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Analysis: Indigenous and Afro-Venezuelans

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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The Discreet Charm of Venezuelan Racism

A meme circulated on social media following Luis Salas' nomination as Minister of Productive Economy (Contrapunto)

No matter what the circumstance, Venezuela is a country which is mainly concerned with making sure that it doesn’t lose its tradition of discrimination, but above all, its worst fear is that we Black, indigenous and poor people also might be “equals”.

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Black Lives Matter Network Denounces U.S. “Continuing Intervention” in Venezuela

(Black Agenda Report)

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration warns that the recent electoral victory of U.S.-backed counter revolutionary parties in Venezuela endangers the country’s African-descended population. The letter denounces “corporate media lies about electoral corruption voiced by Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sander’s defamation of late President Hugo Chavez labeling him a dictator.”

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Selma in Caracas: Brown-Washing and the Abuse of History

Dr. King leading a march over the Edmund Pettus bridge as depicted in the film Selma (El Estimulo)

VA.com's Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.

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Follow the Minerals: Why the US is Threatened by Venezuela's 'Blue Gold'

The US relies on coltan to build the basic circuitry in guidance control systems. (Archive)

The author argues that Venezuela's abundance of the highly strategic mineral cotane could be behind Obama's labeling of the South American nation an "unusual and extraordinary threat". 

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Sabino Vive: A New Film by Carlos Azpúrua

Sabino Lives "Too much dignity for too little justice" (Servindi)

On the second anniversary of the brutal assassination of Yukpa leader and revolutionary Sabino Romero, political analyst Chris Gilbert reviews the 2014 film that illustrated Romero’s fierce story of struggle.

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Venezuela's Constitution: Fifteen Years of Achievements

A Venezuelan holds up a copy of the 1999 constitution at a celebratory march in Caracas on Monday, with late president Hugo Chav

The Bolivarian Revolution's founding document celebrates its 15th anniversary with a record of turning constitutional rights into everyday reality.

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Pemon Indigenous Occupy Airport in Venezuela: “We Have Had Enough of Broken Promises”

The occupied airport does not see much traffic (all photos Z.C. Dutka / Venezuelanalysis.com)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka gives an eyewitness account of the break out of an indigenous protest in the town of Santa Elena de Uairen in southern Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Indigenous Mapoyo Language Added to UNESCO Heritage List

Mapoyo leader, Simón Bastidas (AVN)

The inclusion of the Mapoyo language was the only Latin-American proposal included this year.

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Venezuela’s Indigenous Pemon are Caught in Time on Land Too Valuable for Numbers

A pemon boy rests on the way to Mt. Roraima. (Benjamin Mast)
In the shadow of Columbus Day, venezuelanalysis.com writer Z.C. sketches, through interviews, an intimate portrait of a changing people – the Pemon of Venezuela’s mineral-rich Southeastern border. Their testimonies of struggle reflect the country’s changing political landscape and highlights a stark generational gap that afflicts many of Latin America’s first nation peoples.

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Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Caption: Unidentified emergency medical technician attempts to protect Muñoz. (Carlos Becerra/Demotrix)

Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.

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11th Annual World Poetry Festival in Venezuela Pays Homage to Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka (Julian C. Wilson/AP)

Venezuelanalysis.com reporter Arlene speaks to lead participants of the World Poetry Festival happening now in Caracas on the life of Amiri Baraka, revolutionary poet and founder of Black Arts movement in the U.S. Artists recall Baraka's visits to Venezuela and explain the impact his writings had on Latin American revolutionaries.

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Afro-Youth, Afro-Venezuelanness and Afro-Autonomy

afrodescendant youth

Jesus Chucho Garcia, Venezuelan author, commentator, professor, co-founder of the AfroVenezuelan Network and former Ambassador to Angola, frequently contributes to Aporrea and other publications. As May, the month of Afrovenezuelaness, closes, these excerpts from Garcia’s recent commentaries provide perspective on the political direction of the Afrovenezuelan movement for May and beyond.

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Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community

From left to right: Yeisenia Soto, Gisela León and school staff. Photo by Arlene Eisen

Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas,  travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa  to establish ties with community members there.

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Venezuela’s Afro Descendent Front Proposes Program of Action to Confront Racism and Fascism

Camacho handing Maduro the Manifesto (AVN)

On Saturday, May 10, ignoring the rain, more than 1000 African Descendant Venezuelans flooded the streets to mark the official Day of Afrovenezolanidad (Afro-Venezuelaness). VA.com's Arlene Eisen reports.

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