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Analysis: Bolivarian Project

Down from the Mountain

President Hugo Chávez with residents of the Caracas barrio of Antímano. (Archive)

Hugo Chávez never wavered in his commitment to Venezuela's popular movements, argues historian Greg Grandin in his review of Ignacio Ramonet's new Chávez biography My First Life

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Who Will Accuse the Accusers? Statement in Defense of Venezuela

Members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements. (The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movemen

The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity  (REDH) responds to a recent statement released by leftist academics criticising Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution as "authoritarian". The REDH accuses the signees of fetishising liberal democracy and of overlooking the importance of class struggle and US imperialism in their critique.

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The Chávez Hypothesis: Vicissitudes of a Strategic Project

Mural reads: "Nobody surrenders here. Commune or Nothing". (Archive)

Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert argues that Hugo Chávez is the heir to Lenin's political legacy in espousing a strategic vision for transition to socialism on the basis of the commune. 

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Authoritarianism in Venezuela? A Reply to Gabriel Hetland

Venezuelan opposition protesters burn a National Bolivarian Police motorcycle at an anti-government barricade in the affluent ea

Hetland recycles status quo liberal critiques of the Bolivarian Revolution ignoring grassroots support for Maduro, argues the VA team. 

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Critiquing Maduro from the Left

"Made in Socialism". (Sonnya Paz/ Flickr)

University of Oriente Professor Steve Ellner takes apart ex-Chavista theorist Heinz Dieterich's critiques of the Maduro government from the left. 

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Defeat the Coup Against the Bolivarian Republic

The red cockerel is the symbol of the Venezuelan Communist Party. (PCV)

The Communist Party of Venezuela calls for unity amongst revolutionary forces to defend the government from rightwing coup attempts.

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History Repeats Itself? Venezuela’s New Constituent Assembly

"I march for the constituent assembly." Caracas, May 8, 2017. (Ricardo Herderez)

Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert analyzes the balance of forces underlying the Maduro government's bid to draft a new constitution as a solution to the country's current revolutionary impasse.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Calls for a Constituent Assembly

Venezuelans celebrate international workers' day 2017, just before Maduro made the surprise announcement. (AVN)

Jorge Martin discusses the Venezuelan president's recent decision to convene a constituent assembly in Venezuela.

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Statement from Venezuelan Social Movements on the Murder of Jesús Sulbarán

Jesús Sulbarán and his family. The Merida state government worker was killed by snipers on April 24. (epccasadelcosturero.blog

Merida communal councils and popular movements denounce the murder of two state government workers by opposition snipers on April 24 as an act of terror against the Bolivarian project. 

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“Afro-Venezuelans Deserve Reparations that go Beyond the Symbolic”

Afro-descendent rights activist and Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA), Francisco Tovar. (cou

On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to VA about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on comparative abolitionist processes in Venezuela, Colombia and the US. 

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“A World Where Many Worlds Fit:” Zapatismo and Chavismo in Conversation

Venezuelans participate in demonstration in honor of guerrilla, journalist and left politician Fabricio Ojeda on January 23rd 20

What can we learn from how the Zapatistas of Mexico and Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution have strategized people’s power?

 

 

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"Reviving Chavez's Politics is our Greatest Homage"

“We are dignified people, people who fight. We are Chávez.” (CRBZ)

On the fourth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death, Venezuela's biggest rural social movement releases an official statement urging the revolution to regain its direction.

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Venezuela: A Balance Sheet of 2016 and Perspectives for 2017

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The Bolivarian Revolution is at one of its lowest points since President Chávez’s electoral victory in 1998. In this article, Juan Manaure and Carlos E. Jaurena put forward a deeply critical review of the national government's actions in the economic and political spheres. 

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Why a Venezuelan Banker Can’t Tell You How to Beat Trump

President Donald J. Trump giving a press conference on February 22, 2016.(Getty Images, AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Chávez-inspired left populism is the only answer to Trumpian fascism.

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Marta Harnecker: "A New Revolutionary Subject has Been Created in Venezuela"

Chilean author Marta Harnecker (Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal).

Chilean scholar Marta Harnecker talks Marxism, Venezuela and the Latin American left with Greek journalist Tassos Tsakiroglou during her recent visit to Athens.

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