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Analysis: Social Movements

Between the Hammer and the Anvil: the Left, Latin America, and Venezuela

The leaders of Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, from left to right. (Photo:

"Even so much as the force of this revolution is to be found in its promises, which are growing ever harder to fulfill, they remain as road maps for a common strategy between popular forces and the government.”

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The Communal Levels of the War

Graffiti on Venezuelan street likens bachacos or resellers, to thieves. (Mision Verdad)

As the Maduro government cracks down on contraband and speculation, communes and communal councils are taking the lead as a key front in the economic war. 

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Podemos’s Latin American Roots

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias (right) and Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera last fall. (Jacobin/ courtesy)

Podemos has gained traction by drawing on lessons from the Latin American left.

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Letter from the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers to the Social Movements of the USA

Logo for the the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers (FREBIN)

The the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers reaches out to US social movements to talk “people to people” about why Venezuela’s Bolivarian model poses a threat to global capitalism.

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FAO Representative Debunks Myth of Increased Hunger in Venezuela, Highlights Urban Farming Initiatives

FAO representative for Venezuela, Marcelo Resende (Photo: Miguel Romero)

FAO Representative Marcelo Resende says Venezuela's urban agriculture is playing a key role in improving food sovereignty.

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Against Judicial Attacks, International Support for Venezuela’s Communes

Protestors call for commune activist David Diaz's release in Caracas earlier this month. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana publishes this open letter by a number of scholars and activists who warn about recent judicial attacks on commune activists in Venezuela, and encourage support for the country’s commune movement.

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Revolutionary Muralists Fill Venezuela’s Andean Capital with Color and History (+ PHOTOS)

Fuga was created just days after Chavez’s death, when Rodrigo met two other artists and kindred spirits among the millions waiting in line to pay their respects at the socialist leader’s wake in Caracas. It was a time of disbelief and heartache for the majority of Venezuelans- but many, like Rodrigo, hit the ground running, channeling grief into action.

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The PSUV’s Hotline to Denounce Infiltrators Leads to Fascism… Let’s Stop this Madness

Text reads; "The PSUV’s Hotline to Denounce Infiltrators Leads to Fascism… Let’s Stop this Madness" (El Arado y

"The internal ideological struggle, which enriches all political parties, is turning into an ideological witch hunt."

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43 Lives, 2 Countries

Mexico and Venezuela (Photo: Reuters, agency, teleSUR)

The private and mainstream media's coverage of the disappearance and likely murder of 43 Mexican students and the developing protest movement against such impunity has been sympathetic, if unanalytical. Yet, earlier this year the mainstream media gave no such sympathy to the 43 people who were killed during months of opposition violence in Venezuela.

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An Interview with Raul Zelik: “State Bureaucracy is Not an Alternative to the Market”

Raul Zelik (Photo: José Avelino Rodrigues)

Raul Zelik argues "the Venezuelan people, the Bolivarian people, must do more than trust in state control".

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"Change the System, Not the Climate!" Voices from the Social PreCOP

Members of civil society insisted that a transition be made from fossil fuels to community controlled renewable energy sources (

A warm ocean breeze rolled across the picturesque beach on Venezuela's Caribbean island of Margarita.

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For the Barrios, the Difference Between Repression and Revolution Depends on National Security

The National Guard and police presence is on the rise as checkpoints and operatives are set up along public transportation route

Early last month, five men were shot dead in a high-rise building at the center of Caracas during an early morning standoff between special intelligence police (CICPC) and armed members of revolutionary collectives. While the circumstances leading up to the event are still unclear, the so-called Quinta Crespo Massacre created a ripple effect within the Venezuelan left that quickly highlighted a growing rift between the revolutionary left and the Bolivarian government.

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Invisible No More

(Edgar Barany C / Flickr)

If recent years have marked not the establishment of a socialist country but the appearance of the poor in the public life of the nation, then it is clear that some nostalgically wish that they would once again disappear, retreat into the shadows, or be compelled to withdraw.

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Planting the People's Seed Law in Venezuela

Anti-GMO Stencil on a building in Bellas Artes, Caracas. (Photo: Cory Fischer-Hoffman for

The battle against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is central in the ongoing fight between transnational corporations and the health and sovereignty of the people of Venezuela.

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