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Analysis: Media Watch

Community-Delivered Food, Clean Clinics, and Queue-Less Banks: A Glimpse into VA’s Week in Venezuela

A mural painted by Carlos Zerpa of the Guerrilla Communications Collective in Catia, a barrio in western Caracas, Venezuela. The

Three things that have happened to our writers this week that fly in the face of the corporate media's apocalyptic reporting on Venezuela.

 

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Various Flavors of Fake News about Venezuela

The wife of right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori speaks to the press. (EFE)

It's almost impossible to escape bombardment by the U.S government’s perspective on Venezuela.

 

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Blue Lives Matter, Except in Venezuela

Rightwing protesters in Venezuela hurl rocks at police (AFP).

Why does the mainstream media systematically ignore the Venezuelan right’s almost non-stop violence against government personnel and institutions?

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Venezuela Re-Declared a Dictatorship by US Media

An injured Venezuelan National Guard walks away during a rally demanding a referendum to remove President Maduro, Venezuela Oct.

The U.S. media has widely declared Venezuela a “dictatorship” in recent days — actually re-declared it as such for the umpteenth time.

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Venezuela's Economic Crisis: Does It Mean That the Left Has Failed?

A woman shakes a bag of corn flour, shouting "Why is it so difficult for me to buy this?" as hundreds of people wait i

Unifying Venezuela's multiple exchange rates is not "neoliberal", argues Mark Weisbrot. It's the only solution to the country's deep crisis. 

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Media Deliberately Omits Critical Info to Demonize Venezuela

A crowd of government supporters gathers outside the National Assembly in Caracas to voice their opposition to right-wing attemp

The announcement from Venezuela's electoral authority that it would not proceed with a recall referendum has unleashed yet another wave of critical articles and opinion pieces throughout the English-speaking media. 

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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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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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