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Can the NYT Really Answer Your Questions on Venezuela?

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VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas takes apart NYT correspondent Nick Casey's latest blogpost purporting to answer readers' questions on Venezuela, exposing the Establishment journalist's thinly veiled Western colonial bias evidenced in his systematic privileging of wealthy opposition voices over those of working class Chavismo. 

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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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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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George Azariah-Moreno: A Democratic Revolution Under Siege Faces Electoral Showdown

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Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested Venezuelan parliamentary elections, VA talked with George Azariah-Moreno, a political anthropologist and former advisor to the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) on the Organization of American States’ (OAS) allegations of fraud, the disqualification of dissident chavista party Marea Socialista from running, Venezuela’s evolving electoral landscape, as well as possible scenarios for Sunday’s vote. 

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#LATE: A “People’s Campaign” for the Commune and Chavismo’s Revolutionary Rebirth

The Commune (#LATE)

#LATE, “Every heartbeat counts”. The provocative slogan is flooding Venezuelan social media in recent weeks, appearing in vibrantly colored artwork, videos, and other multimedia. Much more than a passing hashtag, the campaign is the work of an army of revolutionary artists and grassroots media activists seeking to reinvent the aesthetic narrative of the Bolivarian Revolution, overcome "the exhaustion of the image of Chávez" and situate the commune at its “symbolic center”.

 

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“Venezuela Must Raise the Flags of Campesinos Across the Globe against the Privatisation of Food”

VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas talks with activist Manuel Suarez of the Venezuelan collective Homo et Natura about the monumental Anti-Transgenic and Anti-Patent Seed Law currently in debate in the country’s National Assembly.

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You Don’t Need to be a Semiotics Expert to Decode Leopoldo Lopez’s Latest Post

Leopoldo Lopez. (teleSUR)

Jailed Politician Leopoldo Lopez has revealed that the opposition would use a majority win at the legislative elections to attempt to remove the current president from office, calling on his followers to “defend the popular will” without hesitation. 

 

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Mehmet Ali Dogan: Communes, Counter-Hegemony, and the Kurdish Fight for the Middle Eastern Patria Grande

Mehmet Ali Dogan (courtesy)

As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. With powerful testimony, Dogan bridges the gaps between peoples' movements across the globe, emphasizing the need to reduce state roles in order to create and defend revolution from the ground up.

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Selma in Caracas: Brown-Washing and the Abuse of History

Dr. King leading a march over the Edmund Pettus bridge as depicted in the film Selma (El Estimulo)

VA.com's Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.

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How Deep Does the Crisis Cut?

People ride on a public bus past a street mural of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chávez in Caracas.  (Photo: Ariana Cubillo

VA's Z.C. Dutka analyzes the roots of the current economic crisis in Venezuela and calls on the Maduro government to assume responsibility for the acute difficulties faced by the country's popular classes, which she identifies as a crucial step for further deepening the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Venezuela's Oldest Human Rights Organization: "Here There is a State That Respects Human Rights"

Sister Eugenia Russian is a longtime member of Venezuela's oldest human rights organisation, Fundalatin (Fundalatin)

As "reports" of alleged "human rights violations" in Venezuela are unscrupulously circulated by transnational corporate media and rightwing governments, VA speaks to long time human rights activist Sister Eugenia Russian, President of the Latin American Foundation of Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin), concerning a range of issues, including "political prisoners", "torture" allegations, the "crackdown" on journalists, Liberation Theology, and more. 

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Desmond Tutu, If You Stand with the Venezuelan Right, You Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Zak Hussein/PA)

In an op-ed published in the Spanish daily El Pais titled "Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Venezuela", the renowned South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid militant Desmond Tutu foresakes neutrality in order to unabashedly take the side of the oppressor, namely the United States and the Venezuelan Right.

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Petrizzelli's Ti@s: "Shak[ing] the World in a Very Necessary Way"

"Ti@s" official billboard featuring Celia (Ti@s)

VA’s Lucas Koerner brings readers an analysis of the new documentary Ti@s which narrates the lives of six ageing gay “uncles” in Venezuela. The analysis offers us an insight into the reality of Venezuela’s LGBTQ community and the limits of the Revolution's attempts to deliver historic justice to subaltern groups within the confines of global capitalism. 

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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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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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