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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) 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

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

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An excerpt of an interview by 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/

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

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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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