Weekly News Round-Up
news last week, Venezuela continued to sign international oil deals and
invest oil profits in food production. Contrary to U.S. claims that
Venezuela does not cooperate in the fight against terrorism and drug
trafficking, Venezuela extradited a suspected terrorist to Cuba and
three suspected drug traffickers to the U.S. Domestically, the National
Union of Workers decried the continued assassinations of labor
organizers, and stepped up its efforts to promote worker control of the
economy. Finally, the Banco de Venezuela, one year after being
nationalized, showed unprecedented growth in deposits and loans to the
country's productive sector.
In our analysis section below, you will see the latest report on
U.S. funding to Venezuelan opposition journalists and other articles
defending Venezuela against U.S. imperialism, as well as some critical
pieces focused on the ALBA trade bloc, LGBT issues, and contradictions
in the PSUV.
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Praises Banco de Venezuela Growth on the First Anniversary of its
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared the performance of the
nationalized Banco de Venezuela unprecedented, one year after it passed
formally into public hands.
Calls for Greater Worker Control
Steel worker giving worker control workshop at Sidor factory (Prensa
principal union federation, the National Union of Workers (UNETE),
recently circulated a document calling for broader nationalizations, a
revolutionary labor law, and a radical shift toward a democratic,
worker-led management model to stave off state bureaucracy.
Media Spectacle” against Venezuela
accusations by the Colombian government that Venezuela is purposefully
tolerating the presence of Colombian guerrilla “terrorists” in its
territory, Venezuelan government officials have responded, saying the
accusations are part of a “defamation” media campaign and attempts by
the outgoing Colombian government to prevent good relations between the
Held on Terror Charges
Venezuelan Minister for Internal Affairs Tarek El Aissami announced the
arrest of opposition figure Alejandro Peña Esclusa after police
supposedly found explosive materials in his home during a raid on
Monday. The raid comes after the detention in Caracas last week of
known Salvadorian terrorist Francisco Chávez Abarca who
having been contracted by Luis Posada Carriles to carry out
destabilizing acts in Venezuela.
Electoral Campaign Includes Political Training
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) electoral campaign leaders met
yesterday to evaluate the progress of the first stage of their
electoral campaign for the parliamentary elections on September 26 and
to plan the second stage.
More Trade Unionists Murdered in Venezuela; National Union of Workers
the murder of two Venezuelan trade unionists this week, the National
Union of Workers (UNETE) demanded that state security forces carry out
efficient investigations and adopt preventative measures to protect
Drug Traffickers to US
Tuesday, Venezuela extradited three suspected drug traffickers, one of
whom was on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s top ten most wanted list.
Food Sovereignty by Increasing Milk Production by 50%
Minister for Land and Agriculture Juan Carlos Loyo declared on Monday
that his country has made great strides in developing the dairy and
beef sectors of the economy in its efforts to achieve food and
with Vietnam, Belarus and Angola
has increased its number of oil joint ventures with developing
countries after signing agreements with Vietnam, Belarus and Angola.
the middle of the deepest crisis that the capitalist system has ever
seen, when it’s already showing its cruellest face, when anger and
sometimes impotence spreads among those of us with years fighting and
predicting the consequences, the lights of hope that show us that
another world is possible pass us by unnoticed.
With Democracy in Latin America
if Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, had decided to
deliver on his campaign promise to “end business as usual in Washington
so we can bring about real change.”
Tale Of Two Extraditions
United States government should practise what it preaches on terrorism.
But the way it deals with terrorist extradition requests from Venezuela
and its history of intervention in countries in the region - such
Jamaica - show terrorism, terrorists and the selective use of
are merely a function of a self-interested ideological
a Turn to the Left in Latin American Governance and
Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) regional
integration model is based on a solidaristic approach to trade
member states. However, the over-dependence on Venezuelan oil could
mean it has an uncertain future as sustainable integration project.
Example on Gay Rights
Argentina made history yesterday morning by legalising same sex
marriage, Venezuela should follow Argentina’s lead and likewise
the legally bigoted conception of marriage as defined by a union that
exists between a man and a woman only.
to journalists and media in Venezuela
State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) evidence more than $4 million USD in funding to
journalists and private media in Venezuela during the last three years.
This funding is part of the more than $40 million USD international
agencies are investing annually in anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela in
an attempt to provoke regime change.
Crossroads, Part 2: Debate and Contradiction in the PSUV
the 2007 constitutional referendum, one might have thought that the
party created by Hugo Chávez in 2006 was stillborn since fewer
voted ‘Yes’ than the number of people officially enrolled in the party.
But this impression was partially belied in the following months.
in Venezuela: The Lesser of Two Evils
oil riches have enabled its government to begin building a new society,
enabled it to help its neighbours and stand up for itself in the world,
demonstrating to the world that many positive outcomes are possible
even from a resource with such potential for destruction
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