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The Professor & The President: Who’s the Bully?

Ricardo Hausmann (prodavinci.com)

Suren reviews the inflammatory Sep 5th opinion piece by Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, titled Should Venezuela Default? The article caused interest rates on Venezuelan bonds to temporarily soar as investors balked at Hausmann’s calculated commentary regarding the nation he once served as planning minister, during Venezuela's era of neoliberal reign known as the 4th Republic.

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Victims of 2002 Venezuelan Coup Denounce Double Standards in Justice after Iván Simonovis’ Release

Yesenia Fuentes, president of the Association of Victims of April 11, 2002 (Asovic) speaking at a Press Conference on Llaguno br

Just blocks away from the Presidential Palace, stands Llaguno bridge, the site of a massacre during the April 2002 coup briefly removing Hugo Chavez from Venezuelan office. Today, the bridge was filled with family members of the victims who were demanding answers and justice following the release of former Police chief Iván Simonovis.

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“15 Years Is Not Enough to Undertake a Revolution”: Interview with Venezuelan UNASUR Secretary Alí Rodríguez Araque

Ali Rodriguz Araque (archive)

Opposition-leaning Venezuelan newspaper El Universal interviewed Ali Rodriguez Araque recently, the current president of UNASUR, a top minister in the Chavez administration, and the next Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba. Rodriguez shares his thoughts on economic issues and the key future tasks of the Bolivarian project.

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Planned Reforms May Determine Survival of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Project

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has proposed a series of major reforms to the economy, state and party in the hope of settin

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro faces a set of adverse conditions which have the potential to turn a majority of the country’s citizens against the incumbent government at the next election. In this context, there is perhaps more riding on economic and state reforms currently being designed than first meets the eye.

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Debate over Criticism, Democracy Flares Up in Venezuela

Delegates at the III PSUV National Congress, which is currently underway in Caracas (AVN)

One of the most important public debates over the future of Venezuela's revolutionary process has opened up after the publication of a document by recently ousted planning minister Jorge Giordani.

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Bolivarian Revolution Economic Policies at a Crossroads - Capitalism Cannot be Regulated

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Jorge Martin offers his analysis of the debate underway within Chavismo over the Bolivarian government’s economic policies.

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Giordani: What Accountability?

Jorge Giordani (AVN)

Roland Denis, a critical writer and participant in the Bolivarian process, and planning minister 2002 – 2003, gives his opinion on the public letter written by recently dismissed government minister Jorge Giordani. He argues that Giordani’s criticisms of Nicolas Maduro’s leadership do not touch upon what Denis sees as the greater problems and challenges for the Bolivarian project. Translation by VA.com.

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Thousands of Party Locals Debate Proposals for National Congress of Venezuela’s PSUV

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On June 7, President Maduro issued a call to each grassroots unit of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to submit 10 concrete proposals for ways to improve how the Bolivarian government functions. In response, throughout Venezuela, local units of PSUV militants, known as Battle Units Bolivar-Chavez (UBCh), devoted their weekly meetings to lively debates analyzing political problems and attempting to reach consensus on solutions.

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'No US Sanctions Against Venezuela' Say Asia-Pacific Socialists

Manila, Philippines: ‘We stand with the workers and people of Venezuela!’ Militant labor union Kilusang Mayo Uno (May 1st Mo

We, the undersigned parties and organisations in the Asia region, condemn the moves by the United States government to impose sanctions on Venezuelan citizens it deems to have “abused human rights”.

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Collective Panic in Venezuela

Colectivos are synonymous with community organizing, not violence. (agencies)
Venezuela’s colectivos are a myth created by the country’s elites to discredit the struggle for socialism and grassroots democracy.

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“We Still Have Time to Change Course Away from Bourgeois Conciliation”: An Interview with Activist and Aporrea Founder Gonzalo Gomez

Gonzalo Gomez (archive)

Gonzalo Gomez, a founder of alternative Venezuelan news website Aporrea.org, and a member of Socialist Tide, a critical left current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, gives his view on the current political moment and possible future trajectories for the Bolivarian revolution.

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A Response from Venezuela

boy under flag

Dan compares his experience in Venezuela to those recounted in Mike Gonzalez's "A Second Letter from Caracas," highlighting what current opposition protestors’ motives seem to be, as well as the chavista response to them.

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The Barrios Won’t Join In

A hillside barrio, Caracas (Psiconauta)

Venezuelan newspaper editor Eleazar Diaz Rangel explains why the residents of the country’s barrios are shunning protests.

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Interview with Steve Ellner: Can A Country Have A Revolutionary State and A Capitalist Economy?

Ellner and Marcano (Aporrea)

In two interviews, Marcano and Ellner discuss the Marxist view of the state and its relevance to Venezuela today.

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Interview with Luis Britto Garcia, “The Blockades have Reduced and the Opposition is Divided”

Luis Britto Garcia (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlings)

In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.

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