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The Beginning of a Crucial Week in Venezuela

A popular defense brigade caravan in Barinas state. (CRBZ)

Chavismo must mount a revolutionary response to the opposition's efforts to violently derail the National Constituent Assembly, argues Jorge Martin. 

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Q & A: The National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela

The symbol of the National Constituent Assembly in the government's media campaign. Text reads: "The constituent [asse

The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign answers common questions on the National Constituent Assembly, called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Reinaldo Iturriza: "What Is at Stake Is the Fate of Venezuela’s Revolutionary Democratic Experiment"

Working class unity behind the National Constituent Assembly is the condition for both its success and the survival of the Bolivarian Revolution, argues the former communes minister. 

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Down from the Mountain

President Hugo Chávez with residents of the Caracas barrio of Antímano. (Archive)

Hugo Chávez never wavered in his commitment to Venezuela's popular movements, argues historian Greg Grandin in his review of Ignacio Ramonet's new Chávez biography My First Life

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Who Will Accuse the Accusers? Statement in Defense of Venezuela

Members of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements. (The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movemen

The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity  (REDH) responds to a recent statement released by leftist academics criticising Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution as "authoritarian". The REDH accuses the signees of fetishising liberal democracy and of overlooking the importance of class struggle and US imperialism in their critique.

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Venezuela's Grassroots Debate Constituent Assembly

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Venezuela's social movements are holding popular assemblies across the country to debate proposals for a new constitution in response to President Nicolas Maduro's move to convene a National Constituent Assembly earlier this month. 

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Venezuela Prepares to Select Candidates for ANC Election

Once delegates are elected, the ANC itself will have the power to propose changes to Venezuela’s constitution, though any prop

Venezuelan grassroots movements are gearing up for a weekend of popular assemblies to nominate candidates for the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.

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The Chávez Hypothesis: Vicissitudes of a Strategic Project

Mural reads: "Nobody surrenders here. Commune or Nothing". (Archive)

Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert argues that Hugo Chávez is the heir to Lenin's political legacy in espousing a strategic vision for transition to socialism on the basis of the commune. 

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Authoritarianism in Venezuela? A Reply to Gabriel Hetland

Venezuelan opposition protesters burn a National Bolivarian Police motorcycle at an anti-government barricade in the affluent ea

Hetland recycles status quo liberal critiques of the Bolivarian Revolution ignoring grassroots support for Maduro, argues the VA team. 

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Critiquing Maduro from the Left

"Made in Socialism". (Sonnya Paz/ Flickr)

University of Oriente Professor Steve Ellner takes apart ex-Chavista theorist Heinz Dieterich's critiques of the Maduro government from the left. 

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