Venezuelanalysis.com is an independent website produced by individuals who are dedicated to disseminating news and analysis about the current political situation in Venezuela.
The site's main objective is to provide a counter-narrative to mainstream media coverage of the Bolivarian Revolution, based on the perspective of leftist and grassroots movements in Venezuela. We aim to cover daily news about Venezuela, as well as to contextualize these developments with in-depth analysis and background information. The site is targeted towards activists, academics, journalists, intellectuals, policy makers from different countries, and the general public.
While the site publishes opinion articles, we also aim to produce the most accurate and fact-based news available on Venezuela. Our goal is to be the primary resource for information and analysis on the country in the English language.
Venezuelanalysis.com is a project of Venezuela Analysis, Inc., which is registered as a non-profit organization in New York State and of the Fundación para la Justicia Económica Global, which is a foundation that is registered in Caracas, Venezuela.
Since our resources are limited, we need and welcome any and all donations so that we can continue to provide high quality news and analysis about Venezuela. We depend 100% on reader donations and receive no funding from any governments.
The website started out in Caracas, Venezuela, in mid-2003, but as of early 2008 its writers are all working on the site from different parts of Venezuela and around world.
We welcome article submissions, but will only post them if they meet our editorial aims and standards.
Similarly, we welcome submissions of original photography and videos.
The Venezuelanalysis team includes:
- Gregory Wilpert
- Jan Kühn
- Rachael Boothroyd
- Lucas Koerner
- Jeanette Charles
- Katrina Kozarek
- Paul Dobson
- Cira Pascual Marquina
- Ricardo Vaz
Gregory Wilpert is one of the two co-founders of venezuelanalysis.com, together with Martin Sánchez, when the site launched in September 2003. Greg is a long-time activist and organizer, mostly around Latin America solidarity, but is also active around labor and ecological issues. He studied sociology at UC San Diego (B.A.) and at Brandeis University (Ph.D.). After marrying Carol Delgado in 1997, a Venezuelan who was studying in New York City at the time, Greg moved to Venezuela in 2000, with the help of a Fulbright Scholar grant, where he briefly taught development sociology at the Central University of Venezuela. In early 2002, around the time the coup attempt against Chavez took place, he was trying to figure out what to do next and decided to focus on writing about Venezuela, which resulted in a first edited book project, Coup Against Chavez in Venezuela. He then decided to launch venezuelanalysis.com together with Martin Sánchez and was the site’s main editor for six years, until 2009, and continues to do volunteer work for venezuelanalysis.com and is on the site’s Board of Directors. Greg’s second book on Venezuela, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government, was published in late 2007 by Verso Books. From 2008 to 2014 Greg moved back to New York City, where he taught political science part-time at Brooklyn College’s Graduate Center for Worker Education and also worked for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation as Venezuela Project Coordinator. Then, in 2014, he moved to Quito, Ecuador, to launch the teleSUR English website and since early 2016 he has been working for The Real News Network as researcher, producer, and occasional host.
Jan Kühn lives in Berlin, Germany, and has been responsible for the technical maintenance of venezuelanalysis.com and the website's development since 2007. He is also part of the editorial team of amerika21.de, an alternative German news website that focuses on the processes of social change and social movements in Latin America. He studied sociology and history in Germany and in Caracas and is a frequent visitor to Venezuela and other Latin American countries.
Rachael Boothroyd Rojas is originally from Liverpool, United Kingdom, where she has been involved in the anti-war movement, the student movement and also worked for the public sector trade union UNISON as a local organiser.
She has an undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages and a Masters degree in Latin American studies, which focussed on popular movements in Haiti and Venezuela. Both of her degrees are from the University of Liverpool, where she is also currently a PhD candidate. Her PhD thesis documents the experiences of indigenous and Afro-Venezuelan groups of the Bolivarian Revolution, putting their testimonies in dialogue with Latin American decolonial theory.
Since moving to Latin America several years ago, she has also worked as TeleSur English’s Foreign Correspondent in Venezuela, where she lived between 2011-2017. In Caracas, she acted as a community media spokesperson for her local community council. Rachael is a writer and editor for Venezuelanalysis, although she also occasionally acts as photographer and video producer.
Lucas Koerner is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been living in Caracas, Venezuela since January 2015 when he joined the Venezuelanalysis team as a staff writer and editor. Lucas got his political start as an anti-war and Palestine solidarity activist in high school before going on to help found a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at Tufts University. Shortly after graduating college, he came to Venezuela in order to learn about the Bolivarian Revolution firsthand, only to end up making the South American country his home. Lucas is also a master’s student at Venezuela’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IDEA) where he is currently doing thesis research on bureaucracy and revolutionary transition.
Jeanette Charles is a daughter of the Haitian Diaspora and was raised in working class Black and Brown Los Angeles, California. Charles currently serves as the International Solidarity Liaison for VA and has worked as a writer and editor contributing to issues on Afro-Venezuelans, sex and gender diversity movements, land recuperation processes and the current political climate. She's worked in solidarity spaces with African and Indigenous peoples across Latin America and the Caribbean as a popular educator, human rights advocate and organizing solidarity brigades. She's lived, worked and studied in Venezuela for extended periods of time since 2010.
Katrina Kozarek (VA’s video reporter) is a documentary-maker from the United States, currently located in Lara, Venezuela. She began solidarity work with Venezuela during her involvement in the production of the documentaries "Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War" and "The Old Man and Jesus: Prophets of Rebellion" with the Venezuelan based Cooperative "Calle y Media." Residing in Venezuela since 2004, she has been heavily involved in community media, creating content, as well as building media participation through skill-sharing and popular education in video production. She has been an active participant in the National Association of Free and Community Media (ANMCLA), the communal television station of the Comuna Socialista Ataroa "LaraTVeC, canal 60 UHF" as well as the audiovisual collective "Voces Urgentes." She is also a member of the popular feminist movement "Mujeres Por La Vida."
Paul Dobson is a Brit with a firm repudiation of the monarchic British political system. He is also an MA graduate specialised in history and philosophy from Edinburgh University. He has lived, worked, and extensively knows nearly every different region of Venezuela, having lived there since 2006.
An ex-tour guide, anaconda-trapper, bird watcher, and map producer, Paul is a great lover of the stunning natural life which can be found in Venezuela. Having finally settled in the beautiful Andean state of Merida in the west of Venezuela with his wife, Paul is currently involved in a range of political projects including being an active member of Venezuela's Committee of International Solidarity (COSI) and a number of grassroots collectives ranging from communicational projects to ecological issues as well as his communal council. He is also a specialist on the Venezuelan electoral system.
Cira Pascual Marquina, originally from the Spanish state but a Latin-American by choice, moved to Venezuela in 2006 to join and participate in the Bolivarian Process. Since then, she has worked as a Political Science professor at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela in Caracas. She is also co‐producer and co‐host (with Chris Gilbert) of the Marxist education program Escuela de Cuadros, broadcast weekly on the Venezuelan television station ViVe and on the Alba TV dial, a social movements channel.
She is actively engaged with grassroots organizations in Venezuela and abroad, and is dedicated, both as a militant and as an investigator, to communal initiatives. A committed internationalist, Pascual Marquina has been involved with the Colombian solidarity movement and with the anti-colonial struggles of the peoples of Euskal Herria and Catalonia through her participation in the Pakito Arriaran Foundation.
She has written for diverse outlets such as Rebelion.com, LaHaine.org and the Caracas‐based monthly PolitiK, and is co‐compiler of two books: Para qué sirve El Capital: un balance contemporáneo de la obra principal de Karl Marx and ¿Por qué socialismo? Reactivando un debate (both Editorial Trinchera).
Ricardo Vaz grew up in Mozambique and is currently based in France. With very strong political leanings from an early age, and a clear anti-imperialist outlook, he always felt a very strong affinity towards the Bolivarian Revolution and Chavismo, and has closely followed political developments in Venezuela.
Although his background is in theoretical physics, he gradually moved towards journalism and political analysis, in large part to fight back against the propaganda in the mainstream media. He started by working at Investig'Action in 2016, and after years of close contact and collaboration joined the VA staff as a writer and editor in 2018. He has spent some time in Venezuela, with a focus on exploring and documenting experiments where popular power is being built from below.