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An Open Letter to the LASA Executive Committee on the Situation in Venezuela

(AVN)

A group of former and current members of the Latin American Studies Association have issued a statement challenging claims from the body’s Executive Committee that Venezuela has taken an authoritarian turn.

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Dear Gustavo, it is with Great Sorrow that I Write...

Gustavo Dudamel released a statement which has been described as an "attack" on the Venezuelan government by the mains

Gustavo, my friend, the country is not just that middle class which is protesting in the east of the cities. When you, a figure who should represent the whole country, intervenes on behalf of those minorities that are using violence and hatred, you are undermining yourself. 

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What Is to Be Done in Venezuela?

(AVN)

An ad-hoc Committee to Save Venezuela offers observations and recommendations that differ from those found in our missionary mainstream media.

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It Takes a Lot More Than Votes to Govern

An anti-government protester in Caracas, Venezuela. (Reuters)

Oscar Schémel, head of prominent independent pollster Hinterlaces, argues that the Venezuelan opposition has no vision for the country beyond violent regime change. 

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Marta Harnecker: "A New Revolutionary Subject has Been Created in Venezuela"

Chilean author Marta Harnecker (Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal).

Chilean scholar Marta Harnecker talks Marxism, Venezuela and the Latin American left with Greek journalist Tassos Tsakiroglou during her recent visit to Athens.

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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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The 10 Victories of President Maduro in 2016

(archives)

In the longest and hardest year, in which many thought he would fall, President Maduro overcame all obstacles and proved his exceptional ability as a statesman, writes Ignacio Ramonet.

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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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Venezuela’s Decolonial School: Rethinking Revolutionary Horizons Beyond Modernity

Dr. José Losacco Romero (AVN/Rosalia Bareto).

In this exclusive interview, the coordinator of Venezuela's first Decolonial School, Dr. José Losacco Romero, elaborates on the need to transcend the civilisational project inherent in 20th Century Socialism and explains how that space is being opened up from within the ranks of critical Chavismo.  

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Is Venezuela Really Dictatorship?

(Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

International media's indictments of Venezuela as a dictatorship ignore basic facts, says Ryan Mallet-Outtrim. 

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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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No, Donald Trump is Not Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez in 2012 (Wikimedia Commons) and Donald Trump in 2015 (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr).

Chávez was a socialist and a Third-World nationalist, Trump an authoritarian right-winger and proud imperialist. So what's behind the U.S. media's repeated false parallels between the two? 

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Enrique Dussel: Without Epistemic Decolonization, There Is No Revolution

Professor Enrique Dussel speaking at Eco-socialist School of Critical Decolonial Thought of Our America held in Caracas October

Renowned Mexican-Argentine philosopher Enrique Dussel argues that progressive forces across the continent must take two steps forward and decolonize their revolutionary imaginary, breaking with Eurocentric paradigms.

 

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“What do You Mean 20 Percent?” And Other Questions About Venezuela’s Recall Process

(COHA.org)

COHA's Jordan Bazak sheds light on some of the most important issues related to the country's recall referendum process.

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