By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Jan 21st 2008
A collective discussion is occurring
throughout the revolutionary movement led by President Hugo Chavez
following the defeat of the proposed constitutional reform proposals —
that were intended to deepen the revolution to help open the way
towards socialism — in the December 2 referendum.
The failed reform was the first defeat for the Bolivarian movement, after 12 national electoral contests, since Hugo Chávez was elected in 1998, and the first time that he and his movement had been forced to examine which way the process must go if it is to advance.
While we reflect on errors made, we should
not lose sight of the unique opportunities posed by this turn of events.
Sunday's referendum defeat marks a critical juncture in the Bolivarian
Revolution: with the most direct, state-led path to socialism effectively
blocked, Chávez will have no other alternative than to rely on the mobilization
of the popular revolutionary masses.
By Kiraz Janicke - Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 1st 2007
As the struggle to deepen Venezuela's revolution through the
framework of the pending constitutional reforms intensifies, so too does the
battle to create the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). The
simultaneous campaign for constitutional reforms and the formation of the PSUV
means the two are intricately connected.
By George Ciccariello-Maher - CounterPunch, Jun 11th 2007
Who are "the students," and what do they represent? In recent days, it has become clear that these student mobilizations have been, in fact, largely directed and supported by sectors of the opposition, all in an effort to provoke, in Chávez's own words, a "soft coup" against the revolutionary government.
By Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com, Jun 2nd 2007
A detailed examination of the arguments used to criticize the Chavez government's decision not to renew RCTV's broadcast license. Do any of these arguments have merit? A few might, but the bottom line is that they end up defending the privileges of the country's elite.
By Eric Wingerter - Venezuela Information Office, Mar 15th 2006
In recent years, mainstream media outlets have seized on the State Department's Human Rights report to paint a picture of Venezuela under Orwellian levels of government control, where freedom of the press and the right of association are rarely respected.
By Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com, Sep 15th 2004
Venezuela’s presidential recall referendum was one of Latin America’s most historic electoral events of the past twenty five years. The vote contributes to the future direction of other progressive projects throughout the world because Chavez and his Bolivarian Project have, despite their flaws, opened the door for a progressive alternative to neo-liberal globalization.
For the opposition it is obvious that it’s absolutely impossible that the Chavez’s government can count on the support of the majority of the population. It is simply a matter of an epistemological impossibility.