|Sunday, December 09|
|·|| Venezuela’s Chavez’s Cancer Returns, Leaves Vice-President in Charge |
|Wednesday, October 10|
|·|| Chavez and the New South America |
|Tuesday, October 09|
|·|| Venezuelan and International Reactions to Chavez’s Reelection |
|Monday, October 08|
|·|| Venezuela’s Presidential Elections: An Imperfect-Victory |
|·|| Chavez Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election with 54% of the Vote |
|Friday, August 17|
|·|| Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision |
|·|| Ecuador President Rafael "We Are Not A Colony" |
|Tuesday, July 17|
|·|| Venezuelan Opposition Falsifies Document as Part of Strategy |
|Thursday, February 23|
|·|| Venezuela's Chavez News of Second Operation Provokes Opposition |
|Friday, January 20|
|·|| Beating Up on Chavez |
|Tuesday, January 10|
|·|| Exxon 'Loses' Venezuela Nationalisation Case |
|Friday, October 28|
|·|| Chavez: "UNASUR is our Armour against Barbarism" |
|Monday, October 17|
|·|| US Out to Topple Chavez |
|Friday, August 19|
|·|| Venezuela 'Bringing Home' Gold Reserves, Plans to Nationalize All Gold |
|Thursday, July 14|
|·|| Food in Venezuela is Now Guaranteed |
|Saturday, May 28|
|·|| Washington's War on Chavez |
|·|| US Sanctions on PDVSA - Latest Imperialist Provocation |
|Monday, April 18|
|·|| Venezuela's Mediation Effort with Ex-Honduran President |
|Sunday, April 03|
|·|| Will we go down in atomic radiation without an anti-capitalist fight? |
|Wednesday, March 23|
|·|| Globalized Apartheid, Asian Tsunamis and Racist Invasions in Africa |
|Latin America: Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong|
Wednesday, March 12 @ 14:18:30 UTC
By Roger D. Harris|
March 11, 2014 - venezuelanalysis.com
With demonstrating students in the streets confronting state security forces, the recent unrest and violence in Venezuela superficially bears a resemblance to the Occupy Movement that began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on September 2011. But there the similarity ends.
The overwhelming character of Occupy was its spontaneity, unpredictability, and certainly its independence from corporate or government influence. Occupy appealed to and was supported by the disposed and marginalized. The Venezuelan unrest has been the opposite. Building on genuine popular discontent in an already highly polarized context, the recent violence in Venezuela has all the elements of a manufactured crisis.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Opposition Is United Against Maduro, But Internally Divided|
Sunday, March 09 @ 11:22:18 UTC
|By Roberto Lovato|
March 7th 2014 – Al Jazeera
CARACAS — His face and muscular arms sweating, hands dirtied from the sand-filled sugar bags he dragged toward the makeshift rampart blocking half of his street, Emilio Palacios’ immediate political struggle was with his mother. “No, Mama, no!” he yelled toward his mother, Maria Bravo, a longtime resident of the Chacaito district of Venezuela’s capital. "No!" he repeated, after hearing her tell Al Jazeera that the purpose of the barricade under construction in front of their apartment was “getting rid of this government.”
Measuring his words, he offered a different explanation. "We’re here as students to protest against the insecurity in the country and scarcity and the killing of students by the National Guard,” said Palacios, an engineering student at Central University. “This is not a protest against the government. We’re sending a message to the government.”
“OK. We have differences,” responded Bravo, a 48-year-old publicity and marketing executive, while sitting in a plastic lounge chair alongside her dog, Bruno, who almost knocked over a makeshift sign saying “Resistencia SOS Venezuela.”
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|Latin America: Venezuelan Government Allege Uribe and U.S. Role in Disturbances|
Wednesday, February 26 @ 08:34:00 UTC
|By Tamara Pearson|
February 26, 2014 - Venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuelan governmental authorities have provided what they allege is evidence of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s involvement in the current disturbances and violence. They also claim that the US has provided some advice, and that mercenaries are involved.
Communications minister Delcy Rodriguez last night accused Uribe, the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce (Fedecamaras), and the American-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Venamcham) of being “implicated” in the current “destabilising” actions.
“We have been showing the proof [of this] for years, at the moment we’re investigating other facts so that soon we can show to what extent Fedecamaras is involved in this coup [attempt],” she said.
Further, last night National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello revealed a series of alleged emails between political advisor Juan Jose Rendon, and Ricardo Koesling of the opposition Piedra party.
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|Latin America: Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela|
Sunday, February 23 @ 11:50:12 UTC
|Obama's Arrogant Interference in Venezuela and Resistance by A Participatory Democracy|
By Arnold August
February 23, 2014 - democracycuba.com
On February 19, 2014, at a Press Conference by President Obama, President Peña Nieto (Mexico), and Prime Minister Harper (Canada), in Toluca, Mexico, Obama stated:
“In Venezuela, rather than trying to distract from its own failings by making up false accusations against diplomats from the United States, the government ought to focus on addressing the legitimate grievances of the Venezuelan people. So, along with the Organization of American States, we call on the Venezuelan government to release protestors that it’s detained and engage in real dialogue. And all parties have an obligation to work together to restrain violence and restore calm.” www.whitehouse.gov
How can Obama say that the accusations against U.S. diplomats for interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela are false? The above three-sentence statement exclusively on Venezuela uttered by the U.S. president consists in itself as an arrogant attempt to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs. The “legitimate grievances” of the Venezuelan people were addressed by the Bolivarian Revolution in numerous ballot box contests since December, 1998. These electoral gains precisely target the U.S.-dominated economic and political system existing from 1958 to 1998. The voting includes the April 14, 2013 presidential election won by Nicolás Maduro and which the U.S. refuses to recognize; by negating the results recognized by the whole continent, Obama had planted the seeds of the current violence carried out by the pro-U.S. elements in the country. The candidates of the Bolivarian Revolution’s Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela. (PSUV) also won the majority of municipalities, mayoralties and the popular vote in the December 8, 2013 municipal elections.
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|Latin America: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela|
Monday, February 17 @ 17:08:05 UTC
|Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela
Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have been occurring in the country: the opposition’s strategy, how the media have reacted, and the implications of the protests for the Bolivarian Revolution.
#1: An Opposition Coup Against The Opposition
The Venezuelan opposition has launched a coup against itself, not against the government. Two strains of the opposition movement are vying for dominance over each other, though they both share the same overarching strategy.
The current opposition strategy is to pressure Nicolas Maduro into resigning from office, and prompt another presidential election. They intend to win the next election by terrorising swing voters into capitulating to the opposition.
For now, this is the only real option available to the opposition. The military is firmly aligned with Chavismo, ruling out a repeat of the April 2002 coup attempt. However, a possible recall referendum is still two years away, plus the far right is short sighted and generally apathetic towards democracy anyway.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Maduro Announces More Moves against “Parasitic Bourgeoisie”|
Tuesday, December 03 @ 08:06:37 UTC
|By Ewan Robertson|
December 03, 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced a raft of new regulatory measures over the weekend as part of his ongoing “offensive” to deal with the country’s economic problems.
In a television interview on Sunday evening, Maduro explained that the government’s economic policies were aimed at “stabilising” the economy in order to be able to develop a “productive” economic model.
This year Venezuela has experienced shortages in several basic food and household goods, a black market dollar worth ten times the government-set exchange rate, and annual inflation of 54%.
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|Latin America: On the Warpath in Venezuela: Against the Bolivarian Revolution|
Thursday, November 21 @ 22:26:46 UTC
|By W.T. WHITNEY JR.|
November 21, 2013 - counterpunch.org
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government. Opposition demonstrations quickly spread, killing 13 people. Now his government faces municipal elections on December 8, and engineered social turmoil has returned. Although polls have been favorable, the confidence marking election campaigns under predecessor Hugo Chavez, now dead, is gone.
Opposition forces have used destabilization to cast both the Chavez and Maduro governments as dysfunctional. Powerful forces inside and outside Venezuela targeted the Chavez – led Bolivarian movement because of its decisive role in promoting continent-wide unity and social justice. The U.S. government is widely believed to have encouraged the unsuccessful right wing coup of 2002 and subsequent disruption of Venezuela’s oil industry.
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|Latin America: U.S. Seeks to Get Rid of Left Governments in Latin America|
Thursday, May 02 @ 07:39:07 UTC
|By Mark Weisbrot|
May 1st 2013 - CEPR
Recent events indicate that the Obama administration has stepped up its strategy of “regime change” against the left-of-center governments in Latin America, promoting conflict in ways not seen since the military coup that Washington supported in Venezuela in 2002. The most high-profile example is in Venezuela itself, during the past week. As this goes to press, Washington has grown increasingly isolated in its efforts to destabilize the newly elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
But Venezuela is not the only country to fall prey to Washington’s efforts to reverse the electoral results of the past 15 years in Latin America. It is now clear that last year’s ouster of President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay was also aided and abetted by the United States government. In a brilliant investigative work for Agência Pública, journalist Natalia Viana shows that the Obama administration funded the principal actors involved in the “parliamentary coup” against Lugo. Washington then helped organize international support for coup.
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|Latin America: Venezuela’s Electoral Council Says Capriles Lacks Proof of Fraud|
Tuesday, April 30 @ 05:20:45 UTC
|By Chris Carlson|
April 30, 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced yesterday that they would not approve Henrique Capriles’ additional demands for the auditing of the April 14 elections, and explained that he lacks any proof of fraud.
The announcement was made on Saturday night via a televised statement by CNE President Tibisay Lucena.
Lucena explained that the expanded audit process would be carried out as planned, but the additional demands that the Capriles campaign have made in recent days would not be included.
“It is important to note that the political parties already audited the electoral process at each stage, certifying the integrity and correct functioning of the system,” said Lucena.
“Representatives from each party signed off on each one, as can be seen in the documents on the CNE website…there were a total of 18 auditing processes, but now they are being silenced and ignored in an attempt to discredit the electoral process,” she said.
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|Latin America: The United States shows its contempt for Venezuelan democracy|
Tuesday, April 23 @ 11:18:26 UTC
|Washington's clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela's election mark a escalation of its push for regime change|
By Mark Weisbrot
April 22, 2013 - guardian.co.uk
While most of the news on Venezuela in the week since the 14 April presidential election focused on the efforts of losing candidate Henrique Capriles to challenge the results, another campaign, based in Washington, was quite revealing – and the two were most definitely related. Without Washington's strong support – the first time it had refused to recognise a Venezuelan election result – it is unlikely that Capriles would have joined the hardcore elements of his camp in pretending that the election was stolen.
Washington's efforts to de-legitimise the election mark a significant escalation of US efforts at regime change in Venezuela. Not since its involvement in the 2002 military coup has the US government done this much to promote open conflict in Venezuela. When the White House first announced on Monday that a 100% audit of the votes was "an important, prudent and necessary step", this was not a genuine effort to promote a recount.
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|Latin America: Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela's vote for Chávismo|
Friday, April 19 @ 04:47:19 UTC
|By Mark Weisbrot|
April 17, 2013 - guardian.co.uk
After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month. But the election was much closer than the polls predicted: a margin of just 1.6 percentage points, or about 275,000 votes.
Capriles is demanding an audit of 100 percent of all votes; Maduro has apparently agreed. But the audit is unlikely to change the outcome. Unlike in the United States, where in a close election we really don't know who won, the Venezuelan system is very secure. Since there are two records of every vote (machine and paper ballot), it is nearly impossible to rig the machines and stuff the ballot boxes to match. Jimmy Carter called Venezuela's electoral system "the best in the world."
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|Latin America: Chavez's Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation|
Saturday, March 16 @ 03:31:33 UTC
|By Stephen Gowans|
March 16, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
The mass media's near universal defamation of Hugo Chavez, presumably to counter the outpouring of eulogies and tributes that attended the Venezuelan president's death, illustrates the lengths to which the wealthy (in whose hands the mass media repose) will go to vilify anyone who commits the highest international crime: curbing free enterprise.
To say that the anti-Chavez obloquies have been over the top would hardly be an exaggeration. Author and journalist Terry Glavin, whose credentials as a propagandist on behalf of the capitalist faith have been solidly affirmed by his loosing possibly the most extreme diatribe against Chavez ever written, assures us the Bolivarian revolutionary was "a sadistic, egomaniacal thug," a "megalomaniac" at the center of an "autocracy," who left "millions of Venezuelans living in fear of the knock on the door in the night." ("Hugo Chavez, incompetent fake socialist," The Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2013.)
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|Latin America: Chavismo Lives!|
Wednesday, March 06 @ 17:38:35 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
March 06, 2013
Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized.
Venezuelans expect no less. They want no part of their ugly past. They'll put their bodies on the line to prevent it. They did before. They'll do it again.
Bolivarianism is policy. It's vital to preserve. It's polar opposite neoliberal harshness. America and Venezuela are constitutional worlds apart. More on that below.
On March 5, word came at 4:45PM. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced it. "We have just received the most tragic and awful information," he said. Hugo Chavez Frias died. "It's a moment of deep pain."
"Those who die for life can't be called dead," he said.
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|Latin America: Chávez Haters Not “Limited by Truth, Reality or Common Sense”|
Tuesday, March 05 @ 23:11:43 UTC
By Dan Beeton - CEPR|
February 28th 2013 - venezuelanalysis.com
A new op-ed in the Guardian by Ricardo Hausmann portrays a dystopian fictional Venezuela, one in which the Venezuelan government has run the economy into the ground despite abundant oil wealth, but yet its charismatic president continues to be re-elected through some sort of sinister trickery.
Sound familiar? It should: it’s the same tired story repeated in the U.S. and U.K. media almost every day, but in this case Hausmann was apparently given free rein to present his own set of “facts.” It isn’t surprising that Hausmann would write something so divorced from reality; he went to elaborate lengths to invent a conspiracy theory about supposed fraud in Venezuela’s 2004 recall referendum by relying on fake exit polls. An independent panel of statisticians selected by the Carter Center determined that Hausmann and his colleague Roberto Rigobón had in fact found no evidence of fraud. [PDF]
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|Latin America: President Hugo Chavez has Died|
Tuesday, March 05 @ 20:41:56 UTC
|By Tamara Pearson|
March 05, 2013 - Venezuelanalysis.com
After two years of battling cancer, President Hugo Chavez has died today at 4.25 pm.
Vice-president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on public television shortly after, speaking from the Military Hospital in Caracas, where Chavez was being treated.
Military and Bolivarian police patrols have been sent out into the street to protect the people and maintain the peace. For now, things are calm here, with some people celebrating by honking their car horns, and many others quietly mourning in their homes. Around the country mourners are also gathering in the main plazas to rally, and in some cases, to pray.
Maduro made the announcement just a few hours after addressing the nation for an hour, accusing the opposition of taking advantage of the current situation to cause destabilisation.
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