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Chavismo Must Stop the Economic Bleeding

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Emersberger argues that UNASUR’s detailed plan is the answer to Venezuela's economic woes.

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Special Report: Hunger in Venezuela? A Look Beyond the Spin

Local and national vendors sell vegetables, fruits and prepared foods at a festival in Caracas. (Christina Schiavoni)

Cristina Schiavoni and William Camacaro go in-depth to report on Venezuela and the state of its food and agricultural system.

 

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Venezuela After Chávez

President Nicolas Maduro together with Socialist Party Vice-President Diosdado Cabello (R) next to a portrait of Hugo Chávez. (

Professor Julia Buxton argues that the Bolivarian Revolution's weakness was its inability to institutionalize the radical popular energies it unleashed in a new order, a failing that has led to the present crisis. 

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The Venezuela Problem: Hyper-Politicization and Fragmentation in Mercosur

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro alongside Brazil's Dilma Rousseff. (AVN)

Eli Cain and Erika Sato argue that economic cooperation in Mercosur has become increasingly more difficult given political circumstances in the region and some of the bloc's own protocols. 

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Social Movements Accompany Venezuela in Mercosur and Fight for Decision Making Power

Ricardo Guerrero of Big Little World at a an event commemorating International Day for People with Dwarfism in Venezuela. (Kevin

In this interview Ricardo Guerrero reflects on the struggle for social inclusion in economic policies and his experience in the differently abled movement.

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How Severe Is Venezuela’s Crisis?

People buy food at a market in Caracas, Venezuela on June 21, 2016 (Mariana Bazo / Reuters).

Gabriel Hetland concludes that the mainstream media has consistently exaggerated the extent of Venezuela's current economic crisis following a three week visit to the South American country. In this piece, he draws on a number of interviews with social movement activists to answer the question: just how bad is Venezuela's current crisis? 

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What’s Going on in the Barracks?

President Maduro with Admiral in Chief Diego Molero Bellavia. (AP)

Venezuela's armed forces could determine the fate of the Maduro government. 

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Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

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Steve Ellner explains why critics of Chavismo are wrong to suggest that socialism is to blame for corruption in Venezuela

 

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Calling All Venezuelans to the Table

Residents of Venezuela's housing mission take up urban agriculture. (Jonas Holldack/Venezuelanalysis)

Long time Venezuela-based solidarity activist Lisa Sullivan analyzes the roots of Venezuela's crisis, arguing that solutions must come from beyond the country's government-opposition political polarization. 

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Does Venezuela’s Crisis Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work?

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim gives a run-down of the root causes of Venezuela's economic problems, arguing that the government's maintenance of exchange controls, not socialism, has sunk the country into a financial black hole.

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Venezuela – A Last Warning

Imports dropped by 18.7% in 2015 due to collapsing oil prices, forcing Venezuelans to queue up for government-regulated goods or

Venezuela's crisis is the failure not of socialism but of reformist attempts to tame and humanize capitalism, argues Jorge Martin. 

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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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Chavismo From Below

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Eva María talks to Trotskyist party Marea Socialista on why they've broken with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the path forward for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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The Other Explanation for Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

 Venezuela Central Madeirense. (Wikimedia)

Mainstream critics of the Bolivarian government have systematically ignored the role of US imperialism and Venezuela's rentier oligarchy in fomenting the country's current economic crisis. 

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In Venezuela, Dismantling a Weapon of Mass Destruction

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Economist Mark Weisbrot makes a case for unifying Venezuela's now double-tiered exchange rate.

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