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Analysis: Opposition

Why is Venezuela in Crisis Again?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a painting depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan liberator Simon

As the opposition and the government clash in the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans have reverted to survival mode.

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"The Violence Will be Retweeted"

A demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back to policemen during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela, April 6, 2017. (Re

The opposition need four things: to depict themselves as victims of a dictatorship which is punishing and pursuing them, to make people believe that they are the “people” and not a classist minority, to consolidate these ideas internationally to construct a matrix of opinion, and to circulate the image of a capital city in total disarray outside of Caracas. 

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Luis Almagro: Regime Change Apostle?

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro alongside Venezuelan hard right opposition leader Lilian Tintori. (Getty Images)

The OAS chief has conjured an alternative reality of mass starvation and repression in Venezuela to justify his regime change agenda, argues VA's Lucas Koerner. 

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Trump, Like Obama and Bush, Pursues 'Regime Change' in Venezuela

Venezuelan VP Tareck-El-Aissami (left) and US President Donald Trump (right). (TeleSUR English).

The U.S. government's targeting of Venezuela's vice president is just the latest episode in ongoing attempts to subvert Venezuelan democracy, argues TeleSUR's Joe Emesberger. 

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Venezuela’s National Dialogue: Disaggregating Key Issues

President Nicolas Maduro shakes hands with opposition leader Jesus Torrealba. (AVN)

Steve Ellner argues for the separation of the political and economic aspects of Venezuela's crisis in order to understand the country's current deadlock and possible paths forward.

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The Curious Case of Venezuela’s Recall Referendum: Murder … or Suicide?

A petition backing a referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. ( Fernando Llano/AP)

You haven’t heard the whole story.

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Javier Biardeau: A Balance of 2016

Central University of Venezuela sociologist Javier Biardeau. (Archive)

The opposition surge has failed, and it is essential that a Bolivarian surge re-emerges to retake the political initiative, argues Venezuelan sociologist Javier Biardeau. 

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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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