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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Can the NYT Really Answer Your Questions on Venezuela?

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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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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

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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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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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Venezuela: Potential Paths out of the Economic Crisis

Samples of Venezuela's currencies are displayed at the Central Bank building in Caracas February 10, 2015.
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What should be done, what can be done, and what is likely to be done? James Suggett reviews solutions proposed by Venezuelans on the ground that fall into five broad categories: neoliberalism, market-based reform, correction and maintenance of current policies, socialism with the state, and socialism without the state.

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Ten Proposals for Chavismo in the Face of Our Defeat

Luis Britto Garcia is a renowned Venezuelan writer, political analyst and playwright. (VTV)

Venezuelan political analyst, playwright and author, Luis Britto Garcia, offers an analysis of what the legislative elections results mean for Chavismo and what can be done to move beyond the crisis. 

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The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next

 A pro-government supporter wears a T-Shirt with image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez, as he waits for results

Even Chavistas are fed up with the economic crisis and want change. But unlike the right, grassroots leaders are calling for more popular control and collective decision-making.

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Facing Opposition Onslaught, Chavismo Must Return to Roots

"Create popular power, transition to the Communal State" (Photo: Rachael Boothroyd, venezuelanalysis.com)

Sunday's landslide PSUV defeat affords the Venezuelan right an historic opportunity to roll back the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution, but will they succeed? Only a revitalized Chavismo, rerooted among the Venezuelan masses, can stop them. 

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In Praise of Chavismo

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If Chavismo focuses on efficient leaders and proposes an agenda that prioritizes economic and productive decisions and the defense of social policies, then it will have the best chance of winning the recall referendum that we will face in 2016. But if an injured government only focuses on “taking out” the people who “got them,” then it will simply be condemned to remain a minority, or worse still to disappear from the political map.

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The Causes and Consequences of Venezuelan Election Results

President Nicolas Maduro accepted the election results immediately on Sunday, December 6th. (TeleSUR)

Tamara Pearson reflects on what this electoral loss for the revolutionary forces means, politically, and given the current context in Venezuela, what the consequences of it might be going forward.

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