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Three Years of Maduro: Venezuelan Power Plays or Popular Power?

President Nicolas Maduro addresses the nation from Miraflores in Caracas (Reuters)

Chris Gilbert critiques the notion that Maduro has failed to act in the face of recent challenges since taking up the presidency in 2013.

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HRW's Latest Report on Venezuela Needs to be Taken With a Grain of Salt

(Venezuelan Interior Ministry via AVN)

A clear eyed investigation into Venezuela's latest security crackdown is desperately needed, but not by Human Rights Watch.

 

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Venezuela's Political Killings: A Sign of the Repression to Come?

From the 2002 coup to the violence of 2014, there has always been a sector of the right-wing that has never been afraid to use t

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim argues that the silence of Venezuela's right-wing in the face of a recent wave of political killings is a sign of elites' willingness to use terrorist violence in order to bring about the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro and the restoration of the neoliberal order. 

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The War on Democracy in Latin America: Interview with John Pilger

Journalist John Pilger (archives)

In this interview, renowned journalist John Pilger speaks about the progressive movements in Latin America now under rightwing attack, his personal experience in Venezuela travelling alongside former president, Hugo Chávez, and the manipulative media coverage that surrounds the Bolivarian process in the West.

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The Other Explanation for Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

 Venezuela Central Madeirense. (Wikimedia)

Mainstream critics of the Bolivarian government have systematically ignored the role of US imperialism and Venezuela's rentier oligarchy in fomenting the country's current economic crisis. 

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In Venezuela, Dismantling a Weapon of Mass Destruction

(Aporrea)

Economist Mark Weisbrot makes a case for unifying Venezuela's now double-tiered exchange rate.

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What is at Stake is not the Stability of a Government but the Viability of a Nation

Economist and ex-minister Victor Alvarez (archives)

In this interview, investigator and former Mining and Basic Industries Minister, Victor Alvarez, argues that the government must implement an economic stabilisation plan with social welfare before it is too late.

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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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