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The Venezuelan Opposition’s “Birther” Problem

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. (Mike Licht / Flickr)

In its eagerness to compare Trump to Hugo Chávez, the media has willfully overlooked the rotten Trumpian soul of the very Venezuelan opposition, argues VA's Lucas Koerner. 

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Venezuela's Economic Crisis: Does It Mean That the Left Has Failed?

A woman shakes a bag of corn flour, shouting "Why is it so difficult for me to buy this?" as hundreds of people wait i

Unifying Venezuela's multiple exchange rates is not "neoliberal", argues Mark Weisbrot. It's the only solution to the country's deep crisis. 

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Is Venezuela Really Dictatorship?

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

International media's indictments of Venezuela as a dictatorship ignore basic facts, says Ryan Mallet-Outtrim. 

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Agreement for the Restitution of the Constitutional Order in Venezuela

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Archive)

Read the full statement issued by opposition legislators last Sunday, which declares the "rupture of the constitutional order" in Venezuela. The document has widely been interpreted as an attempt to impeach President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Media Deliberately Omits Critical Info to Demonize Venezuela

A crowd of government supporters gathers outside the National Assembly in Caracas to voice their opposition to right-wing attemp

The announcement from Venezuela's electoral authority that it would not proceed with a recall referendum has unleashed yet another wave of critical articles and opinion pieces throughout the English-speaking media. 

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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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