By Aporrea - Evaristo Marcano Marín - Steve Ellner, Sep 22nd 2015
In the second part of the interview, Ellner argues that populist policies also have to be contextualized in order to be objectively analyzed. At the same time, he calls for a critical examination of the assertion that the government’s social programs and labor policies have generated low levels of productivity.
By Aporrea - Evaristo Marcano Marín - Steve Ellner , Sep 15th 2015
In the first section of this two-part interview, academic Steve Ellner discusses the recent charges of populism and pragmatism levelled at the Maduro-led government within the broader context of Chavista strategy vis-a-vis private sector business interests and the transition to socialism as a whole.
By Andrés Antillano and Héctor Bujanda – Contrapunto , Aug 27th 2015
Andrés Antillano, chair of the Department of Criminology at the Central University of Venezuela School of Law, analyzes the crime surge in Venezuela as well as the Maduro government's recent police offensive, Operation Liberation and Protection of the People, arguing that the latter marks a return to a more repressive model of policing that risks criminalizing the poor and excluded.
By Lucas Koerner- venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 19th 2015
As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. With powerful testimony, Dogan bridges the gaps between peoples' movements across the globe, emphasizing the need to reduce state roles in order to create and defend revolution from the ground up.
By Lucas Koerner and Sister Eugenia Russia, Jun 25th 2015
As "reports" of alleged "human rights violations" in Venezuela are unscrupulously circulated by transnational corporate media and rightwing governments, VA speaks to long time human rights activist Sister Eugenia Russian, President of the Latin American Foundation of Human Rights and Social Development (Fundalatin), concerning a range of issues, including "political prisoners", "torture" allegations, the "crackdown" on journalists, Liberation Theology, and more.
By Mario Villegas/Victor Alvarez- QuintoDia.Com, May 5th 2015
Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.
By Héctor Bujanda/Hector Navarro- contrapunto, Feb 13th 2015
Ex-minister Hector Navarro calls for the bases of the PSUV to retake control of the party whose internal democracy he claims has been threatened by bureaucratization and corruption. Nevarro, who was himself formally disciplined by the leadership of the PSUV for defending ex-planning minister Jorge Giordani, nonetheless holds open the possibility of further deepening the Revolutioon by broadening popular protagonism.
By Lucas Koerner- Venezuelanalysis.com, Feb 10th 2015
Venezuelanalysis journalist, Lucas Koerner, takes a look at the rightwing student movement in Venezuela, its ideology and appropriation of leftwing symbols and discourse. He also examines what model of education is being proposed in Venezuela's new "experimental" public universities as an alternative to neoliberal visions of education. This analysis includes an interview with Luis Javier Gomez Rojas, a facilitator at the Bolivarian University for Workers.