Venezuelanalysis.com is one of the few English alternative news sites dedicated specifically to Venezuela and with contextualised, in-depth and on-the-ground news updated daily. We also provide analysis on social and political developments in Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution.”
In our six years of existence we have covered Venezuela’s many electoral contests, its social movements, domestic and foreign policy initiatives, economic indicators, experiments in grassroots democracy, labour and environmental issues, opposition and media efforts to discredit and destabilize the Bolivarian Process, as well as breaking news, among many other topics.
During this time we have managed to steadily increase our readership, so that now over 40,000 people (“unique visitors,” according to Google Analytics) visit the site per month. Also, we have steadily expanded our service, so that now we not only offer news, analysis, and opinion articles, but also audio news, e-books, extensive links, a basic facts section, reader comments, RSS feeds, and more.
However, venezuelanalysis.com is a small independent operation that currently sustains a few Venezuelan-based reporters in addition to relying on volunteers. We would like to continue, and if possible expand on, this very valuable reportage from the heart of the movement for progressive change in Latin America.
As you may know, in February 2009 we lost nearly all of our funding due to the world financial crisis. Since then, many regular readers and researchers have signed on as sustainers, and are contributing several hundred dollars per month. However, we will not be able to continue operating past December unless more of you who can give small donations on a regular basis do so now. This is particularly important given that the usual donor sources, such as foundations and so-called “major donors” are giving less than ever.
Our goal is to attain a regular income of about $2,000 per month in order to continue all our daily services. This means we need merely 200 sustainers at $10 per month or 20 sustainers at $100 per month, or some combination of the two. Surely this should be possible with the over 40,000 people who use the site every month.
So, if you are not among those who have become unemployed recently and if you can afford to support venezuelanalysis, then please consider contributing a one-off donation or a monthly sustainer contribution of US$100, $50, $20, $10, or $5 per month. Since these donations go through Paypal, we do not keep or manage your credit card information at all. The transaction is completely secure.
In the context of increased U.S. hostility towards Venezuela’s Bolivarian Process and the growing militarization of the region, in addition to the corporate media campaign against Venezuela, we believe it is vital to continue providing independent, accurate reporting on developments in Venezuela.
For those of you who are based in the U.S., we are in the process of acquiring tax-exempt status. But as long as we do not have this status, for now, donations to venezuelanalysis.com are not tax-deductible.
As a special short-term offer, and thanks to some of our supporters, we are offering one of the following books or DVD if you make a one-off donation of $100 or more, or become a monthly sustainer of $25 or more:
- Venezuela & the New Latin America (Ocean Books) – In this extraordinary encounter, Chávez is interviewed by Aleida Guevara, the daughter of the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara.
- Beyond Elections, by Michael Fox & Sílvia Leindecker – This new feature length documentary film is a journey across the Americas – from Venezuela’s Communal Councils, to Brazil’s Participatory Budgeting, from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives. It attempts to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?
- Changing Venezuela by Taking Power, by Gregory Wilpert – In this rich and resourceful study, Greg Wilpert exposes the self-serving logic behind much middle-class opposition to Venezuela’s elected leader, and explains the real reason for their alarm. In the book, Wilpert argues that the Chávez government has instituted one of the world’s most progressive constitutions, but warns that they have yet to overcome the dangerous spectres of the country’s past.
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