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Maduro Defends Venezuelan Commune’s Land Rights in Face of Supreme Court Mandate

A young boy holds up corn in the fields of El Maizal communes. Five hundred hectares of corn are harvested collectively, while 5

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday his staunch support of the agricultural commune El Maizal after their communal property title was revoked by a Supreme Court judge earlier that week.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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Land Rights Activist Arrested in Venezuela, Protestors Claim Oligarchical Influence in Judicial System

Protestors call for David Diaz's release. (Comunidad Socialista Guerrera Ana Soto)

Venezuelan communards and activists marched yesterday to demand the release of David Diaz, a leading member of an urban community project in Barqisimeto, Lara state. Diaz was arrested on 3 December and ultimately charged with “invading” private property, an accusation that his comrades feels is suspect.

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Action Demanded over 178 Peasant Killings in Venezuela’s Land Struggle

In a press conference held in Caracas on Wednesday by the Association of Relatives of Assassination Victims (Asofavisi) and the

Rural groups are demanding that justice be done in the cases of 178 peasant assassinations in the struggle over land ownership in Venezuela, and that humanitarian assistance be extended to victims’ families.

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Venezuela Hosts International Gathering Ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Representatives of civil society meet with government ministers to discuss climate change policy at the second social PreCOP mee

Over 80 social movement organizations from around the world have converged on Margarita Island, Venezuela to discuss and debate climate change policy.

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Abrupt Replacement of Minister Rodriguez Torres Raises Questions in Venezuela

Former interior justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Ultimas Noticias)

On Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that Interior Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres would be replaced in his post by chief admiral and former defense minister Carmen Melendez. Many Venezuelans believe the decision was an attempt to mend the rift with revolutionary grassroots collectives, who hold the former minister accountable for the deadly shooting of five armed collective members earlier this month.

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UN Women’s Conference in Geneva Highlights Venezuela’s Efforts Toward Gender Equality

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Motherhood is celebrated in Venezuela with the third longest paid

On Tuesday, at the 59th United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland, chairperson Nicole Ameline praised Venezuela’s efforts and success in increasing gender equality.

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Revolutionary Students Demonstrate Against Venezuela’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

On the sidewalks surrounding the urban student housing, women and several male supporters hung colorful underwear-shaped banners

On Sunday, around 200 Venezuelans from various socialist collectives gathered in the student residences of Plaza Venezuela, in Caracas, to protest the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.

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Hundreds of Rural Families in Venezuela Retake Idle Land for Agricultural Production

Roland Dennis and Fresia Ipinza announce the takeover of lands by the “Land and Liberty” commune in the state of Guárico (A

On Saturday, hundreds of rural workers and their families took over land in the state of Guarico, calling on the National Land Institute (INTI) to support their takeover. Supporters of the recent takeover emphasize the urgency to expedite land expropriations considering the shortages and economic war that Venezuela currently confronts.

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Venezuela Slams US Racism

Delcy Rodriguez (courtesy)

Venezuela's communication minister has stated the world "must know" about the extent of racism in the United States, arguing the fatal shooting of Michael Brown was not an isolated incident.

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Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils for “Communal Governance” in Venezuela

Since Maduro created the first regional Presidential Council of Communal Governance in mid-July, a series of meetings involving

Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities.

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Venezuela to Host Pre-Cop Environmentalist Gathering Ahead of Lima

Claudia Salemo, Venezuela’s climate change negotiator at the United Nations (Democracy Now screen capture)

Claudia Salemo, the Venezuelan government’s climate change negotiator, has briefed delegates at a climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, on preparations for the “Social Climate Change Pre- COP’ scheduled to be held in her country ahead of COP 20 taking place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

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Independent National Communard Council Created in Venezuela

The council was sworn in by communards at a final plenary session following a day of discussion groups (Ewan Robertson)

Activists from across Venezuela met last weekend to form the National Communard Council, which aims to coordinate the country’s commune movement and present its demands to the national government.

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Venezuelan Government and Activists Seek to Advance toward “Communal State”

In the town of Mesa Bolivar last weekend, commune members met in an assembly where initial announcements and cultural activities

The Venezuelan government and commune movement are taking steps to move towards the creation of what is referred to as a “communal state”, which involves community organisations assuming collective control of local production and decision making.

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Venezuelan Leftists Meet to Discuss Future Directions in Political Ideology and Eco-Socialism

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Venezuelan leftists met in two conferences over the weekend as part of efforts to design the direction and strategy of the country’s Bolivarian revolution in the coming period.

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