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From 1908 to the Beginning of the Chavez Era- Edgar Lander on Reality Asserts Itself

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In an interview illustrated with archival footage, Edgardo Lander, author and professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, continues to put Venezuela’s current unrest in context by reviewing modern history- moving now from 1908 to the beginnings of what would become the Bolivarian Revolution. Parts 2, 3, 4 & 5 of 9.

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From Exile to Radicalization in Venezuela - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself

Paul Jay interviews Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself.

In an interview with the Real News Network, Edgardo Lander, author and professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, puts Venezuela’s current unrest in context by reviewing modern history- starting with his upbringing as a child of political exiles in 1948. Parts 1 and 2 of 4.

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Venezuela Marks 25 Years Since “Caracazo” Uprising Against Neoliberalism (+Video/Images)

Chavista marching in Merida on the 25th anniversary of the Caracazo. (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

Yesterday Venezuelans marked 25 years since the mass rebellion known as the “Caracazo” against neoliberal policies, and the massacre of civilians at the hands of security forces that followed.

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24 years ago today, the most powerful photos of the Caracazo:

On 27 February 1989  protests begain in Caracas against the neoliberalism of then president Carlos Andres Perez. There were also some violent protests in other cities of the country. By the next day the government declared a curfew, then militarised the streets andpolice were responding with unprecedented violence. 

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The Children of 1989: Resurrecting the Venezuelan Dead

“We are sons of ´89 in revolution” (Lainie Cassel, http://caracazomedia.org/)

The dead of 1989 are not mere metaphor: concretely speaking, these corpses were between 300 and 3,000, most executed at close range in their homes as the Venezuelan armed forces fired an estimated four million bullets in an attempt to do the impossible, to put the genie back in the bottle, Pandora back in her box.

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Joel Linares on 1989 'Caracazo' Uprising Against Neoliberalism in Venezuela

Venezuelan grassroots community activist Joel Linares explains the origins and effects of the1989 'Caracazo' uprising against neoliberalism in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Opposition Tries to Demean Law against Silence and Forgetting

Iris Varela of the PSUV party says that torture and murder became ‘state policy’ during the 4th Republic (CorreodelOrinoco).

Yesterday Iris Varela of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) accused the Venezuelan opposition of trying to throw ‘a cloak of immunity’ over those who carried out massacres and torture during the era of the 4th Republic (1958-1998). Varela made the comments after members of the opposition tried to deride the proposed Law Against Silence and Forgetting, which was approved in first discussion by parliament yesterday. 

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Venezuelans Commemorate Popular Uprising against Privatization

The streets of Caracas during the Caracazo in 1989 (archive)

Thousands of Venezuelans from all over the South American country took to the streets last Sunday to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the seminal uprisings that marked the beginning of the end of neoliberalism in the now socialist nation.

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The Differences between February 4, 1992 and February 27, 1989

President Chavez, and columnist Antonio Aponte examine the differences between the Caracazo uprising in 1989 and failed coup attempt in 1992, and the role of a vanguard in the current Venezuelan situation.

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Venezuela: Interview with ex-Minister of Trade Eduardo Samán - “Build a radical tendency within the PSUV”

Following the recent elections, Saman argues that there are only two possible scenarios: a radicalisation of the revolution involving a profound change in the PSUV and struggling against bureaucracy, or a kind of reconciliation on the part of the revolution with the right wing, without any significant change.

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