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Analysis: Opposition

Venezuela – A Last Warning

Imports dropped by 18.7% in 2015 due to collapsing oil prices, forcing Venezuelans to queue up for government-regulated goods or

Venezuela's crisis is the failure not of socialism but of reformist attemps to tame and humanize capitalism, argues Jorge Martin. 

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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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The Fight for Justice, Truth and Peace in Venezuela

Photo caption: Luis Durán shares his personal testimony with the guarimbas that took his son's life. (Paola Martucci)

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and Ongoing Coup internationally denounces the Venezuelan opposition’s terror campaign and attempts to silence victims’ families through the Amnesty Law.

 

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HRW's Latest Report on Venezuela Needs to be Taken With a Grain of Salt

(Venezuelan Interior Ministry via AVN)

A clear eyed investigation into Venezuela's latest security crackdown is desperately needed, but not by Human Rights Watch.

 

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Venezuela's Political Killings: A Sign of the Repression to Come?

From the 2002 coup to the violence of 2014, there has always been a sector of the right-wing that has never been afraid to use t

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim argues that the silence of Venezuela's right-wing in the face of a recent wave of political killings is a sign of elites' willingness to use terrorist violence in order to bring about the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro and the restoration of the neoliberal order. 

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Venezuela's Right Wing Confesses to 17 years of Political Delinquency: The Amnesty Bill

Right-wing protesters erect burning street barricades during 2014 guarimbas. (Orinoquia Photo)

Dominguez argues that the Venezuelan opposition's Amnesty Law is a written confession detailing seventeen years of right-wing efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected Bolivarian government. 

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From Violent Barricades in 2014 to Official Right-Wing: Venezuela's Opposition

The effects of the barricades in 2014 (Aporrea).

From the 2014 violence to legislative majority, Venezuela's right-wing may change its face, but not its goal.

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Right Wing Majority in Venezuela's National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

(Huffington Post UK)

An illuminating piece by Dr. Francisco Dominguez on what the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) can and can't do with its two-thirds super majority in the National Assembly.

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Venezuela’s Upcoming Double-Confrontation

Grassroots activists prepare for what Greg Wilpert terms a "double-confrontation."

Following the swearing-in of the new opposition-controlled National Assembly, the Maduro government and its grassroots bases will face both a newly empowered opposition bent on rolling back the gains of the revolution as well as a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by collapsing oil prices.

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Sixth Republic: How to Combat the Laws to Come

(Misión Verdad)

Renowned Venezuelan writer José Roberto Duque argues that in the face of a rightwing-controlled legislature, Chavismo must be prepared to disobey laws aimed at rolling back revolutionary advances and fortify communal power on the margins of the state. 

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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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Political Tendencies in Post-6D Venezuela

(AVN/Archive)

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim evaluates the challenges facing the opposition and Chavismo following the former's landslide victory in December 6th parliamentary elections, arguing that without cooperation between the two blocs, the Venezuela's economy will likely descend into deeper crisis. 

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Here’s How the Opposition Got a Two-Thirds Supermajority in Venezuela

(Fernando Llano/AP)

Their supermajority is razor-thin. The MUD claims 112 seats out of 167 — exactly two-thirds. Anything less than perfect unity and the list of powers available to the MUD diminishes considerably. But how did the MUD achieve this landslide win in an electoral environment widely regarded as stacked in favor of the PSUV? A variety of factors were at play, and the MUD caught some remarkable breaks.

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The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next

 A pro-government supporter wears a T-Shirt with image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez, as he waits for results

Even Chavistas are fed up with the economic crisis and want change. But unlike the right, grassroots leaders are calling for more popular control and collective decision-making.

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‘Democracy, as Usual,’ in Venezuela

Supporters of the Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) political party cheer during a closing campaign rally in Caracas, December 2, 2015. (A

Contrary to the mainstream media narratives, the conflict in Venezuela is not over democracy, but over the distribution of oil wealth. 

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