On December 3 the Chilean polling firm Latinobarómetroreleased its annual public opinion poll of eighteen Latin American countries. The poll provides valuable clues about citizens’ views, and should be taken seriously in any assessment of Latin American political and social realities.
By Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly, Dec 10th 2010
It should come as no surprise that Latin America, a region converted into a laboratory for ongoing experiments in social change, has increasingly become the topic of discussion and debate among the broader left.
By Maryena Presa Velasquez - Green Left Weekly, Dec 7th 2010
Chavez called on the PSUV national leadership to stimulate this debate at all levels. He said the party must be “self-critical, open, without fear or complexes of any kind”. The only condition he placed on the debate was that it must be a process of constructive criticism that strengthened unity.
By Jacqueline Villagomez - Party for Socialism and Liberation , Nov 23rd 2010
Since the election of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in 1998, leftist parties or coalitions have won the presidencies in many Latin American countries. What these movements have in common is a strong rejection of imperialism and a firm support for the social, political and economic changes each of these countries is undertaking.
"If there weren’t so many bureaucratic hands in the State apparatus, stopping resources from reaching the people, we would have overcome extreme poverty." The newly elected MP of the PSUV in Aragua and ex-Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maria León spoke with Lucha de Clases to draw up a critical balance-sheet of the September 26 elections, the sabotage of the Venezuelan oligarchy and the need for international solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.
By JANET DUCKWORTH – GREEN LEFT WEEKLY, Nov 17th 2010
More than 5,000 workers from across Venezuela marched to the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas, demanding a new labour law that would, "place in the hands of Venezuela’s workers the direction of this revolutionary process.”
After the alarm signals of the recent September 25 elections in Venezuela, a debate has opened up within the ranks of the PSUV as to why and how this could happen, and what needs to be done to strengthen and complete the revolution.
It says a lot about the music scene in Caracas that within minutes of entering Venezuela's newest concert hall, I am already ignoring two world exclusives. Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel, arguably the two most sought-after conductors in the world, are busy at work before my eyes.
Following the recent elections, Saman argues that there are only two possible scenarios: a radicalisation of the revolution involving a profound change in the PSUV and struggling against bureaucracy, or a kind of reconciliation on the part of the revolution with the right wing, without any significant change.
Under President Hugo Chávez, Venezuela has been no stranger to controversy. However, one of Chávez’s proposals has evoked particularly strong emotions – the establishment of socialist communes (comunas socialistas) throughout the country.
The Venezuelan people and their cultures and struggles deserve more attention and should be the subject of more scholarly work in their own right. Who Can Stop The Drums? by Sujatha Fernandes is an excellent point of departure that should stimulate more explorations of this kind.
Marea Socialista, a militant current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), analyses the National Assembly Election results, arguing that the bureaucracy within the government was a main cause of the “inadequate triumph”.
By Susan Spronk, Jeffery R. Webber - The Bullet, Jul 7th 2010
We caught up with Wilder Marcano, director of the network of Comunas in Caracas, on the morning of June 18, 2010. He talked with us just before addressing a crowd of a few hundred representatives of different comunas from around the capital who had gathered to discuss issues related to building popular power from below in the poorest barrios.