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Communal Justices of the Peace Bring Popular Power to Venezuela Court System

At the local level, a movement of communal justice is gradually spreading an alternative to the traditional adversarial court sy

At the local level, a movement of communal justice is gradually spreading an alternative to the traditional adversarial court system to settle civil disputes.

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Undocumented Migrants in Venezuela Have More Rights than US Citizens in the US

"Bye friend, return soon", says the sign at one of Venezuela's border points (archive)

While most first world and imperialist countries criminalise refugees and undocumented migrants, scapegoating them, promoting racism, and mistreating them, Venezuela welcomes all migrants, and provides them with the same rights as Venezuelan citizens.

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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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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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Venezuelan Human Rights Experts Call for End to “Media Distortion” of Protests and State Response

Two demonstrators at a pro-government march “for peace” in Mérida recently. The banner reads “no more violence, we want p

A group of forty two Venezuelan human rights activists offer their views on the guarantee of human rights in the current protests. Analysing the overall situation, they argue that there is a purposeful distortion of the situation by mass media and even some NGOs for political reasons.

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Understanding the Facts on Violence and Human Rights in Venezuela's Unrest

Opposition marchers in Caracas on Wednesday 12 March argue with the National Guard (EDSAU OLIVARES / El Universal) publishes a concise study of the fatalities, wounded and damages caused in the last month of political violence. The findings suggest that the narrative used to explain the violence in most mainstream media outlets is either uninformed or deliberately misleading.

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The Community and Security Forces in Venezuela

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Over the last decade the Venezuelan government has sought to reform the country's security forces. But just how far has reform gone towards improving relations between the grassroots and the police and armed forces?

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Chapter by Chapter Summary of Venezuela’s New Labour Law brings readers this detailed, chapter by chapter summary of the new Organic Law of Work and Workers (LOTTT), a law which has been under discussion in both the national assembly and by workers and movements since 2003.  The law contains 554 articles.

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If Venezuela were Measured by the Majority

What real democracy looks like: A communal council in Merida votes for its electoral commission in July 2010 (Tamara Pearson).

When Newsweek ranked Venezuela last out of 100 countries for “economic dynamism” it had a certain kind of economy and benchmarks in mind. Venezuela is constantly attacked and demonised by U.S based “studies”, “experts”, and “reports”, but what if its economy and political life were to be measured according to the benchmarks of the Venezuelan majority?

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Fighting Corruption or Persecuting Political Opponents in Venezuela? A Response to the New York Times

On April 3rd, the New York Times lent a hand to Venezuela’s elite, neo-liberal opposition by warping positive news about the government’s anti-corruption efforts into a profoundly biased diatribe about supposed political persecution.

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Venezuela’s Reformed Communal Council Law: When Laws Aren’t Just for Lawyers and Power Is Public

Lisbeida Rangel helping to paint a community noticeboard (Tamara Pearson)

We talked about it in the car, we talked about it with friends, we met in one member’s house and talked about it over tea, and we talked about it in moonlit darkness caused by blackouts before various meetings. Our communal council had a few concerns and many praises about the reform to the communal council law, which had just been approved in first discussion.

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Venezuelan Education Law: Socialist Indoctrination or Liberatory Education?

Venezuelan opposition activists allege that the new Education Law is unconstitutional, anti-democratic, politicizes the classroom, threatens the family and religion, and will allow the state to take children away from their parents for indoctrination. Are they correct?

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Human Rights and Police Reform in Venezuela: A Venezuelan Perspective

Seeking an experienced, nuanced, and Venezuelan perspective on human rights and insecurity in Venezuela, spoke with the Venezuelan human rights organization Red de Apoyo por la Justicia y la Paz (Support Network for Peace and Justice).

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Crime in Venezuela: Opposition Weapon or Serious Problem?

The opposition uses crime to discredit the Chavez government, yet despite being one of the only countries with decreasing unemployment, despite its social missions and increased grassroots political participation, crime seems to be increasing in Venezuela- why?

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Smoke and Mirrors: An Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Report on Venezuela

The September 18, 2008 Human Rights Watch report, “A Decade Under Chavez,” raises a few problems with regard to the protection of political rights in Venezuela, but the few places where it is on target are almost completely drowned in a sea of de-contextualization, trumped-up accusations, and a clear and obvious bias in favor of the opposition and against the government.

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