By Steve Ellner and Lucas Koerner – Venezuelanalysis.com , Oct 17th 2016
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.
As Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro combats corruption, reassigns half of ministry positions, launches “a new stage of the revolution,” and even hints at a minimum wage increase for November, the question remains what economic steps will be taken to reverse the high inflation that critics are quick to associate with his leadership.
Minister of Energy and Petroleum Rafael Ramirez held a landmark speech to Venezuela's National Assembly a few weeks ago, in which he outlined how the state-owned oil company PDVSA has become a new company and what was wrong with the old PDVSA.
By Gregory Wilpert – Venezuelanalysis.com, Jul 24th 2004
Ali Rodriguez, the president of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA talks about last year's sabotage of the industry, PetroSur, oil for Euros, OPEC, oil industry funded social programs, and worker self-management.