Following the recent attacks on the social programs by opposition
supporters, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, changed his
position and encouraged the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)
leadership to campaign for a constitutional change that would allow for
By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Dec 1st 2008
Supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s
Bolivarian revolution have come out with differing assessments post the
November 23 regional elections, which Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
had defined as the most important electoral contest yet for the process
By Venezuela-Australia Solidarity Network, Dec 1st 2008
The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network stands in solidarity
with President Chavez and the grassroots Bolivarian movement against
the right wing's latest attacks. We call for the democratic process in
Venezuela to be respected by the new oppostion governors, and for an
end to all United States interference in Venezuela's sovereign affairs.
What will be the relationship between municipal
government and participatory projects in this new post-election climate? Indeed what is the
relationship between elections for municipal government and more participatory
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.