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"Reviving Chavez's Politics is our Greatest Homage"

“We are dignified people, people who fight. We are Chávez.” (CRBZ)

On the fourth anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death, Venezuela's biggest rural social movement releases an official statement urging the revolution to regain its direction.

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That Time Tillerson Tried to Take on Hugo Chavez... And Lost

Rex Tillerson’s ExxonMobil was one of the holdouts when Hugo Chavez re-nationalized Venezuela's oil resources (Reuters).
Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has a long and sordid history in Venezuela, but the last round of the fight went to Chavez.
 
 

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No, Donald Trump is Not Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez in 2012 (Wikimedia Commons) and Donald Trump in 2015 (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr).

Chávez was a socialist and a Third-World nationalist, Trump an authoritarian right-winger and proud imperialist. So what's behind the U.S. media's repeated false parallels between the two? 

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The War on Democracy in Latin America: Interview with John Pilger

Journalist John Pilger (archives)

In this interview, renowned journalist John Pilger speaks about the progressive movements in Latin America now under rightwing attack, his personal experience in Venezuela travelling alongside former president, Hugo Chávez, and the manipulative media coverage that surrounds the Bolivarian process in the West.

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The Murder of Chávez. The CIA and DEA Cover Their Tracks?

Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard, Leamsy Villafaña Salazar (circled-Strategic Culture)

Author Nil Nikandrov discusses the possibility that the leader of the Bolivarian revolution, Hugo Chávez, was murdered by his ex-bodyguard Leamsy Villafaña Salazar, who is now being protected by authorities in the US.

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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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President Maduro Signs Several Laws Before Decree Powers Expire

Maduro signed the laws just days before the decree powers granted to him by the National Assembly early in 2015 were set to expi

The new laws include increased tax for big business, as well as the creation of mixed government-private sector businsses in gold mining. The president also decreed protection for workers' until 2018.

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Invite Chomsky but Take His Warning Seriously

Noam Chomsky (Reuters)

VA presents a response to recent comments by Noam Chomsky in which the Venezuelan activist Clodovaldo Hernandez takes linguists’ warnings about corruption seriously, and calls for a deepening of the revolutionary process in lieu of abandoning it to defeat.

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US Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Slams Chávez in Reposte to Clinton Attack

 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP)

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders lashed out at the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez this week in response to a Clinton super PAC email linking him the late socialist leader.

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Hugo Chavez and Leftist Soldiers in 20th Century Latin America

Hugo Chavez came from a military background, as did many progressives in Latin American history. (Credit: teleSur English)

British historian and journalist Richard Gott situates Hugo Chávez within the long tradition of progressive and leftist Latin American military leaders from Bolívar to Perón who worked to transform their socities. 

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