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Edgardo Lander: Venezuela Must Face its Civilizational Crisis

(Gabriel Méndez/ Prodavinci)

Sociologist Edgardo Lander argues Venezuela is facing a “civilizational crisis” brought on by its dependence on oil revenue.

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“What do You Mean 20 Percent?” And Other Questions About Venezuela’s Recall Process

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COHA's Jordan Bazak sheds light on some of the most important issues related to the country's recall referendum process.

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A History of Violence

An opposition protest in Caracas, Venezuela in 2014 (Carlos Díaz/Flickr).

What mainstream accounts of Venezuela’s “peaceful” opposition leave out.

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Venezuela's Orinico Mining Belt: The Economy, Environment and Violence

Open-pit mining is widely condemned by environmentalists  for its impacts ecologically and damaging human cost (Archive).

Carlos Egaña explores the political, economic and environmental concerns surrounding Venezuela's controversial Orinoco Mining Belt project.

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Mainstream Media Ignores Venezuelan Pro-Government Supporters

Venezuelans in support of the Bolivarian Process also marched on September 1st in Caracas (El Nacional/@LuisMarcano).

On Thursday thousands of pro-government supporters staged a counter-rally to defend President Nicolas Maduro after the right-wing opposition called for a "taking of Caracas" to demand the ousting of Maduro government. However, you would never know that if you rely on Western mainstream media outlets.

 
 

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Is Venezuela on the Verge of a Another Coup?

Thousands of Venezuelans mobilized in Caracas this weekend to voice their support for the Bolivarian Process (teleSUR).

The country’s political opposition has called for widespread national and international protests against the Maduro government for September 1st. International media signals that a coup is underway. But, what do Venezuelans have to say?

 

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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

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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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