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What is Behind the TV Series on Hugo Chavez?

Official portal image for Sony's new series on the life of Hugo Chávez. (Archive)

Supuesto Negado unpacks the political and cultural implications of Sony's new TV series on the life of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. 

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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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Remembering Ali Primera: The People's Singer of Venezuela

Ali Primera. (Archive)

Ryan Mallet pays tribute to revolutionary Venezuelan folk singer Ali Primera on the 31st anniversary of his death, hailing his living legacy as a champion of the oppressed and an icon for today's social movements. 

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Sabino Vive: A New Film by Carlos Azpúrua

Sabino Lives "Too much dignity for too little justice" (Servindi)

On the second anniversary of the brutal assassination of Yukpa leader and revolutionary Sabino Romero, political analyst Chris Gilbert reviews the 2014 film that illustrated Romero’s fierce story of struggle.

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Revolutionary Muralists Fill Venezuela’s Andean Capital with Color and History (+ PHOTOS)

Fuga was created just days after Chavez’s death, when Rodrigo met two other artists and kindred spirits among the millions waiting in line to pay their respects at the socialist leader’s wake in Caracas. It was a time of disbelief and heartache for the majority of Venezuelans- but many, like Rodrigo, hit the ground running, channeling grief into action.

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Accusations of Censorship in Venezuela’s Suena Caracas Music Festival: Public or Private?

Horacio Blanco, the leader of the group Desorden Publico, during Saturday’s performance in the Suena Caracas festival (agencie

Venezuelan free software activist Luigino Bracci addresses accusations that state channel Avila TV “censored” the beginning of a song by an anti-government group which was critical of corruption during the music festival Suena Caracas.

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Venezuela’s Indigenous Mapoyo Language Added to UNESCO Heritage List

Mapoyo leader, Simón Bastidas (AVN)

The inclusion of the Mapoyo language was the only Latin-American proposal included this year.

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The National Assembly of Venezuela Considers Demands of Gay Pride Marchers

 June 29, Pride street party in Caracas. (Arlene Eisen/Venezuelanalysis)

The LGBTI community of Caracas observed the 14th Annual Pride Weekend with at least two separate demonstrations. Despite their disunity, the National Assembly (AN) announced they would debate some of the demands of the LGBTI movement.

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11th Annual World Poetry Festival in Venezuela Pays Homage to Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka (Julian C. Wilson/AP)

Venezuelanalysis.com reporter Arlene speaks to lead participants of the World Poetry Festival happening now in Caracas on the life of Amiri Baraka, revolutionary poet and founder of Black Arts movement in the U.S. Artists recall Baraka's visits to Venezuela and explain the impact his writings had on Latin American revolutionaries.

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In Venezuela, Music Eases Pain of Kids with Cancer

Patients receiving chemotherapy play the maracas at the JM de los Rios pediatric hospital in Caracas on September 26, 2013 (AFP/

Nine-year-old Victoria Alzuru looks earnest and determined and happy as she practices her violin before undergoing chemotherapy. 

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You Probably Didn’t Hear that Venezuela Was Again Ranked the Happiest Country in South America

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Why has there been so little attention to the report – and to Venezuela’s ranking in it, among the U.S. outlets that did cover it? Could it be that the gains in Venezuela over the past decade challenge the conventional wisdom routinely reported in the press that Venezuela is a mess in terms of its economic, politics and security, and which typically presents Venezuelans as unhappy?

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Dontcha Know, We’re Singing a Revolution

Hugo Chavez during the presidential campaign last year (AVN)

Gustavo Marcos Bazan, an Argentinean born Venezuelan, and member of the Latin American music for change movement Cantores de los Sueños del Alba (singers of the dreams of dawn) argues that political music is the “honest” music that helps us to keep fighting for a better world.

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Alternative Education Can Eliminate Corruption

Myriam Anzola (in blue) with the recent alternative pedagogy graduates (Leandro Irion)

Participatory education based on empowering students through their active involvement in their community is an essential tool for fighting corruption in the long term.

 

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Devaluation, Consumerism, and the Media

Venezuelans wait in line to buy Chinese Haier brand products subsidized by the Venezuelan government

In light of Venezuela’s recent currency devaluation, Venezuelan blogger and technology activist Luigino Bracci Roa argues that a change in attitudes towards consumption and technology is required.

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Cause: A New Social Network of Youth Culture in Venezuela

An event by Hip Hop Revolucion in Caracas, one of the groups supporting Cause, a new network of activists supporting alternative

David Segarra of Cause, a new network supporting alternative youth culture in Venezuela, argues that “While in Chile, Colombia, in Europe there are cuts, and in Spain university tuition fees are being made more expensive and support for cinema is being cut by 35%, here in Venezuela, fortunately, support for culture is growing”.

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