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Obama Imposes Military End-Uses Sanctions Against Venezuela

The seal of the US Bureau of Industry and Security (Wikipedia Commons)

The only risk that Venezuela really imposes on the US is the threat of a good example. And this is precisely why Venezuela is being targeted by the US government for regime change.

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43 Lives, 2 Countries

Mexico and Venezuela (Photo: Reuters, agency, teleSUR)

The private and mainstream media's coverage of the disappearance and likely murder of 43 Mexican students and the developing protest movement against such impunity has been sympathetic, if unanalytical. Yet, earlier this year the mainstream media gave no such sympathy to the 43 people who were killed during months of opposition violence in Venezuela.

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“Model of Tyranny” Criticism of Venezuela’s El Sistema Youth Orchestra System Provokes Response

An open concert in 2011 at the Nucleo of Santa Cruz in the Andean state of Merida, to the west of Venezuela. It is one of 180 ce

A British academic has criticised Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra system as a “model of tyranny”, provoking a response from a range of UK and Venezuelan music figures over the nature of the world famous program.

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"Change the System, Not the Climate!" Voices from the Social PreCOP

Members of civil society insisted that a transition be made from fossil fuels to community controlled renewable energy sources (

A warm ocean breeze rolled across the picturesque beach on Venezuela's Caribbean island of Margarita.

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Why Predictions of Ebb in 'Pink Tide' Proved Premature

Rousseff of the Workers Party won by close to 4.5 Million vote. (Photo:Reuters)

Since the start of the year, numerous newspapers have dedicated article after article to predictions of a looming demise of the so-called “Pink Tide." Federico explains how far they missed the mark in regards to the Latin American left.

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The Corporate Assault on Latin American Democracy

ICSID logo (archive)

In recent years, the ever-aggressive corporate war on Latin American societies has entered a new phase, one in which major battles are being decided on the fourth floor of the World Bank headquarters in Washington, by an obscure and increasingly powerful institution known as the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

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Venezuela at the UN, Washington At Bay

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. (Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Grandin examines the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power’s, futile attempts to block Venezuela’s recent appointment to the UN Security Council, and anticipates the effect that a Chile-Venezuela Council alliance may have on US foreign policymaking.

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Taking a Leadership Role: Venezuela on U.N. Security Council while Washington Suffers Setback in Prestige

U.N. representatives for Venezuela, including Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, right, celebrate after being elected to a two yea

With 181 out of 193 of the United Nations representatives voting yes on Thursday, October 16, the Venezuelan government has gained not only a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but an affirmation of a leadership role in the Americas.

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Bolivia-Venezuela Comparisons Should be Very Helpful to Radical Chavistas

Bolivian president Evo Morles (left) and Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (La Prensa / EFE)

Emersberger responds to the recent opinion article “Paralysed Venezuela vs Thriving Bolivia”, arguing: “Maduro’s government, like that of Chavez before him, is facing an economic war and other forms of destabilization. The lesson from Bolivia isn’t that it must try harder to win over foreign and domestic elites.  On the contrary, Bolivia’s example offers ways to fight more effectively.”

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Paralysed Venezuela vs Thriving Bolivia: Two Faces of Socialism

La Paz, Bolivia (archive)

Hernán Luis Torres Núñez, a frequent economics commentator on leftist Venezuelan community forum Aporrea, argues that Venezuela should learn from Bolivian president Evo Morales’ pragmatic style of governance for “21st century socialism”.

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The Disturbing Message of Robert Serra’s Murder

The gruesome assassination of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra (27) and his partner Maria Herrera last Wednesday has shaken

A number of political, trade union, and academic figures from British civil society state their worry about the murder of young Venezuelan parliamentarian Robert Serra and what implications this may have for the country’s political stability.

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Academics and Diplomats Contest the Washington Post’s Criticism of the Maduro Administration

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro addressing the United Nations General Assembly (agencies)

The Post’s opposition to Venezuela’s aspiration to a UN Security Council seat and its criticism of the Maduro administration has been challenged by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) and diplomatic sources, published together here.

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Venezuela, Country of Overwhelming Riches and Intense Contrast

Smuggling toilet paper across the Simon Bolivar bridge, between Venezuela and Colombia. (Ramón Lepage / Orinoquiaphoto)

Quechua anthropologist Ollantay Itzamná writes of his crossing from Baranquilla, Colombia to Venezuela. After choosing not to heed the colorful warnings of famine and crime parroted by Colombian taxi drivers, Itzamná finds as he draws closer to the border that he is just one foreigner among hundreds of Colombians who cross over daily to fill their bags with low-priced goods.

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South/South Collaboration for a Post-Capitalist Paradigm

The BRICs summit in Brazil in July 2014 (Andina)

In this paper, I deliberately develop a provocative style, in order to call attention to the urgent need for a radical (going to the roots) transformation and to initiate transition steps.

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Hugo Chávez – Revolutionary Internationalist

In the course of his 14 years as President of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías became a much-admired figure among the inter

Published to coincide with events to mark 60 years since Hugo Chavez’s birth, activist and blogger Carlos Martinez argues that Chavez followed a policy of “revolutionary internationalism” often misunderstood by members of the Western liberal left.

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