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Analysis: Media Watch

How the Western Media Created a Desperate, Starving Gang of Venezuelan Horse Eaters – And Why It Matters

(Wikimedia Commons/Hobvias Sudoneighm).

Journalists generally aren’t supposed to print their own imaginary stories as established fact, but that’s exactly what seems to happen on a regular basis when covering Venezuela.

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In Campaign Against Venezuela, NYT Cites Former Member of Death Squad Alliance

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Lozaiga. (archive)

The Times interviewed Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Lozaiga, who is accused of involvement in the assassination program run by the World Anti-Communist League and Operation Condor. 

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Calling All Venezuelans to the Table

Residents of Venezuela's housing mission take up urban agriculture. (Jonas Holldack/Venezuelanalysis)

Long time Venezuela-based solidarity activist Lisa Sullivan analyzes the roots of Venezuela's crisis, arguing that solutions must come from beyond the country's government-opposition political polarization. 

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Prime Minister Madura, the $170 Hamburger, and the Rising Floodwaters of Shonky Venezuela Coverage

The Guardian reporting on Venezuela's prime minister. (Screen grab by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

Here's a free tip for anyone keen to write about Venezuela: do some research first. Please!

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How U.S. and U.K. Media Are Trying To Push Maduro and Venezuela Over the Edge

Nicolás Maduro (upper right, with flag tied around his neck) celebrates with the Venezuelan people in the streets of Caracas af

Max Ajl details how political and media elites utilize the media to misrepresent the Venezuelan government following a pattern of intervention across the region.  

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Venezuela's Apocalypse: The Media at War

A rally to demand an increase in university funding and against Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela. (Reuters)

International media use classic red-baiting tropes to paint Venezuela as on the verge of apocalyptic meltdown while ignoring the real calamities of war and poverty caused by global capitalism.

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Venezuela’s Recall Process and the International Media’s Lies of Omission

On April 27th, the Venezuelan opposition took its first steps toward recall referendum by collecting signatures from 1% of the e

Venezuela's opposition may fail to secure a recall referendum this year due not to government sabotage but to internal divisions that prevented it from beginning the process on time.

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Venezuela – A Last Warning

Imports dropped by 18.7% in 2015 due to collapsing oil prices, forcing Venezuelans to queue up for government-regulated goods or

Venezuela's crisis is the failure not of socialism but of reformist attempts to tame and humanize capitalism, argues Jorge Martin. 

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The Fight for Justice, Truth and Peace in Venezuela

Photo caption: Luis Durán shares his personal testimony with the guarimbas that took his son's life. (Paola Martucci)

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and Ongoing Coup internationally denounces the Venezuelan opposition’s terror campaign and attempts to silence victims’ families through the Amnesty Law.

 

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Venezuela’s Outages and the Western Press’s Confirmation Bias Problem

El Guri, Venezuela's largest hydroelectric dam. (Archive)

Western media deploy double standards in their coverage of water and electricity shortages in Venezuela, blaming the country's leftist government for problems common across the global South. 

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Venezuela's Political Killings: A Sign of the Repression to Come?

From the 2002 coup to the violence of 2014, there has always been a sector of the right-wing that has never been afraid to use t

Ryan Mallett-Outtrim argues that the silence of Venezuela's right-wing in the face of a recent wave of political killings is a sign of elites' willingness to use terrorist violence in order to bring about the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro and the restoration of the neoliberal order. 

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The Other Explanation for Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

 Venezuela Central Madeirense. (Wikimedia)

Mainstream critics of the Bolivarian government have systematically ignored the role of US imperialism and Venezuela's rentier oligarchy in fomenting the country's current economic crisis. 

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Corporate Journalists Enraged as Venezuela Pays Bondholders

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) blows a kiss during a rally with PDVSA workers outside the Miraflores presidential palac

Frustrated analysts lash out as if they were the sworn enemies of Capital, showing they'll do anything to disparage Venezuela after the South American country defied official expectations in making its latest bond payment. 

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The Economist’s Latest Whoppers on Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) gestures next to Nicolas Maduro. Both Venezuelan president have been targets of disho

Joe Emersberger debunks The Economist's latest distorted coverage of Venezuela, including its claims that Venezuelan poverty failed to drop under Chavismo, that Venezuela is the worst performing economy in the world, and that press freedom is under attack. 

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What Is to Be Done?

A motorcyclist passes by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2015 (AFP Photo/Federi

Renowned Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia echoes Lenin in asking "What Is to Be Done?" at the start one of the most difficult years the Bolivarian revolution has ever faced. Here are his recommendations. 

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