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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Venezuela's Bolivar Needs Bold Action

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he would not be making significant changes to the Exchange rate system. (PHOT

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a point of downplaying his foreign exchange reforms last Wednesday, and good thing he did. The reforms are bound to do little to curb Venezuela's economic problems, despite the fact that genuine changes to the exchange system are urgently needed.

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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part II

Member of the Venezuelan National Guard stands by a large supply of hoarded cooking oil.  (PHOTO:Venezuelasolidarity)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. Part II focuses on the need to change the economic model in Venezuela and explores the balance of political and economic forces in Venezuela today.

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Revolution, Counter Revolution, and the Economic War in Venezuela: Part I

Trade Unionists hold up signs that say "No to the Economic War!" (PHOTO: From Archives)

William Camacaro and Frederick B. Mills offer an important overview of the current economic war in Venezula. In Part I of this two-part series, the authors give an overview of the current political climate in Venezuela and provide historical context for the use of food as a political weapon. By examining the 1973 Coup in Chile and the way that control of food was used during the 2002 coup in Venezuela and the 2003 Oil strike, the authors push for a deeper understanding of the current political climate in Venezuela today. Part II focuses on the need to change the Economic model in Venezuela.

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Maduro Entertains Raising Gas Prices But Rejects Devaluation of Venezuela´s Currency

President Nicolas Maduro addressing to the Venezuelan legislature, he announced slight changes to monetary policies and the need

On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a much-anticipated address to the Venezuelan legislature in which he announced slight changes to monetary policies and the need to raise the extremely low cost of gasoline in the country.  He also announced a 15% increase in the minimum wage and increased investment in education and housing.

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Venezuela Commemorates Uprising with March against Economic War

A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a picture of late president Hugo Chavez (PHOTO: Reuters)

Venezuelan leftists and government supporters will march in Caracas this Jan. 23, a symbolic date for Venezuelan democracy, a municipal mayor of the city has announced.

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Economic Solutions: Two Perspectives from the Bolivarian Left

Women buy toilet paper in Caracas Supermarket (PHOTO: The Guardian)

In the face of on-going shortages of basic consumer goods, soaring inflation, a multi-pronged and broken currency exchange system and now falling oil prices, Venezuela's economic “crisis” is now being acknowledged at the highest levels of government. As opposed to the simplistic mainstream media coverage that attempts to blame Venezuela's woes on the boogie monster of “socialism,” we present two perspectives from within the Bolivarian Revolution on concrete public policy solutions to Venezuela's economic crisis.

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Venezuelan Officials Seize Warehouse with Enormous Cache of Hoarded Items as Opposition Calls for Strike

A warehouse full of basic goods was seized in the Industrial Zone of the municipality of San Francisco in the state of Zulia bel

Following increased buying during the holiday season, Venezuela is facing shortages in food, basic goods, such as diapers and laundry detergent, medicine, and automotive items. As lines to purchase goods, especially at state-subsidized markets, have continued to grow, opposition leaders called for a nationwide strike on Monday- which was widely ignored.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Secures Support from Iran & Qatar in the Face of Oil Glut

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (right) and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani met in Tehran on Saturday. (TeleSUR)

While visiting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that plummeting oil prices are the product of a “geopolitical war.”

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China, the CELAC, and Venezuela

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Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia discusses the massive impact Chinese investment has had on recent Latin American development, while calling for strict outlines to be drawn to protect Venezuelan sovereighnty in the midst of heightened negotiation.

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