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Attempts to Malign Venezuela as “Homophobic State” Have Backfired

An image made popular after Freddy Bernal’s comments about homosexual police last week. (Credit: ASGDRe)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka unmasks the recent attempts to slander the Venezuelan government as "homophobic" which have been spearheaded by rightwing Venezuelan NGOs, the corporate press, and the U.S. State Department. Dutka counters these distortions and fabrications by giving voice to grassroots LGBTQ activists, who offer a dialectical accessment of the gains and ongoing challenges of the "sexual revolution" in Venezuela.

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But What About the Oil? US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions

US Senator Marco Rubio (redstate.com)

Last week, lawyer and journalist Glen Greenwald acerbically asked if there was “anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability” of Obama’s claim that Venezuela is an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security. On Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Venezuela, a band of rightwing “human rights” specialists including US senator Marco Rubio decided to make a Herculean attempt.

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Allende was Wrong: Neoliberalism, Venezuela's Student Right and the Answer from the Left

"Defend University Autonomy for True People's Democracy". Photo taken at the University of the Andes. (Lucas Koer

Venezuelanalysis journalist, Lucas Koerner, takes a look at the rightwing student movement in Venezuela, its ideology and appropriation of leftwing symbols and discourse. He also examines what model of education is being proposed in Venezuela's new "experimental" public universities as an alternative to neoliberal visions of education. This analysis includes an interview with Luis Javier Gomez Rojas, a facilitator at the Bolivarian University for Workers.

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Venezuela in 2014: Maduro Administration Given Reprieve by Divided Opposition

From left to right: opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado, and Henrique Capriles (AFP)

VA.com’s Ewan Robertson offers an assessment of the relative positions of the Bolivarian government and conservative opposition after a bumpy year for Venezuela’s politics and economy.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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Revolutionary Muralists Fill Venezuela’s Andean Capital with Color and History (+ PHOTOS)

Fuga was created just days after Chavez’s death, when Rodrigo met two other artists and kindred spirits among the millions waiting in line to pay their respects at the socialist leader’s wake in Caracas. It was a time of disbelief and heartache for the majority of Venezuelans- but many, like Rodrigo, hit the ground running, channeling grief into action.

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Pemon Indigenous Occupy Airport in Venezuela: “We Have Had Enough of Broken Promises”

The occupied airport does not see much traffic (all photos Z.C. Dutka / Venezuelanalysis.com)

VA.com's Z.C. Dutka gives an eyewitness account of the break out of an indigenous protest in the town of Santa Elena de Uairen in southern Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Decision Not to Devalue Its Currency Raises Questions

José Khan, Director of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) stated that Venezuela will not devalue the bolivar currency (El Univ

Cory Fischer Hoffman looks at the pressures facing the Venezuelan economy and the questions raised by the decision of President Nicolas Maduro’s government not to adjust (devalue) the country’s exchange rate in the near future.

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"Change the System, Not the Climate!" Voices from the Social PreCOP

Members of civil society insisted that a transition be made from fossil fuels to community controlled renewable energy sources (

A warm ocean breeze rolled across the picturesque beach on Venezuela's Caribbean island of Margarita.

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For the Barrios, the Difference Between Repression and Revolution Depends on National Security

The National Guard and police presence is on the rise as checkpoints and operatives are set up along public transportation route

Early last month, five men were shot dead in a high-rise building at the center of Caracas during an early morning standoff between special intelligence police (CICPC) and armed members of revolutionary collectives. While the circumstances leading up to the event are still unclear, the so-called Quinta Crespo Massacre created a ripple effect within the Venezuelan left that quickly highlighted a growing rift between the revolutionary left and the Bolivarian government.

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Venezuela’s Indigenous Pemon are Caught in Time on Land Too Valuable for Numbers

A pemon boy rests on the way to Mt. Roraima. (Benjamin Mast)
In the shadow of Columbus Day, venezuelanalysis.com writer Z.C. sketches, through interviews, an intimate portrait of a changing people – the Pemon of Venezuela’s mineral-rich Southeastern border. Their testimonies of struggle reflect the country’s changing political landscape and highlights a stark generational gap that afflicts many of Latin America’s first nation peoples.

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Planting the People's Seed Law in Venezuela

Anti-GMO Stencil on a building in Bellas Artes, Caracas. (Photo: Cory Fischer-Hoffman for Venezuelanalysis.com)

The battle against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is central in the ongoing fight between transnational corporations and the health and sovereignty of the people of Venezuela.

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International Media Barely Raises Eyebrow over Assassination of Pro-Government Legislator in Venezuela

The gruesome assassination of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra (27) and his partner Maria Herrera last Wednesday has shaken

Media either ignored or downplayed Robert Serra’s assassination and side-stepped the issue of far-right political violence, further highlighting how tightly mainstream media sticks to the prevailing narrative on Venezuela.

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Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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