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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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Steve Ellner: Democratization of PSUV is Key to Chavismo’s Future

Professor Steve Ellner. (Ángel Dejesús)

Distinguished Venezuelan history and politics professor Steve Ellner examines the current state of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at the crossroads of a deep economic crisis and an opposition-led presidential recall effort. 

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Venezuela Turns Guns Into Homes for the Poor

Thousands of firearms were destroyed by authorities in Caracas Wednesday. (Photo: MPPRIJP)

Venezuelan authorities said Wednesday they had melted down 17,000 firearms, and would use the scrap metal as material in public housing units.

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Venezuelan Communist Poet, Journalist, and Ex-Guerrilla Dies at 100

Olga Luzardo. (via @NicolasMaduro)

A lifetime poet, journalist, feminist, and communist revolutionary, Olga Luzardo died on Monday at the age of 100. 

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A History of Violence

An opposition protest in Caracas, Venezuela in 2014 (Carlos Díaz/Flickr).

What mainstream accounts of Venezuela’s “peaceful” opposition leave out.

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Chavista and Opposition Mobilizations Continue Across Venezuela, CNE Closed over Concerns

Opposition (left) and Chavista (right) marches documented side by side in Nueva Esparta state on Wednesday (Globovision).

Mobilizations took place Wednesday in defense of the Bolivarian Process as well as in favor of the opposition’s demand for a recall referendum this year.

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Venezuela to Restructure National Police Force, Maduro Announces New Mission for Authorities

National Bolivarian Police officers (MinCi).

President Nicolás Maduro announced plans to restructure the National Bolivarian Police Force and a new social mission focused on authorities and their families.

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Mainstream Media Ignores Venezuelan Pro-Government Supporters

Venezuelans in support of the Bolivarian Process also marched on September 1st in Caracas (El Nacional/@LuisMarcano).

On Thursday thousands of pro-government supporters staged a counter-rally to defend President Nicolas Maduro after the right-wing opposition called for a "taking of Caracas" to demand the ousting of Maduro government. However, you would never know that if you rely on Western mainstream media outlets.


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Chavista and Opposition Marches Converge Peacefully in Caracas

Social movements, community councils and other organized sectors of Venezuelan society accompanied President Maduro on Av. Boliv

State operated media as well as conservative news outlets reported fairly peaceful marches across the South American nation. The government is looking into several cases of violent outbursts purportedly catalized by the opposition.   


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Is Venezuela on the Verge of a Another Coup?

Thousands of Venezuelans mobilized in Caracas this weekend to voice their support for the Bolivarian Process (teleSUR).

The country’s political opposition has called for widespread national and international protests against the Maduro government for September 1st. International media signals that a coup is underway. But, what do Venezuelans have to say?


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