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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Venezuelan Voices, Part I: An Economic Spiral

On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, if you don't want to wait on the long gas station lines, you can fill up your t

As international media plays its favorite old game of lambasting the Venezuelan government, long-time observers of the Bolivarian process may be wondering how much truth lies in the prime-time reports depicting empty shelves, long lines and charts showing catastrophic inflation. How precarious is Venezuela’s current economy and, more importantly, how much are the effects of this felt by the Venezuelan people?

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A New Political Moment

"Don't take the bait" Venezuelan graffiti art representing the oppositional business owner's manipulation of

What is the political moment playing out in Venezuela now? What defined the recent governing socialist party (PSUV) congress? What will the opposition try next with Maduro?

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“15 Years Is Not Enough to Undertake a Revolution”: Interview with Venezuelan UNASUR Secretary Alí Rodríguez Araque

Ali Rodriguz Araque (archive)

Opposition-leaning Venezuelan newspaper El Universal interviewed Ali Rodriguez Araque recently, the current president of UNASUR, a top minister in the Chavez administration, and the next Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba. Rodriguez shares his thoughts on economic issues and the key future tasks of the Bolivarian project.

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Planned Reforms May Determine Survival of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Project

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has proposed a series of major reforms to the economy, state and party in the hope of settin

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro faces a set of adverse conditions which have the potential to turn a majority of the country’s citizens against the incumbent government at the next election. In this context, there is perhaps more riding on economic and state reforms currently being designed than first meets the eye.

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Hugo Chávez – Revolutionary Internationalist

In the course of his 14 years as President of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías became a much-admired figure among the inter

Published to coincide with events to mark 60 years since Hugo Chavez’s birth, activist and blogger Carlos Martinez argues that Chavez followed a policy of “revolutionary internationalism” often misunderstood by members of the Western liberal left.

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Debate over Criticism, Democracy Flares Up in Venezuela

Delegates at the III PSUV National Congress, which is currently underway in Caracas (AVN)

One of the most important public debates over the future of Venezuela's revolutionary process has opened up after the publication of a document by recently ousted planning minister Jorge Giordani.

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Chavista Debate More than Pragmatists vs Radicals

(Jorge Giordani / archive)

Federico Fuentes examines the debate underway within Chavismo over the Bolivarian project’s economic direction following the public criticisms of the Maduro administration’s policies made by former planning minister Jorge Giordani.

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Changing the System, Not the Climate: July Social PreCOP in Venezuela

The preCop on Margarita island began today. (@vencancilleria)

Nathan Thanki reports from Margarita Island, Venezuela, on the South American nation's unique approach in the first ever social preCOP on climate change.

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Unite, Britain’s largest union, passes a motion in support of President Maduro & Venezuela

Representatives of the UK union, UNITE, discuss the international importance of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

Unite the Union, the largest union in Britain and Europe, this week unanimously passed a motion to support the government of President Nicolas Maduro and re-affirming their support for the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

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Giordani: What Accountability?

Jorge Giordani (AVN)

Roland Denis, a critical writer and participant in the Bolivarian process, and planning minister 2002 – 2003, gives his opinion on the public letter written by recently dismissed government minister Jorge Giordani. He argues that Giordani’s criticisms of Nicolas Maduro’s leadership do not touch upon what Denis sees as the greater problems and challenges for the Bolivarian project. Translation by VA.com.

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Thousands of Party Locals Debate Proposals for National Congress of Venezuela’s PSUV

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On June 7, President Maduro issued a call to each grassroots unit of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to submit 10 concrete proposals for ways to improve how the Bolivarian government functions. In response, throughout Venezuela, local units of PSUV militants, known as Battle Units Bolivar-Chavez (UBCh), devoted their weekly meetings to lively debates analyzing political problems and attempting to reach consensus on solutions.

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Collective Panic in Venezuela

Colectivos are synonymous with community organizing, not violence. (agencies)
Venezuela’s colectivos are a myth created by the country’s elites to discredit the struggle for socialism and grassroots democracy.

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Is Poverty Still Falling in Venezuela?

A barrio (informally constructed urban community) in Caracas, with the buildings painted under the urban regeneration social pro

This article examines the claim that poverty is rising in Venezuela by examining the country’s latest poverty statistics, as well as exploring current efforts at further poverty reduction.

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Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin, Ireland. November 24, 2012. (Photo: William Murphy / Flickr)

Peter and Mike recall the lessons learned from their time in Venezuela, and what the Bolivarian process may be able to teach the western world, for, as they say "While democratic socialism may sound utopian in the European context, and positively unimaginable in the United States, there is a viable alternative to the neoliberal model in existence."

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Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro

Hard-line opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (archive)

This document shows the messages written by members of the right-wing opposition which according to Venezuelan authorities point to a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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