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Analysis: Opposition

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: 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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The Venezuelan Opposition’s “Birther” Problem

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. (Mike Licht / Flickr)

In its eagerness to compare Trump to Hugo Chávez, the media has willfully overlooked the rotten Trumpian soul of the very Venezuelan opposition, argues VA's Lucas Koerner. 

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Agreement for the Restitution of the Constitutional Order in Venezuela

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Archive)

Read the full statement issued by opposition legislators last Sunday, which declares the "rupture of the constitutional order" in Venezuela. The document has widely been interpreted as an attempt to impeach President Nicolas Maduro. 

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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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Politicization and Venezuela’s Presidential Recall Referendum Timeline

A Venezuelan opposition rally in favour of the recall referendum (archives)

COHA's Erika Sato looks at the timeline to Venezuela's recall referendum, responding to accusations that the National Electoral Council lacks impartiality. 

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Venezuela After Chávez

President Nicolas Maduro together with Socialist Party Vice-President Diosdado Cabello (R) next to a portrait of Hugo Chávez. (

Professor Julia Buxton argues that the Bolivarian Revolution's weakness was its inability to institutionalize the radical popular energies it unleashed in a new order, a failing that has led to the present crisis. 

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Ongoing Democratic Charter Saga in OAS Exposes Deep Hypocrisy

OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro (COHA)

COHA's Peter Bolton lambasts the OAS for remaining silent on political violations in Brazil and human rights abuses in Mexico whilst continuing to put pressure on Venezuela. 

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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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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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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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HRW's Latest Report on Venezuela Needs to be Taken With a Grain of Salt

(Venezuelan Interior Ministry via AVN)

A clear eyed investigation into Venezuela's latest security crackdown is desperately needed, but not by Human Rights Watch.

 

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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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Venezuela's Right Wing Confesses to 17 years of Political Delinquency: The Amnesty Bill

Right-wing protesters erect burning street barricades during 2014 guarimbas. (Orinoquia Photo)

Dominguez argues that the Venezuelan opposition's Amnesty Law is a written confession detailing seventeen years of right-wing efforts to overthrow the democratically-elected Bolivarian government. 

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