By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2017
In response to the defeat of the US-backed right-wing opposition, Washington is preparing to push Venezuela over the brink of default.
Including a republication of Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism
By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2017
Half a century after the murder in Bolivia of the guerrilla leader, the anniversary has been exploited by various tendencies to lend a left cover to their reactionary politics and mask their own betrayals.
By Andrea Lobo, 1 September 2017
Amid its worst economic crisis, the new sanctions have pushed Venezuela to the brink of default, which threatens to sink the country’s workers and poor to new depths of misery.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017
Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2017
Trump's latest threat was pitched not only to his extreme right-wing base, but also to those within Venezuela’s right-wing opposition committed to US-backed regime change.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2017
The reported crushing of a rebellion by some two dozen armed men came a day after Venezuela’s new national constituent assembly fired the country’s attorney general.
By Eric London, 2 August 2017
Nearly 20 years after the election of Chavez, Venezuela remains one the most unequal countries in the world, with poverty the predominant fact of life for the working class.
By Andrea Lobo, 1 August 2017
The sanctions mark a significant escalation of US imperialist involvement in the Venezuelan crisis and Latin American internal politics.
By Andrea Lobo, 31 July 2017
The conflict between the rival sections of the ruling class is reaching a breaking point.
Lessons from the Pink Tide period
By Eric London, 27 July 2017
Jacobin magazine’s spring edition, titled By Taking Power, addresses “both the accomplishments and the shortcomings” of Latin America’s Pink Tide.
By Andrea Lobo, 26 July 2017
The Maduro government has arrested three opposition leaders after their appointment as members of a “parallel” Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled Parliament.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2017
Following a symbolic referendum against the constituent assembly, Washington and the right-wing opposition are ratcheting up pressure on the Maduro government.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2017
Hours before the Supreme Court stripped the dissenting attorney general of her powers, a helicopter piloted by a police officer mounted a suspicious attack on the court.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 June 2017
The emergence of dissidents in the Maduro government is part of a bid to fashion a new national unity government with the aim of heading off a revolt from below.
By Alexander Fangmann, 1 June 2017
Around 60 people have died in clashes, as the chavistas seek to retain power through a reconciliation with sections of the right-wing opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2017
The Maduro government has turned to intensified repression and the convening of a constituent assembly in its bid to hold on to power in the face of deepening crisis.
May Day 2017
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017
The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.
By Eric London, 22 April 2017
The dead include eight who were electrocuted while breaking into a bakery to steal bread for their families.
By Eric London, 21 April 2017
Wednesday’s opposition demonstration was a right-wing show of force aimed at securing more favorable bargaining terms with the government, which held a large rally of its own.
By Eric London, 31 March 2017
Washington has intensified pressure against the Maduro government in an attempt to open the country to oil corporations like ExxonMobil, whose former CEO is Trump’s secretary of state.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 March 2017
Seizing on the economic crisis gripping Venezuela, the bipartisan resolution is part of an effort to oust the government of Maduro.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2016
The government abruptly withdrew 100 bolivar notes from the economy after the measure touched off violent protests that left four dead and hundreds arrested.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 October 2016
The Maduro government has sidelined the opposition-controlled National Assembly, raising the danger of dictatorship as the country’s economy continues to collapse.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 August 2016
The border, which has been largely closed since last September, is being opened gradually in order to stem anger arising from shortages of medicine and other basic necessities.
By Neil Hardt, 16 June 2016
The pro-capitalist, bourgeois nationalist policies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have produced a social catastrophe for Venezuelan workers.
By Neil Hardt, 14 June 2016
There is fear of social revolution in both the pro-Maduro “Chavista” faction of the ruling class and the opposition, led by the Democratic Unity Roundtable.
By Neil Hardt, 24 May 2016
With Venezuela’s economy in free fall, the pseudo left is defending the PSUV government as it faces mounting working class opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2016
While participation in the right wing’s protests has been scant, unrest is spreading in working class areas.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2016
While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was aimed at “international and national threats,” the most pressing challenge to his government comes from the working class.
By Neil Hardt, 10 May 2016
Eighty percent of the country is impoverished, infrastructure has collapsed and a constitutional crisis looms.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2016
Venezuelan workers’ living standards are being slashed as a result of the country’s financial crisis.
By Eric London, 15 February 2016
In the midst of skyrocketing inflation, food scarcity and economic stagnation, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable is maneuvering for the removal of Maduro.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 January 2016
With the price of oil falling to $26 per barrel, Venezuela’s government is preparing to take emergency measures to impose austerity and ensure payments to the banks.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2016
Despite the bitter recriminations between the chavistas and the US-backed opposition, both sides are preparing new attacks on the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2015
The burning question posed in Latin America is that of revolutionary leadership: the building of new parties based on the struggle for the political independence of the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015
The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2015
The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement.
Ahead of legislative elections
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 December 2015
The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces a collapse in working class support driven by historic cuts in real wages and a scarcity of basic goods.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2015
The Maduro government has seized upon recent border incidents to whip up nationalism and divert attention from the deepening social crisis confronting Venezuelan workers.
By Alejandro López, 12 May 2015
The Declaration of Panama, signed by former Spanish prime ministers González and Aznar, echoes the line emanating from Washington.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2015
The extraordinary designation of Venezuela as a “threat” signals a sharp escalation of Washington's intervention into the country’s political life.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2015
While there is no doubt that the US and the Venezuelan right are up to their necks in plots, the principal conspiracy is aimed against the country’s working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014
In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2014
Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 September 2014
With the government experiencing a cash crunch, Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez has announced a bid to sell Citgo for $10 billion.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2014
At least three workers suffered gunshot wounds and a number of others were detained as the Maduro government stepped up repression against the Venezuelan working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2014
The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved sanctions against Venezuela as officials there presented evidence of US involvement in a plot to bring down the government.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2014
The US Congress moved toward a vote on imposing sanctions against Venezuela as right-wing protesters and security forces clashed in Caracas.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2014
While the US-backed right-wing protests have failed to topple President Maduro, imperialism and the local bourgeoisie have used them to push his government ever further to the right.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2014
The Maduro government has unveiled an “economic offensive” based primarily on appeals to the country’s capitalists to produce more.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2014
The report of the arrest came as the Maduro government continued its talks with the right-wing opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2014
The indictment of Washington’s role in recent upheavals came as the government sought an accommodation with its right-wing opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2014
After nearly two months of right-wing-led protests, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced the arrest of three air force generals on charges of plotting a military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2014
The Maduro government has alternated between repression and calls for “dialogue” with both the Venezuelan right and Washington.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 February 2014
President Nicolas Maduro has accused Washington of fomenting violent upheavals in Venezuela.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2014
Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left at least three people dead in Venezuela amid sharpening social and economic tensions.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 November 2013
With high inflation and product shortages jeopardizing the ruling party in upcoming elections, the National Assembly has granted Nicolás Maduro exceptional powers for one year.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2013
President Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US embassy officials, charging them with financing the “sabotage” of the country’s electrical system and its economy.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 September 2013
Although the country's severe problems result from global economic pressures along with deteriorating industry and infrastructure, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has claimed they are the result of sabotage.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2013
President Nicolas Maduro has responded to Venezuela’s deepening crisis by turning to native capitalists, Washington and now the Pope.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2013
After three months in office, President Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, has put aside left rhetoric to seek accommodation with Venezuelan capitalists and Washington.
The crisis of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian” revolution and the political independence of the working class
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2013
Venezuelan workers can rely only on their own independent strength to defend social gains won over the past period and defeat the threat of a right-wing coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2013
Hugo Chávez’ handpicked successor was sworn in as Venezuela’s president Friday, just one day after the government ceded to demands of the right-wing opposition for an audit of the April 14 vote.
By Rafael Azul, 16 April 2013
Nicolás Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela by a razor-thin margin that reflected mounting social discontent.
By Alexander Fangmann, 13 April 2013
With the special election to replace Hugo Chávez taking place on Sunday, Chávez’s chosen successor, Nicolás Maduro, has announced cuts in the face of worsening economic conditions.
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2013
Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, has run a right-wing campaign with overtures to the military and Catholic Church in preparation for cutbacks and austerity.
Nationalism or socialism in Latin America
By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2013
The kind of “alternative” that is envisioned here is one that is imposed from above, not arising from the politically independent movement of the working class itself, striving to establish its own organs of power.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2013
The Times itself had enthusiastically endorsed the military overthrow of Venezuela’s elected president.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2013
Chavez’s nationalist rhetoric and diversion of oil revenues to social assistance programs earned him the hatred of both Washington and a fascistic ruling class layer in Venezuela, but did not represent a path to socialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2013
After 14 years in power as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, a former military officer and left nationalist, died in a military hospital in Caracas following a two-year battle with cancer.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2013
The postponement of the inauguration of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez for a fourth presidential term has ratcheted up political tensions.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2012
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez won another six-year term in an election Sunday that saw the margin he enjoyed over the right-wing opposition sharply reduced compared to previous contests.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2012
In the closing weeks of the Venezuelan election campaign, President Hugo Chavez has mixed “socialist” rhetoric with appeals to the rich to back him as a guarantor of social peace.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2012
President Chavez urged the public not to engage in “speculation” on the cause of the disaster, even as union officials charged that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company had neglected maintenance and safety.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2012
Venezuelan television abruptly cut off its broadcast of a public appearance by President Hugo Chavez Monday night amid vocal interruptions from a mass audience of workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2011
The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez summarily deported Colombian journalist Joaquin Perez Becerra back to Colombia Monday, igniting angry protests in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2010
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with neighboring Colombia over charges by that country’s government that Caracas has sheltered FARC guerrillas.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2010
Two students, one a government supporter and the other an opponent, were killed Monday as demonstrations and counter-demonstrations took place across Venezuela following an order to suspend broadcasts by an anti-Chávez television channel.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2009
Sunday’s announcement by President Hugo Chávez that Venezuela has reached a $2.2 billion deal to purchase Russian tanks and missiles is symptomatic of the growing international tensions in Latin America.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2009
While the media has focused its attention on the handshakes between Obama and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, what dominated the Americas Summit was the absence of agreement on policies to confront the deepening capitalist crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2009
President Hugo Chavez registered another victory at the polls last Sunday as Venezuelans voted to end term limits, allowing him to run for a third term. The vote took place amid signs of mounting economic crisis and increasing class struggle.
By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2008
Local and state elections held in Venezuela in the third week of November yielded sharply mixed results, pointing to increased political polarization and a resurgence of social struggles.
By John Chan, 29 November 2008
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visits to Costa Rica, Cuba and his presence in Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit last week testified to Beijing’s more assertive economic and diplomatic engagement in Latin America.
By Patrick O’Connor, 28 November 2008
The value of a barrel of crude oil fell below $50 this month—just one-third of the record $147 a barrel recorded in July—marking the sharpest price collapse since formal futures trading began in 1981.