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.
By Z.C. Dutka / various - Venezuealanalysis.com, Nov 5th 2014
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.
By Tamara Pearson- Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 9th 2013
Following a hard year for us, yesterday’s positive election result came as a relief. It is a hopeful result that gives a well deserved finger to the bitter, whinging opposition, and their private media buddies. However, the political significance of the result is also more complicated than that, and it is now time to focus our energy on really consolidating this revolution.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 19th 2013
The first national conference of commune members held on the weekend of 16 and 17 November was a demonstration of how the commune movement is slowly strengthening, and how it is these structures that are the antidote to many of Venezuela's ongoing problems of speculation, importation, bureaucracy, and corruption.
By Tamara Pearson- Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 30th 2013
The PSUV recently announced its candidates for the December elections, overriding a primaries process of selection that had been underway when Chavez died. From under confidence and vulnerability, to a disorganised grassroots and a strong-ish opposition, VA examines what is behind such a move.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jun 11th 2013
In these interviews with three workers at Venezuela’s new telescope plant, Venezuelanalysis.com looks at how scientific work and community work can go hand in hand, and how science can be used as a tool for liberation and human development.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, May 31st 2013
The rightwing is waging a war of attrition against the Bolivarian revolution; trying to break it with constant psychological, media, and economic based attacks. The government and grassroots have remained firm after the passing of Chavez, yet are showing some weaknesses as well as they face the new period.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Apr 15th 2013
Why was the presidential election result so close, and why did some government supporters switch to supporting Capriles? As the opposition causes violence around the country, calling "fraud", what was it that worked with Capriles' campaign, and that didn't with Maduro's?
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Mar 27th 2013
Although the results of the presidential elections in a few weeks are quite predictable, we are going through a fragile, vulnerable period, with a future that is less predictable. These elections, because of their place in history- the start of the era of the Bolivarian revolution without Chavez – have some special characteristics and factors.
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.
By Tamara Pearson - VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM, Dec 12th 2012
Internal debate and criticism of the PSUV and its current state election campaign, as well as proper grassroots involvement, has been put off, and put off, because in this incredibly democratic country there is always some kind of election coming up. Yet for how long will such sacrifices be made in the name of defeating the capitalist opposition?
By Ewan Robertson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Sep 28th 2012
I’ve witnessed the self-assured superiority of Paris, the imperial arrogance of Washington, the capitalist decadence of New York’s Manhattan, parliamentary elections in Germany, and my fair share of elections in Britain. In none of them have I encountered a democratic political culture as profound as Venezuela’s.