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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Sea-Change in Venezuela

Anti-imperialist graffiti in Caracas. (Reuters)

 When President Maduro responded to the recent White House executive order declaring Venezuela to be a national security threat, saying first that it was a “Frankenstein” and later that it was “schizophrenic,” he may have made small errors regarding both literature and psychiatry, but his point was clear enough: Obama’s decree is a bit like Frankenstein’s monster (a hodgepodge) and it indeed comes from a government with a split-personality.

 

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A Once and Future Revolution The Legacy of Hugo Chávez

For the first time in Venezuelan history a man from the country's poor, black and brown majority came to power and sought t

Task Force on the Americas President discusses how Hugo Chávez's revolutionary synthesis of popular Christianity, Bolivarianism, and socialism became the basis for an emancipatory that transformed the lives of the poor and excluded majority of Venezuela. 

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Venezuela’s Continuous Coup

Graffiti on a Caracas wall illustrates the essential debate: "The next one to die is capitalism/socialism." (Photo: St

Alfredo Lopez reflects on Hugo Chavez’s legacy and outlines the forces at play that make the threat of a coup ever present, as long as Venezuelans continue to defend their autonomy.

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Venezuela: Answer Coups and Economic Sabotage with a Revolutionary Offensive

The Venezuelan masses must launch a revolutionary offensive, says the author. (Credit: AVN)

The Marxist Tendency of  the PSUV argues that the current crisis cannot be resolved by making concessions to the bourgeoisie and that the only solution is a revolutionary offensive that places the means of production under workers' control and thoroughly revolutionizes the armed forces.  

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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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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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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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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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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part II

Member of the Venezuelan National Guard stands by a large supply of hoarded cooking oil.  (PHOTO:Venezuelasolidarity)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. Part II focuses on the need to change the economic model in Venezuela and explores the balance of political and economic forces in Venezuela today.

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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part I

Trade Unionists hold up signs that say "No to the Economic War!" (PHOTO: From Archives)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. In Part I of this two-part series, the authors give an overview of the current political climate in Venezuela and provide historical context for the use of food as a political weapon. By examining the 1973 Coup in Chile and the way that control of food was used during the 2002 coup in Venezuela and the 2003 Oil strike, the authors push for a deeper understanding of the current political climate in Venezuela today. Part II focuses on the need to change the Economic model in Venezuela.

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Venezuela: Heinz Dieterich the Prophet of Doom – Or how not to save the Bolivarian Revolution

Maduro during the April 2013 elections (In Defence of Marxism)

Alan Woods responds to an article published by Heinz Dieterich on the Venezuelan leftwing website Aporrea, in which the German academic claims that 2015 will be the Maduro government´s last year in office.

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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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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'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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Pemon Indigenous Occupy Airport in Venezuela: “We Have Had Enough of Broken Promises”

The occupied airport does not see much traffic (all photos Z.C. Dutka / Venezuelanalysis.com)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka gives an eyewitness account of the break out of an indigenous protest in the town of Santa Elena de Uairen in southern Venezuela.

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