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Venezuela Grants 39 Permits to Local Communities for Orinoco Mining Arc

(Prensa Presidencial)

President Nicolas Maduro signed 39 permits granting local communities in Bolivar state access to the Orinoco Mining Arc. 

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Supreme Court Denies Injunction Request against Orinoco Mining Arc

Venezuela's Supreme Court blocked an injunction sought by activists and former government ministers against the Orinoco Min

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has thrown out an injunction request that would have temporarily halted the national government’s contentious Orinoco Mining Arc project. 

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Steve Ellner Part II: Is the Bolivarian Revolution a Populist Failure?

Steve Ellner addresses a forum in 2014 on Chavismo in Caracas, Venezuela. (Archive)

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. 

 

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Venezuela Begins Controversial Mega Mining Project

The Orinoco Mining Arc project has been hailed by the Venezuelan government as a major source of foreign investment, though crit
The Venezuelan government began Wednesday the first phase of a controversial mining project that activists say could devastate vast swathes of the country’s wilderness.

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Venezuela's Orinico Mining Belt: The Economy, Environment and Violence

Open-pit mining is widely condemned by environmentalists  for its impacts ecologically and damaging human cost (Archive).

Carlos Egaña explores the political, economic and environmental concerns surrounding Venezuela's controversial Orinoco Mining Belt project.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Signs $4.5 Billion Mega-Mining Deal

Maduro signed eight agreements totaling USD $4.5 billion with national and transnational mining firms on Friday. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed eight agreements totaling USD $4.5 billion with national and transnational mining firms on Friday.

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes New Oil and Mining Laws in First Discussion

Venezuela's National Assembly in downtown Caracas. (archive)

The proposed amendment would reopen Venezuela’s oil servicing sector to private capital, prohibit further expropriations, and mandate the state pay compensation within 180 days. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Creates New Ministry for the Development of Ecological Mining

A promotional advertisement for the Orinoco Mining Arch from Venezuela’s Petroleum and Mining Ministry. “The Mining Arch wil

The new institution will be in charge of designing the state’s mining policy, as well as ensuring respect for the environment and human rights.

 

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Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Banners read left to right: "Impunity will not happen! Sabino Lives!", "No to the Mining Arc! Water is more valua

Grassroots activists and ex-government officials submitted a lawsuit demanding that the high court halt a contentious mega-mining project on constitutional grounds. 

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