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Briefcase Companies and Phantom Importers

Luis Britto Garcia (courtesy)

Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia argues that even before we critique the misuse of dollars by Venezuela’s flourishing phantom companies, we must look at what legitimate transnationals are allotted the most dollars through the government subsidy, and what their offered services say about the government’s priorities.

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Venezuela at a Tipping Point

Venezuelan street art in Caracas by Guerrilla Comunicacional proclaims, “Bolivar

No matter how you cut it, Nicolás Maduro’s first year in office was no walk in the park. Even before the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died after a long bout with cancer last March, opponents of the Bolivarian government—in Caracas as in Washington—were circling like the sharks they are at a hint of blood in the water.

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Venezuelan Voices, Part II: An Inflammatory Question

A PDVSA [state] truck transporting gasoline in Caracas (AVN)

As Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro combats corruption, reassigns half of ministry positions, launches “a new stage of the revolution,” and even hints at a minimum wage increase for November, the question remains what economic steps will be taken to reverse the high inflation that critics are quick to associate with his leadership.

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Venezuelans Protest Big Business for their Role in the Economic War

Cory Fischer-Hoffman/Venezuelanalysis

Amidst the ongoing “economic war” in Venezuela, 200 people from various political collectives marched to Fedecamaras headquarters to place a spotlight on how the largest business confederation may be contributing to scarcity, inflation and speculation in Venezuela. 

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The Vitality of the Revolution

Reinaldo Iturriza (VTV)

Reinaldo Iturriza was iconic as Communes Minister, and has long been an important revolutionary voice within the government. Yesterday, as per Nicolas Maduro's cabinet "shakeup", Iturriza was reappointed as Minister of Culture. This discerning look at the place communes hold within the Bolivarian process, written only hours before that switch, stands as a testament to his efforts in that area.

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“A Daunting Situation”: Doctor Zaira Medina Speaks about Venezuela’s Medicine Shortages

Medina (left) (Correo del Orinoco)

In an interview with the radio program “Ajicero” last Friday, Zaira Medina, a doctor and the director of the Pérez de León Hospital in Petare, Caracas, speaks with Carlos Novella and Miguel Denis about current shortages of drugs and medical supplies in Venezuela.

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Venezuela: Maduro in Chávez’s Shoes

Maduro at a political rally (Mision Verdad)

A politically refined reading on the presidency of Nicolás Maduro starting with a recognition of the morass of circumstances he has had to face as the country’s leader.

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Snapshot from the Economic War in Venezuela

Johnny Moreno (left) teaching a Mision Robinson [literacy] class in 2004, in El Valle, Caracas. (Sujatha Fernandes)

Sujatha tells the dark understory of the economic war in Venezuela- the human side of the struggle against corruption that can hardly be expressed through graphs and charts.

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Venezuelan Voices, Part I: An Economic Spiral

On the border between Brazil and Venezuela, if you don't want to wait on the long gas station lines, you can fill up your t

As international media plays its favorite old game of lambasting the Venezuelan government, long-time observers of the Bolivarian process may be wondering how much truth lies in the prime-time reports depicting empty shelves, long lines and charts showing catastrophic inflation. How precarious is Venezuela’s current economy and, more importantly, how much are the effects of this felt by the Venezuelan people?

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A New Political Moment

"Don't take the bait" Venezuelan graffiti art representing the oppositional business owner's manipulation of

What is the political moment playing out in Venezuela now? What defined the recent governing socialist party (PSUV) congress? What will the opposition try next with Maduro?

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Venezuela: 'People's Solutions' to Climate Crisis Set Out

Participants in the July social movement gathering on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, to discuss their demands ahead of UN climate ta

Social movements gathered on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, over July 15-18 to discuss their demands ahead of United Nations climate talks due to take place in Lima, Peru, in December.

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The Encerrona, A Garden of Thorns

Ramon Guillermo Aveledo and other members of the Venezuelan opposition (ArmandoInfo)

The story of the last MUD session presided over by Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, who recently resigned as executive secretary of the opposition coalition.

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South/South Collaboration for a Post-Capitalist Paradigm

The BRICs summit in Brazil in July 2014 (Andina)

In this paper, I deliberately develop a provocative style, in order to call attention to the urgent need for a radical (going to the roots) transformation and to initiate transition steps.

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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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