By Juan Reardon, Maria Perez, and Edwin Chirinos Duque - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jun 30th 2011
A year and a half before Venezuela’s December 2012 presidential elections, the debate has already begun. As is often the case, both pro-Chavez and opposition forces are discussing their views amongst themselves, and not with each other. In an attempt to bring opposing Venezuelan voices together, two members of opposing political forces were asked a series of questions relating to political life, education, and the media, among other things. Here are their answers.
By Franklin Rosales - Venezuelanalysis.com, May 25th 2011
The Venezuela of today is a nation mobilized in defense of a new ideal – a proposal for the future referred to simply as Socialismo del Siglo 21, or 21st Century Socialism. In this analysis, Rosales seeks to contextualize a few of the guiding principles being used by the Venezuelan people in their struggle to consolidate a socialist society, and takes a brief glimpse at the challenge faced by 21st Century Socialism in the fight against capital’s culture of consumption that remains quite present in the Venezuela of the Bolivarian Revolution.
By Tamara Pearson – Venezuelanalysis.com, Mar 18th 2011
Through two very different interviews we get a glimpse of the bureaucracy, corruption, clientelism, achievements, inspiration, and political growth within Venezuela’s education system, all of which are representative of the broader demons and dreams faced in the Bolivarian Revolution and its aim to create the “new person”.
By Tamara Pearson – Venezuelanalysis.com, May 17th 2010
Endless queues, waiting months or years for pay or certificates or signatures, the tedious and repetitive letters humbly addressed to all the necessary institutions, public servants and a party leadership often disconnected from the people and going against the working class: Bureaucracy in Venezuela; how bad is it, why is it as bad as it is, what impact is it having on popular organising, and what is the Bolivarian Revolution doing about it?
By James Suggett – Venezuelanalysis.com, Feb 12th 2008
When the recent accusations of government-sponsored anti-Semitism are
thoroughly investigated, it is revealed that in the majority
of cases, the strongly anti-imperialist political sentiments of
Venezuelan social movements are erroneously
conflated with anti-Semitism.
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.
That’s the U.S. political culture in a nutshell. It feels more engaging to free a stretch of highway from tiny bits of litter than it does to participate in the political process. Not so in Venezuela. “One thing you can say about Chavez,” said one middle class Venezuelan named Ramon, “is that he’s got everyone thinking about politics.”
By Kiraz Janicke – Venezuelanalysis.com, Sep 3rd 2007
The latest round of opposition mobilizations, the ostensibly “spontaneous” student mobilizations in defense of private television station RCTV, have once again for the opposition inadvertently produced an undesired result - the revitalization of Venezuela’s revolutionary student movement
The radical trajectory of President Hugo Chávez in Venezuela has been a highly controversial topic among Latin Americanists, democratization experts, policy makers, and activists. Neither side, though, addresses the role of popular social sectors in shaping the agenda of the Venezuelan Revolution.
Since Hugo Chávez of Venezuela proposed the dissolution of the 24 parties that support his government and the formation of a single party on December 15, 2007, there has been much debate among Chavez supporters. What is at stake is the actual role and relevance of the party structure within movements for social change across the region. Are political parties even relevant in the context of contemporary Latin America?
By Elena Mora - People's Weekly World, Aug 29th 2006
While millions of poor and working-class people have since benefited from the Chavez government’s public works projects, social programs, and efforts to involve ordinary people in building a new society, women have benefited the most.
By Betsy Bowman and Bob Stone - Dollars & Sense, Jul 29th 2006
Cooperatives are at the center of Venezuela’s new economic model. They have the potential to fulfill a number of the aims of the Bolivarian revolution, including combating unemployment, promoting durable economic development, competing peacefully with conventional capitalist firms, and advancing Chávez’s still-being-defined socialism.
The fundamental principle of Catia TVe is to encourage participation within organized communities. Catia TVe seeks community participation in the making of audiovisual productions reflecting community struggles and demonstrating how to build networks within the community.
By Rachel Evans and Maurice Farrell - GLW, Mar 25th 2006
"The first Gay Pride march took place under the Chavez government six years ago. We have never, ever seen this kind of devotion, open-minded activities and behaviour in a government. The government has really promoted diversity and is based on the integration of all the alienated branches of society," says gay rights activist Ricardo Hung.
Four young people sit around a large table, writing furiously amid piles of notes, cans of soda, and scrunched up papers. They could be kids doing their homework or studying for exams. But these young women from the shantytowns, aged between 17 and 22 years, are preparing for their hour-long radio program.