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Venezuelan Election Will Be Close, But Clean

The National Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, December 6th. [Marco Bello/Reuters]

George Ciccariello-Maher assesses the current climate both in Venezuela and internationally ahead of the National Assembly elections this Sunday.

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In Hard Times, Chavismo is Not Dead

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In spite of the testing circumstances, a strong sector of Venezuelans have not turned their back Chavismo, citing the advances of the revolution and the necessity of pushing ahead to build real socialism. 

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George Azariah-Moreno: A Democratic Revolution Under Siege Faces Electoral Showdown

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Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested Venezuelan parliamentary elections, VA talked with George Azariah-Moreno, a political anthropologist and former advisor to the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) on the Organization of American States’ (OAS) allegations of fraud, the disqualification of dissident chavista party Marea Socialista from running, Venezuela’s evolving electoral landscape, as well as possible scenarios for Sunday’s vote. 

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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’s Electoral System is Being Unfairly Maligned

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Venezuela might be experiencing rising discontent fueled by economic woes, violence and corruption, but Caracas hasn’t had trouble holding clean and transparent elections. Contrary to what the OAS might say.  

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Invite Chomsky but Take His Warning Seriously

Noam Chomsky (Reuters)

VA presents a response to recent comments by Noam Chomsky in which the Venezuelan activist Clodovaldo Hernandez takes linguists’ warnings about corruption seriously, and calls for a deepening of the revolutionary process in lieu of abandoning it to defeat.

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Peace at Stake in Venezuela's Upcoming Assembly Elections

Legislator Blanca Eekhout talks to teleSUR’s Tamara Pearson. (Photo: teleSUR / Pablo Serrano)

Venezuelan legislator Blanca Eekhout tells TeleSUR English's Tamara Pearson why the Venezuelan National Assembly is vital to guaranteeing the power of the people.

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It is Necessary to Contextualize the Pragmatic and Populist Policies of the Chavista Government: An Interview with Steve Ellner, Part II

Steve Ellner is a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and is a retired professor at the Universidad de

In the second part of the interview, Ellner argues that populist policies also have to be contextualized in order to be objectively analyzed. At the same time, he calls for a critical examination of the assertion that the government’s social programs and labor policies have generated low levels of productivity.

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Could Venezuela's Socialists Lose the Coming Elections?

Campaign signs and a bullhorn are propped in a stroller during a closing campaign for the PSUV primaries in Caracas, Venezuela,

Although some Chavistas seem to think they have already lost the vote, there are signs that the popular sectors will not go down without a fight.

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Hector Navarro: Critical Revolutionary Voices Must Reach the National Assembly

Ex-minister Hector Nevarro (Presna Marea Socialista)

Ex-minister and leftwing Chavista dissident Hector Nevarro discusses the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela. Critiquing the corruption and lack of self-criticism marring the PSUV leadership, he calls for the Venezuelan people to send critical, revolutionary delegates to the National Assembly. 

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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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US Targets Venezuela Using Border Dispute as Pretext

Map indicating disputed area. (teleSUR)

Draitser argues that Venezuela and Guyana’s despute over the Essequibo region is a new front in the destabilization of Venezuela

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Venezuela: Maduro and the Market

Nicolas Maduro at a Chavista rally (Credit: Ministry of Communication)

Historian and veteran analyst Steve Ellner argues that President Nicolas Maduro's economic strategy represents an effort to take the middle road between those demanding radical expropriations irrespective of market reality and those calling for currency devaluation,  all as part of a bid to win further breathing room for renewed revolutionary advances  

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Venezuela’s Continuous Coup

Graffiti on a Caracas wall illustrates the essential debate: "The next one to die is capitalism/socialism." (Photo: St

Alfredo Lopez reflects on Hugo Chavez’s legacy and outlines the forces at play that make the threat of a coup ever present, as long as Venezuelans continue to defend their autonomy.

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