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Venezuela Rejects “Media Manipulation” of Brazilian Senator Visit

The Ministry of Foreign Relations released the official declaration on June 19th (CorreodelOrinoco)

The Venezuelan Foreign Relations Ministry has released an official communique lambasting international media reports surrounding a visit to the country by a group of rightwing Brazilian senators last week.

 

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Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run Through Venezuela

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro (R) next to Haitian Foreign Minister

Obama's historic moves in normalizing relations with Cuba risk being jeopardized if the US leader fails to overcome rightwing efforts to derail reconciliation with Venezuela.

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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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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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Australian Academics, Journalists, Unionists Tell Obama “Hands Off Venezuela”

Activists rallied in Sydney earlier this year in solidarity with Venezuela, shortly after Obama announced new sanctions against

A letter signed by over 70 high profile individuals from Australia and New Zealand has called on US President Barack Obama to “stop interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs” and revoke his March 9 Executive Order directed against the Nicolas Maduro government. 

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50 Leading UK Trade Unionists Show Solidarity With Venezuela

(Venezuela Solidarity Campaign UK)

We the undersigned – representatives of trade unions and working people in the UK – stand in solidarity with Venezuela’s unions of Railway workers, Urban and transport workers, Oil and electric workers, Education, Public Sector and Health workers, and Construction Workers who have organised mobilisations over the last month saying ‘Venezuela is not a Threat – We are Hope’ and ‘Obama – Repeal the Executive Order.’

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Fighting Words

US President Barack Obama (NBC news)

Lauren Carasik explains why Barack Obama's "tough talk" in Venezuela won't work.

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Podemos’s Latin American Roots

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias (right) and Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera last fall. (Jacobin/ courtesy)

Podemos has gained traction by drawing on lessons from the Latin American left.

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Letter from the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers to the Social Movements of the USA

Logo for the the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers (FREBIN)

The the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers reaches out to US social movements to talk “people to people” about why Venezuela’s Bolivarian model poses a threat to global capitalism.

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Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Chavista effigies hung in 2014. (TeleSUR)

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

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Spain's Podemos Just Latest Victim of Toxic Venezuela Monster!

"Chavzilla", copyright Asa Cusack 2015, based on public domain 1954 Japanese movie poster, with elements of other CC l

Asa Cusack reflects on how Venezuela has unjustifiably become such a toxic brand that the right wing can use it to tar political opponents.

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How Not to Win Friends in Latin America

US President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo: Official White House photographer Pete Souza)

Even as the normalization of relations with Cuba proceeds, the White House plans to continue funding “democracy promotion” programs within the country – as well as numerous others in the region.

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But What About the Oil? US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions

US Senator Marco Rubio (redstate.com)

Last week, lawyer and journalist Glen Greenwald acerbically asked if there was “anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability” of Obama’s claim that Venezuela is an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security. On Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Venezuela, a band of rightwing “human rights” specialists including US senator Marco Rubio decided to make a Herculean attempt.

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Letter to the People of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat

(Photo - archives)

An open letter from Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the people of the U.S., published today in the New York Times.

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Venezuela: A Threat to US National Security?

President Obama issued an executive order last week labeling Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" and sanct

The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign highlights the double standards implicit in the recent U.S. decision to brand Venezuela "an extraodinary threat" in light of  recent U.S.-backed coup efforts against progressive regional governments as well as support for repressive regimes. The only threat that Venezuela poses, the authors continue, is the "threat of being a good example", namely the the immense social gains achieved by the Bolivarian Revolution being viewed as a model by  other countries in the region and throughout the world. 

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