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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

(archive)

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

(http://alethonews.wordpress.com)

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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US Playing Politics Over Venezuelan Elections

US secretary of state John Kerry (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Nicolas Maduro's victory in the Venezuelan presidential election was narrower than anticipated. Nonetheless, it was clear enough. Yet the US government now seems to be playing politics with the outcome, emboldening Venezuela's opposition coalition by refusing to accept the results and trying to discredit Maduro's mandate.

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Maduro’s Venezuela Remains an Inconvenient Example of Democracy

(Reuters)

While it is understandable that the United States is not pleased with the outcome of the election in Venezuela given their economic interests, it does not give them the right to undermine the political process of a sovereign country.

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'Number one US target': Oliver Stone calls media coverage of Venezuela 'shameful'

Supporters of Venezuelan acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro cheer during his closing campaign rally in C

Venezuela is the top target for US media, not to mention the State Department, legendary director Oliver Stone said at a special screening of his film on Hugo Chavez. Sunday's vote is a choice between two very different futures for Venezuela, he said.

 

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Thatcher is Dead—Long Live Chávez!

Hugo Chavez (patriagrande)

Two deaths with diametrically opposite meanings, evident from the immediate responses they provoked.

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Chavez's Death, Like His Life, Shows the World's Divisions

The Latin American and US media reported almost exclusively negative news on Venezuela... and most people in the Western Hemisph

People don't know the unique role Chavez played in bringing about the unity and second independence of Latin America.

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Sins of Omission

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The New York Times coverage of Hugo Chavez’ death was a bunker buster of misinformation.

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Estoy con Chávez, Soy un Chávista: Exploring the Political Appeal and Significance of Hugo Chávez

Chavez in Caracas

The death of Hugo Chavez has produced a heavily polarised debate over his legacy. In a new essay for Ceasefire, Samuel Grove takes issue with the eagerness of the Western left to cloak Chávez in a liberal garb, and argues this is symptomatic of a deeper conservative ambivalence towards what Chávez represented: a unapologetic fighter and leader for the Venezuelan working-class.

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Fidel Castro on the Death of Hugo Chavez: We Lost Our Best Friend

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro (EFE Archives)

The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, has described late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as the best friend the Cuban people have had in their history.

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Chavez Succeeded Where Obama Failed

(BARCROFT MEDIA)

The late President Chavez steadily increased the crowds of people who came to hear him speak, year after year, election after election, rally after rally. The secret? Whereas President Obama could only speak about “hope” and “change,” President Chavez actually delivered. 

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