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Venezuela Suspends Electricity Rationing as Historic Drought Comes to Close

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday his decision to suspend the South American country’s electricity rationing plan amid the arrival of the rainy season. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Banners read left to right: "Impunity will not happen! Sabino Lives!", "No to the Mining Arc! Water is more valua

Grassroots activists and ex-government officials submitted a lawsuit demanding that the high court halt a contentious mega-mining project on constitutional grounds. 

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Latest Energy Saving Measures Shortens Work Week to Two Days

Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz and other government officials visit the Guri Dam. (Vice-President's office)

Venezuela will reduce the public sector work week part of a national effort to address severe drought and energy conditions.

 

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Venezuela Combats Severe Drought with New Electricity Rationing Plan

El Guri hydroelectric dam, source of 70% of Venezuela’s power. (El Nacional)

Venezuela implemented new electricity saving measures on Monday in response to a severe drought that has sharply limited the generating capacity of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

 

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New Commodity Frontiers in Venezuela: Extractivism’s New Leap Forward into the “Web of Life”

An example of open-pit mining in Venezuela (archive).

The national government is now driving a significant geo-economic reorganization of territories around extractivism, with “Orinoco’s Mining Arch“ and “Orinoco’s Petroleum Belt“ as central projects. The appropriation of the last “virgin” areas of the country paves the way for new “accumulation by dispossession” processes, attempting to address the crisis of governability and accumulation model.

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Venezuela Poised to Reenter Kimberley Process with Eye Towards New Diamond Mining

Venezuela seeks to reenter the Kimberley Process (archive).

Venezuela concluded a week of meetings with representatives of the Kimberley Process on Friday in what has been hailed as the final steps towards the South American country’s recertification as an international producer of non-conflict diamonds.

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Venezuela’s Outages and the Western Press’s Confirmation Bias Problem

El Guri, Venezuela's largest hydroelectric dam. (Archive)

Western media deploy double standards in their coverage of water and electricity shortages in Venezuela, blaming the country's leftist government for problems common across the global South. 

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Venezuela Implements New Energy Saving Measures

Venezuela's electricity grid is currently affected by the worst drought to hit the country in 47 years (ElUniversal)

The Bolivarian government furthers its actions in response to the national drought and energy crisis. 

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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against Open-Pit Mining in the Orinoco Arc

"Nobody asked indigenous communities if they wanted excavators in their houses". A sign from Thursday's demonstra

Several dozen activists from Venezuelan social movements demonstrated outside the offices of state oil company PDVSA on Thursday in protest at the Maduro government’s decision to open up the 117,000 km “Orinoco Arc” to transnational mining firms.

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