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The Economist’s Latest Whoppers on Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) gestures next to Nicolas Maduro. Both Venezuelan president have been targets of disho

Joe Emersberger debunks The Economist's latest distorted coverage of Venezuela, including its claims that Venezuelan poverty failed to drop under Chavismo, that Venezuela is the worst performing economy in the world, and that press freedom is under attack. 

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What Is to Be Done?

A motorcyclist passes by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2015 (AFP Photo/Federi

Renowned Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia echoes Lenin in asking "What Is to Be Done?" at the start one of the most difficult years the Bolivarian revolution has ever faced. Here are his recommendations. 

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Venezuelan Election Will Be Close, But Clean

The National Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, December 6th. [Marco Bello/Reuters]

George Ciccariello-Maher assesses the current climate both in Venezuela and internationally ahead of the National Assembly elections this Sunday.

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CNN Doesn’t Want You To Know The Truth About Venezuela’s Voting System

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Eva Golinger recounts how CNN stalled the editing process and eventually refused to publish her article earlier this week because it contained a confirmed quote by Jimmy Carter in 2012 referring to Venezuela's electoral system as “the best in the world." Golinger argues that CNN and other US and international media outlets are preparing to support opposition claims of fraud in Venezuela in the event of a government win this Sunday.

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Venezuela and Poverty: Has the International Media’s Foolishness Reached an All-Time High?

Petare, Caracas. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

Political analyst Joe Emersberger dissects a new study claiming that income poverty in Venezuela has reached an historic high of 73%, demonstrating that such a figure is incompatible with statistics proffered by the IMF and Bank of America. 

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Allende’s Grandson: “Not in the Name of Allende nor Socialism”

Caption: Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende, overthrown in a US-sponsored military coup on September 11, 1973 (archive

Pablo Sepulveda Allende, the grandson of the late Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende, is now a doctor living in Caracas. In this article he speaks out against declarations made by his aunt, the current president of the Chilean Socialist Party, against the conviction of Leopoldo Lopez in Venezuela.

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The Truth About Chávez

Supporters of late president Hugo Chávez. (AVN)

Responding to US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' dismissal of Hugo Chávez as a "dead communist dictator", the author argues that the late Venezuelan president's radical egalitarian program of participatory economics and protagonist democracy actually mirrors Sanders' own political proposals. 

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The Future of Venezuela's Revolution: At the Crossroads of Hope

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Will the current economic crisis be overcome? What does the future hold for Colombian-Venezuelan relations? Will the people continue to support the party of Chavismo?

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Venezuela Rejects “Media Manipulation” of Brazilian Senator Visit

The Ministry of Foreign Relations released the official declaration on June 19th (CorreodelOrinoco)

The Venezuelan Foreign Relations Ministry has released an official communique lambasting international media reports surrounding a visit to the country by a group of rightwing Brazilian senators last week.

 

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Is the Western Media Balanced on Any Scale?

The Western corporate media has long decried the alleged lack of press freedom in Venezuela without citing any evidence. (Credit

The author contends that the international debate surrounding the alleged "pro-government bias" of Venezuela's Globovision television station is quite revealing of Western corporate media's glaring double standards vis-a-vis Venezuela

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Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello

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The information presented by the Wall Street Journal is a mix of anonymous opinions, value judgements by US anti-drug officials, declarations lacking any kind of time sequence and unproven speculations about Diosdado Cabello. 

 

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US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers

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Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.

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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Chavista effigies hung in 2014. (TeleSUR)

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

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Rumour as a Weapon: The Case of the “Stolen Children”

Venezuela has in recent weeks been swept by a wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of children, which some claim is pa

The author contends that the recent wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of Venezuelan children is part of a campaign of psychological warfare aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian government. 

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