teachers, adults, disabled people, students and workers came out on Friday to
defend the social missions and programs of the national government in the face
of threats to close them down by the new governor-elect of the state of
Miranda, Henrique Capriles Radonski.
It’s time to calm down and sit down together in order to
evaluate in depth with the comrades, and draw conclusions that truly reflect
reality. It is necessary to open a profound debate within the United Socialist
Party of Venezuela (PSUV), to reflect and proceed with self-criticism, as
President Chávez indicated on Sunday night.
In a speech at the III Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) in Caracas on Wednesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez proposed the creation of a regional monetary bloc with its own currency to break the hegemony of the U.S. dollar and U.S.-dominated international financial institutions.
President Dimitri Medvedev became the first Russian president ever to visit Venezuela on
Wednesday. A Russian naval fleet arrived in Venezuela to carry out joint
excercises, and Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez agreed to cooperate to
stabilize the price of oil, and discussed the possibility of Russian
participation in the Bolivarian
Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).
group of more than 130 international election observers praised the
organization, fairness, and efficiency of last Sunday's regional and local
elections in Venezuela, and also gave constructive suggestions for how to
reduce lines at polling booths in the future.
The catastrophic collapse of Chavismo was not to
be, but nor was this a crushing victory or a clear mandate for the drastic radicalization
of the revolutionary process. What was revealed was not feet of clay, but an Achilles'
heel, giving necessary pause to revolutionaries and imposing reflection on some
serious strategic losses.
Regional elections held in Venezuela on November 23rd have been
portrayed in the U.S. media as a defeat for to the government of
President Hugo Chávez, when in fact the results strongly favor his
party, the PSUV. The vast majority of state governorships and
mayoralties, including those in many strategic parts of the country
such as the Orinoco Oil Belt, remain under pro-government leadership.
By Redmond O'Neill - Comment Is Free, Nov 26th 2008
Chavez achieved a
sustained rate of economic growth outstripping that of most of Latin
America and he put these resources to use tackling the most acute
issues of poverty, health and education. These elections show
that Chavez now faces a more specific but equally imperative challenge,
that of radically improving the infrastructure, and with it, the
efficiency and quality of life in the country's main cities.
Candidates from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 81%
of the mayor’s offices and 77% of the governorships in Venezuela in
last Sunday’s regional and local elections, Venezuelan President Hugo
Chávez announced in a press conference Monday evening.
The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of
the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the
popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the
pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who
favored the opposition.