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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/

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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Source: NSA Spied on Chávez in Rome

The DataGate began in Rome in May 2006, when George Bush ordered half the city to be intercepted by the NSA, which wanted to kno

The DataGate? It began in Rome when the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the visit of Hugo Chávez. In May 2006, U.S. secret services organized a massive espionage operation against the Venezuelan president. The Italian capital was intercepted for a week.

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Venezuela-Iran Relations: No Longer Imperilled by Imperialism?

In the June elections, Iranians voted in a president widely viewed as a moderate (AFP/Getty Images)

What happened? Iran and Venezuela's amiable relationship of the last decade was supposed to be the sum of all fears for Washington. Two “tyrants”, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez, were accused of co-sponsoring all sorts of wild, fantastical plots by Washington's warmongers. But was the Iran-Venezuela relationship ever about crushing the “free world” by assembling an unholy alliance of druglords, Islamists and socialists, or is there a slightly saner explanation?

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Latin America’s Progressive Governments: Their Origins, Nature and Challenges

Former and current leaders of the Latin American left: Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa (archives)

In the following essay, Pablo Stefanoni, an Argentine journalist, thoughtfully explores some of the distinctive features of the politics of the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

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Venezuela and Maduro Today: The Heart of Darkness

Modesto Gurrero (

In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and author Modesto Gurrero discusses the significance of Colombia wanting to cooperate with NATO, the political role of Capriles, the fragility of the Maduro government, and the bureaucracy.


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US Compromises on Venezuela as a Last Resort

Just days after United States Secretary of State John Kerry took the reasonable step of meeting Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elia

Washington has taken the desperate step of publicly accepting a Venezuelan olive branch, but at its core the Obama administration remains as ruthless as ever.

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Latin American Social Movements Map Solidarity with ALBA Alliance

An important summit of global significance, held in Brazil May 16-20, has largely passed below the radar of most media outlets, including many left and progressive sources.

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The Judicial Coup Advances

Luis Britto Garcia (VTV)

Venezuelan writer and lawyer Luis Britto Garcia explores how opposition leader Henrique Capriles hopes to use international judicial bodies to challenge the 14 April presidential election, and predicts that “a grave judicial battle is brewing”.

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International Crisis Group Against Venezuela

The International Crisis Group (ICG) sells itself as “working to prevent conflict worldwide” but there is one country where their mission looks more like promoting rather than preventing conflict.  Exhibit A is their report on Venezuela, released recently. 

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Latin America’s Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges in the Twenty-First Century


The democratic, peaceful road to socialism, which has been pursued by the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador and serves as an inspiration for much of the Latin American left, hardly represents a new approach.

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U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America


Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, promoting conflict in ways not seen since the military coup that Washington supported in Venezuela in 2002. 

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Canadian Organizations Condemn Post-Election Violence in Venezuela

We condemn the opposition-initiated violence against innocent supporters of President Nicolas Maduro as an attempt to destabilize Venezuela. In line with UNASUR, we call on the opposition to respect the will of the people and to recognize the results of the CNE.

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Venezuela Faces a Soft War

"The social property law will take away what's yours - No to the Cuban law" said this 2009 publicity, which uses

Framed in a historical and political context, Segarra describes a soft war, a psychological and multifaceted war, waged by foreign interests and local elites against Venezuelans following death of Hugo Chavez.

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The United States Shows its Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has called for a recount of Venezuela's presidential ballot (agencies)

Washington's clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela's election mark a escalation of its push for regime change.

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