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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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Struggle Ahead for Venezuela Grassroots as Right-Wing Sworn In

After the electoral loss, Maduro called for street assemblies and meetings to reflect on changes needed and make proposals. (AVN

Facing possible austerity and a return to neoliberalism at the hands of a right wing parliament, will the millions involved in the Bolivarian revolution radicalize further and protect their 15 years of gains, or will this be the blow that finally dampens their revolutionary joy and collective ambition? 

 

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Economism in Venezuela: Theory and Practice

President Maduro. (VTV)

Chris Gilbert argues that the Venezuelan leftist leadership must first overcome its economism if it is to resolve the country's current economic and political crisis. 

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What Is to Be Done?

A motorcyclist passes by a graffiti depicting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 17, 2015 (AFP Photo/Federi

Renowned Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia echoes Lenin in asking "What Is to Be Done?" at the start one of the most difficult years the Bolivarian revolution has ever faced. Here are his recommendations. 

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Political Tendencies in Post-6D Venezuela

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Ryan Mallett-Outtrim evaluates the challenges facing the opposition and Chavismo following the former's landslide victory in December 6th parliamentary elections, arguing that without cooperation between the two blocs, the Venezuela's economy will likely descend into deeper crisis. 

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The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next

 A pro-government supporter wears a T-Shirt with image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez, as he waits for results

Even Chavistas are fed up with the economic crisis and want change. But unlike the right, grassroots leaders are calling for more popular control and collective decision-making.

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Facing Opposition Onslaught, Chavismo Must Return to Roots

"Create popular power, transition to the Communal State" (Photo: Rachael Boothroyd, venezuelanalysis.com)

Sunday's landslide PSUV defeat affords the Venezuelan right an historic opportunity to roll back the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution, but will they succeed? Only a revitalized Chavismo, rerooted among the Venezuelan masses, can stop them. 

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‘Democracy, as Usual,’ in Venezuela

Supporters of the Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) political party cheer during a closing campaign rally in Caracas, December 2, 2015. (A

Contrary to the mainstream media narratives, the conflict in Venezuela is not over democracy, but over the distribution of oil wealth. 

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In Praise of Chavismo

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If Chavismo focuses on efficient leaders and proposes an agenda that prioritizes economic and productive decisions and the defense of social policies, then it will have the best chance of winning the recall referendum that we will face in 2016. But if an injured government only focuses on “taking out” the people who “got them,” then it will simply be condemned to remain a minority, or worse still to disappear from the political map.

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The Causes and Consequences of Venezuelan Election Results

President Nicolas Maduro accepted the election results immediately on Sunday, December 6th. (TeleSUR)

Tamara Pearson reflects on what this electoral loss for the revolutionary forces means, politically, and given the current context in Venezuela, what the consequences of it might be going forward.

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Miracles Do Happen: Venezuela Relabeled a Democracy in Wake of Opposition Win

Opposition leaders celebrated their victory in a public announcement before the first CNE bulletin was even released. (Reuters)

Last night, as the results of the December 6th elections were announced, spontaneous parties broke out in the urban centers of Venezuela. Fireworks were launched, horns were honked to no end. Just hours before, the same people were howling via social media to the world about the totalitarian dictatorship imposed by Nicolas Maduro. 

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