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Venezuela: Heinz Dieterich the Prophet of Doom – Or how not to save the Bolivarian Revolution

Maduro during the April 2013 elections (In Defence of Marxism)

Alan Woods responds to an article published by Heinz Dieterich on the Venezuelan leftwing website Aporrea, in which the German academic claims that 2015 will be the Maduro government´s last year in office.

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Bias Creates Investment Opportunities in South American Bonds

Despite continued reporting that Venezuela will default on its debt, Mark Weisbrot, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Po

Despite continued reporting that Venezuela will default on its debt, Mark Weisbrot, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, argues that default is unlikely.

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Venezuelan Government Unveils 2015 Budget, Anticipates Drop in Oil Prices

Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the 2015 budget on Tuesday. (@RMarcoTorres)

On Tuesday, Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the outline of the 2015 government budget, which features heightened investment in pension programs, healthcare, and university expansion.

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Maduro Announces the Creation of the Communal Development Bank

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. (AVN)

On Tuesday, President Maduro announced the creation of the Communal Development Bank and the Presidential Council of Popular Communes as a new structure to bolster local popular power.

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Why Venezuela Should Not Default

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In a provocative article published last week Venezuelan economists Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos make an argument that if authorities adopted a set of common-sense policies, they argue, these would include defaulting on the country’s foreign debt and making bondholders bear part of the burden of adjustment. Francisco Rodríguez  argues that Venezuela should not default on its debt because default Venezuela is not insolvent.

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Venezuelans Protest Big Business for their Role in the Economic War

Cory Fischer-Hoffman/Venezuelanalysis

Amidst the ongoing “economic war” in Venezuela, 200 people from various political collectives marched to Fedecamaras headquarters to place a spotlight on how the largest business confederation may be contributing to scarcity, inflation and speculation in Venezuela. 

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Venezuela’s Economic “Architect” Giordani’s Exit from Government Causes Controversy

Jorge Giordani (AVN)

The dismissal of one of the government’s long standing economic figures, Jorge Giordani, from his ministerial post has caused debate and controversy in the South American country.

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“We Still Have Time to Change Course Away from Bourgeois Conciliation”: An Interview with Activist and Aporrea Founder Gonzalo Gomez

Gonzalo Gomez (archive)

Gonzalo Gomez, a founder of alternative Venezuelan news website Aporrea.org, and a member of Socialist Tide, a critical left current within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, gives his view on the current political moment and possible future trajectories for the Bolivarian revolution.

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Maduro: Universal Welfare Aim of Venezuela’s Socio-Economic Model

Maduro economic announcement

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced new initiatives yesterday to address current economic problems, stating that guaranteeing the population’s universal welfare is a key aim behind policymaking.

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Venezuelan Annual Wage Increase Below Inflation For First Time in 15 Years

Maduro said the national government has awarded 25 wage increases in the last 15 years (Prensa Presidencial)

Yesterday, President Nicolas Maduro announced a 30% increase in the minimum wage and pensions. For the first time, the Bolivarian government’s May Day increase is less than annual inflation, which was at 57.3% in February, with March experiencing 4.1% inflation.

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