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How Not to Win Friends in Latin America

US President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo: Official White House photographer Pete Souza)

Even as the normalization of relations with Cuba proceeds, the White House plans to continue funding “democracy promotion” programs within the country – as well as numerous others in the region.

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US Preparing for Military Aggression on Venezuela

A U.S. Army M113 armored personnel carrier during the second day of Operation Just Cause, 1989.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Argentine sociologist Atilio Boron argues that when the U.S. denounces a country, it is often a pretext for intervention and regime change.

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Hugo Chavez and Leftist Soldiers in 20th Century Latin America

Hugo Chavez came from a military background, as did many progressives in Latin American history. (Credit: teleSur English)

British historian and journalist Richard Gott situates Hugo Chávez within the long tradition of progressive and leftist Latin American military leaders from Bolívar to Perón who worked to transform their socities. 

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Detained Colonel Says Maria Corina Machado Was at the Forefront of the Opposition Violence

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014. 

The following is a report that appeared in the privately-owned Caracas newspaper Ultimas Noticias this morning, detailing the sworn confession made by the retired Venezuelan colonel Jose Gustavo Arocha Perez, who admitted to colluding with the former opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado in a plot to create unrest and oust the Venezuelan government.

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Obama Imposes Military End-Uses Sanctions Against Venezuela

The seal of the US Bureau of Industry and Security (Wikipedia Commons)

The only risk that Venezuela really imposes on the US is the threat of a good example. And this is precisely why Venezuela is being targeted by the US government for regime change.

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Venezuelan General Deterrence: New Axis of Evil or Third World Liberation?

Venezuelan militia members (Juan Barreto /AFP)

Over the last decade general deterrence imperatives have played a major role in shaping Venezuelan foreign policy. This is largely a response to US imperialism. 

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Are the Military Occupations of Stores Evidence that the Venezuelan Government is Descending into Tyranny?

Soldiers outside a Daka store in Caracas (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

Despite the Western media’s outrage, there are legitimate reasons for the occupation of stores by Venezuela’s military.

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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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“Those Who Do Their Job Shouldn’t Fear Inspection”: Interview with Venezuela’s “Inspector”, Admiral Carmen Meléndez

Admiral Carmen Melendez (Ciudad CCS)

Tired of hearing that public works and government projects are not functioning like they should, President Hugo Chavez has given instructions for Carmen Melendez to do on-site supervisions and to bring back the names of those responsible. The very possibility her visiting public institutions suspected of inefficiency will send some into a panic, and make others tremble.

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Opposition Lawmaker Maria Corina Machado Makes Miami Headlines

Maria Corina Machado

In another attempt to discredit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of the country’s most reactionary right-wing lawmakers recently issued a set of “warnings” that her country is allegedly developing a massive “guerrilla army” to fight against the United States.

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How Is Chavez?


I would like to share with everyone some personal impressions interspersed with some elements of analysis about an unforgettable day.  It had been a while since I’d seen President Hugo Chavez, and I was, like everyone, very anxious about seeing him up close, maybe shaking his hand. I was worried about his health, for him as a close friend, and for Our America, for which he has done so much. And further, because Chavez is, as the Bertolt Brecht quote goes, one of the “indispensable” ones, those who like Fidel, struggle every day, 24 hours a day, without a break.

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Independence Equals Housing, Health, Agriculture, Defense & Political Will


Last night, Venezuela's VTV reported from CAVIM (Venezuelan Military Industries) in Maracay, on their production of the AK-103 and a full range of ammunition for use by the new National Police Force and the Venezuelan Military.

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Venezuela’s Armed Forces Under Fire by Washington

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (left) with General Henry Rangal Silva, who was sworn in as Venezuelan Minister of Defence this

During an event that included the transfer of mandate of several members of the high military command on Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said changes to the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) are important for strengthening democracy.

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The Battle of 2012 – The Revolution, the People and the Armed Forces

A piece by the Frente Francisco de Miranda Youth Organisation discussing the opposition's strategy of destabilisation and the possibility of an international intervention in Venezuela.

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Interview with Ignacio Vera: Why is the Process so Centered around Chavez?

An example of urban graffiti found across Venezuela that reproduce commonly used phrases of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Th

Ignacio Vera looks just like Paulo Freire. He’s a patience-testing slow talker, and speaks as much with his hands as he does with his mouth. One evening we sat on his porch to consider some questions about the social and political changes taking place inVenezuela which are considered by many to be part of a Socialist Revolution.

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