By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Oct 29th 2012
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s re-election on October 7 with more than 55% of the vote was vital for two reasons. Here, Federico Fuentes, explains why, and outlines the challenges facing Venezuela's project for 21st century socialism over the next 6 years.
The transformation of Latin America is one of the decisive changes reshaping the global order. The tide of progressive change that has swept the region over the last decade has brought a string of elected socialist and social-democratic governments to office that have redistributed wealth and power, rejected western neoliberal orthodoxy, and challenged imperial domination.
By Rachael Boothroyd - Correo del Orinoco International , Oct 5th 2012
With the elections just a few days away, and a leaked document confirming what activists on the ground already knew; that the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) intends to saddle Venezuela with a neo-liberal economic program worthy of Angela Merkel's highest seal of approval; any pretensions that Capriles may have had to a “center-left” program have been well and truly disposed of.
By Jim McIlroy & Coral Wynter in Caracas / Green Left Weekly, Sep 24th 2012
As the final weeks of the Venezuelan presidential election campaign unfold, an intense battle of ideas is under way. The poll on October 7 is looming as one of the most important elections in the country´s history.
Lucha de Clases (Class Struggle), a Marxist current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), analyses the political situation in Venezuela ahead of the 7 October presidential elections, and argues what actions the PSUV and the government should take to support the grassroots struggle and the transition to socialism.
By Rebecca McMillan, Susan Spronk - Upside Down World, Aug 28th 2012
The mesas técnicas del agua (Technical Water Forum, MTAs) are a unique experiment in radical urban planning, whereby beneficiary communities map their own water and sanitation needs and help to plan infrastructure development, which is financed by the state.
By Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber - The Bullet, Aug 25th 2012
Roland Denis is a leading intellectual and revolutionary in Venezuela. He served as Vice Minister of Planning in the Hugo Chávez government in 2002-03, but resigned after ten months in protest of the lack of grassroots involvement in the planning process. He is the author of many books and articles. We caught up with Denis at the Terrar Park, a popular restaurant frequented by left militants in Caracas.
In order to understand Venezuela´s political panorama, for example the presidential elections this coming October 7 and the recent declarations of Colombian ex-president, Alvaro Uribe, against the country, we interviewed the editor of Chaos in Spain´s Network, Catalan sociologist and graduate in Latin American studies, Anibal Garzon Baeza.
By Owen Richards - Green Left Weekly , Aug 20th 2012
“It would be easier for 100 camels to pass through the eye of a needle than for [the capitalist class] to win the election”, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking at the Caracas Municipal Theatre on August 15.
By Gonzalo Gomez, Jeffery Webber and Susan Spronk, Aug 19th 2012
In this interview, Gonzalo describes his own path to militancy, the different phases of the Bolivarian process, and the dangers of bureaucracy, the “boli-bourgeoisie,” and the stultifying internal life of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV).
By Susan Spronk, Jeffery R. Webber - The Bullet, Aug 15th 2012
In this interview Juan Contreras, a militant in the Bolivarian revolution, discusses the evolution of the revolution, grassroots organisation, the upcoming presidential elections, and the relationship between the grassroots and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)