Venezuelan analyst Nicmer Evans argues, "The construction of a socialist project must transcend every one of us, and cannot be circumscribed to the existence or the state of health of one individual, no matter how important and significant they are for our history".
The author examines how in little over ten years the Bolivarian Revolution has not only attended to the population sectors that didn’t have medical services in their communities, but now these sectors are also generating their own doctors.
Media in Latin America have traditionally been consolidated into the hands of a few wealthy families and large media conglomerates. Over the last decade and a half, however, several governments in the region, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Uruguay, have moved to democratize media.
Last week there was a real media hate-fest for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, with some of the more influential publications on both sides of the Atlantic really hating on the guy. Even by the hate-filled standards to which we have become accustomed, it was impressive.
By The editors of News Unspun and Venezuelanalysis, Jan 28th 2013
Carroll depicts an ailing 'autocrat' leaving behind a 'disparate ruling coalition' and a 'warping economy'. In this analysis of Carroll's contribution we have considered the premises behind a selection of his arguments and conducted some basic fact-checking, highlighting many inaccuracies in his analysis.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 24th 2013
If anyone is clearest about what Chavez’s absence means and what it could mean in the future, it is the grassroots activists and revolutionaries in Venezuela. While private international and national media paint a picture of hopelessness, economic chaos, a power vacuum and power struggles in Venezuela, the grassroots are experiencing a different reality, and have a much more positive outlook for the future.
Colombian author William Ospina recently wrote a column in the Colombian daily El Espectador in which he expressed a level of appreciation for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. But what was perhaps more interesting was the kind of response he got for taking what was called a “polemical” position.
In this lengthy interview with Spain's EFE media agency, the Venezuelan Vice-president Nicolas Maduro discusses a range of current topics, including Chavez's health and absence, and tomorrow's marches by the opposition and by Chavez supporters.
By William Ospina – El Espectador Colombia , Jan 21st 2013
In this much commented-upon opinion column published in leading Colombian newspaper The Spectator, writer William Ospina offers his view on the role of Hugo Chavez within what he terms “the Latin American story”.
Just as it appeared that the current conventional wisdom on Venezuela had spread and hardened irreversibly throughout the major media, on Monday the UK daily The Guardian published an editorial entitled “Venezuela, defying predictions – again.” The piece deftly takes on a few commonly held views found in much of the media coverage of Venezuela.
In Venezuela people prepare themselves for life without Hugo Chávez. Whether Chávez recovers from his latest bout of cancer or not, Chávistas must find a way of becoming less dependent on their charismatic leader, argues Steve Ellner.