By Manuel Suarez & Rachael Boothroyd Rojas- venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 20th 2015
VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas talks with activist Manuel Suarez of the Venezuelan collective Homo et Natura about the monumental Anti-Transgenic and Anti-Patent Seed Law currently in debate in the country’s National Assembly.
With parliamentary elections fast approaching, VA's Z.C. Dutka looks at Venezuela's current economic crisis and the emerging responses from below, examining grassroots initiatives to build a new productive economy in the oil-exporting nation, one based on solidarity and participatory democracy.
Revered independence combatant Juana Ramirez’s symbolic remains were transferred over to the Pantheon of Heroes this past Friday in an official state ceremony. The revolutionary commander, born into slavery in 1790, is the first black woman to have been granted this posthumous honour in Venezuelan history.
In an interview with the website Contrapunto, sociologist and UCV professor Javier Biardeau argues that Chavismo must begin a necessary and urgent process of rectification, citing discontent among the bases of Chavismo and a dangerous crisis of representation that harkens back to what Venezuela lived through under the Fourth Republic.
By Reinaldo Iturriza and Omar Vazquez Heredia – El Otro Saber y Poder and La Pipa Rota, Oct 21st 2015
In yet another heated controversy on the chavista left, Venezuelan Culture Minister Reinaldo Iturriza mounts a critique of certain "young communists" for their leftwing attacks against the Bolivarian government. In response, one of the young communists accuses Iturriza of red-baiting in a bid to silence debate around the government's "reactionary economic adjustments".
By Roland Denis and Luigino Bracci – Aporrea , Oct 12th 2015
Long time Venezuelan revolutionary Roland Denis's article "Goodbye to Chavismo" has ignited a firestorm on the Bolivarian left, spawning passionate debates concerning the future of Chavismo in the face of protracted economic war and corrupt bureaucratic state management. VA presents translations of the Denis article as well as a response by Luigino Bracci, arguing that the struggle continues within Chavismo for a revolutionary solution to the present crisis.