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Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots

Chavista supporters in El Vigia (archive)

As it's prone to do, the private media has invented a new thing. In both English and Spanish they are calling it colectivos, and these collectives are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders who “enforce” the revolution and are responsible for most of the current violence. 

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Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (EFE)

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.

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Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction

Street barricade, Merida, Venezuela (Pedro Moreno)

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has an op-ed in theNew York Times today (3/26/14). Given that he is currently being held in a military prison, the piece is notable. But the most revealing part might be a correction that appears at the end.

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Venezuelan Ombudswoman Accuses "NGOs" of “False” Reports

Ramirez has accused NGOs of "false" reports. (VTV)

Venezuelan ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez has accused international organizations of misrepresenting human rights conditions in Venezuela.

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An Extremely Newsworthy Op-Ed in Venezuela, or So One would Think

A cover from Ultimas Noticias (UN / archive)

If most people in English speaking countries believe that the media is far less free in Venezuela than in their own countries, it actually highlights the deplorable state of press freedom in their own.

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Venezuelan Open Source Software Communities Condemn Media Manipulation

(Patrick Seeger/DPA/Archive)

Free Software and Free Knowledge communities repudiate media manipulation and Internet use to promote terrorism against Venezuela.

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#LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads

An anti-government demonstrator in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Friday, February 21, 2014 (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The protests this week have far more to do with returning economic and political elites to power than with their downfall.

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Protest Coverage in Haiti and Venezuela Reveals U.S. Media Hypocrisy

(Dady Chery)

The media coverage of the events unfolding in Venezuela provides a troubling example of how the imperial ambitions of the United States can magnify crises—especially when contrasted with the current political situation in Haiti.

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Constructing "Venezuela" Protests: a Photo Gallery (fixed)

This blogger reviews some of the photo manipulation being passed around social networks to try to support the argument that the "peaceful" violent sector of the opposition's protests have been "repressed" by the national government.

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Maduro Attacks “Media Show” over Monica Spear Murder in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has struck out at media coverage of ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear’s murder as a “show” to make money and “demoralise” the South American country. Other recent notable murders meanwhile have not received mainstream media coverage.

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