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Venezuela Sanctions Highlight US Hypocrisy on Human Rights

 Cuban President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Havana, Dec. 14, 2014. (Prens

Obama should follow his example on Cuba and engage with, not punish, Venezuela.

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Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights

Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela. (EFE)

Diosdado Cabello expresses his opinion in the NY Times; "It seemed an unfortunate coincidence that just as scores of people demonstrating against police brutality were being arrested on the streets of New York and other cities, the United States Congress passed a bill to bring sanctions against members of my country’s government for alleged human rights abuses during protests earlier this year."

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U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela: A Wrong Turn For Regional Diplomacy

Nicolas Maduro with other South American leaders at the recent UNASUR summit in Quito, Ecuador (presidencia de Ecuador)

The Obama administration has facilitated the adoption of a right-wing posture towards Venezuela because it has never consolidated itself behind a policy that could generate strong progressive support in the United States.

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Venezuela in Financial Difficulty; will PetroCaribe Survive?

Graphic art depicting the sunrise over the Caribbean, with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) as the

Guyanese- Antiguan scholar Sir Ronald Sanders examines the vulnerabilities of Venezuela-backed alliance Petrocaribe in the face of last week’s OPEC summit and a perceived oil glut on the horizon. Petrocaribe has provided singular economic support for over a dozen Caribbean nation’s economies, including hundreds of millions of dollars in developmental funds.

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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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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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