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Can the NYT Really Answer Your Questions on Venezuela?

(The New York Times)

VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas takes apart NYT correspondent Nick Casey's latest blogpost purporting to answer readers' questions on Venezuela, exposing the Establishment journalist's thinly veiled Western colonial bias evidenced in his systematic privileging of wealthy opposition voices over those of working class Chavismo. 

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Chavismo and Its Discontents: International Left Intellectuals Respond to Venezuelan Government’s Legislative Election Setback

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Prominent Latin America solidarity activists Roger Harris and Chuck Kaufman critique the recent wave of attacks by US leftist intellectuals against the Bolivarian Revolution in the wake of last month's landslide defeat in parliamentary elections, arguing that anti-imperialist solidarity is more necessary than ever. 

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Lessons We Can Learn from the Electoral Setback in Venezuela

Anti-imperialist mural in Caracas.

Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee activist Stan Smith reflects on the Bolivarian Revolution in the wake of December 6th parliamentary elections, which he observed firsthand as part of a delegation organized by Task Force on the Americas and School of the Americas Watch. 

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Washington Seeks Observers That it Can Influence in Venezuela’s Election

(Jorge Silva/Reuters)

"Any government that has been a major U.S. target for regime change for more than a decade would have reason to be wary of OAS observers."

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NSA Taps into Venezuela's State Oil Company with Help from US Embassy, Snowden Leak Reveals

(TeleSUR English)

U.S. intelligence agents posing as diplomats in Caracas helped an NSA analyst try to crack open PDVSA’s computer network.

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"Loss for Revolution at Legislative Elections Would Bring Negative Consequences for Latin America"

Nelson Davila, Venezuelan ambassador to Australia (telesur)

Venezuelan ambassador to Australia, Nelson Davila, talks international solidarity and legislative elections with TeleSUR English.

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Invite Chomsky but Take His Warning Seriously

Noam Chomsky (Reuters)

VA presents a response to recent comments by Noam Chomsky in which the Venezuelan activist Clodovaldo Hernandez takes linguists’ warnings about corruption seriously, and calls for a deepening of the revolutionary process in lieu of abandoning it to defeat.

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Allende’s Grandson: “Not in the Name of Allende nor Socialism”

Caption: Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende, overthrown in a US-sponsored military coup on September 11, 1973 (archive

Pablo Sepulveda Allende, the grandson of the late Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende, is now a doctor living in Caracas. In this article he speaks out against declarations made by his aunt, the current president of the Chilean Socialist Party, against the conviction of Leopoldo Lopez in Venezuela.

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The Truth About Chávez

Supporters of late president Hugo Chávez. (AVN)

Responding to US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' dismissal of Hugo Chávez as a "dead communist dictator", the author argues that the late Venezuelan president's radical egalitarian program of participatory economics and protagonist democracy actually mirrors Sanders' own political proposals. 

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Venezuela Takes Control of Its Border as Bogotá and Caracas Bring Their Cases to UNASUR

President Maduro speaking at the march against paramilitarism in Caracas.

The author argues that chronic shortages in Venezuela are a direct result of cross-border smuggling networks, which are the target of President Maduro's recent anti-contraband offensive in the Colombian-Venezuelan border zone. 

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The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict

Guyana has approved drilling by Exxon Mobil in the disputed Esquibo region. (Reuters)

Eva Gollinger traces the neocolonial roots of the current Esquibo border dispute, arguing that the US and Exxon Mobil are backing Guyanese annexation of the contested territory in a bid to weaken Venezuela and shore up US influence in the Caribbean.

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Mehmet Ali Dogan: Communes, Counter-Hegemony, and the Kurdish Fight for the Middle Eastern Patria Grande

Mehmet Ali Dogan (courtesy)

As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. With powerful testimony, Dogan bridges the gaps between peoples' movements across the globe, emphasizing the need to reduce state roles in order to create and defend revolution from the ground up.

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Selma in Caracas: Brown-Washing and the Abuse of History

Dr. King leading a march over the Edmund Pettus bridge as depicted in the film Selma (El Estimulo)

VA.com's Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.

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US Targets Venezuela Using Border Dispute as Pretext

Map indicating disputed area. (teleSUR)

Draitser argues that Venezuela and Guyana’s despute over the Essequibo region is a new front in the destabilization of Venezuela

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Maduro Talks to teleSUR: Guyana Border Dispute, Greece, and Economic War

President Nicolas Maduro with historic map of Gran Colombia. (teleSUR)

From the Peruvian Sun Hall at the Miraflores Palace, teleSUR’s Tatiana Perez and Rey Gomez spoke to President Nicolas Maduro about the Guyana border dispute, Greece, economic war, the BRICS, and more.

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