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Analysis: Indigenous and Afro-Venezuelans

Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution

Racism in San Bernadino, it reads "Against the moneky, the blacks and the poor - PJ (Justice First Party)" (La Voz del

Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial of many that racism persists.

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Chávez and Sabino Show the Way

Two losses this week: Hugo Chavez and Sabino Romero (archive)

Compañeros, the greatest libertarian teacher of the Venezuelan people has died, and two days earlier an equally important teacher… Chávez and Sabino show the way.

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Conflicts and Conundrums: How the Venezuelan State Must Strike the Balance With its Indigenous People

Yukpa indigenous people in the Sierra of Perijá

What Venezuela currently faces is a dilemma also known and lived by many other neighbouring Latin countries, wherein the need for progress and development essential to guarantee national sovereignty and economic might is challenged by the equally important endeavour to safeguard the environment, natural resources and the indigenous populations that inhabit the same regions.

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African Descendents and Racism in Venezuelan Private Media

This interview examines the extent and ways that Venezuela is still affected by racism following the publication of a racist cartoon by a private newspaper.

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The Racism behind the Discourse of the Oligarchy against Chavez

For the sector of society that has it all and no one has taken it from them, the real problem is that a “zambo” [a person of mixed African and native American origin] governs them.

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Indigenous Policy in Venezuela: Between Unity and Pluralism

Indigenous spokespeople, Venezuela (archive)

In celebration of the Day of Indigenous Resistance on October 12th, the Venezuelan government announced numerous initiatives aimed at assisting and empowering indigenous communities. While such initiatives as well as rights guaranteed in the constitution have successfully come to fruition in many indigenous communities, they have faced obstacles in others.

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Learning in the Wilds: Venezuela’s First Indigenous University

Every morning, groups of tribespeople cross a jungle creek from their adobe student homes and wander barefoot through the thick undergrowth inhabited by boa constrictors to reach class at Venezuela’s first indigenous university in Cano Tauca.

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Afro-Venezuelans and the Struggle Against Racism

In this Fact Sheet released by the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States, readers are provided details as to the unprecedented progress being made in combating the historical legacy of racism and recognizing the national importance of Venezuela's African heritage. 

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Interview: Reinaldo Bolivar on the Historical, Cultural, and Political Importance of Africa to Venezuela

Reinaldo Jose Bolivar, Venezuelan Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Africa (ENcontrARTE).

Reinaldo Jose Bolivar, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Africa, discuses concrete ways in which Venezuela is deepening its links to its African “motherland”, links which have gone from almost nothing to something quite significant over the last five years. 

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Workers Power Book Presented at Venezuelan International Book Fair

The Spanish-language edition of Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power by Jack Barnes was the subject of a panel discussion here at the sixth annual Venezuela International Book Fair on November 20, the busiest night of the fair.

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Venezuelan history first

For the first time in Venezuelan history, an indigenous newspaper won a National Journalism Award in 2010. On July 4, the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications awarded Wayuunaiki with a National Journalism Award for layout of its 10th anniversary issue dedicated to “alternative communication with an indigenous essence.”

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Venezuela: Land for Yukpa Indians, But No 'Territory'

The Venezuelan government handed land titles to 41,600 hectares to three communities of around 500 Yukpa Indians on the western border with Colombia. However, the question of the demarcation of the broader ancestral territory of the entire ethnic group, made up of around 10,000 people, is still pending.

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Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution and Indigenous People

Most media commentary, for and against the process of change and deep-going transformation that the government of President Hugo Chavez is leading, focuses on Venezuela's cities. However, a fuller picture of the Venezuelan reality goes someway to explaining the depth of Chavez's support.

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Will the Bolivarian Revolution End Coal Mining in Venezuela?

The Wayúu, Yukpa, and Barí indigenous communities who would have been displaced by the coal mining projects in their lands cautiously interpret the Chavez government's suspension of these projects as a temporary sign of relief. But their struggle against coal mining has lasted a quarter of a century and will not conclude until mining concessions are repealed for good.

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How Green is the Latin American Left? A Look at Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia

Chavez and Kirchner Plan Pipeline Through Amazon
Almost all recent major social conflicts in Ecuador, Venezuela, and Bolivia have revolved around access, control, and ownership of natural resources: oil, natural gas, water, and minerals. These conflicts are centered on two separate, and at times conflicting, popular demands.

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