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Strange Fruit: Venezuela has an Opposition that Nobody Should Support

Orlando Figuera was set alight in Altamira on May 20. (archives)

Chris Gilbert addresses the racism and white supremacy of the Venezuelan opposition, in light of recent burnings and lynchings against Black and Brown Venezuelans accused of being "Chavistas" or "thieves" by opposition militants.

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“Afro-Venezuelans Deserve Reparations that go Beyond the Symbolic”

Afro-descendent rights activist and Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA), Francisco Tovar. (cou

On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to VA about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on comparative abolitionist processes in Venezuela, Colombia and the US. 

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The Hill Publishes Islamophobic Fake News on Venezuela

There's plenty of reasons to criticise Venezuela's new VP Tareck El Aissami, but his ancestry isn't one of them.

Islamophobia doesn't count as journalism.

 

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Class, Caste, and Venezuela’s Opposition: Political Realignment at a Conjuncture

Upper class Venezuelan opposition protesters. (@Pmvesga/twitter)

Sociologist Ociel López argues that the Venezuelan opposition is sabotaged by its own racism and classism that prevent it from winning the Chavista masses to its political project. 

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The Venezuelan Opposition’s “Birther” Problem

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. (Mike Licht / Flickr)

In its eagerness to compare Trump to Hugo Chávez, the media has willfully overlooked the rotten Trumpian soul of the very Venezuelan opposition, argues VA's Lucas Koerner. 

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People are comparing Donald Trump to Hugo Chávez. That’s mostly wrong.

(Gage Skidmore and WikiCommons)

Timothy Gill argues that comparisons between Chávez and Trump obscure the sharp difference between the late Venezuelan leader's inclusionary project benefitting marginalized groups and the xenophobic nativism peddled by the latter.

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The Discreet Charm of Venezuelan Racism

A meme circulated on social media following Luis Salas' nomination as Minister of Productive Economy (Contrapunto)

No matter what the circumstance, Venezuela is a country which is mainly concerned with making sure that it doesn’t lose its tradition of discrimination, but above all, its worst fear is that we Black, indigenous and poor people also might be “equals”.

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Venezuela Slams US Racism

Delcy Rodriguez (courtesy)

Venezuela's communication minister has stated the world "must know" about the extent of racism in the United States, arguing the fatal shooting of Michael Brown was not an isolated incident.

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ALBA Expresses Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

A protestor approaches riot police with hands raised in Ferguson, Missouri, representing the #HandsUP #DontShoot message adopted

The Latin American and Caribbean bloc asked U.S. authorities to carry out a fair investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

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Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Caption: Unidentified emergency medical technician attempts to protect Muñoz. (Carlos Becerra/Demotrix)

Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.

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