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CLAP: Venezuela's Latest Food Distribution and Production Initiative

A look at how the government's Local Food Production and Provision Committees (CLAPs) are operating in Barquisimeto, Lara.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Vows to Expand Food Distribution Program to 6 Million Families

President Nicolas Maduro inaugurating a new CLAP packaging facility in Sucre state. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday plans to expand his government’s flagship anti-scarcity program to cover 6 million families.

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Venezuela Opens Registration for Social Missions Card

Venezuelans queuing up to register for their Homeland Cards. (UltimasNoticias)

The new identity card is intended to streamline access to social programs among the country’s most vulnerable sectors.

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Javier Biardeau: A Balance of 2016

Central University of Venezuela sociologist Javier Biardeau. (Archive)

The opposition surge has failed, and it is essential that a Bolivarian surge re-emerges to retake the political initiative, argues Venezuelan sociologist Javier Biardeau. 

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A Slow CLAP for Buzzfeed for Getting Venezuela Wrong

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Buzzfeed recently had a crack at drawing attention to Venezuela’s food scarcity problem. Unfortunately most of its claims were wildly off the mark. 

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Community-Delivered Food, Clean Clinics, and Queue-Less Banks: A Glimpse into VA’s Week in Venezuela

A mural painted by Carlos Zerpa of the Guerrilla Communications Collective in Catia, a barrio in western Caracas, Venezuela. The

Three things that have happened to our writers this week that fly in the face of the corporate media's apocalyptic reporting on Venezuela.

 

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Are the CLAPs an Effective Measure to Combat Shortages in Venezuela?

Cap: CLAPs distribute food directly to communities. (Archive)
Commune leader Atenea Jimenez reviews the successes and shortcomings of Venezuela's Local Provision and Production Committees (CLAPS) that provide direct house to house food distribution to communities based on evaluated need. 

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Venezuelans Prefer Maduro to Opposition Administration, says New Poll

Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolas Maduro, is still the number one option for more than 50% of Venezuelans. (Hinterlac

Analysts partly attribute the upswing in support for the president to his government's increasingly popular grassroots food distribution network, the CLAPs. 

 

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