By George Ciccariello-Maher - Jacobin , Oct 23rd 2014
If recent years have marked not the establishment of a socialist country but the appearance of the poor in the public life of the nation, then it is clear that some nostalgically wish that they would once again disappear, retreat into the shadows, or be compelled to withdraw.
Several opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, are currently engaged in networking and lobbying trips in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has clashed with a UN human rights official over the demand to release jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
A United Nations body has recommended that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez be released, arguing that according to its sources, the hard-line politician’s detention on 18 February was “arbitrary”.
By Cory Fischer-Hoffman - Venezuelanalysis.com, Oct 2nd 2014
In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press. The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.
Political Cartoonist Rayma Suprani, long renowned for drawing scathing critiques of the Venezuelan government and its supporters, was fired last month from Venezuela's largest daily newspaper and leading anti-government news source, El Universal.
Hard-line groups of the Venezuelan opposition, led by jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez’ Popular Will (VP) party, have launched a signature drive in an attempt to convoke a National Constituent Assembly and remove the Bolivarian government from power.
Mexican journalist Fernando del Rincon, who until yesterday was a host for CNN in Spanish, has been appointed as press director of San Cristobal municipality and advisor of the separatist movements of Tachira in Venezuela, the Tachira governor Jose Vielma Mora posted on Twitter on Saturday.
Venezuelan state television, VTV, released a video conference recording Monday night in which Venezuelan opposition activists are shown to be planning terrorist activities against the government of President Maduro.
Judge Fernando Ramón Vegas Torrealba, the First Vice President of Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and President of the Electoral Hall of the Supreme Court, was an honored guest at the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Chicago this past weekend. I was able to interview him while he was there about the current situation in Venezuela.