Bare-chested, clad in traditional dress and wielding bows and arrows, hundreds of representatives of the Barí, Yukpa and Wayúu indigenous peoples from the westernmost region of Venezuela marched on the capital to demand a halt to coal mining near their lands in the Sierra de Perijá mountain range.
By Robin Nieto — Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 13th 2004
The government of Venezuela under President Hugo Chávez is supporting a controversial plan to increase coal mining production in the oil producing state of Zulia. Critics say the plan may threaten the state’s most important water supply.
By Robin Nieto - Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 20th 2004
The Venezuelan government lauched "Mission Guaicaipuro" as a program to help Venezuela's indigenous population claim their rights according to the country's new constitution. A survey of some of the beneficiary communities shows that the program is advancing, but with delays.
By Bill Fletcher Jr. - TransAfrica Forum, Oct 7th 2004
The August 15, 2004 recall election in Venezuela may have introduced a new chapter in Venezuelan political history. A January 2004 TransAfrica Forum-sponsored delegation to Venezuela was able to observe elements of what has been underway in Venezuela.
By Justin Podur and C.P. Pandya - ZNet, Aug 6th 2004
If Venezuela provides a new, albeit fragile, model of social and economic progress for the region, then its Andean neighbor Colombia, can be seen providing a less-favored, more dangerous alternative - one of neoliberal repression and privatization.
A developing nation taking control of its own resources and plowing profits back into infrastructure and social revolution, is just one of the many reasons why Chavez is the worst nightmare of the US and the global corporate imperialists.
By Carol J. Williams - Los Angeles Times, Jun 14th 2004
Until Mission Robinson, the education drive that the government claims will virtually eradicate illiteracy nationwide by the end of June, many indigenous communities were deprived of more than knowledge.
Looking at recent political changes in Venezuela from the point of view of its original inhabitants helps reveal the nature of Chávez’s government, as well as highlighting why the elite see him as such a threat to their previously hegemonic control over the country.
By Edgard A. Hernandez - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 22nd 2004
TransAfrica Forum president Bill Fletcher talks about his impressions on race, class and the process of social transformations currently underway in Venezuela. Criticizes US government intervention in the affairs of Venezuela
An interview with Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, Venezuela's leading activist against and researcher of racism in Venezuela. As a Venezuelan of African descent, he talks about the denial of racism in Venezuela and what needs to be done to overcome it.
Venezuelans of African descent are practically invisible in Venezuela's history and culture. This invisibility is part of a larger tendency in Venezuelan culture to deny the existence of racism in Venezuela. Jesus Garcia, the director of the Afro-Venezuelan Network explains some of the origins of this invisibility.
By Alejandro Correa and Willie Thompson, Oct 14th 2003
Behind the enemies of Venezuela and it's first multiracial president are very large sums of money. The dreams of the African Venezuelan people may be deferred if the US replaces Chavez with a rightwing businessman as president.