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Media Exaggerations of Apocalyptic Venezuela Plays into Regime Change Narrative

(AVN)

Gabriel Hetland & Rachael Boothroyd say that the crisis in Venezuela is real, but the international media descriptions of horror stories are far from representative of the real situation on the ground.

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How Severe Is Venezuela’s Crisis?

People buy food at a market in Caracas, Venezuela on June 21, 2016 (Mariana Bazo / Reuters).

Gabriel Hetland concludes that the mainstream media has consistently exaggerated the extent of Venezuela's current economic crisis following a three week visit to the South American country. In this piece, he draws on a number of interviews with social movement activists to answer the question: just how bad is Venezuela's current crisis? 

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Venezuela Defends Human Rights Gains Before UNHRC Amid Rightwing NGO Attacks

The UN Human Rights Council has been accused of silencing the voices of Venezuelan non-government organisations which contradict

Venezuela testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday, defending the country’s advances in human rights under the Bolivarian Revolution amid allegations of abuse by opposition NGOs. 

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Venezuela Reminds Spain that it is “Sovereign” Country as Relations Deteriorate

(Correo del Orinoco)

Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, has hit back at her Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel García-Margallo, after he claimed that the country’s Maduro administration had “undemocratically” threatened Spanish businesses with expropriation.

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Venezuelan Guarimbas: 11 Things the Media Didn't Tell You

Destroying a metro stop during last year's guarimbas. (Credit: Alba Ciudad/Telesur English).

teleSur journalists Tamara Pearson and Ryan Mallett-Outtrim debunk the myriad of lies and fabrications disseminated by the mainstream corporate media about the violent opposition protests in 2014, known as the "guarimbas." 

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Accusations of Censorship in Venezuela’s Suena Caracas Music Festival: Public or Private?

Horacio Blanco, the leader of the group Desorden Publico, during Saturday’s performance in the Suena Caracas festival (agencie

Venezuelan free software activist Luigino Bracci addresses accusations that state channel Avila TV “censored” the beginning of a song by an anti-government group which was critical of corruption during the music festival Suena Caracas.

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International Media Barely Raises Eyebrow over Assassination of Pro-Government Legislator in Venezuela

The gruesome assassination of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra (27) and his partner Maria Herrera last Wednesday has shaken

Media either ignored or downplayed Robert Serra’s assassination and side-stepped the issue of far-right political violence, further highlighting how tightly mainstream media sticks to the prevailing narrative on Venezuela.

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Reporters without Scruples and the Committee to Protect Press Barons

Media distortions against Venezuela continue (CEPR)

Emersberger describes how the mainstream media sides with the Venezuelan opposition.

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Interview with Luis Britto Garcia, “The Blockades have Reduced and the Opposition is Divided”

Luis Britto Garcia (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlings)

In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.

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