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Venezuelans Prefer Maduro to Opposition Administration, says New Poll

Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolas Maduro, is still the number one option for more than 50% of Venezuelans. (Hinterlac

Analysts partly attribute the upswing in support for the president to his government's increasingly popular grassroots food distribution network, the CLAPs. 

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves 2017 Budget, Deepens Tax Revolution

Maduro signed the budget on Friday after being given the go ahead by Venezuela’s Supreme Court. (Agencias)

73 percent of the budget will be invested in social spending, but the country’s opposition accuses the government of having bypassed constitutional norms to approve it. 

 

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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 Hospitals: "Problems Are Opportunities"

A doctor attends a patient as part of the free Barrio Adentro health care service. (EFE)

The problems and contradictions in Venezuela's health system run deeper and are more complicated than the prevailing narrative of crisis and collapse, reports TeleSUR's Iain Bruce. 

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Economic Policy Could Determine the Political Results in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's possibilities for staying in power may depend on whether or not his government takes

Economist Mark Weisbrot argues that fixing Venezuela's broken currency exchange system may be the only way for the Maduro government to regain popularity and stay in power amid a right-wing offensive. 

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Venezuela's President to Move Into Public Housing Unit, Amid Protests Over Housing Privatization

Thousands of Maduro supporters have rallied in Caracas against proposed reforms to the GMVV. (AVN)

Thousands of Venezuelans protested Thursday against proposed legislation that critics say would privatize the country's public housing sector, while President Nicolas Maduro said he himself hopes to move into a public housing unit.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Announces String of Emergency Economic Measures

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressing the nation. (@PresidencialVen)

The economic initiatives include changes to the country’s multi-tiered exchange rate, a rise in the domestic price of gasoline, the implementation of a new tax system, and placing more power over food distribution in the hands of organised communities.

 

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Venezuelan Opposition Accepts Supreme Court Ruling, Introduces Law Privatizing Housing Mission

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Archive)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly agreed Tuesday to recognize a Supreme Court (TSJ) ruling temporarily suspending four representatives from Amazonas state pending investigation into alleged electoral irregularities. Opposition legislators also introduced a law to privatize the country's Great Venezuelan Housing Mission. 

 

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Venezuelan Housing Programme Hands Over Millionth Home

Venezuela's Great Housing Mission has built 1 million homes since 2012 (telesur)

Venezuela's "Great Housing Mission" has created one million homes since the housing mission was launched by former President Hugo Chavez in 2011.

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Maduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat

In Contact with Maduro (VTV)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today several steps to “protect the achievements of the revolution” in light of the 2/3 majority secured yesterday by the country's opposition, including a full cabinet shakeup.

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