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Analysis: Law and Justice

Venezuelan Human Rights Experts Call for End to “Media Distortion” of Protests and State Response

Two demonstrators at a pro-government march “for peace” in Mérida recently. The banner reads “no more violence, we want p

A group of forty two Venezuelan human rights activists offer their views on the guarantee of human rights in the current protests. Analysing the overall situation, they argue that there is a purposeful distortion of the situation by mass media and even some NGOs for political reasons.

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Understanding the Facts on Violence and Human Rights in Venezuela's Unrest

Opposition marchers in Caracas on Wednesday 12 March argue with the National Guard (EDSAU OLIVARES / El Universal)

Venezuelanlysis.com publishes a concise study of the fatalities, wounded and damages caused in the last month of political violence. The findings suggest that the narrative used to explain the violence in most mainstream media outlets is either uninformed or deliberately misleading.

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Venezuela: A New Lesson in Democracy

(AVN)

The complicity of the Spanish media with Venezuelan coup-ism has never been as explicit and committed as it was in 2002, but it has been equally repugnant. The same lies as always, the same topics, the same rubbish.

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The National Guard and Class Struggle

A recent photo of opposition protestors in front of National Guards (archive)

A Venezuelan media worker describes the harassment the National Guard has put up with over the last few weeks, looks at the class composition behind the situation, and expresses concern over what the opposition tactic is aiming for.

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The Community and Security Forces in Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Over the last decade the Venezuelan government has sought to reform the country's security forces. But just how far has reform gone towards improving relations between the grassroots and the police and armed forces?

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

Miguel Rodríguez Torres (Raúl Romero)

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.

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In Order to Overcome Corruption in Venezuela

"Revolution without corruption" reads this mural in Venezuela

Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia looks at the historical origins, current manifestations of, and possible solutions to the issue of corruption in Venezuela.

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What You Need to Know About the Enabling Law

Four Enabling Laws were approved under late President Hugo Chavez (Correo del Orinoco)

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has announced that he will ask for special powers to legislate against corruption. In the battle of the revolutionary government against this scourge, the possibility looms of a new Enabling Law. To better understand this legal mechanism, Correo del Orinoco presents a summary of the subject.

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

Conrado (Aporrea.org)

An excerpt of an interview by Aporrea.org with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) member Guillermo Torres Cueter, known as Julian Conrado, or “The Singer.” 

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Debate: Gun Control Reform in Venezuela

(archive)

As part of the debate on gun control in Venezuela, Hanson looks at the impact of Venezuela's gun reform on police, right to self defense, and the arms market.

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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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Venezuela: ‘We spend more, in order to gain more’

The deep social changes are described to me as ‘the process’. Governments that came before the election of Hugo Chàvez in 1998 are grouped as ‘the Fourth Republic’. Venezuelans, now living in the Fifth Republic, do not want those days to return.

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We’re Not Going to Allow Shortages or Messing with Prices

Indepabis president Consuelo Cerrada (archive)

The Venezuelan government continues its fight against price speculation, hoarding and sporadic shortages of certain products. Venezuelanalysis.com translates this interview with the president of Indepabis, the government’s consumer protection body charged with inspecting businesses and ensuring that companies abide by laws on price controls and other measures to guarantee the population’s access to goods and services.

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We Need a Mass Movement to Push For the Law Against Forgetting

Fernando Soto Rojas (AVN)

“We need a mass movement to lead the struggle to demand justice for the crimes of the Pacto de Punto Fijo era (1958-1998),” says parliamentarian Fernando Soto Rojas in this interview with Venezuelan daily Ciudad CCS.

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