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Analysis: Opposition

Venezuela’s Continuous Coup

Graffiti on a Caracas wall illustrates the essential debate: "The next one to die is capitalism/socialism." (Photo: St

Alfredo Lopez reflects on Hugo Chavez’s legacy and outlines the forces at play that make the threat of a coup ever present, as long as Venezuelans continue to defend their autonomy.

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Annotations on the Thwarted Coup in Venezuela

(TeleSUR)

Argentine political scientist and sociologist, Atilio Boron, shares his thoughts on the recently unearthed "Blue Coup" attempt against the Maduro government and analyses what he characterises as the decline of US global hegemony.

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Which Way Venezuela?

(Laradiodelsur)

Znet's Michael Albert interviews attorney and journalist, Eva Golinger, on the ongoing destabilization attempts against the Venezuelan government and US involvement.

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Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

Venezuela's opposition took to social media to manipulate the international media into portraying right-wing protesters as

On the anniversary of the outbreak of violent right-wing protests, teleSUR examines the role of social media in fomenting violence and misinformation.

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Venezuelan Guarimbas: 11 Things the Media Didn't Tell You

Destroying a metro stop during last year's guarimbas. (Credit: Alba Ciudad/Telesur English).

teleSur journalists Tamara Pearson and Ryan Mallett-Outtrim debunk the myriad of lies and fabrications disseminated by the mainstream corporate media about the violent opposition protests in 2014, known as the "guarimbas." 

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The Hypocrisy of Leopoldo Lopez's New Lawyer

Irwin Cotler (WorldJewishCongress.org)

South African officials have refuted claims that Irwin Cotler was Nelson Mandela's lawyer, but the politician's connection to Israel is clear.

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The Economic War: Not just business as usual

(Saber y Poder Blogspot)

Minister of Culture and Venezuelan academic, Reinaldo Iturriza, outlines the three main historic moments of anti-Chavista strategy in order to contextualise the logic behind the opposition's latest attacks on the Bolivarian Revolution, the ongoing economic war and its consequences for the Venezuelan process. 

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Venezuela: a Coup in Real Time

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There is a coup underway in Venezuela. The pieces are all falling into place like a bad CIA movie. At every turn a new traitor is revealed, a betrayal is born, full of promises to reveal the smoking gun that will justify the unjustifiable. 

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Venezuela in 2014: Maduro Administration Given Reprieve by Divided Opposition

From left to right: opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado, and Henrique Capriles (AFP)

VA.com’s Ewan Robertson offers an assessment of the relative positions of the Bolivarian government and conservative opposition after a bumpy year for Venezuela’s politics and economy.

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Detained Colonel Says Maria Corina Machado Was at the Forefront of the Opposition Violence

Venezuela's opposition leader Maria Corina Machado arrives at the state prosecutor office in Caracas December 3, 2014. 
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The following is a report that appeared in the privately-owned Caracas newspaper Ultimas Noticias this morning, detailing the sworn confession made by the retired Venezuelan colonel Jose Gustavo Arocha Perez, who admitted to colluding with the former opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado in a plot to create unrest and oust the Venezuelan government.

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“The Opposition Doesn’t Keep Its Word”: Interview with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello

Diosdado Cabello (El Universal)

In this interview with private newspaper El Universal, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello discusses the state of chavismo, confesses that he doesn’t believe in political neutrality and assures that he’s never had rift with President Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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The Professor & The President: Who’s the Bully?

Ricardo Hausmann (prodavinci.com)

Suren reviews the inflammatory Sep 5th opinion piece by Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, titled Should Venezuela Default? The article caused interest rates on Venezuelan bonds to temporarily soar as investors balked at Hausmann’s calculated commentary regarding the nation he once served as planning minister, during Venezuela's era of neoliberal reign known as the 4th Republic.

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A New Political Moment

"Don't take the bait" Venezuelan graffiti art representing the oppositional business owner's manipulation of

What is the political moment playing out in Venezuela now? What defined the recent governing socialist party (PSUV) congress? What will the opposition try next with Maduro?

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