With the regional elections over now and ten years since Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez was first elected, the president promoted the
construction of participatory democratic communes as the main element
in the next stage of the revolution.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez proclaimed Friday night that a
national referendum on whether to amend the national constitution to
abolish presidential term limits should take place no later than
February of next year.
By James Suggett & Gonzalo Gomez - Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 4th 2008
What do the results of Venezuelan elections mean for the future of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the rural and urban sectors of the country, the community councils, the right-wing and radical wing within the pro-Chávez camp, and democracy in Venezuela? Venezuelanalysis.com asked Gonzalo Gómez, a leader of the PSUV.
Years of work by U.S. and other non-Venezuelan NGOs to penetrate communities and finance "democracy" programs and projects with an anti-socialist vision in select communities allowed the opposition to retake control of these areas.
Ten years of the same government
may have aroused a sense of ‘Chávez fatigue' for some voters. At
the same time, democratic developments in society have helped the PSUV
maintain its strong support base.
By Jorge Martín, Yonnie Moreno and William Sanabria - In Defense of Marxism, Dec 3rd 2008
It is not only that many of the daily problems of Venezuelan
working people have not been solved. Added to that we have the fact that in
many occasions, when workers and the poor take the initiative, through direct
action, to solve them in an organised way, they are faced with the demoralising
wall of the bureaucracy, inefficiency and corruption.
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