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Analysis: Social Programs

Venezuela's Hospitals: "Problems Are Opportunities"

A doctor attends a patient as part of the free Barrio Adentro health care service. (EFE)

The problems and contradictions in Venezuela's health system run deeper and are more complicated than the prevailing narrative of crisis and collapse, reports TeleSUR's Iain Bruce. 

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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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In Hard Times, Chavismo is Not Dead

(TeleSUR)

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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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 and Poverty: Has the International Media’s Foolishness Reached an All-Time High?

Petare, Caracas. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

Political analyst Joe Emersberger dissects a new study claiming that income poverty in Venezuela has reached an historic high of 73%, demonstrating that such a figure is incompatible with statistics proffered by the IMF and Bank of America. 

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Victor Alvarez: “Venezuela’s Currency Controls Are No Longer Justified, and Are Only Used as a Means of Political Domination”

Victor Alvarez (quintodia.com)

Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.

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“Model of Tyranny” Criticism of Venezuela’s El Sistema Youth Orchestra System Provokes Response

An open concert in 2011 at the Nucleo of Santa Cruz in the Andean state of Merida, to the west of Venezuela. It is one of 180 ce

A British academic has criticised Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra system as a “model of tyranny”, provoking a response from a range of UK and Venezuelan music figures over the nature of the world famous program.

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Is Poverty Still Falling in Venezuela?

A barrio (informally constructed urban community) in Caracas, with the buildings painted under the urban regeneration social pro

This article examines the claim that poverty is rising in Venezuela by examining the country’s latest poverty statistics, as well as exploring current efforts at further poverty reduction.

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Update: Childcare Workers Suspend Vigil, Begin Negotiations inside Venezuela’s National Assembly

A few of the childcare workers towards the end of day 2 of vigil (Arlene Eisen)

Ten days ago, with at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered for a vigil outside the National Assembly. They vowed they would stay until the government acted on their demands for a living wage, benefits and recognition as workers.

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Undocumented Migrants in Venezuela Have More Rights than US Citizens in the US

"Bye friend, return soon", says the sign at one of Venezuela's border points (archive)

While most first world and imperialist countries criminalise refugees and undocumented migrants, scapegoating them, promoting racism, and mistreating them, Venezuela welcomes all migrants, and provides them with the same rights as Venezuelan citizens.

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Venezuela Led Region in Poverty Reduction in 2012, ECLAC Says

(Carlos Vera/ECLAC)

ECLAC’s new “Social Panorama of Latin America” report notes that Venezuela and Ecuador led the region in decreasing poverty in 2012.

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More Than A Plate of Food: Food Houses Serve Examples and Hopes of Life

A food house (Archive)

State news agency AVN speaks with the proprietor of a Caracas food house; a government program that provides free meals to people in need.

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The "Doctors of Socialism"? Meet Venezuela’s Community Doctors

A group of trainee community doctors on a celebratory march in Caracas. Their placards read “healthcare is a right, let’s de

Late President Hugo Chavez argued that Venezuela’s community doctors must be “doctors of socialism”; committed to free public healthcare and community service. These interviews with recently graduated community doctors from Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia give a firsthand insight into the new kind of doctor Venezuela is creating for itself and the wider world.

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Attending Need, Not Profit: Venezuela’s Experiment with Community Medicine

The February 2012 graduation of the first wave of community doctors, of which there were over 8000 in total (AVN)

How should the healthcare needs of a society be met? Conspicuously absent from international media coverage and under fire from conservative critics at home, Venezuela is developing a public healthcare system distinct from both U.S. market-driven and European welfare-state models. Perhaps nothing makes this system more unique than the kind of doctors being trained to run it.

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Venezuela's Communal Economic System

A young woman and her baby standing on the plot of land that has been prepared for the construction of her new home (Helen Yaffe

In this series of articles, Helen Yaffe discusses her experience with Venezuela's communal economic system.

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