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Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent And Non-Violent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Anti-government protestors in Venezuela. (Carlos Becerra / Creative Commons)

Ellner argues that the opposition's street action and civil unrest appear to follow a coordinated plan which is pre-designed to provoke regime change in Venezuela while justifying violence in the eyes of mass media.

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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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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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11th Annual World Poetry Festival in Venezuela Pays Homage to Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka (Julian C. Wilson/AP)

Venezuelanalysis.com reporter Arlene speaks to lead participants of the World Poetry Festival happening now in Caracas on the life of Amiri Baraka, revolutionary poet and founder of Black Arts movement in the U.S. Artists recall Baraka's visits to Venezuela and explain the impact his writings had on Latin American revolutionaries.

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Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin, Ireland. November 24, 2012. (Photo: William Murphy / Flickr)

Peter and Mike recall the lessons learned from their time in Venezuela, and what the Bolivarian process may be able to teach the western world, for, as they say "While democratic socialism may sound utopian in the European context, and positively unimaginable in the United States, there is a viable alternative to the neoliberal model in existence."

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State Plans for Prolonged El Niño-Related Drought in Venezuela

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It’s the rainy season in tropical Caracas. The weather service frequently predicts thunderstorms and the air is thick with humidity, yet the menacing clouds rarely produce more than a few drops. Venezuela’s The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources expects half the usual rainfall for the season and is planning accordingly.

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Human Right Watch's Revolving Door

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (archive)

Fernandez examines how the Washington-based Human Rights Watch organisation takes stances toward left and right-wing Latin American governments that are “suspiciously in line with U.S. policy”.

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Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro

Hard-line opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (archive)

This document shows the messages written by members of the right-wing opposition which according to Venezuelan authorities point to a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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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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Venezuela's Right-Wing Violence is Ignored, Say Pro-Government Groups

anti-government protestors

“Where was the United States and the international human rights organizations when they were trying to kill us and steal our land?” said Braulio Álvarez, of Yaracuy, Venezuela. He said 6,000 people were killed from the 1950s to the 1980s by paramilitaries and security forces loyal to the right-wing governments that preceded Chávez. The U.S. and international human rights organizations, he said, “only started caring about human rights when Chávez came to power.”

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Rejecting US Claims that the Venezuelan State Permits Human Rights Abuses

peace march maduro

In light of the contraversial bill that just passed the US House of Representatives, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign aims to set the record straight on the accusations of Human Rights abuses US lawmakers have directed at Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela, Capitalism & Climate Change

children mision arbol

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has just announced its plan to fight climate change. Claudia Salerno, Vice Minister for North America at the Venezuelan Mission to the United Nations, explained her country's proposals fight climate change at a special meeting with the press May 30. She summed up the plan saying: "Venezuela's contribution is to change the system, not the climate."

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The Spectre Haunting The Spanish Monarchy

Hugo Chavez

At a summit in 2007, Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain, the head of state hand-picked by dictator Francisco Franco as his successor, was moved to outburst by remarks by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. "Why don’t you shut up?” the King spat, as Chávez recalled Spain's support of the attempted coup d’état that sought to depose him in 2002.

Well, look who’s shutting up now.

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Afro-Youth, Afro-Venezuelanness and Afro-Autonomy

afrodescendant youth

Jesus Chucho Garcia, Venezuelan author, commentator, professor, co-founder of the AfroVenezuelan Network and former Ambassador to Angola, frequently contributes to Aporrea and other publications. As May, the month of Afrovenezuelaness, closes, these excerpts from Garcia’s recent commentaries provide perspective on the political direction of the Afrovenezuelan movement for May and beyond.

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Remember When Venezuela and Bolivia Kicked the U.S. DEA Out of Their Countries, Accusing It of Espionage? Looks Like They Were Right...

DEA

The NSA is shown to have assisted the DEA with efforts to capture narcotraffickers, but the leaked documents also refer to “a vibrant two-way information sharing relationship” between the two intelligence agencies, implying that the DEA shares its information with the NSA to aid with non-drug-related spying.

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