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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Venezuela’s Decolonial School: Rethinking Revolutionary Horizons Beyond Modernity

Dr. José Losacco Romero (AVN/Rosalia Bareto).

In this exclusive interview, the coordinator of Venezuela's first Decolonial School, Dr. José Losacco Romero, elaborates on the need to transcend the civilisational project inherent in 20th Century Socialism and explains how that space is being opened up from within the ranks of critical Chavismo.  

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Are the CLAPs an Effective Measure to Combat Shortages in Venezuela?

Cap: CLAPs distribute food directly to communities. (Archive)
Commune leader Atenea Jimenez reviews the successes and shortcomings of Venezuela's Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPS) that provide direct house to house food distribution to communities based on evaluated need. 

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Class, Caste, and Venezuela’s Opposition: Political Realignment at a Conjuncture

Upper class Venezuelan opposition protesters. (@Pmvesga/twitter)

Sociologist Ociel López argues that the Venezuelan opposition is sabotaged by its own racism and classism that prevent it from winning the Chavista masses to its political project. 

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Venezuela’s Communes Form the Front Line of a Difficult Revolutionary Struggle

Cover of the new book recently published by Verso.

Tamara Pearson reviews George Ciccariello-Maher's new book Building the Commune on Venezuela's commune movement, the largely ignored frontline of the Bolivarian experiment in radical grassroots democracy. 

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Venezuela: The Suspension of the Recall Referendum, the Sharpening of Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries

Chavistas occupy the opposition-led National Assembly on October 23 after the latter passed a unilateral impeachment resolution

In the face of right-wing coup efforts, the PSUV must abandon reformist conciliation and radicalize the revolutionary process, argues Lucha de Clases. 

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Are More Babies Dying in Venezuela?

Venezuelan hospitals find alternatives to cope with the shortages. (teleSUR)
In the second of his reports on the state of Venezuela's health service, teleSUR's Iain Bruce looks at the claims of carnage in the country's maternity hospitals.
 
 

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In Venezuela’s Difficult Times the Grassroots are Stronger

Community members working in the La Columna community garden, Merida, Venezuela. (Tamara Pearson)

The time has come for rural communities, who are organizing to produce food for their own consumption, to play an important role in the country, reports Tamara Pearson.

 
 

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