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Obama Throws Another Bone to the Right on Venezuela

U.S. President Barack Obama (AP)

Today the Obama administration threw a bone to the extreme right, with a press release from Secretary of State John Kerry announcing “restrictions on travel to the United States by a number of Venezuelan government officials who have been responsible for or complicit in such human rights abuses.”   This is of course a very hostile gesture that is transparently political, and has nothing to do with human rights.  

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The Problem with the Venezuela Sanctions Debate

Last November, the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited Latin America and announced the “end of the Monroe Doctrine

As murmurs of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela continue in the aftermath of the protest violence there, researcher Michael McCarthy recently published an article in World Politics Review making some good arguments for why they would be a bad idea.

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Marta Harnecker: El Salvador, a New Progressive Hope in Latin America

Salvador Sanchez Ceren (Links / archive)

In this interview, Marta Harnecker discusses the possibilities for radical transformation in El Salvador under the new government of Salvador Sanchez Ceren. She compares the experience in El Salvador with that of Venezuela, and explains the impact Venezuela has had on progressive movements in the region.

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. (Reuters)
In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced."

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Before You Go (Or Decide Not to Go) to the PreCOP in Venezuela, Consider This

The Orinoco river. Venezuela is categorised as one of the world’s seventeen “mega bio-diverse” countries (wikipedia.org)

The issue being raised by many of these European and North American activists is that Venezuela is a major oil producer and that attending such an event would lend tacit support to their fossil fuel extraction.  As a Bolivian, I believe the reality is more complex; this piece is my attempt to add nuance, as well as to call out some of the underlying assumptions of my Northern colleagues and allies in the climate fight.

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Unite, Britain’s largest union, passes a motion in support of President Maduro & Venezuela

Representatives of the UK union, UNITE, discuss the international importance of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

Unite the Union, the largest union in Britain and Europe, this week unanimously passed a motion to support the government of President Nicolas Maduro and re-affirming their support for the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

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'No US Sanctions Against Venezuela' Say Asia-Pacific Socialists

Manila, Philippines: ‘We stand with the workers and people of Venezuela!’ Militant labor union Kilusang Mayo Uno (May 1st Mo

We, the undersigned parties and organisations in the Asia region, condemn the moves by the United States government to impose sanctions on Venezuelan citizens it deems to have “abused human rights”.

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Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent And Non-Violent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Anti-government protestors in Venezuela. (Carlos Becerra / Creative Commons)

Ellner argues that the opposition's street action and civil unrest appear to follow a coordinated plan which is pre-designed to provoke regime change in Venezuela while justifying violence in the eyes of mass media.

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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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Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin, Ireland. November 24, 2012. (Photo: William Murphy / Flickr)

Peter and Mike recall the lessons learned from their time in Venezuela, and what the Bolivarian process may be able to teach the western world, for, as they say "While democratic socialism may sound utopian in the European context, and positively unimaginable in the United States, there is a viable alternative to the neoliberal model in existence."

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Human Right Watch's Revolving Door

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (archive)

Fernandez examines how the Washington-based Human Rights Watch organisation takes stances toward left and right-wing Latin American governments that are “suspiciously in line with U.S. policy”.

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Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro

Hard-line opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (archive)

This document shows the messages written by members of the right-wing opposition which according to Venezuelan authorities point to a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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Rejecting US Claims that the Venezuelan State Permits Human Rights Abuses

peace march maduro

In light of the contraversial bill that just passed the US House of Representatives, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign aims to set the record straight on the accusations of Human Rights abuses US lawmakers have directed at Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela, Capitalism & Climate Change

children mision arbol

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has just announced its plan to fight climate change. Claudia Salerno, Vice Minister for North America at the Venezuelan Mission to the United Nations, explained her country's proposals fight climate change at a special meeting with the press May 30. She summed up the plan saying: "Venezuela's contribution is to change the system, not the climate."

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The Spectre Haunting The Spanish Monarchy

Hugo Chavez

At a summit in 2007, Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain, the head of state hand-picked by dictator Francisco Franco as his successor, was moved to outburst by remarks by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. "Why don’t you shut up?” the King spat, as Chávez recalled Spain's support of the attempted coup d’état that sought to depose him in 2002.

Well, look who’s shutting up now.

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