Venezuelan government.

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Venezuela's Constitution: Fifteen Years of Achievements

A Venezuelan holds up a copy of the 1999 constitution at a celebratory march in Caracas on Monday, with late president Hugo Chav

The Bolivarian Revolution's founding document celebrates its 15th anniversary with a record of turning constitutional rights into everyday reality.

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U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela: A Wrong Turn For Regional Diplomacy

Nicolas Maduro with other South American leaders at the recent UNASUR summit in Quito, Ecuador (presidencia de Ecuador)

The Obama administration has facilitated the adoption of a right-wing posture towards Venezuela because it has never consolidated itself behind a policy that could generate strong progressive support in the United States.

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