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Analysis: Social Movements

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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Steve Ellner Part II: Is the Bolivarian Revolution a Populist Failure?

Steve Ellner addresses a forum in 2014 on Chavismo in Caracas, Venezuela. (Archive)

Universidad de Oriente Professor Steve Ellner discusses a range of key issues in Venezuela, including the efficacy of state social programs such as the CLAPs, the Maduro government’s controversial Mining Arc, and the role of international solidarity. 


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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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In Venezuela’s Difficult Times the Grassroots are Stronger

Community members working in the La Columna community garden, Merida, Venezuela. (Tamara Pearson)

The time has come for rural communities, who are organizing to produce food for their own consumption, to play an important role in the country, reports Tamara Pearson.


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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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Venezuela – A Last Warning

Imports dropped by 18.7% in 2015 due to collapsing oil prices, forcing Venezuelans to queue up for government-regulated goods or

Venezuela's crisis is the failure not of socialism but of reformist attempts to tame and humanize capitalism, argues Jorge Martin. 

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“We Will Defend the Revolutionary Process”: Afro-Venezuelan Youth and Today's Struggle for Freedom

Afro-Venezuelan children practice traditional music at a cultural center in Barlovento, Miranda State. (Jeanette Charles)

VA’s Jeanette Charles speaks with one youth organizer about his movement's commitment to continue the revolutionary legacy of the Afro-Venezuelan people.


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The Fight for Justice, Truth and Peace in Venezuela

Photo caption: Luis Durán shares his personal testimony with the guarimbas that took his son's life. (Paola Martucci)

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and Ongoing Coup internationally denounces the Venezuelan opposition’s terror campaign and attempts to silence victims’ families through the Amnesty Law.


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Chavismo From Below


Eva María talks to Trotskyist party Marea Socialista on why they've broken with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the path forward for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

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The 2002 Coup: Destabilization and Revolution in Today’s Venezuela

"Chávez Lives". (AVN)

Katherine Castrillo, writer and queer organizer, recalls the mass protests against the 2002 U.S.- backed coup and contextualizes people’s power in Venezuela today.

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Venezuela: ¡Comuna o Nada!

(Vero Canno)

In the face of surging right-wing counter-revolution and bureaucratic inaction on the part of the ruling socialist government, Venezuela's communes, George Ciccarielleo-Maher argues, are the only hope for radicalizing the country's seventeen year-long Bolivarian process.

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Is South America’s ‘Progressive Cycle’ At an End?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)

Argentine political economist Claudio Katz analyzes the complex conjuncture faced by the Latin American left– ranging from the failure of neo-developmentalism to the resurgence of the neoliberal right– with the struggle to further radicalize Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at the forefront. 

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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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Remembering Ali Primera: The People's Singer of Venezuela

Ali Primera. (Archive)

Ryan Mallet pays tribute to revolutionary Venezuelan folk singer Ali Primera on the 31st anniversary of his death, hailing his living legacy as a champion of the oppressed and an icon for today's social movements. 

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