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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Political, Economic Challenges Loom Large for Venezuela in 2017

President Nicolás Maduro waves Venezuelan flag (Fernando Llano/AP).

In this interview with teleSUR, Miguel Tinker Salas, Venezuelan historian and professor of Latin American Studies, speaks on current political and economic issues facing the country and their implications for the future. 

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The 10 Victories of President Maduro in 2016

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In the longest and hardest year, in which many thought he would fall, President Maduro overcame all obstacles and proved his exceptional ability as a statesman, writes Ignacio Ramonet.

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Urban Agriculture and the Production of Plenty for the Many

Minister Lorena Freitez (fourth from the right) among dozens of others holding up pots with growing seedlings (Lorena Freitez).

Venezuelan Minister of Urban Agriculture Lorena Freitez reflects on this one of a kind ministry's first year in existence and shares her vision for 2017-2021.

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Javier Biardeau: A Balance of 2016

Central University of Venezuela sociologist Javier Biardeau. (Archive)

The opposition surge has failed, and it is essential that a Bolivarian surge re-emerges to retake the political initiative, argues Venezuelan sociologist Javier Biardeau. 

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Venezuela's Communal Movement

The cover of "Building the Commune" by George Ciccariello-Maher (archives).

Stanfield Smith reviews George Ciccariello-Maher's latest book "Building the Commune," which theorises the construction of the communal state in Venezuela.

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Where Now for Chavismo?

(Rachael Boothroyd Rojas)

Despite facing these everyday trials and tribulations, do those at the heart of Venezuela’s current storm believe, like the mainstream press, that the economic crisis means that the bell has tolled for Chavismo?

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Venezuela isn’t so Bad, nor is Colombia so Great

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"What if I told you that in many ways Venezuela is better off than Colombia? Before you angrily stop reading, I ask you to take a look at these figures..."

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Revolutionise or Compromise? What Venezuela’s Maduro Could Be Doing (And What Is He Actually Doing)

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VA's Ryan Mallett-Outtrim explores three different options available to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to move beyond the political crisis facing the country.

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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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