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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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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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