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Greening the Venezuelan Constitution: Proposals from the Grassroots

Activist Casimira Monasterio defends the territorial and cultural rights of Afro-Venezuelans during talks on July 11 at the Boli

Venezuela's grassroots movements say it's time for a greener constitution, and will demand greater environmental protections during the upcoming National Constituent Assembly.

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CEPAL: There Is “Definitely No Humanitarian” Crisis in Venezuela

 (AFP 2016/ Vladimir Rodas)

The organisation’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, confirmed there was “definitely no” humanitarian crisis in the country. 

 

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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'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 Suspends Electricity Rationing as Historic Drought Comes to Close

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday his decision to suspend the South American country’s electricity rationing plan amid the arrival of the rainy season. 

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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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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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Latest Energy Saving Measures Shortens Work Week to Two Days

Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz and other government officials visit the Guri Dam. (Vice-President's office)

Venezuela will reduce the public sector work week part of a national effort to address severe drought and energy conditions.

 

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Venezuela Combats Severe Drought with New Electricity Rationing Plan

El Guri hydroelectric dam, source of 70% of Venezuela’s power. (El Nacional)

Venezuela implemented new electricity saving measures on Monday in response to a severe drought that has sharply limited the generating capacity of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

 

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New Commodity Frontiers in Venezuela: Extractivism’s New Leap Forward into the “Web of Life”

An example of open-pit mining in Venezuela (archive).

The national government is now driving a significant geo-economic reorganization of territories around extractivism, with “Orinoco’s Mining Arch“ and “Orinoco’s Petroleum Belt“ as central projects. The appropriation of the last “virgin” areas of the country paves the way for new “accumulation by dispossession” processes, attempting to address the crisis of governability and accumulation model.

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