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Victor Alvarez: “Venezuela’s Currency Controls Are No Longer Justified, and Are Only Used as a Means of Political Domination”

Victor Alvarez (quintodia.com)

Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.

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Venezuela Kicks off Vaccination Campaign

A Venezuelan baby is vaccinated against one of 14 illnesses. (Photo: AVN)

Medical workers will carry out house to house visits in the poorest communities and indigenous areas with difficult access.

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New Program Unveiled to Combat Medicine Shortages in Venezuela

The new system is designed to guarantee medicines for those who need them (UltimasNoticias)

Venezuelan health minister, Henry Ventura, has announced a new program to improve consumer access to medicines through the coordinated participation of over 7,000 pharmacies nationwide.

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Venezuelan Health Ministry to Distribute 18 Million Free Condoms

Last year the Venezuelan government distributed more than 17 million male and female condoms to the population (Radiomundial)

The Venezuelan Health Ministry announced on Friday that the National Public Health System will distribute 18 million condoms for men and women free of charge over the course of 2015.

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New Anti-Poverty Mission, "Households of the Nation," Gets Underway in Venezuela

The new mission, which began to be implemented on Saturday, is aimed at reducing the country's already low levels of extrem

The stated aim of the new mission is to tackle extreme poverty and ensure the "total protection" of the Venezuelan family, from birth and child-rearing through to elderly care. 

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UPDATED: New Law to Combat Discrimination Against Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS

(archive)

A law protecting the equal rights of Venezuelan people living with HIV/AIDS and their families has been made official, after being approved by Parliament on August 14th.

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Five New Laws Passed to Provide Stronger Social Support and Undermine Corruption in Venezuela

Maduro announced five new laws that were passed via the Enabling Law (AVN).

President Maduro passed five new laws yesterday in an attempt to create a stronger social safety net in the face of ongoing economic difficulty within Venezuela. The five laws, encouraging employment, creating greater guarantees in existing social programs, strengthening the power of communal councils and community financing, and increasing the rate of food subsidies, were all passed via the Enabling Law, which allows the President limited lawmaking  for a temporary period.

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“Model of Tyranny” Criticism of Venezuela’s El Sistema Youth Orchestra System Provokes Response

An open concert in 2011 at the Nucleo of Santa Cruz in the Andean state of Merida, to the west of Venezuela. It is one of 180 ce

A British academic has criticised Venezuela’s El Sistema youth orchestra system as a “model of tyranny”, provoking a response from a range of UK and Venezuelan music figures over the nature of the world famous program.

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WB Report: Venezuela among Top Ten Countries for Investment in Education

University students in Venezuela (archive)

According to a report published by the World Bank, Venezuela is among the countries in the world which most invest in education as a percentage of GDP.

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Venezuelan Government Launches Operation to Meet Christmas Consumption Spike

The government’s Christmas fair opening in the eastern state of Monagas at the weekend (Prensa Gobernación de Monagas)

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro has begun an operation to ensure plentiful stocks and affordable prices in the run up to Christmas.

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