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Terrorism in Venezuela and Its Accomplices

Violent opposition protests in Caracas. (Reuters)

The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months.

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Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government

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 The following letter was sent today to Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire; former UN Assistant Secretary General Hans von Sponeck; current UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk; and over 100 scholars.

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“We Still Have Time to Change Course Away from Bourgeois Conciliation”: An Interview with Activist and Aporrea Founder Gonzalo Gomez

Gonzalo Gomez (archive)

Gonzalo Gomez, a founder of alternative Venezuelan news website Aporrea.org, and a member of Socialist Tide, a critical left current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, gives his view on the current political moment and possible future trajectories for the Bolivarian revolution.

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The “Leftist” Protest of Heinz Dietrich

Heinz Dietrich, German sociologist and political analyst, presents his 2005 book “Hugo Chavez and 21st Century Socialism.” (

Guatemalan writer Percy Godoy criticizes the German author of “Hugo Chavez and 21st Century Socialism” for his recent comments against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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162 Attacks on Cuban Doctors in Venezuela Ignored by Media

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In the last two months 162 aggressions against Cuban doctors in Venezuela have been registered. A few days ago, the Venezuelan government gave a medal to two of these people, who were almost burnt alive during an opposition attack on a medical centre in Lara state.

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The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela

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Author and journalist Eva Golinger details recent U.S. funding of the Venezuelan opposition, concluding that, “What is clear is that the US government continues to feed efforts to destabilize Venezuela”.

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Undocumented Migrants in Venezuela Have More Rights than US Citizens in the US

"Bye friend, return soon", says the sign at one of Venezuela's border points (archive)

While most first world and imperialist countries criminalise refugees and undocumented migrants, scapegoating them, promoting racism, and mistreating them, Venezuela welcomes all migrants, and provides them with the same rights as Venezuelan citizens.

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USAID Subversion in Latin America Not Limited to Cuba

Woman using cellphone in Havana

The “ZunZuneo” project, which the Associated Press reports was “aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government,” was overseen by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). AP describes OTI as “a division that was created after the fall of the Soviet Union to promote U.S. interests in quickly changing political environments — without the usual red tape.” Its efforts to undermine the Cuban government are not unusual, however, considering the organization’s track record in other countries in the region.

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Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (EFE)

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.

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Call to Action in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan Peasant Movement

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We, Vía Campesina Internacional, the international peasant movement that brings together over 200 million families in 77 countries, express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people, their peasant movement Bolivarian Revolution – currently the victim of an imperialist crusade that, together with reactionary right-wing forces, conspires within Venezuela and abroad in an attempt to retake the power they lost legitimately, democratically, and repeatedly at the ballot box.

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Natural Resources as the Dynamic Axis of UNASUR strategy

oil field in Venezuela's Orinoco region

Alí Rodriguez Araque, general secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) details the core values of the UNASUR trade bloc, noting the paradox between the extensive reserves of valuable natural resources and the 130 million living in poverty throughout represented nations. Last week UNSAUR sent a delegation to discuss recent conflict and possible resolution in petroleum-rich Venezuela- this statement provides a basis of understanding for UNSAUR's position on Venezuela and their rejection of possible U.S. sanctions.

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APG Open Letter: Canada Must Call for Dialogue Amid Unrest in Venezuela

(Miguel Acurero/Ultimas Noticias)

We call upon the Canadian government to condemn foreign intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs via the funding and training of groups and individuals seeking regime change through violence or other unconstitutional means, and to support dialogue as the only appropriate means of achieving peace and reconciliation in Venezuela.

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Media Distortions about Venezuela Not Just a Problem in the U.S.

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I sometimes complain about U.S. media coverage of Venezuela, which is mostly one-sided and sometimes terribly inaccurate. But compared to most of the Latin American media, U.S. reporting is practically “fair and balanced.” 

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The “Cubanization” of U.S. Policy Towards Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan opposition politicians and their allies in the U.S.frequently decry Cuba’s alleged influence on the Venezuelan government. Ironically however, there seems to be an important and growing nexus between the Venezuelan opposition and the anti-Cuba lobby in the U.S. 

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US Vice President Promises to Forgive Venezuela if It Goes Away

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In a move widely applauded by those who know which side their bread is buttered on, the US vice president today attacked the Venezuelan government over its stubborn refusal to get out of the way for the good of the hemisphere.

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