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.
In the run up to the 7 October Venezuelan election, it was reported that President Hugo Chávez would face 'the toughest electoral challenge of his reign' (The Times)1, 'that [would] decide the fate of his socialist revolution and could rearrange the region's balance of power' (Financial Times).2 The election, then, is considered particularly significant. How did the UK media report the event?
Several European activists participated in Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Brigade 2012 which witnessed the recent presidential election won convincingly by socialist President Hugo Chavez. Brigade participant Pip Hinman spoke in Caracas to Christian, a writer and activist with the German solidarity online publication Amerika21.de, about his impressions of the Bolivarian revolution. Film footage of the 3 million-strong October 4 Chavista election rally provided by Poul-Erik Jørgensen, a Danish participant in the Brigade