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It’s no secret that 2015 has been the toughest year yet for the Bolivarian Revolution. 

Early on in the year the Obama administration slapped several Venezuelan officials with fresh sanctions, and invoked an executive order to designate Venezuela as a “threat” to US national security. Despite a campaign by the Venezuelan grassroots and leading international intellectuals - Obama has failed to rescind the imperialist decree. 

At home, the economic war has continued unabated against the lifeblood of ordinary Venezuelans - and the government has stalled in presenting a convincing response. 

General fatigue amongst the population and grassroots movements translated to the revolution’s most staggering loss yet at the ballot box for the December 6th legislative elections, when the opposition took away 112 seats and a qualified super majority in the country’s legislature. In part, thanks to mass Chavista abstention. 

Then, just as the year is drawing to a close, “something moved in the depths of Chavismo,” as former Minister of Culture, Renaildo Iturizza put it.

Since the debilitating victory of the opposition on December 6th, the country has witnessed a renewed explosion of popular power. Five million Chavistas mobilising in assemblies, marches, meetings with the president and taking to the streets to wrest control over the direction of this revolutionary process. 

Venezuela’s 21st century socialism story has only just begun.

If hesitation and uncertainty defined 2015, this revolutionary sentiment promises to mark 2016 as a dynamic year for the revolution - but it will also be taking place in the middle of a political war. Rightwing interests, who in less than two weeks will become kingmakers in the country’s national assembly, have promised to rollback the revolution’s achievements and muffle independent and community media - as is already being done by the new rightwing Macri government in Argentina. 

As the only critical, independent and progressive website in English dedicated entirely to reporting dynamics on the ground in Venezuela, Venezuelanalysis is clearly more crucial than ever.

This coming year we want to redesign our website to make it more accessible and branch into multimedia - providing more video reports and photo galleries for our readers - as well as increase our writing team on the ground. 

The Venezuelan experience resonates from Baltimore, to Athens, Port au Prince, Barcelona and London. But we need your help to keep providing coverage and getting the word out. is 100% reader funded and we need to raise a minimum of US $5,000 just to maintain our operations. It is only through the support of readers like you that we are able to stay online. So please hit the donate button and be a crucial part of the effort to continue and expand our work in the coming year:

As a special thank you to donators, VA's Tamara Pearson has kindly donated two copies of her highly acclaimed latest novel - "The Butterfly Prison" - mostly written during her time in Venezuela. One copy will be given away to our most generous donator, whilst the second will be available to win in a pot-luck draw from all donators at the beginning of January.

Donate now, and spread the word!


The VA team, December 2015
Gregory Wilpert, Ryan Mallett-Outtrim, Jan Kühn, Tamara Pearson, Rachael Boothroyd Rojas, Z.C. Dutka, Lucas Koerner, Jonas Holldack, Michael Fox, Eva Golinger.


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History Professor, New York University and author of Empire’s Workshop (Metropolitan Books, 2006)

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“Among other things, Venezuelanalysis is a superb tool for teaching! Students need the access it provides to English-language reports that are fresh, independent and give insight into what ordinary Venezuelans, not just government and opposition leaders are saying and doing.”

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Professor of Political Science, Webster University, and co-editor of Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era (Lynne Rienner, 2003)

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“Venezuelanalysis is a refreshing corrective to the one-sided reporting in the establishment media on Venezuela. While sympathetic to the interesting and novel developments taking place in Venezuela, Venezuelanalysis is hardly a mouthpiece for the Chávez government.

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Venezuelanalysis publishes nuanced articles on internal developments in Venezuela, but not so with regard to international relations. With the activation of the U.S. Fourth Fleet last year (without consulting any Latin American nation), the U.S. decision the following year to utilize seven bases in Colombia, as well as the escalation of the war in Afghanistan (including the mass use of drones) at a time when withdrawal from Iraq is highly incomplete, there is little doubt as to who represents the greatest threat to world peace. Venezuelanalysis provides important information on this front as well, as it applies to Latin America. In short, Venezuelanalysis offers useful detail and analysis on pivotal issues that is unavailable from other media sources.”

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Professor at the Universidad de Oriente and the Misión Sucre, Author of Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict and the Chávez Phenomenon (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008)

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Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Sydney

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“Around the world the private media dominates the airwaves, the press, the internet, depriving people of their own voice and popular expression. Internationally and internally there is a big campaign of private media lies against our revolutionary Bolivarian process, against our president and against the Venezuelan people. We are struggling against imperialist domination, for sovereignty, for control over our own resources, for control over our own destinies and to break the logic of exploitation of the capitalist system. I want to congratulate for reflecting the reality of our struggle.”

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Venezuelan journalist, co-founder

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“Venezuela Analysis has been an important source of balanced information regarding Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean since its inception. Currently, as the months go by, one has to appreciate even more so the work that Venezuela Analysis is doing. This web site, through the devotion of its talented team of journalists and writers, is increasingly contributing to the world-wide serious opposition against the media war being waged by Washington and its principal allies with one sole objective as far as Latin America and the Caribbean is concerned: To take back what the US considers to be 'its own backyard.' Even though I specialize in the Cuban political system and US manoeuvres against this island, Cuba is not an island unto itself in the political sense as far relations with Venezuela and the south.

In fact, the whole region is bubbling with debate and discussion on participatory democracy, 21st century socialism and sovereignty while taking into account the history and traditions of each country. For this reason Venezuelan Analysis is of great assistance in my work and thus I encourage all those who are interested in Latin America and the Caribbean to strongly support Venezuela Analysis.”

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Co-Founder, Global Exchange

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Producer, Wake Up With Co-Op!