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Post 28 Apr 2011, 15:27
Damn, Chavez really needs to fix some more prices to cover up inflation.
Post 26 May 2011, 18:44
Venezuela Analysis wrote:
Communicational Guerrilla in Action - Murals & Stencils
By Guerrilla Comunicacional - GC

Venezuela today is home to some of the most vanguard popular art forms, including the graffiti arts and their expansion into new styles and spaces. Venezuela's Guerrilla Comunicacional - or Communicational Guerrilla - is just one example of art in action on the streets of Venezuela. Here are a few images of their works, as well as some of the people, faces and places where their works have arisen.


To commemorate Day of Indigenous Resistance - October 12th, still celebrated as Columbus Day in many countries - Venezuela's Communicational Guerrilla paints/makes the link between indigenous resistance to the colonial invasion with modern-day struggles against capitalism and its neoliberal form.


Using a combination of printed images, wheatpaste, and paints, Venezuela's Communicational Guerrilla modernized and urbanized the image of Simon Bolivar, "Father of American Rebellion" as they describe him.


To commemorate Day of the Heroic Guerrilla - October 8th, the day in which Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was assassinated by US-backed Bolivian armed forces - Venezuela's Communicational Guerrilla prepared numerous murals such as this one on the streets of Caracas.


Painted on the walls of Caracas-based Catia TV, this mural is designed to promote the station's weekly 'School of Cadre' program of Marxist political education.


Negro Primero, Venezuelan hero of popular struggle, depicted in this urban art scene.


In the struggle to resist modern-day forms of neocolonialism, including domination via thought/media, the Communicational Guerrilla produced this 10-foot high mural that reads, "No to Media Colonialism."


Using a combination of printed images, wheatpaste, and paints, the Communicational Guerrilla prepared a series of murals to celebrate the bicentennial celebrations of Venezuela's independence struggles.


To commemorate the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its leader, VI Lenin, Venezuela's Communicational Guerrilla produced this striking image.


Inspired by the popular art techniques of Guadalupe Posada, and in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution (1910-2010), Venezuela's Communicational Guerrilla prepared this stencil/mural with the phrase, "Land and Liberty."

More pictures and the rest of the article can be found here.
Post 26 Aug 2011, 13:36
I was recently at an Answer Chicago meeting and PSL function that had people affiliated with the Bolivarian Revolution. There are many new developments and I have now a direct, First hand contact with someone in Venezuela who can speak authoritatively on many subjects within the Revolution.

I am currently fielding a series of questions that I wish to ask this comrade. so, Please post the questions here, or PM me.. Please and thank you.
Post 20 Sep 2011, 02:03
How has Chavez's cancer affected the life's of the average Venezuelan and the political system in general?

How significantly have relations changed between Bolivia and Venuzuela since Chavez and Morales came to power?

Is it only the poor who support Chavez or is there some support from the rich?

All I can think of for now
Post 20 Sep 2011, 02:12
Are there people who truly view Chavez as an actual dictator? I know that's what US media sometimes paint him as, especially in the early 2000's, and also when he makes inflammatory speeches, but that's seemed to die down somewhat, as Chavez isn't really in the news a whole lot anymore, but this question is more related to how people really view him on the whole.

What is Venezuela's foreign relations with neighboring countries? With countries in Europe and Asia?
Post 20 Sep 2011, 14:51
I doubt any sane person in Venezuela really views him as an actual dictator. That's just the usual media bollocks. Hell they used to call Howard Wilson a dictator and a KGB spy back in the day and he wasn't half as outwardly radical as Chavez is. Anyway when they have to fabricate stories about him talking about earthquake machines, you know they're pretty desperate. And if I were in their shoes I'd be shitting my pants too - not even the tried and tested CIA backed coup could get rid of him.
Post 20 Sep 2011, 20:59
Classless wrote:
How has Chavez's cancer affected the life's of the average Venezuelan and the political system in general?

The capitalist media loves equate an entire socio-economic political structure with a one person. As if the new government organizations, grass roots movements, ect. all stop working when one individual gets sick.

Classless wrote:
How significantly have relations changed between Bolivia and Venuzuela since Chavez and Morales came to power?

It can really be summed up with: ALBA.

Classless wrote:
Is it only the poor who support Chavez or is there some support from the rich?

For most of the Cold War, Venezuela was probably the most social-democratic country in Latin America i.e. stable with a strong middle class. In the late 1980s & early 1990s due to the IMF & co. (neo-liberalism) class politics were brought back into Venezeula in a big abrupt way. Chavez & the Bolivarian Revolution are the back lash to neo-liberalism. So yeah politics are pretty close to ones class.

Komissar_KW wrote:
What is Venezuela's foreign relations with neighboring countries? With countries in Europe and Asia?

Here's a recent BBC article that comes to mind.
Post 03 Dec 2011, 17:30
Venezuela Analysis wrote:
Caracas, Venezuela Prepares for CELAC Founding Conference

By Tamara Pearson

Mérida, November 30th 2011 ( – Increased security, a range of cultural events, and a declared public holiday are some of the preparations underway in Caracas for the founding conference of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to be held there at the end of the week. CELAC is an organisation the Venezuelan government hopes will counter the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The CELAC unites all independent countries of the Americas except the United States and Canada. Moves for its formation began in February 2010 at a Latin American and Caribbean Unity Summit in Mexico just eight months after the coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

The founding summit was going to be held on 5 July this year, to coincide with Venezuela’s celebration of 200 years since its Declaration of Independence, but was suspended due to President Hugo Chavez’s health. It will now be held on 2 and 3 December.

Venezuelan foreign minister Nicolas Maduro said the founding conference will discuss five key topics: the formal establishment of CELAC as an organisation, including its decision-making process and political structure; energy independence; social development, including food, health, and education policies; environmental development and the prevention of climate change; and the world economic crisis and its consequences, as well as independence from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Heads of states from 32 countries have confirmed their attendance, with Costa Rica the only country sending its vice-president.

Various Caracas sites have been decorated with countries’ flags or portraits of their presidents, to mark the event.

Luis Motta, Commanding General of the National Bolivarian Guard said they are increasing security measures and will be running a “special security operation” for the conference. The national government has also prohibited carrying weapons from today until 5 December in Caracas. Security forces assigned to the event are exempt. Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, except those transporting food, water, water chemicals, gas, and medicine, are also prohibited.

Chavez declared Friday a public holiday in the Greater Caracas area, although only public sector workers will have the day off work.

Cultural events to coincide with the conference

Culture minister Pedro Calzadilla said various museums, theatres, and plazas will be “symbolically taken over” to mark the event.

“Caracas is going to become not just a celebration of Latin American union from the political point of view, but also from the cultural one,” he said.

The National Cinema Foundation will be showing 25 feature films from the region, and there will be dance performances and photographic exhibitions. Works of art from Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, and Peru are on display, together with poems and sculptures from around the continent. All of the events will be free.

Venezuela’s Youth Symphonic Orchestra, lead by renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, as well as the famous Puerto Rican band Calle 13, reggae singer Julian Marley- son of Bob Marley, Cuban group Buena Fe, and other Latin American groups will perform in a free concert on Saturday to celebrate CELAC .

Further, there is a Latin America and Caribbean Food festival being held, with traditional meals available from 16 of the 33 countries participating in CELAC. The festival includes cultural presentations, music, and cooking demonstrations from the contributing countries.

“[The launching of CELAC] is an event that will change the history of this continent,” Calzadilla said.

Analyst Luis Quintana, speaking on YVKE Mundial, said, “The birth of CLEAC is the demise of the OAS...which will continue existing but it won’t have the same political weight that it had before, because it hasn’t fulfilled its established has never helped to solve problems, rather it has increased them... the people are about to witness the most important event in the history of Venezuela and Latin America... CELAC will attend to the historical needs of people.”

Also I recall that Daniel Ortega called CELAC the death of the Monroe Doctrine.
Post 29 Mar 2012, 18:34
Venezuela Analysis wrote:
Drafting of New Venezuelan Labour Law Moves into Final Phase, Instrument for “Highest Stage of Socialism”
By Rachael Boothroyd

Caracas, March 22nd 2012 ( – The Venezuelan foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, has confirmed that the final stage of drafting the country’s new labour law is now underway. Expected to be passed on the 1st of May by presidential decree, the new labour law is a total overhaul of Venezuela’s existing employment legislation and will cover everything from maternity leave to organisation in the workplace.

In comments made on state television channel VTV, Maduro reiterated that the government had been working in conjunction with Venezuelan workers and organised communities in order to draft the law, which he described as a “vanguard” for the rest of the world.

“We are working and debating with the people to construct legal regulations which protect rights, stability and right to work... the labour law is an instrument for constructing the highest stage of socialism,” he stated, adding that one of the main goals of the new legislation will to be to eliminate sub-contracted labour.

Maduro contrasted the socialist vision of the new legislation with that of the past, which he said had allowed companies free rein to commit “labour fraud” at the expense of their employees. He also compared the new legislation to employment laws currently being reformed in Spain, which he classified as going explicitly “against the workers”.

Maduro made the announcements regarding the legislation after members of the presidential committee responsible for drafting the new law held a meeting yesterday to review the proposals that had been submitted by the general public.

Over 19,000 proposals have been submitted to the committee so far, with officials saying that the main points of debate are related to the re-organisation of the working day, the social relations of production, as well as to salaries and social benefits for workers.

More proposals are expected to be handed in by workers, social collectives and political parties throughout the coming month, with the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and the trade union umbrella group, UNETE, handing over their proposals later today.

The Venezuelan Communist Party has been carrying out workshops with relation to the work law throughout the country, and says that its proposals, along with UNETE’s, have been drafted from a “class” perspective.

“We are re-affirming our willingness to advance towards a new model in relations of production... to move on from capitalist relations of production, which condemn workers to exploitation, to socialist relations of production, which will allow us to construct a new order of labour in freedom, solidarity and participation, with absolutely no exploitation,” explained Pedro Eusse, General Secretary of the PCV.

According to UNETE coordinator, Roger Escalante, the program that will be handed in by the union organisation to the Miraflores Palace later today will be “socialist and humanist” and based on the “wellbeing of all workers, so that we are all protected equally”.

Sounds like good news is going to be announced on May Day.
Post 29 Mar 2012, 19:31
What lies!
Labor laws are "now instruments for the highest (!) stage of socialism" (in a country that doesn't even have nationalized banks) !?
Post 29 Mar 2012, 20:35
Don't be such a pessimist loz, that is reactionary. Although I agree with your trepidation and hope the Venezuelan people are able to build socialism.
Post 29 Mar 2012, 20:37
How can you build socialism when there's no dictatorship of the proletariat, not even nationalized banks and heavy industry (something that wasn't questioned even during the NEP)?
Post 29 Mar 2012, 20:41
I don't think you can but maybe the Venezuelans will prove us wrong. Let's give them the chance before we discount them and their achievements.
Post 29 Mar 2012, 21:41
There is heavy industry in Venezuela. They nationalized Sidor and other steel mills, the whole oil industry (including refineries) are state-owned.
Venezuela is in transition to socialism. Today the private enterprise competes with the state-owned companies.... and sometimes they lose.
Post 01 Jul 2012, 21:15
Mercosur Suspends Paraguay, Accepts Venezuela as New Member

02:00 30/06/2012
MEXICO CITY, June 30 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Mercosur, Fernando Lugo, Paraguay, Venezuela

South American trading bloc Mercosur has suspended Paraguay’s membership in the organization while approving Venezuela as a new member, Mexican media reported.

Presidents of Mercosur member-countries gathered on Friday in Mendoza, Argentina, for an emergency summit following the recent impeachment of Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo by the country’s parliament.

Mercosur leaders voted to suspend Paraguay’s membership until presidential elections in the country in April 2013, but decided against imposing economic sanctions on one of Latin America’s poorest nations as Paraguay’s economy heavily depends on trade with other Mercosur members.

Mercosur, which comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay as full members, and Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as associate members, earlier condemned Lugo’s ouster and barred Paraguay’s interim president Federico Franco, whose party supported the impeachment, from attending the summit.

At the summit, the leaders of the bloc approved Venezuela as a new full member starting July 31.

Caracas had been trying to get the full membership for six years, but the move had been blocked by Paraguayan lawmakers despite Lugo’s support of Venezuela’s aspirations.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez said in an interview with Telesur television network on Friday that the country's full membership in Mercosur would have a powerful “political, geopolitical, and social” impact as it meant “a defeat for imperialism and Paraguayan bourgeoisie.”

So, finally, Venezuela is in Mercosur. This will alter the whole energy market inside Mercosur... for the good. It was the paraguayan senate that has been blocking their entry for years. Same guys that have just made the coup against Lugo.
Post 07 Oct 2012, 22:48
Today's the presidential election in Venezuela.
The poll closes in 45 min. Chavez should win by a large margin, but the opposition is preparing to claim fraud. Even if the process has been completely clean.

I'll update soon, as the official numbers arise.

A whole continent is celebrating. The Revolution advances in a clear and democratic way. Chávez got 54,4%, with a 10% difference with the opposition.

So, cheers!
Post 08 Oct 2012, 18:39
Wow, that's lame. He barely won the elections. Only 55% of the popular vote.
Many other heads of nominally socialist states in the past regularly won over 99% of all votes in re-elections...
Post 09 Dec 2012, 05:33
Venezuela's Chavez says cancer back, names successor

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Associated Press

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned and that he will undergo another surgery in Cuba.

Mr. Chavez, who won re-election on Oct. 7, also said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

“We should guarantee the advance of the Bolivarian Revolution,” Mr. Chavez said on television, seated at the presidential palace with Mr. Maduro and other aides.

The president said that tests had shown a return of “some malignant cells” in the same area where tumors were previously removed.

“I need to return to Havana tomorrow,” Mr. Chavez said, adding that he would undergo surgery in the coming days.

Mr. Chavez called it a “new battle.” It is to be his third operation to remove cancerous tissue in about a year and a half.

The 58-year-old president first underwent cancer surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer in Cuba in June 2011, after an operation for a pelvic abscess earlier in the month found the cancer. He had another cancer surgery last February after a tumor appeared in the same area. He has also undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Mr. Chavez said tests immediately after his re-election win had shown no sign of cancer. But he said he had swelling and pain, which he thought was due to “the effort of the campaign and the radiation therapy treatment.”

“It's a very sensitive area, so we started to pay a lot of attention to that,” he said, adding that he had reduced his public appearances.

Mr. Chavez made his most recent trip to Cuba on the night of Nov. 27, saying he would receive hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Such treatment is regularly used to help heal tissues damaged by radiation treatment.

Mr. Chavez said that he has been coping with pain and that while he was in Cuba thorough exams detected the recurrence of cancer.

He arrived back in Caracas on Friday after 10 days of medical treatment in Cuba, but until Saturday night had not referred to his health. His unexplained decision to skip a summit of regional leaders in Brazil on Friday had raised suspicions among many Venezuelans that his health had taken a turn for the worse.

Mr. Chavez said that he was requesting permission from lawmakers to travel to Havana.

“I hope to give you all good news in the coming days,” said Chavez, who held up a crucifix and expressed faith.

This is very upsetting news.
However, I want to believe that no matter what happens to Chavez, the Bolivarian Revolution will continue. It's a question at this point of whether his revolutionary allies have solidified themselves to the point where they can't simply be overthrown in a coup or kicked out of office in the next election.
Post 09 Dec 2012, 09:58
This is very sad.

Of course the government has been preparing for such a situation, but so has the opposition. Let's hope that the demolarization that might follow from here doesn't make the Bolivarian revolution falter.

And certainly, they have to make sure that what has been won can't simply be reversed by a bad election result. This means more "bottom-up" structures, in addition to just lining up successor politicians.
Post 12 Dec 2012, 03:05
I was just watching a live conference given by Venezuela's VP.

He said that Chavez's operation had been a success, but that there will be a period of recovery.

That this should be a time of unity, and that the army and the people of Venezuela were ready to defend the Bolivarian revolution.
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