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Analysis: Opposition

Judgement and Verdict: 13 Years for Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez (AFP/Getty)

It’s official. Leopoldo Lopez is probably the only favoured heir of the Venezuelan bourgeoisie to have been sentenced by the Venezuelan justice system in recent years. It is a fact that in Venezuela no one is untouchable. There are no surnames or birthmarks which guarantee absolute impunity.

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MUD’s Murky Future in Venezuelan Politics

A campaign photograph of Henrique Capriles seen through a fence. (Photo: Julio César Mesa)

This investigative piece from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs outlines the sources of the divisions within MUD that have transformed it into a splintered opposition coalition plagued by party factionalism. Failure to resurface as a cohesive coalition, the authors argue, may help the current government to retain a majority in the national assembly in this year’s parliamentary elections on December 6.

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Selma in Caracas: Brown-Washing and the Abuse of History

Dr. King leading a march over the Edmund Pettus bridge as depicted in the film Selma (El Estimulo)'s Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.

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The Making of Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez (Cristian Hernandez/AFP/Getty Images)

Robert Lovato delves into Leopoldo Lopez's checkered past from his elite US education to his suspected role in the 2002 coup, calling into question the Venezuelan opposition standard-bearer's democratic credentials. 

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U.S.-Venezuela Détente Still Going — For Now

(Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Weisbrot analyses the ongoing rapprochement between the U.S. and Venezuela and asks, will it last?

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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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Desmond Tutu, If You Stand with the Venezuelan Right, You Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Zak Hussein/PA)

In an op-ed published in the Spanish daily El Pais titled "Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Venezuela", the renowned South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid militant Desmond Tutu foresakes neutrality in order to unabashedly take the side of the oppressor, namely the United States and the Venezuelan Right.

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Elitism and Disillusion Taint Venezuela's Opposition Primaries

Members of the MUD demand more democratic input in Caracas (LaPatilla)

TeleSur English journalist Ryan Mallett-Outtrim argues that Venezuela's opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) has "shot itself in the foot" by failing to organise primary elections that inspire trust in its own rank and file.

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Must the Venezuelan Right Back Coups?

Lopez, gas mask in hand, participating in the coup against Chavez while wearing a shirt of the municipality he was mayor of. (Ph

If the US government would stop unconditionally backing golpistas then the international press (and some well-funded NGOs) would follow suit.

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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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Venezuela on April 11: The 2002 Coup to the 2015 Economic War

A woman holds a placard reminding people of Capriles' role in the coup in the lead up to presidential elections between Cap

On the anniversary of the April 11th 2002 coup which temporarily ousted the Chavez government, teleSUR speaks to two Venezuelanalysis journalists and Venezuela-based activists, Z.C. Dutka and Rachael Boothroyd, about the relevance of the April 11-13, 2002 coup to the current situation in Venezuela.

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Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

U.S. President, Barack Obama, looks set to be isolated at the upcoming 7th Summit of the Americas (Archive)

This week's Summit of the Americas looks set to be yet another disaster for Obama, whose decision to impose an Executive Order on Venezuela has further isolated Washington ahead of the regional event.

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Democracy Behind Bars in Venezuela? A Reply to the UK Guardian

The article published by the Guardian (HandsOffVenezuela)

On Friday, 27 of March, the Guardian published a piece called Democracy behind bars: 11 opposition leaders facing jail or death”, which was “sponsored by Crown Agents”. First in the list of 11 “democratic opposition leaders” facing jail or death around the world is Venezuela’s Leopoldo Lopez.

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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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What You Need to Know about Venezuela


Venezuela is a "national security threat" only because it refuses to be controlled by the US

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