Venezuela

ALBA Expresses Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

[Reposted from http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/ALBA-Criticizes-the-US-for-Unresolved-Racial-Violence-and-Discrimination-20140819-0072.html] The Latin American and Caribbean bloc asked U.S. authorities to carry out a fair investigation into the death of Michael Brown. The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their “profound concern” with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved…

“Communal Governance” progressing in Venezuela

By Ewan Robertson [Reposted from http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10848] [Bolding by SC] Mérida, 15th August 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities. The development comes after President Nicolas Maduro travelled…

Venezuelan National Guard guns down protesting steelworkers

[Reposted from http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/13/vene-a13.html] By Bill Van Auken [Bolding by SC] National Guard troops opened fire on protesting steelworkers Monday at the SIDOR steel mill in the industrial zone of Ciudad Guayana, in Venezuela’s southeastern Bolívar State. At least three workers were wounded by shotgun blasts in the confrontation, while others were overcome by tear gas,…

Venezuela Sending 16 Tonnes of Aid to Gaza

[Reposted from http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Venezuela-Sending-16-Tonnes-of-Aid-to-Gaza-20140807-0039.html]   Sixteen tonnes of Venezuelan humanitarian supplies will be delivered to Gaza with the help of the Egyptian government. Venezuela will send 16 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, following a donation drive by the country’s foreign affairs ministry. The government is pitching in 10 tonnes of supplies, while the…

Hugo Chávez’s Handwriting Turned Into “Anti-Imperialist” Font

From the day he became president in 1999 until his untimely death in 2013, Hugo Chávez left an indelible mark upon Venezuela. Practicing what he called the “socialism of the 21st century,” Chávez attempted to establish a loosely aligned federation of revolutionary republics as a resistance bloc in the Americas, particularly to superpowers like the…

Social Programs Expanded in Venezuela’s Poorest Communities

Mérida, 30th June 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty. On Sunday various government ministers and regional authorities accompanied social program workers on house to house visits in communities where extreme poverty still prevails. The…

In socialist Venezuela, a threat from the left

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Already grappling with street protests led by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power. Maduro was tapped by Hugo Chavez as his preferred successor to the presidency, and…

Cuba, Ecuador and Bolivia urge world to protect Venezuela against US imperialism

The leaders of Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador have urged the international community to defend Venezuela against imperialism “seeking to destroy Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution,” according to the ABI news agency. “They think it’s time to destroy the Bolivarian revolution and depose the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and they use unconventional warfare to achieve this…

Venezuelan Government and Activists Seek to Advance toward “Communal State”

By Ewan Robertson Mérida, 29th May 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government and commune movement are taking steps to move towards the creation of what is referred to as a “communal state”, which involves community organisations assuming collective control of local production and decision making. [Partial article reposted from http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/10710] Communes in Venezuela are formed out…

Venezuelan Commune Members Meet to Advance Movement for Community Self-Organisation & Production

By Ewan Robertson – Venezuelanalysis.com On the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May, over 600 commune activists representing dozens on communes in the state of Mérida in the Venezuelan Andes met to build greater links between themselves and to advance their movement for community self organisation and production, what they refer to as…