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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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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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Victims of 2002 Venezuelan Coup Denounce Double Standards in Justice after Iván Simonovis’ Release

Yesenia Fuentes, president of the Association of Victims of April 11, 2002 (Asovic) speaking at a Press Conference on Llaguno br

Just blocks away from the Presidential Palace, stands Llaguno bridge, the site of a massacre during the April 2002 coup briefly removing Hugo Chavez from Venezuelan office. Today, the bridge was filled with family members of the victims who were demanding answers and justice following the release of former Police chief Iván Simonovis.

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Planned Reforms May Determine Survival of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Project

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has proposed a series of major reforms to the economy, state and party in the hope of settin

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro faces a set of adverse conditions which have the potential to turn a majority of the country’s citizens against the incumbent government at the next election. In this context, there is perhaps more riding on economic and state reforms currently being designed than first meets the eye.

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Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have been occurring in the country: the opposition’s strategy, how the media have reacted, and the implications of the protests for the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Where is Venezuela’s Economy Headed?

95% of Venezuela’s foreign export earnings in Venezuela come from oil sales (archive)

What did President Nicolas Maduro’s announcements during Wednesday’s state of the nation address tell us about the Venezuelan government’s economic agenda for 2014?

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The Economist Gets Economical with the Truth on Venezuela's Municipal Elections

Voters in Merida during the 8 December municipal elections (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

A good writer can say a lot with a few words, and indeed the latest article by The Economist on Venezuela's recent municipal elections manages to say plenty about the value of facts at the neoliberal ideologue's favourite rag.

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Municipal Election Results: Venezuela Winning the War Waged against It

PSUV active members meeting in the lead up to the municipal elections (Telesur/archive)

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.

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What are the Stakes in Venezuela's Municipal Elections?

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What are the stakes for both Chavismo and the opposition in the upcoming municipal elections, and is it accurate to see the elections as a type of “plebiscite” on the government?

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Venezuelan Elections, Participation, and the Finger

 Merida governor Alexis Ramirez  (in white) campaigning in the barrio of Santa Anita last Sunday (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanaly

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.

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Letting Go of April: It's Time For Capriles to End His Gap Year

An opposition protest that turned violent following the 14 April elections (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

In the immediate aftermath of the 14 April presidential elections, opposition leader Henrique Capriles appeared to be heading a serious challenge to the new Maduro government. Now, less than six months later the opposition movement has lost much of the momentum it once enjoyed.

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Venezuelan Opposition Give the Game Away on Electoral Fraud Claim

Ramon Guillero Aveledo, executive secretary of the opposition MUD coalition (archive)

Recent contradictory statements made by the opposition about the Venezuelan electoral system suggest that even the opposition are not convinced by Henrique Capriles’ claim of fraud in the April election.

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After Chavez: Grassroots Fight on Despite Opposition’s War of Attrition

A mural in Merida characterising Henrique Capriles as a chameleon (Tamara Pearson/ Venezuelanalysis.com)

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.

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Claims of Fraud in Venezuela: The Fake Evidence of Henrique Capriles

Henrique Capriles holds up a vote tally at a press conference last Monday (Getty Images)

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has refused to acknowledge the results of the election, claiming the government committed fraud. In what follows, I will list all of the alleged evidence of fraud cited by Capriles, and explain why every single example is either demonstrably false, or extremely implausible.

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Understanding the Venezuelan Presidential Election Outcome

"The most simple of us, we will win", activists painted above this barrio entrance in Merida (Tamara Pearson/ Venezuel

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?

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