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Popular Chavista Mayor Arrested on Charges of Corruption

Jose Ramon Lopez speaks to the press after his arrest. (Francisco Hernandez)

The mayor of the Ciudad Guayana in Venezuela was apprehended Sunday by intelligence officers after the public prosecutor’s office emitted a warrant for his arrest, alleging charges of corruption.

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Venezuelan Officials Arrested as Government Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Efforts

One of the apprehended tankers (YVKE Mundial)

Venezuelan authorities have intercepted three state oil company (PDVSA) chartered tankers loaded with illegal cargos of fuel and allegedly en route to the Caribbean.

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Uproar after Chavista Colonel Detained for Giving Controversial Interview

Jose Martin Raga gives an interview to Newsweek. (Photo: Aporrea)

Venezuelan Colonel Jose Martin Raga was detained Wednesday after Newsweek en Español published an interview in which he shared his critical perspective on the Bolivarian government, while maintaining his support for the revolution. The military official was released today without charges, after his arrest took social media by storm. 

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Hector Navarro: Critical Revolutionary Voices Must Reach the National Assembly

Ex-minister Hector Nevarro (Presna Marea Socialista)

Ex-minister and leftwing Chavista dissident Hector Nevarro discusses the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela. Critiquing the corruption and lack of self-criticism marring the PSUV leadership, he calls for the Venezuelan people to send critical, revolutionary delegates to the National Assembly. 

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Venezuela Frees Ex-Defense Minister Convicted of Corruption

Raul Isaias Baduel (Photo: archive/UltimasNoticias)

Former defense minister Raul Isaías Baduel was granted parole by a Venezuelan military tribunal yesterday after serving six years for corruption charges.

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Two Ex-Venezuelan Military Officers Arrested for Suspected Drug Trafficking

Nestor Reverol, Commanding General of Venezuela’s National Guard. (Globovision/El Universal)

Two former members of the Venezuelan armed forces (FANB) were arrested Monday on suspicion of drug trafficking.

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A Marxist Analysis of the Currency Exchange Controls in Venezuela


The author argues that the current foreign exchange control regime has failed to prevent transnational and domestic capital from taking its profits out of the country and that no government policy, no matter how conciliatory towards business, will attract investment in Venezuela as long as the Revolution continues. Only the expropriation of the bourgeois-controlled means of production– the "completion of the revolution"– will solve the present crisis. 

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Roland Denis: "Chavez Didn't Dare to Do What He Had to Between 2002 and 2003”

Longtime Venezuelan revolutionary, Roland Denis (Aporrea)

In a critical interview, longtime Venezuelan anarchist revolutionary, Roland Denis, gives his perspective on the present condition of the Bolivarian revolution, judging it to be at a critical conjuncture.

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Venezuelan Football Federation Mired in FIFA Corruption Scandal

The headquarters of the FVF were inspected by Venezuelan intelligence services on Wednesday (VTV)

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s office has opened up an investigation into the organisation for in the wake of last week’s “FIFA-gate”. 

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International Arrest Warrant Issued for Ex-Minister of Transport

Former minister of Air and Marine Transport, Herbert Garcia Plaza. (VTV)

On Tuesday, a Caracas journalist released information that a former Venezuelan transport minister has been indicted for embezzlement, for the illegal “purchase” of three public ferries.

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