By Jorge Martín - In Defence of Marxism, Jan 9th 2013
Taking advantage of Chavez’s ill health, the Venezuelan oligarchy and imperialism have renewed their campaign of destabilisation against the Bolivarian Revolution. They risk unleashing the wrath of the workers and the poor.
By Ewan Robertson and Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com , Jan 8th 2013
Over the last few weeks the private English language media has stepped up its campaign against the Venezuelan revolution, spreading a number of lies and misconceptions around President Hugo Chavez’s health, and the swearing-in for his new term. Here, Venezuelanalysis.com debunks the top five lies currently being spread by private media.
We have to recognize the possibility that Chavez could be permanently out of the picture. As difficult as that is to do, it is the duty of the political, social and communicational vanguard to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for the worst, so that we can struggle in defence of the Bolivarian Revolution.
By Roberto Lopez – Marea Socialista , Jan 7th 2013
The author argues that if Chavez is unable to continue at the helm of the Bolivarian movement for health reasons, the emergence of a new grassroots leadership will be necessary “to ensure the continuity of the revolutionary process”.
By CARLES MUNTANER, JOAN BENACH, MARIA PAEZ VICTOR - Counterpunch, Dec 20th 2012
One of the main factors for the popularity of the Chávez Government and its landslide victory in October 2012 is the reduction of poverty, made possible because the government took back control of the national petroleum company PDVSA, and has used the abundant oil revenues to build needed infrastructure and invest in the social services that Venezuelans so sorely needed.
By Ewan Robertson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 18th 2012
What does the 2012 regional election tell us about the current political situation in Venezuela and trends going into next year, including for the differing scenarios depending on whether Chavez will be able to assume his next presidential term?
By Jorge Martin - In Defence of Marxism , Dec 18th 2012
The regional elections came after the victory of Hugo Chávez in the October 7 presidential elections. Clearly, the defeat of the opposition on October 7, when they had convinced themselves they could win, had a demoralising effect amongst their ranks.
On December 10th Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returned to Cuba for urgent cancer surgery, sparking a predictable wave of speculation about the seriousness of his illness. Here, timing reveals as much as anything: while Chávez was successfully reelected in October, this Sunday will see regional elections that are crucial for the consolidation of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Vice President and Foreign Minister, has been announced by President Hugo Chavez as his political successor. Many analysts view this as a speciﬁc call for party unity, and a preference for a civilian over a former military leader.
By Jorge Martín - In Defence of Marxism , Dec 14th 2012
Jorge Martín argues, "What we can see is a situation in which the capitalists are exerting pressure on the leadership of the Bolivarian movement towards conciliation and concessions. On the other hand the Bolivarian masses want to push forward".
By Tamara Pearson - VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM, Dec 12th 2012
Internal debate and criticism of the PSUV and its current state election campaign, as well as proper grassroots involvement, has been put off, and put off, because in this incredibly democratic country there is always some kind of election coming up. Yet for how long will such sacrifices be made in the name of defeating the capitalist opposition?
This man appeared, larger than life, with an immense heart full of his people, pueblo, beating with homeland, patria. A human being appeared, with a great capacity to persist and stand defiantly in the face of the most powerful obstacles. Hugo Chavez dreamed the impossible and achieved it.
By Yuleidys Hernandez Toledo – Ciudad CCS / CdO International , Dec 7th 2012
Building nearly a million homes, strengthening the national healthcare system, and creating productive sources of new employment are just a few of the things the national government could have done with the $20 billion dollars lost during the oil lockout launched by the Venezuelan opposition on December 2, 2002.