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Venezuela: ¡Comuna o Nada!

(Vero Canno)

In the face of surging right-wing counter-revolution and bureaucratic inaction on the part of the ruling socialist government, Venezuela's communes, George Ciccarielleo-Maher argues, are the only hope for radicalizing the country's seventeen year-long Bolivarian process.

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Questions for the President on Open-Pit Mining

Open-pit mining is condemned by environmentalists internationally for its ecological and human cost, as well as its heavy use of

In an open letter to President Maduro, the author raises concerns regarding a recent open-pit mining concession by the Venezuelan government to Canadian mining conglomerate Gold Standard, which is likely to have severe ecological repercussions in the South American nation. 

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The Murder of Chávez. The CIA and DEA Cover Their Tracks?

Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard, Leamsy Villafaña Salazar (circled-Strategic Culture)

Author Nil Nikandrov discusses the possibility that the leader of the Bolivarian revolution, Hugo Chávez, was murdered by his ex-bodyguard Leamsy Villafaña Salazar, who is now being protected by authorities in the US.

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Venezuela's Right Wing Confesses to 17 years of Political Delinquency: The Amnesty Bill

Right-wing protesters erect burning street barricades during 2014 guarimbas. (Orinoquia Photo)

Dominguez argues that the Venezuelan opposition's Amnesty Law is a written confession detailing seventeen years of right-wing efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected Bolivarian government. 

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Is South America’s ‘Progressive Cycle’ At an End?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)

Argentine political economist Claudio Katz analyzes the complex conjuncture faced by the Latin American left– ranging from the failure of neo-developmentalism to the resurgence of the neoliberal right– with the struggle to further radicalize Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at the forefront. 

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Corporate Journalists Enraged as Venezuela Pays Bondholders

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) blows a kiss during a rally with PDVSA workers outside the Miraflores presidential palac

Frustrated analysts lash out as if they were the sworn enemies of Capital, showing they'll do anything to disparage Venezuela after the South American country defied official expectations in making its latest bond payment. 

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A Bolivarian Bernie? The Latin American Roots of Sanders’ Social Democratic Populism

Bernie Sanders at a rally held by National Nurses United in support of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

VA's Lucas Koerner argues that the emergent movement surrounding Bernie Sander's presidential bid in the US is more at home in Caracas than Copenhagen– despite Sander's statements to the contrary.

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Venezuelans Back Maduro's Vision of a Socialist Future

(Aporrea)

A recent poll conducted by Hinterlaces, a well-known and usually reliable Venezuelan pollster, showed that Venezuelans, by a substantial majority, oppose neoliberal solutions to their country’s crisis.

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Venezuela’s Caracazo: State Repression and Neoliberal Misrule

The Venezuelan government deployed military personnel to the streets to repress the popular rebellion that began on February 27t

February 27th marked the 27th anniversary of the Caracazo. Here the author examines the deep roots of the uprising that saw "Venezuelan history split into two", overturning the oligarchic Fourth Republic and paving the way for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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4 Steps To Fix Venezuela’s Economy

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Acclaimed economist Mark Weisbrot outlines a string of measures to resolve Venezuela's economic crisis, including instituting direct subsidies to poor and working class families, eliminating exchange and price controls, and diversifying the economy. 

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Remembering Ali Primera: The People's Singer of Venezuela

Ali Primera. (Archive)

Ryan Mallet pays tribute to revolutionary Venezuelan folk singer Ali Primera on the 31st anniversary of his death, hailing his living legacy as a champion of the oppressed and an icon for today's social movements. 

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From Violent Barricades in 2014 to Official Right-Wing: Venezuela's Opposition

The effects of the barricades in 2014 (Aporrea).

From the 2014 violence to legislative majority, Venezuela's right-wing may change its face, but not its goal.

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Right Wing Majority in Venezuela's National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes

(Huffington Post UK)

An illuminating piece by Dr. Francisco Dominguez on what the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) can and can't do with its two-thirds super majority in the National Assembly.

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The Discreet Charm of Venezuelan Racism

A meme circulated on social media following Luis Salas' nomination as Minister of Productive Economy (Contrapunto)

No matter what the circumstance, Venezuela is a country which is mainly concerned with making sure that it doesn’t lose its tradition of discrimination, but above all, its worst fear is that we Black, indigenous and poor people also might be “equals”.

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The Economist’s Latest Whoppers on Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) gestures next to Nicolas Maduro. Both Venezuelan president have been targets of disho

Joe Emersberger debunks The Economist's latest distorted coverage of Venezuela, including its claims that Venezuelan poverty failed to drop under Chavismo, that Venezuela is the worst performing economy in the world, and that press freedom is under attack. 

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