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The Economist’s Latest Whoppers on Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (R) gestures next to Nicolas Maduro. Both Venezuelan president have been targets of disho

Joe Emersberger debunks The Economist's latest distorted coverage of Venezuela, including its claims that Venezuelan poverty failed to drop under Chavismo, that Venezuela is the worst performing economy in the world, and that press freedom is under attack. 

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Venezuela and Poverty: Has the International Media’s Foolishness Reached an All-Time High?

Petare, Caracas. (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim)

Political analyst Joe Emersberger dissects a new study claiming that income poverty in Venezuela has reached an historic high of 73%, demonstrating that such a figure is incompatible with statistics proffered by the IMF and Bank of America. 

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Maduro at UN: Only “Total Systemic Change” Will Make 2030 Goals Viable

Maduro addressing the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN on Sunday (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a debate on the 2030 development goals proposed at the three-day UN Sustainable Development Summit this past weekend, warning that the new targets would be unreachable without “systemic economic transformation”. 

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Extreme Poverty in Venezuela Drops to Record Low

More than 36,000 Venezuelans escaped extreme poverty in 2014. (AVN)

The level of extreme poverty in Venezuela dropped to a record low of 5.4 percent in 2015, Social Development Minister Hector Rodriguez said Monday.

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Social Programs Expanded in Venezuela’s Poorest Communities

In the barrio of Antimano in Caracas, Vice President Jorge Arreaza participated in a house to house visit where high risk housin

The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Is Poverty Still Falling in Venezuela?

A barrio (informally constructed urban community) in Caracas, with the buildings painted under the urban regeneration social pro

This article examines the claim that poverty is rising in Venezuela by examining the country’s latest poverty statistics, as well as exploring current efforts at further poverty reduction.

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Maduro Unveils Policy to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to eliminate extreme poverty altogether by 2018, the end of his term of office, as well as to

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro unveiled a new policy to focus on the needs of the least well off as part of his pledge to eradicate extreme poverty in the country by 2018. 

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Venezuela Led Region in Poverty Reduction in 2012, ECLAC Says

(Carlos Vera/ECLAC)

ECLAC’s new “Social Panorama of Latin America” report notes that Venezuela and Ecuador led the region in decreasing poverty in 2012.

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Venezuelan Government Outlines Social and Economic Advances in Annual Report

Venezuelan vice-president Nicolas Maduro and ministers of the national executive outside the national assembly yesterday (Prensa

The Venezuelan government has highlighted social and economic gains made over the previous year in an annual report of government performance. 

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Poverty and Progress: Comparing the US and Venezuela


What does it mean to be “Third World” in 2013?

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