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Analysis: Participation

Who Dares Evaluate the Bolivarian Revolution?

Mural of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. (Reuters)

Venezuelan social movement activist Arlenys Espinal argues that the current opposition offensive should be combated by grassroots organizing rather than giving “triumphalist” support to the government.

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The Barrios Won’t Join In

A hillside barrio, Caracas (Psiconauta)

Venezuelan newspaper editor Eleazar Diaz Rangel explains why the residents of the country’s barrios are shunning protests.

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Venezuela: Chavistas Debate the Pace of Change

Mural in the barrio of La Vega, Caracas. Photo by Sujatha Fernandes.

The violent anti-government protests that shook Venezuela in February have once again thrust the issue of the pace of change into the broader debate over socialist transformation. Radical Chavistas, reflecting the zeal of the movement’s rank and file, call for a deepening of the “revolutionary process,” while moderate Chavistas favor concessions to avoid an escalation of the violence. The same dilemma confronted the socialist government of Salvador Allende in the early 1970s, but under different political circumstances.

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Aiding Venezuela


Once we stop Shunning Venezuela and we start broadly Understanding Venezuela, what can we do to aid Venezuela?

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“Colectivos are Synonymous with Organization, Not Violence”

Youth stand in front of their barrio and show love for Hugo Chavez. (Saber y Poder)

Clodovaldo Hérnandez, Venezuelan writer and politician, talks about the criminalization of grassroots organizing, the right-wing strategy behind it, and goes on to explain why “the fate of the revolution rests in the communal councils” in an interview with newspaper Ciudad CCS, from March 10th, 2014.


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Venezuela: Volunteers Clear Streets, Face Attacks by Right-Wing Thugs

Volunteers cleaning the streets in Merida (TatuyTV)

In response to the violence instigated by the Venezuelan elite, the working classes of Venezuela took to the streets this week. They went out not with pistols or grenades, but with brooms and shovels to clean the burnt trash and remove the barricades that have restricted the free movement of thousands of citizens.

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Venezuela's Petrol Price Debate

33% of petrol consumed in Venezuela is 95 octane petrol, the most expensive to produce, according to minister Ramirez (archive)

Though the debate around petrol prices proposed by the vice-president last week is only just getting started, Venezuelanalysis presents here a taste of the different perspectives already being argued.

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Municipal Election Results: Venezuela Winning the War Waged against It

PSUV active members meeting in the lead up to the municipal elections (Telesur/archive)

Following a hard year for us, yesterday’s positive election result came as a relief. It is a hopeful result that gives a well deserved finger to the bitter, whinging opposition, and their private media buddies. However, the political significance of the result is also more complicated than that, and it is now time to focus our energy on really consolidating this revolution.

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Building Communes Isn’t Just About Defending the Revolution, It’s About Moving Forward

Duilliam Virigay is a national spokesperson of the Simon Bolivar National Communal Front (FNCSB) and the Bolivar and Zamora  Rev

Duilliam Virigay. National Spokesman of the Simon Bolivar National Communal Front (FNCSB), describes the interesting yet difficult challenges faced by Venezuela’s radical experiment with participatory democracy.

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First National Commune Conference: The Communes are the Antidote to Venezuela’s Economic Problems

National commune conference participants at the closing event (Tamara Pearson/

The first national conference of commune members held on the weekend of 16 and 17 November was a demonstration of how the commune movement is slowly strengthening, and how it is these structures that are the antidote to many of Venezuela's ongoing problems of speculation, importation, bureaucracy, and corruption.

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The New Federation of Automobile and Related Industry Workers is Born (Interview)

View of the plenary session of the founding congress of the Federation of Automobile and Related Industry Workers (

On Saturday 26 October in the Municipal Theatre of Valencia, Carabobo state, the founding congress of the new Federation of Automobile and Related Industry Workers was held.

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‘‘We are Volcanoes’’: Transgressing the Silence of Motherhood

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In Venezuela mothers are at the heart of a reinvention of revolutionary politics. From the election of Chavez as president in 1998, women have been valued and recognised as political subjects.

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Venezuelan Elections, Participation, and the Finger

 Merida governor Alexis Ramirez  (in white) campaigning in the barrio of Santa Anita last Sunday (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanaly

The PSUV recently announced its candidates for the December elections, overriding a primaries process of selection that had been underway when Chavez died. From under confidence and vulnerability, to a disorganised grassroots and a strong-ish opposition, VA examines what is behind such a move.

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Desiring the Commune

A man painting a mural in the Ataroa commune (Voces Urgentes)

Reinaldo Iturriza, Venezuela’s minister for communes examines how the building of communes in Venezuela is going, why communes are important as alternatives to capitalism, and the conditions necessary for them to flourish in Venezuela.

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Why There Are No Aussie Pavons: Political Youth Engagement in Australia and Venezuela


Twenty three year old Lisseth Pavon is a symbol of the passion of Venezuela’s youth. There is a climate where youth view themselves as political actors, and feel entitled to express their opinions in meaningful ways.

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