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Venezuela: Potential Paths out of the Economic Crisis

Samples of Venezuela's currencies are displayed at the Central Bank building in Caracas February 10, 2015.
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What should be done, what can be done, and what is likely to be done? James Suggett reviews solutions proposed by Venezuelans on the ground that fall into five broad categories: neoliberalism, market-based reform, correction and maintenance of current policies, socialism with the state, and socialism without the state.

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Black Lives Matter Network Denounces U.S. “Continuing Intervention” in Venezuela

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The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration warns that the recent electoral victory of U.S.-backed counter revolutionary parties in Venezuela endangers the country’s African-descended population. The letter denounces “corporate media lies about electoral corruption voiced by Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sander’s defamation of late President Hugo Chavez labeling him a dictator.”

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Political Tendencies in Post-6D Venezuela

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim evaluates the challenges facing the opposition and Chavismo following the former's landslide victory in December 6th parliamentary elections, arguing that without cooperation between the two blocs, the Venezuela's economy will likely descend into deeper crisis. 

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Ten Proposals for Chavismo in the Face of Our Defeat

Luis Britto Garcia is a renowned Venezuelan writer, political analyst and playwright. (VTV)

Venezuelan political analyst, playwright and author, Luis Britto Garcia, offers an analysis of what the legislative elections results mean for Chavismo and what can be done to move beyond the crisis. 

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Here’s How the Opposition Got a Two-Thirds Supermajority in Venezuela

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Their supermajority is razor-thin. The MUD claims 112 seats out of 167 — exactly two-thirds. Anything less than perfect unity and the list of powers available to the MUD diminishes considerably. But how did the MUD achieve this landslide win in an electoral environment widely regarded as stacked in favor of the PSUV? A variety of factors were at play, and the MUD caught some remarkable breaks.

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The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next

 A pro-government supporter wears a T-Shirt with image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez, as he waits for results

Even Chavistas are fed up with the economic crisis and want change. But unlike the right, grassroots leaders are calling for more popular control and collective decision-making.

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Facing Opposition Onslaught, Chavismo Must Return to Roots

"Create popular power, transition to the Communal State" (Photo: Rachael Boothroyd, venezuelanalysis.com)

Sunday's landslide PSUV defeat affords the Venezuelan right an historic opportunity to roll back the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution, but will they succeed? Only a revitalized Chavismo, rerooted among the Venezuelan masses, can stop them. 

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‘Democracy, as Usual,’ in Venezuela

Supporters of the Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) political party cheer during a closing campaign rally in Caracas, December 2, 2015. (A

Contrary to the mainstream media narratives, the conflict in Venezuela is not over democracy, but over the distribution of oil wealth. 

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In Praise of Chavismo

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If Chavismo focuses on efficient leaders and proposes an agenda that prioritizes economic and productive decisions and the defense of social policies, then it will have the best chance of winning the recall referendum that we will face in 2016. But if an injured government only focuses on “taking out” the people who “got them,” then it will simply be condemned to remain a minority, or worse still to disappear from the political map.

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The Causes and Consequences of Venezuelan Election Results

President Nicolas Maduro accepted the election results immediately on Sunday, December 6th. (TeleSUR)

Tamara Pearson reflects on what this electoral loss for the revolutionary forces means, politically, and given the current context in Venezuela, what the consequences of it might be going forward.

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Miracles Do Happen: Venezuela Relabeled a Democracy in Wake of Opposition Win

Opposition leaders celebrated their victory in a public announcement before the first CNE bulletin was even released. (Reuters)

Last night, as the results of the December 6th elections were announced, spontaneous parties broke out in the urban centers of Venezuela. Fireworks were launched, horns were honked to no end. Just hours before, the same people were howling via social media to the world about the totalitarian dictatorship imposed by Nicolas Maduro. 

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Setting the Record Straight on Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro next to a portrait of Hugo Chavez in February 2013. (Jorge Silva / Reuters)

The Bolivarian Revolution hasn’t been perfect, but it’s improved the lives of millions in the face of violent opposition.

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Venezuelan Election Will Be Close, But Clean

The National Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, December 6th. [Marco Bello/Reuters]

George Ciccariello-Maher assesses the current climate both in Venezuela and internationally ahead of the National Assembly elections this Sunday.

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Hillary Clinton and a Venezuelan Murder Mystery: Who Killed Luis Manuel Díaz?

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On November 30, Hillary Clinton stated that she was "outraged at the cold blooded assassination of Luis Manuel Díaz on stage at a rally last week." She was referring to the killing of a local opposition leader in Venezuela on November 25. It was clear from her remarks that she was blaming the government for the murder.

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In Hard Times, Chavismo is Not Dead

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In spite of the testing circumstances, a strong sector of Venezuelans have not turned their back Chavismo, citing the advances of the revolution and the necessity of pushing ahead to build real socialism. 

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