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Venezuela Shows that Protest Can Be a Defence of Privilege

'Despite claims that the government is waging a terror campaign, the evidence suggests a majority have been killed by oppos

If we didn't know it before, the upsurge in global protest in the past couple of years has driven home the lesson that mass demonstrations can have entirely different social and political meanings.

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USAID Subversion in Latin America Not Limited to Cuba

Woman using cellphone in Havana

The “ZunZuneo” project, which the Associated Press reports was “aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government,” was overseen by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). AP describes OTI as “a division that was created after the fall of the Soviet Union to promote U.S. interests in quickly changing political environments — without the usual red tape.” Its efforts to undermine the Cuban government are not unusual, however, considering the organization’s track record in other countries in the region.

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Venezuela Protests are Sign that US Wants our Oil, Says Nicolás Maduro [Interview, video]

Nicolas Maduro

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela's president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style 'slow-motion' coup.

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Low Intensity War Challenges National Independence of Venezuela

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Over the past six weeks the so called salida ya [exit now] strategy launched by the Venezuelan opposition has developed, in part, into a low intensity war against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (EFE)

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.

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The Debate Today is How to Stop The Violent Offensive of the Neoliberal Right-Wing

bystanders take cover

In an interview with historian Valeria Ianni, political scientist and author Franck Gaudichad of rebelión.org discusses the destabilising attempts of the Venezuelan right-wing, the limits of the Bolivarian process and the possibility of popular movements to advance the revolutionary project amid tensions and a series of contradictions.

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Natural Resources as the Dynamic Axis of UNASUR strategy

oil field in Venezuela's Orinoco region

Alí Rodriguez Araque, general secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) details the core values of the UNASUR trade bloc, noting the paradox between the extensive reserves of valuable natural resources and the 130 million living in poverty throughout represented nations. Last week UNSAUR sent a delegation to discuss recent conflict and possible resolution in petroleum-rich Venezuela- this statement provides a basis of understanding for UNSAUR's position on Venezuela and their rejection of possible U.S. sanctions.

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Don’t Write Off Maduro

Venezuelan president Nicols Maduro addressing thousands of pro-government students in Caracas last Saturday (EFE)

Latin American Studies professors Luis F. Angosto-Ferrandez and Rodrigo Acuña argue that forecasters of Maduro’s political swansong ignore three key elements to understand where Venezuela is right now.

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Defeating Fascism Before It’s Too Late

One of several snipers caught on film from behind opposition barricades during clashes with security forces in the city of Méri

Author James Petras argues that the violent groups within the hard-line opposition represent the germ of a fascist movement in Venezuela, which is being organized and supported from abroad.

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Letter to John Kerry on Venezuela

John Kerry

In light of Kerry's comments last Wednesday that alluded to possible sanctions, forty-six writers, intellectuals and public figures call on the U.S. Secretary of State to respect the legitimacy of the Maduro government and Venezuelan sovereignty.

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New Ambassador Modernizes Canada’s Hidden Agenda in Venezuela

embassy

Amidst headlines dominated by the situation in Ukraine, this bit of news slipped by almost unnoticed at the end of February; Ben Rowswell replaced Paul Gibbard as Canadian ambassador to Venezuela. A quick look into the appointee’s background brings special significance to his promotion, especially as opposition protests escalate in Venezuela. 

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What is Going on in Venezuela?

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Bohmer, on the anniversary of Chavez's death, examines some of Venezuela's real problems, then analyses the current political situation and the violence taking place in Venezuela.

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Regime Change

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The majority of foreign media, the dispatches of news agencies, and television services--starting with CNN—all denounce a deformed version of the Venezuelan reality.

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Pray for Venezuela … To Remain a Sovereign Nation

An opposition march in Caracas on Sunday (AFP)

Yes, pray for Venezuela. Pray that there will be no more bloodshed. Pray that the people may continue their peaceful political tradition of finding solutions to real problems and differences. Pray that Venezuela may remain a sovereign nation.

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What is happening in Venezuela?

Environmental ministry offices in Merida were attacked by a group of armed individuals on 24 February. Five vehicles were damage

Latin American studies professor Miguel Tinker Salas gives a straightforward who, what, where, when and why run-down of the current situation in Venezuela.

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