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Analysis: Land Reform

Against Judicial Attacks, International Support for Venezuela’s Communes

Protestors call for commune activist David Diaz's release in Caracas earlier this month. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana

VA.com publishes this open letter by a number of scholars and activists who warn about recent judicial attacks on commune activists in Venezuela, and encourage support for the country’s commune movement.

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Venezuela's Right-Wing Violence is Ignored, Say Pro-Government Groups

anti-government protestors

“Where was the United States and the international human rights organizations when they were trying to kill us and steal our land?” said Braulio Álvarez, of Yaracuy, Venezuela. He said 6,000 people were killed from the 1950s to the 1980s by paramilitaries and security forces loyal to the right-wing governments that preceded Chávez. The U.S. and international human rights organizations, he said, “only started caring about human rights when Chávez came to power.”

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Centro Madre is a National Model of Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture

Volunteer Susana from Portugal watering the guava tree seedlings." (Marcus Murray)

On only 3.5 hectares (8 acres) of fertile land near San José de Barlovento in the state of Miranda, a two-hour drive from Caracas, this holistic farm integrates fruit trees, vegetables, medicinal plants, bee-keeping, fish ponds, egg-laying chickens, worm production and a commercial guava nursery.

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Debate On the Seed Law. Shipment of Transgenic Seeds Arrives in Venezuela

Manuel Leon sows corn from his five hectare farm in Apure. He received a government credit for three hectares of the planting. (

From within the collectives we are provoking a grassroots constituent debate for a new revolutionary seed law, built from the bottom by the legislating people, in defense of a free, criolla, indigenous,peasantAfro-descendant and sovereign seed, which is under threat by the advances of transnational authorities who would like to control political stability in the country. 

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

logo of vía campesina

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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Venezuela and the Battle against Transgenic Seeds

Photo Source: Office of Medical and Scientific Justice

Over the past two months, efforts to introduce a bill in the Venezuelan National Assembly that could have paved the way for the entrance of transgenic seeds into the country met stiff opposition from the agroecology and ecosocialist movements, stopping Monsanto and other GM firms from getting a foothold in the country.

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Interview with Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, Part Two

(Reuters)

In late August Michael Albert interviewed Interior and Justice Minister of Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a close confidant and long time ally of President Maduro now, and of President Chavez earlier, on many matters critical to current events and prospects in Venezuela. This is part two.

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Venezuela Makes Progress towards Fairer Food System

A grower holds a cocoa pod on a community owned plantation in Venezuela.      
(©World Development Movement)

A combination of government support and community food growing initiatives is changing the face of the Venezuela’s food sustainability. Miriam Ross shares a taste of the results.

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Fighting for Land and Territory in Urban Caracas: An Interview with Héctor Madera

Barrios in Caracas (Agencies)

Jeffery R. Webber and Susan Spronk (JW and SS) interviewed Héctor Madera in Caracas Venezuela. Madera is one of the founders of the Comités de Tierras Urbanas (Committees of Urban Land, CUTs) and member of Movimiento de Pobladores (Poor Peoples’ Movement, MP).

 

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A Personal Account of Land Occupations in Barquisimeto

There have been hundreds of land occupations in Lara State, where Barquisimeto is situated, in recent years (Reportero24).

Jacob Foucault writes his personal experience of a grassroots land occupation in a wealthy area of the city of Barquisimeto, in Lara state to the west of Venezuela.   

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Impunity for Venezuela's Big Landowners

In this piece, Joe Emersberger and Jeb Sprague discuss filmaker Edward Ellis' documentary "Tierras Libres". The documentary explores the assassinations of peasant-activists killed by hired assassins for trying to implement the government's land reform project and their families' quest for justice within a judicial system that is still controlled in large part by the national elite.

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Murder of the Campesinos

A farmer casts fertilizer in a rice plantation on the expropriated and now redistributed farm of El Charcote in the central stat

It is not Hugo Chavez who endangers Venezuelans, but the greedy landowners killing peasant farmers with impunity.

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Interview with Edward Ellis, Director of "Tierras Libres"

Joe Emersberger interviews Edward Ellis, director of "Tierras Libres," a documentary on the struggle for land reform in Venezuela. In this interview, Ellis discusses the murders of over 250 peasant activists and the Venezuelan government's response to these human rights abuses.

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“Without Confrontation, There Can Be No Social Gains” – An Interview with Vice-president Elias Jaua

Vice-president Elias Jaua (MinCi)

In this interview with the Ministry of Communication and Information in April, Venezuelan Vice-president Elias Jaua discusses the opposition, the dynamics of the PSUV party and his time as Minister of Agriculture. Jaua has recently been granted some presidential authorities, such as the right to approve expropriations, and would assume the presidency should Chávez become unable to continue governing.

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Venezuela: Rural Killers Enjoy Impunity

Venezuela's National Campesino Front Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) is organizing a national mobilization against impunity to prot

Having arrived back in Caracas after more than two weeks visiting various rural communities, leaders from the National Campesino Front Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) told us that the bodies of two of their comrades, missing since April 12, had been found.

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