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Latin America Unites Against U.S. Attack on Venezuelan Democracy

The special commission met in Montevideo on Monday. (Photo: Twitter/UNASUR)

By insisting on U.S. “exceptionalism” in the 2015 National Security Strategy, it appears that the U.S. will tolerate only one economic and political model in its “backyard,” the one that conforms to the global neoliberal order, even as that order is being called into question by those who have the most to lose from its perpetuation.

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Allende was Wrong: Neoliberalism, Venezuela's Student Right and the Answer from the Left

"Defend University Autonomy for True People's Democracy". Photo taken at the University of the Andes. (Lucas Koer

Venezuelanalysis journalist, Lucas Koerner, takes a look at the rightwing student movement in Venezuela, its ideology and appropriation of leftwing symbols and discourse. He also examines what model of education is being proposed in Venezuela's new "experimental" public universities as an alternative to neoliberal visions of education. This analysis includes an interview with Luis Javier Gomez Rojas, a facilitator at the Bolivarian University for Workers.

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The Hypocrisy of Leopoldo Lopez's New Lawyer

Irwin Cotler (WorldJewishCongress.org)

South African officials have refuted claims that Irwin Cotler was Nelson Mandela's lawyer, but the politician's connection to Israel is clear.

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The Economic War: Not just business as usual

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Minister of Culture and Venezuelan academic, Reinaldo Iturriza, outlines the three main historic moments of anti-Chavista strategy in order to contextualise the logic behind the opposition's latest attacks on the Bolivarian Revolution, the ongoing economic war and its consequences for the Venezuelan process. 

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Venezuela: a Coup in Real Time

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There is a coup underway in Venezuela. The pieces are all falling into place like a bad CIA movie. At every turn a new traitor is revealed, a betrayal is born, full of promises to reveal the smoking gun that will justify the unjustifiable. 

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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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Venezuela's Bolivar Needs Bold Action

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he would not be making significant changes to the Exchange rate system. (PHOT

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a point of downplaying his foreign exchange reforms last Wednesday, and good thing he did. The reforms are bound to do little to curb Venezuela's economic problems, despite the fact that genuine changes to the exchange system are urgently needed.

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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part II

Member of the Venezuelan National Guard stands by a large supply of hoarded cooking oil.  (PHOTO:Venezuelasolidarity)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. Part II focuses on the need to change the economic model in Venezuela and explores the balance of political and economic forces in Venezuela today.

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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part I

Trade Unionists hold up signs that say "No to the Economic War!" (PHOTO: From Archives)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. In Part I of this two-part series, the authors give an overview of the current political climate in Venezuela and provide historical context for the use of food as a political weapon. By examining the 1973 Coup in Chile and the way that control of food was used during the 2002 coup in Venezuela and the 2003 Oil strike, the authors push for a deeper understanding of the current political climate in Venezuela today. Part II focuses on the need to change the Economic model in Venezuela.

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Venezuela: Heinz Dieterich the Prophet of Doom – Or how not to save the Bolivarian Revolution

Maduro during the April 2013 elections (In Defence of Marxism)

Alan Woods responds to an article published by Heinz Dieterich on the Venezuelan leftwing website Aporrea, in which the German academic claims that 2015 will be the Maduro government´s last year in office.

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Who Will Stand With Venezuela?

(Invent the Future Blog)

Who in the world stands with a country when it is under the looming threat of a major U.S. government intervention? When Guatemala (1954), the Dominican Republic (1965), Chile (1973), and Haiti (2004) were in trouble, there was no one.

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Economic Solutions: Two Perspectives from the Bolivarian Left

Women buy toilet paper in Caracas Supermarket (PHOTO: The Guardian)

In the face of on-going shortages of basic consumer goods, soaring inflation, a multi-pronged and broken currency exchange system and now falling oil prices, Venezuela's economic “crisis” is now being acknowledged at the highest levels of government. As opposed to the simplistic mainstream media coverage that attempts to blame Venezuela's woes on the boogie monster of “socialism,” we present two perspectives from within the Bolivarian Revolution on concrete public policy solutions to Venezuela's economic crisis.

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China, the CELAC, and Venezuela

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Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia discusses the massive impact Chinese investment has had on recent Latin American development, while calling for strict outlines to be drawn to protect Venezuelan sovereighnty in the midst of heightened negotiation.

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US Slaps New Sanctions Against Venezuela: Why Now?

Just as US Relations with Cuba improve, the US approves sanctions against Venezuela.  (PHOTO: EFE)

In this article Roger D. Harris, President of the Task Force on the Americas, explains the current political context for the United States´recent sanctions on Venezuela. Harris outlines the substance of sanctions, the response of Venezuela and the international community and how the current correlation of forces in both the US and Venezuela have resulted in increased sanctions against Venezuela that are spearheaded by the Democratic Party in the United States.

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Rapprochement Between the United States and Cuba and Sanctions Against Venezuela

United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (archives)

William and Frederick lay out a comprehensive analysis of the "consistent imperial strategy" demonstrated by US president Obama in recent policy shifts toward Cuba and Venezuela.

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