By José Omaña, Zobeida Guzman and Lucas Koerner, Nov 27th 2015
#LATE, “Every heartbeat counts”. The provocative slogan is flooding Venezuelan social media in recent weeks, appearing in vibrantly colored artwork, videos, and other multimedia. Much more than a passing hashtag, the campaign is the work of an army of revolutionary artists and grassroots media activists seeking to reinvent the aesthetic narrative of the Bolivarian Revolution, overcome "the exhaustion of the image of Chávez" and situate the commune at its “symbolic center”.
By Jeanette Charles and María Helena Ramírez Hernández, May 5th 2016
VA's Jeanette Charles speaks to María Helena Ramírez Hernández of the Sex and Gender Revolutionary Diversity Alliance on the Supreme Court's recent decision to declare Article 44 of the Civil Code unconstitutional - giving the judicial green light to same sex civil marriage in Venezuela.
By George Azariah-Moreno and Lucas Koerner, Dec 5th 2015
Ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested Venezuelan parliamentary elections, VA talked with George Azariah-Moreno, a political anthropologist and former advisor to the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) on the Organization of American States’ (OAS) allegations of fraud, the disqualification of dissident chavista party Marea Socialista from running, Venezuela’s evolving electoral landscape, as well as possible scenarios for Sunday’s vote.
By Manuel Suarez & Rachael Boothroyd Rojas- venezuelanalysis.com, Nov 20th 2015
VA's Rachael Boothroyd Rojas talks with activist Manuel Suarez of the Venezuelan collective Homo et Natura about the monumental Anti-Transgenic and Anti-Patent Seed Law currently in debate in the country’s National Assembly.
By Aporrea - Evaristo Marcano Marín - Steve Ellner, Sep 22nd 2015
In the second part of the interview, Ellner argues that populist policies also have to be contextualized in order to be objectively analyzed. At the same time, he calls for a critical examination of the assertion that the government’s social programs and labor policies have generated low levels of productivity.
By Aporrea - Evaristo Marcano Marín - Steve Ellner , Sep 15th 2015
In the first section of this two-part interview, academic Steve Ellner discusses the recent charges of populism and pragmatism levelled at the Maduro-led government within the broader context of Chavista strategy vis-a-vis private sector business interests and the transition to socialism as a whole.
By Andrés Antillano and Héctor Bujanda – Contrapunto , Aug 27th 2015
Andrés Antillano, chair of the Department of Criminology at the Central University of Venezuela School of Law, analyzes the crime surge in Venezuela as well as the Maduro government's recent police offensive, Operation Liberation and Protection of the People, arguing that the latter marks a return to a more repressive model of policing that risks criminalizing the poor and excluded.