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Analysis: Opposition

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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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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Key Factors in Venezuela as Elections Approach, Part 2

167 legislator positions are up for grabs in the National Assembly election (AVN)

Greg Wilpert continues in his analysis of Sunday's National Assembly elections, noting that despite the current economic crisis the ruling socialist party has several factors in its favor, including its ongoing committment to social programs, a weak and divided opposition, and support from social movements. 

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Venezuela Votes Soon - And the U.S. Isn't Missing Its Chance to Meddle

(CNEEspanol)

"The result is that, win or lose, the opposition is very unlikely to do as well as the national polls indicate. So when the opposition is "surprised" by the results, we can expect claims of fraud."

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US Espionage: Alive and Well in Latin America

(telesur)

Eva Golinger writes that Latin America has been "subject to every tactic in the CIA book to ensure U.S. domination and control of its 'backyard' in the wake of NSA spying revelations against Venezuela. 

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You Don’t Need to be a Semiotics Expert to Decode Leopoldo Lopez’s Latest Post

Leopoldo Lopez. (teleSUR)

Jailed Politician Leopoldo Lopez has revealed that the opposition would use a majority win at the legislative elections to attempt to remove the current president from office, calling on his followers to “defend the popular will” without hesitation. 

 

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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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