By Steve Ellner - Alborada Magazine , May 13th 2015
Historian and veteran analyst Steve Ellner argues that President Nicolas Maduro's economic strategy represents an effort to take the middle road between those demanding radical expropriations irrespective of market reality and those calling for currency devaluation, all as part of a bid to win further breathing room for renewed revolutionary advances
By Mario Villegas/Victor Alvarez- QuintoDia.Com, May 5th 2015
Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.
The the Bolivarian Front of Scientific Researchers, Innovators and Workers reaches out to US social movements to talk “people to people” about why Venezuela’s Bolivarian model poses a threat to global capitalism.
On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the Ministry of Eco-socialism and Water, which will be tasked with protecting the environment and confronting the threat of climate change.The governments of the Bolivarian Revolution have taken concrete steps to confront the threat of climate change.
The Head of State’s request to make use of the country’s Constitutional Enabling Law was officially approved by the Venezuelan National Assembly in second discussion on Sunday. Maduro will use the law to pass legislation aimed at protecting the country from the growing threat from the United States.
When President Maduro responded to the recent White House executive order declaring Venezuela to be a national security threat, saying first that it was a “Frankenstein” and later that it was “schizophrenic,” he may have made small errors regarding both literature and psychiatry, but his point was clear enough: Obama’s decree is a bit like Frankenstein’s monster (a hodgepodge) and it indeed comes from a government with a split-personality.
Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa said today that the latest White House measures “remind us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism... Will they understand that Latin America has changed?”