Help Keep Us Online in 2016
It’s no secret that 2015 has been the toughest year yet for the Bolivarian Revolution.
Early on in the year the Obama administration slapped several Venezuelan officials with fresh sanctions, and invoked an executive order to designate Venezuela as a “threat” to US national security. Despite a campaign by the Venezuelan grassroots and leading international intellectuals - Obama has failed to rescind the imperialist decree.
At home, the economic war has continued unabated against the lifeblood of ordinary Venezuelans - and the government has stalled in presenting a convincing response.
General fatigue amongst the population and grassroots movements translated to the revolution’s most staggering loss yet at the ballot box for the December 6th legislative elections, when the opposition took away 112 seats and a qualified super majority in the country’s legislature. In part, thanks to mass Chavista abstention.
Then, just as the year is drawing to a close, “something moved in the depths of Chavismo,” as former Minister of Culture, Renaildo Iturizza put it.
Since the debilitating victory of the opposition on December 6th, the country has witnessed a renewed explosion of popular power. Five million Chavistas mobilising in assemblies, marches, meetings with the president and taking to the streets to wrest control over the direction of this revolutionary process.
Venezuela’s 21st century socialism story has only just begun.
If hesitation and uncertainty defined 2015, this revolutionary sentiment promises to mark 2016 as a dynamic year for the revolution - but it will also be taking place in the middle of a political war. Rightwing interests, who in less than two weeks will become kingmakers in the country’s national assembly, have promised to rollback the revolution’s achievements and muffle independent and community media - as is already being done by the new rightwing Macri government in Argentina.
As the only critical, independent and progressive website in English dedicated entirely to reporting dynamics on the ground in Venezuela, Venezuelanalysis is clearly more crucial than ever.
This coming year we want to redesign our website to make it more accessible and branch into multimedia - providing more video reports and photo galleries for our readers - as well as increase our writing team on the ground.
The Venezuelan experience resonates from Baltimore, to Athens, Port au Prince, Barcelona and London. But we need your help to keep providing coverage and getting the word out.
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As a special thank you to donators, VA's Tamara Pearson has kindly donated two copies of her highly acclaimed latest novel - "The Butterfly Prison" - mostly written during her time in Venezuela. One copy will be given away to our most generous donator, whilst the second will be available to win in a pot-luck draw from all donators at the beginning of January.
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The VA team, December 2015
Gregory Wilpert, Ryan Mallett-Outtrim, Jan Kühn, Tamara Pearson, Rachael Boothroyd Rojas, Z.C. Dutka, Lucas Koerner, Jonas Holldack, Michael Fox, Eva Golinger.
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