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Call of Duty: Feeding the Venezuela Haters or Just Dumb Fun?

Almagro is a red-beret wearing, Simon Bolivar-admiring and vehemently anti-US Venezuelan dictator who used petrodollars to forge

If ideology shapes our fantasies as Zizek suggests, then Call of Duty: Ghosts is imperialism distilled.

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Leading Figures from Britain Express Solidarity with Venezuela Against Unconstitutional Destabilization Attempts

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Leading figures from across British society such as Grahame Morris MP (Labour Friends of Venezuela & Venezuela Solidarity Campaign,) filmmaker John Pilger, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, Professor Ernesto Laclau & many others have signed a statement in solidarity with Venezuela.

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As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action

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Democracy Now's Amy Goodman interviews Claudia Salerno, the lead climate negotiator for Venezuela at this week's climate talks in Warsaw, Poland.

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The Shadow of Chile Falls on Venezuela

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (centre) at an event last week to mark eight months since the death of his predecessor, Hugo

The mayoral elections campaign has seen an increase in economic sabotage aimed at incapacitating the government of President Nicolas Maduro and, says Francisco Dominguez, presents a threat not unlike that faced decades ago by Salvador Allende in Chile.

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Document Evidences Destabilization Plan Against Venezuela

The document, titled “Strategic Venezuelan Plan”, was prepared by the Democratic Internationalism Foundation (http://fidauv.

An internal document authored by three organizations from Colombia and the United States evidences a sinister plan against the Venezuelan state to provoke violence – even death – with the intention of justifying an international intervention in anticipation of municipal elections scheduled for next December 8.

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US- Venezuela Relations: A Case Study of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

US-Venezuela relations provide a casebook study of the complex, structural and contingent dimensions of imperialism and anti-imperialism.

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The "Doctors of Socialism"? Meet Venezuela’s Community Doctors

A group of trainee community doctors on a celebratory march in Caracas. Their placards read “healthcare is a right, let’s de

Late President Hugo Chavez argued that Venezuela’s community doctors must be “doctors of socialism”; committed to free public healthcare and community service. These interviews with recently graduated community doctors from Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia give a firsthand insight into the new kind of doctor Venezuela is creating for itself and the wider world.

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Attending Need, Not Profit: Venezuela’s Experiment with Community Medicine

The February 2012 graduation of the first wave of community doctors, of which there were over 8000 in total (AVN)

How should the healthcare needs of a society be met? Conspicuously absent from international media coverage and under fire from conservative critics at home, Venezuela is developing a public healthcare system distinct from both U.S. market-driven and European welfare-state models. Perhaps nothing makes this system more unique than the kind of doctors being trained to run it.

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Blame it on Caracas

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (archive)

Venezuelanalysis.com founder Gregory Wilpert critiques the New York Times’ coverage of Venezuela – U.S. relations following the expulsion of three U.S. diplomats from Venezuela by President Nicolas Maduro.

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Interview: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Talks to Le Monde Diplomatique

Nicolas Maduro being sworn in as Venezuelan president following his election on 14 April 2013 (AFP)

In this recent in-depth interview with Le Monde Diplomatique, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro discusses foreign relations, his first 100 days in office, and outlines his government’s vision to achieve a “21st century socialist” economic model. Translated by Venezuelanalysis.com.

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"Under Any Condition, the Revolutionary Morale": An Interview with Julian Conrado

Conrado (Aporrea.org)

An excerpt of an interview by Aporrea.org with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) member Guillermo Torres Cueter, known as Julian Conrado, or “The Singer.” 

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Student Activists Inspired by Venezuela’s Revolution

The delegation at the Salvador Allende School of Medicine (VSC)

Student activists gave their impression of the social transformation under way in Venezuela at a Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) meeting in July after visiting the country. Their visit to Venezuela was organised to see the truth about the revolution, especially in the aftermath of the recent presidential elections and ongoing media distortions about the situation in the country under President Maduro. It also sought to strengthen links with grassroots youth and student movements in Venezuela.

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An Open Letter to the Media on the 'Irony' of Snowden's Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

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The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme. Of course, any such “ironies” would be irrelevant even if they were based on factual considerations.

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Venezuela: An Ethical Foreign Policy?

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (Manu Dias/CC)

Does Venezuelan foreign policy include ethical considerations, as its supporters claim? The evidence suggests it does and that as a result we can be more optimistic about possibilities for incorporating ethics into international affairs than some scholars would have us believe.

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Venezuela's Maduro and His Motivations to Take in Snowden: The Wall Street Journal Misses the Mark

Opposition protests in Merida following the 14 April elections (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis.com)

In the wake of President Nicolas Maduro's offer of asylum to Edward Snowden, there has been a renewed wave of criticism of the Venezuelan government. There has been some good commentary, and plenty of the usual misinformation.

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