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Where is Venezuela’s Political Violence Coming From? A Complete List of Fatalities from the Disturbances

A confrontation on 1 March between barricade militants and pólice in Mérida (el meridenazo)

About 40 people have died in connection with opposition protests, street barricades and unrest which have been occurring since early February in Venezuela. An examination of the fatalities suggests some of the following conclusions.

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Low Intensity War Challenges National Independence of Venezuela

(AP)

Over the past six weeks the so called salida ya [exit now] strategy launched by the Venezuelan opposition has developed, in part, into a low intensity war against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

Venezuelans wait in line to buy food at Mercal. (Archive)

Over the weekend, a panel of psychologists convened to discuss the societal tension that has built up since violent protest broke out in Venezuela, in February. They determined that dialogue-friendly spaces and a feeling of general safety have been compromised dramatically. The fatal shooting of a woman waiting on line to buy food Saturday highlighted fiercely clashing responses through social media as each political sector interpreted the tragedy as proof of their own worst fears.

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Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots

Chavista supporters in El Vigia (archive)

As it's prone to do, the private media has invented a new thing. In both English and Spanish they are calling it colectivos, and these collectives are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders who “enforce” the revolution and are responsible for most of the current violence. 

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Why the Media Are Giving a Free Pass to Venezuela’s Neo-Fascist Creeps

Luis García Britto (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/ Reuters)

Roberto Lovato speaks with Luis Britto García about the role of the media in the current political conflict in Venezuela.

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Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (EFE)

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.

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Call to Action in Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan Peasant Movement

logo of vía campesina

We, Vía Campesina Internacional, the international peasant movement that brings together over 200 million families in 77 countries, express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people, their peasant movement Bolivarian Revolution – currently the victim of an imperialist crusade that, together with reactionary right-wing forces, conspires within Venezuela and abroad in an attempt to retake the power they lost legitimately, democratically, and repeatedly at the ballot box.

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The Debate Today is How to Stop The Violent Offensive of the Neoliberal Right-Wing

bystanders take cover

In an interview with historian Valeria Ianni, political scientist and author Franck Gaudichad of rebelión.org discusses the destabilising attempts of the Venezuelan right-wing, the limits of the Bolivarian process and the possibility of popular movements to advance the revolutionary project amid tensions and a series of contradictions.

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Natural Resources as the Dynamic Axis of UNASUR strategy

oil field in Venezuela's Orinoco region

Alí Rodriguez Araque, general secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) details the core values of the UNASUR trade bloc, noting the paradox between the extensive reserves of valuable natural resources and the 130 million living in poverty throughout represented nations. Last week UNSAUR sent a delegation to discuss recent conflict and possible resolution in petroleum-rich Venezuela- this statement provides a basis of understanding for UNSAUR's position on Venezuela and their rejection of possible U.S. sanctions.

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Proposing a Path to Socialism: Two Papers for Hugo Chávez

(Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

Everyone understands that it is impossible to achieve the vision of socialism for the twenty-first century in one giant leap forward. 

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APG Open Letter: Canada Must Call for Dialogue Amid Unrest in Venezuela

(Miguel Acurero/Ultimas Noticias)

We call upon the Canadian government to condemn foreign intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs via the funding and training of groups and individuals seeking regime change through violence or other unconstitutional means, and to support dialogue as the only appropriate means of achieving peace and reconciliation in Venezuela.

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Media Distortions about Venezuela Not Just a Problem in the U.S.

(CEPR)

I sometimes complain about U.S. media coverage of Venezuela, which is mostly one-sided and sometimes terribly inaccurate. But compared to most of the Latin American media, U.S. reporting is practically “fair and balanced.” 

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Exchange with CBC on Venezuela Article by Mark Cadiz

(archive)

Emersbergerwrote to Mark Cadiz of the CBC (exchange below) about an article of his that claimed Venezuelan “activists” were turning to social media because the Venezuelan government censors news about the protests.

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Beware Venezuela’s False ‘Anarchists’: Unmasking El Libertario

(Christian Veron/Reuters)

Not everyone who calls themselves anarchists are worthy of the name.

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The “Cubanization” of U.S. Policy Towards Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan opposition politicians and their allies in the U.S.frequently decry Cuba’s alleged influence on the Venezuelan government. Ironically however, there seems to be an important and growing nexus between the Venezuelan opposition and the anti-Cuba lobby in the U.S. 

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