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How the Western Media Created a Desperate, Starving Gang of Venezuelan Horse Eaters – And Why It Matters

(Wikimedia Commons/Hobvias Sudoneighm).

Journalists generally aren’t supposed to print their own imaginary stories as established fact, but that’s exactly what seems to happen on a regular basis when covering Venezuela.

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 Why Is Venezuela in Crisis?

Supporters of the Maduro administration carry a Venezuelan flag during a march in Caracas, Venezuela on June 14, 2016. (Reuters/

"Much of it is due to government blundering. But opposition protests, often violent, and destabilization from Washington have wreaked havoc as well," says Professor of Latin American Studies Gabriel Hetland. 

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Politicization and Venezuela’s Presidential Recall Referendum Timeline

A Venezuelan opposition rally in favour of the recall referendum (archives)

COHA's Erika Sato looks at the timeline to Venezuela's recall referendum, responding to accusations that the National Electoral Council lacks impartiality. 

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Critiquing Chavismo's Shortcomings: An Interview with Miguel Rodriguez Torres

Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Archive)

The former interior minister and close Chávez confidant analyzes the trajectory of the Bolivarian Revolution, critiquing its errors and proposing solutions to the present crisis. 

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Default: A Self-Defense Measure

(Archive)

Defaulting on Venezuela’s massive foreign debt and devoting the resources to social spending is the only solution to the South American country’s economic crisis, argues Marea Socialista researcher Carlos Carcione.

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What Happens if Venezuela Doesn't Pay its Foreign Debt?

(Archive)

Venezuelan economist Victor Alvarez explores the roots of the country’s critical financial situation and the consequences of placing a moratorium on its external debt. 

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Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

Hillary Clinton with former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez (EFE).

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimizing the politics of the late Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Debunking Myths About The Crisis In Venezuela: An Insider's Perspective

Woman holds a large image of the 100 Bolivar currency note with the word "hunger" (Reuters).

One of BBC's international correspondents exposes five media myths about Venezuela's current economic and political context. 

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Venezuela Condemns Deadly Western Airstrike in Syria

The US airstrike targeted the northeastern Syrian town of Al Tujar. (RODI SAID / REUTERS)

Venezuela voiced its solidarity with Syria following a US airstrike that killed over 50 civilians in the northeastern part of the country. 

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Abortion and Economic War: Revolution, Reproductive Rights, and Venezuela’s Crisis

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In this interview, Venezuela's Network for Safe Abortion discusses the impact of the economic crisis on women's right to choose as well as the statistics behind its growing abortion helpline.

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Chavismo Must Stop the Economic Bleeding

(Aporrea)

Emersberger argues that UNASUR’s detailed plan is the answer to Venezuela's economic woes.

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In Campaign Against Venezuela, NYT Cites Former Member of Death Squad Alliance

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Lozaiga. (archive)

The Times interviewed Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Lozaiga, who is accused of involvement in the assassination program run by the World Anti-Communist League and Operation Condor. 

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Special Report: Hunger in Venezuela? A Look Beyond the Spin

Local and national vendors sell vegetables, fruits and prepared foods at a festival in Caracas. (Christina Schiavoni)

Cristina Schiavoni and William Camacaro go in-depth to report on Venezuela and the state of its food and agricultural system.

 

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Venezuela After Chávez

President Nicolas Maduro together with Socialist Party Vice-President Diosdado Cabello (R) next to a portrait of Hugo Chávez. (

Professor Julia Buxton argues that the Bolivarian Revolution's weakness was its inability to institutionalize the radical popular energies it unleashed in a new order, a failing that has led to the present crisis. 

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The Venezuela Problem: Hyper-Politicization and Fragmentation in Mercosur

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro alongside Brazil's Dilma Rousseff. (AVN)

Eli Cain and Erika Sato argue that economic cooperation in Mercosur has become increasingly more difficult given political circumstances in the region and some of the bloc's own protocols. 

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