In October 2012 Venezuela faced a choice: whether to deepen the Bolivarian Revolution that under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, has brought dignity, health, education and hope - or to return to a brutal, unequal, neo-liberal society where oil wealth lined the pockets of multinational companies and Venezuelan elite. The people of Venezuela who voted for Chavez, voted to fight for socialism.
Following government allegations a fortnight ago that last year’s Amuay refinery disaster was caused by sabotage, authorities have now released a full report with details of the year-long investigation.
By Franck Gaudichaud - Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres, Dec 25th 2012
In this interview, Marea Socialista members (Socialist Tide) discuss the political significance of Chavez's win in October, the government Socialist Plan for the next period, the opposition campaign strategy, and addressing problems of bureacracy.
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 24th 2012
Venezuela’s opposition spent virtually all of 2012 on the road campaigning for political office, but they ended the year worse off than when they started, in part because of their own campaign tactics.
By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim – Green Left Weekly , Nov 12th 2012
One notable lesson the US could learn from Venezuela is that democracy works best when it isn't exclusionary. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this year as many as 5 million Americans were put at risk of being excluded from voting, due to new laws. Last year, a study by the centre found that “[m]inorities, poor and young voters will likely be most affected”.
By Iain Bruce - International Viewpoint, Nov 12th 2012
Author and journalist Iain Bruce puts Hugo Chavez’ re-election as Venezuelan president into its domestic and regional context, and offers his analysis on the challenges for the left in Venezuela and Latin America in the coming period.
The era that preceded Chávez’s 1998 election has echoes of the current predicament of U.S. politics—two major parties with fairly similar agendas took turns managing the country’s governmental institutions while elites controlled the country’s resources. Venezuela’s democracy, like much of Latin America’s, has meant a break with that past.