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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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Military and Civilians March in Caracas to Commemorate 12 Years Since Failed Coup

Maduro April 13th

Santa Elena de Uairén, April 14th 2014 (venezuelanalysis.com)- On Sunday thousands marched in remembrance of the popular uprising in the streets of Caracas that reinstated late president Hugo Chavez on April 13, 2002 after he was forcefully removed from office on April 11th that year.

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ALBA Social Movements Express Solidarity with Venezuela

ALBA social movements concluded their conference in Caracas today. (AVN)

Thirty three social movements from across the hemisphere have expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan government.

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National Communal Economy Conference Calls for Communal Markets, Increased Funding of Communal Banks in Venezuela

The National Communal Economy conference was held in Barinas state   (Prensa CRBZ)

Representatives from 225 communes met on 31 January and 1 February in Barinas to discuss strengthening the communal economy.

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Venezuelan LGBT Movement Submits Proposal for Same Sex Marriage

Venezuela’s LGBT movement today gathered outside Venezuela’s National Assembly to hand over a legal proposal for debate that

Venezuela’s LGBT movement today gathered outside the National Assembly to hand over a legal proposal for debate that would legalise same sex civil marriage in the South American country.

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Venezuelans Call for Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage UPDATED

March for sexual diversity in Merida in 2013 (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan LGBTI advocates have called on the country's National Assembly (AN) to vote in favour of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage.

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