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No, Donald Trump is Not Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez in 2012 (Wikimedia Commons) and Donald Trump in 2015 (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr).

Chávez was a socialist and a Third-World nationalist, Trump an authoritarian right-winger and proud imperialist. So what's behind the U.S. media's repeated false parallels between the two? 

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Enrique Dussel: Without Epistemic Decolonization, There Is No Revolution

Professor Enrique Dussel speaking at Eco-socialist School of Critical Decolonial Thought of Our America held in Caracas October

Renowned Mexican-Argentine philosopher Enrique Dussel argues that progressive forces across the continent must take two steps forward and decolonize their revolutionary imaginary, breaking with Eurocentric paradigms.


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Despite Profit Motive, US Banks and Markets Squeezing Venezuela's Economy

In the latest measure to cut off Venezuelan from international finance, Citibank announced it would no longer issue Venezuelan b

Pablo Vivanco inquires if international banks are colluding with the US government to deny credit to Venezuela like in Chile under Allende.

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People are comparing Donald Trump to Hugo Chávez. That’s mostly wrong.

(Gage Skidmore and WikiCommons)

Timothy Gill argues that comparisons between Chávez and Trump obscure the sharp difference between the late Venezuelan leader's inclusionary project benefitting marginalized groups and the xenophobic nativism peddled by the latter.

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Steve Ellner Part II: Is the Bolivarian Revolution a Populist Failure?

Steve Ellner addresses a forum in 2014 on Chavismo in Caracas, Venezuela. (Archive)

Universidad de Oriente Professor Steve Ellner discusses a range of key issues in Venezuela, including the efficacy of state social programs such as the CLAPs, the Maduro government’s controversial Mining Arc, and the role of international solidarity. 


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Dear Media: Venezuela is Not Haiti

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Oct. 1, 2016 (Reuters)
When Westerners see “their media” participate in such a vile campaign, they should challenge it.

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Steve Ellner: Democratization of PSUV is Key to Chavismo’s Future

Professor Steve Ellner. (Ángel Dejesús)

Distinguished Venezuelan history and politics professor Steve Ellner examines the current state of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at the crossroads of a deep economic crisis and an opposition-led presidential recall effort. 

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Venezuelan Reflections on Peace in Colombia

A person attends an event supporting peace in Colombia (Getty Images).

Despite Sunday's shocking electoral outcome, Venezuela’s Bolivarian government and its grassroots movements have expressed unwavering solidarity and their relentless commitment to peace in Colombia.

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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


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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