Calling All Venezuelans to the Table

With oil prices crashing to the basement this winter, Venezuela could no longer afford to import food. And to make matters worse, most of the imported trickles of food and medicine that do reach Venezuela these days, never actually reach the average person. Especially the average poor person. A good chunk of this food and this medicine ends up in the greedy hands of corrupt businesses, bureaucrats, military, ruling party members, and black-marketers. Continue reading

Venezuela and the Silence of the Left

Venezuela is nearing collapse It can turn violent soon. Last week Nicolás Maduro decreed a state of emergency and suspended constitutional rights. He fears “the Empire” is set to strike soon. This measure comes abruptly as the opposition demands Venezuelan Electoral Panel to ratify the 1.8 million signatures collected in just a few hours as a first step to constitutionally call for a referendum to remove him from power. Continue reading

Venezuela’s Deep Political Education Means Venezuelans Will Withstand Right Wing Protests

The misinformation in most of the media about the protests in Venezuela is astounding. Often the opposite of reality is repeated as if it were true. Americans who rely on the corporate mass media, politicians and corrupted nonprofits might fall for these tales, but Venezuelans know what is really happening. Continue reading

Sorry, Venezuela Haters: This Economy Is Not the Greece of Latin America

Mark Weisbrot The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/07/venezuela-not-greece-latin-america-oil-poverty Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won’t make it happen: in this oil-rich country the only thing imploding is poverty For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela have argued that its economy … Continue reading