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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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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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Critiquing Chavismo's Shortcomings: An Interview with Miguel Rodriguez Torres

Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Archive)

The former interior minister and close Chávez confidant analyzes the trajectory of the Bolivarian Revolution, critiquing its errors and proposing solutions to the present crisis. 

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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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A Policy of Non-Intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Welcome Change

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Minister of Foreign Affairs met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs,

"The best thing that the United States government could do with regard to Venezuela, regardless of political outcomes there, would be to end its intervention," argues Weisbrot. 

 

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Mixed Message at the OAS

The Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C. (OAS website).

According to philosophy professor Frederick B. Mills, the OAS permenent council left mixed messages during its special session on Venezuela last week.

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Calling All Venezuelans to the Table

Residents of Venezuela's housing mission take up urban agriculture. (Jonas Holldack/Venezuelanalysis)

Long time Venezuela-based solidarity activist Lisa Sullivan analyzes the roots of Venezuela's crisis, arguing that solutions must come from beyond the country's government-opposition political polarization. 

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In Solidarity with Venezuela, an Open Letter to OAS Secretary General

Secretary General Luis Almargo's actions this week were received without much support throughout the region (La Voz de San

Organizations and individuals express their solidarity with Venezuela as they denounce OAS Secretary General's recent actions against the South American nation. 

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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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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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Debunking Washington Post’s Absurd Call for (More) Intervention in Venezuela’s Democracy

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (AVN)

The U.S. already intervenes in Venezuela, and all of Latin America. It has for decades -- with catastrophic results. 

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A Bolivarian Bernie? The Latin American Roots of Sanders’ Social Democratic Populism

Bernie Sanders at a rally held by National Nurses United in support of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

VA's Lucas Koerner argues that the emergent movement surrounding Bernie Sander's presidential bid in the US is more at home in Caracas than Copenhagen– despite Sander's statements to the contrary.

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Venezuela’s Caracazo: State Repression and Neoliberal Misrule

The Venezuelan government deployed military personnel to the streets to repress the popular rebellion that began on February 27t

February 27th marked the 27th anniversary of the Caracazo. Here the author examines the deep roots of the uprising that saw "Venezuelan history split into two", overturning the oligarchic Fourth Republic and paving the way for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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Venezuela’s Upcoming Double-Confrontation

Grassroots activists prepare for what Greg Wilpert terms a "double-confrontation."

Following the swearing-in of the new opposition-controlled National Assembly, the Maduro government and its grassroots bases will face both a newly empowered opposition bent on rolling back the gains of the revolution as well as a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by collapsing oil prices.

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Lessons We Can Learn from the Electoral Setback in Venezuela

Anti-imperialist mural in Caracas.

Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee activist Stan Smith reflects on the Bolivarian Revolution in the wake of December 6th parliamentary elections, which he observed firsthand as part of a delegation organized by Task Force on the Americas and School of the Americas Watch. 

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