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The often unstated subtext in Venezuela is the role of race & identity.  For the white upper class, which controls sections of  the press, Chavez was a "mico mono," a long tailed monkey, a reference to his African heritage.  In reality, Chavez had African, Indian, and European heritage, was elected 8 times by Venezuela's poor, and  was a practicante de la religion Yoruba. His death by no means signals the end of bolivarianismo, which has its recent roots in the Caracazo, the 1989 pitched battles in Caracas' streets when the euro elite lost their grip on society. The opposition's current white terrorist campaign is designed to continue fighting the Caracazo by intimidating the heavily afrodescendant poor.  See Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution  5/27/2014

DEL BLOQUEO HAITIANO AL BLOQUEO VENEZOLANO  1/5/2019 JRA: "Poco se habla de la contribución de Haití a la independencia de Estados Unidos y su ejemplo de inspiración para África subsahariana y la misma Europa. En una investigación que hemos realizado durante estos tres últimos años en la ciudad de New Orleans, hemos conseguido valiosos documentos entre el periodo que va desde que esta ciudad estuvo bajo el colonialismo francés, luego el colonialismo español hasta su venta por Napoleón Bonaparte a Estados Unidos."

Las heridas del racismo: Efectos psicosociales de la discriminación racial en las personas afrodescendientes en América Latina  12/28/2018 Iberoamerica Social: "La racialización, deshumanización y esclavización de la población africana durante el proceso de colonización europea en América, sentó las bases de la discriminación racial contra las personas afrodescendientes que persiste hasta la actualidad. Pese a la existencia de la narrativa del mestizaje que desconoce e invisibiliza la experiencia concreta, desigual y vulnerada de las personas afrodescendientes, estas siguen siendo víctimas de discriminación racial, la cual ha encontrado formas cada vez más sutiles e imperceptibles a través de las cuales realizarse. Este hecho no es inofensivo, el racismo tiene efectos psicosociales para quien lo vive, pero ¿cuáles son esos efectos del racismo? ¿Cómo reaccionan las personas afrodescendientes ante el racismo? ¿Cómo enfrentan la discriminación racial? Ante esta problemática se propone esta investigación para la cual se consultó a través de la técnica del cuestionario electrónico a cien personas afrodescendientes de América Latina, sometiendo posteriormente sus testimonios al método del análisis crítico del discurso."

Venezuelan president blames Colombia for electricity outages  12/28/2018 Radio Havana: Classic steps orchestrated by the CIA as described in Philipn Agee's books.

Russia bails out Venezuela, pockets key energy assets  12/24/2018 Mercury News: "In exchange for modest loans and bailouts over the past decade, Russia now owns significant parts of at least five oil fields in Venezuela, which holds the world’s largest reserves, along with 30 years’ worth of future output from two Caribbean natural-gas fields. Venezuela also has signed over 49.9 percent of Citgo, its wholly owned company in the United States – including three Gulf Coast refineries and a countrywide web of pipelines – as collateral to Russia’s state-owned Rosneft oil behemoth for a reported $1.5 billion in desperately needed cash."

Venezuela denuncia plan de sabotaje eléctrico en Zulia  12/23/2018 Bohemia: "En entrevista telefónica con el canal Venezolana de Televisión, el ministro indicó que se trata de un plan ejecutado por grupos asociados a sectores de ultraderecha en el municipio Mara. Trabajadores de la Corporación Eléctrica apoyados por funcionarios de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana se trasladaron al sitio para iniciar los trabajos de reparación y las investigaciones pertinentes, precisó la fuente. Los especialistas lograron realizar una transferencia de carga para ayudar a restablecer la energía, y evitar los perjuicios provocadas meses atrás a causa de otro sabotaje vandálico."

Thomas Sankara: Africa's Che Guevara  12/21/2018 teleSUR: "Sankara pushed against the hegemonic power of France in West Africa, by calling for the end of African nations' debt to international banks, he refused to take World Bank loans and instead focused on strengthening local production of food and textiles. Sankara also called on every village to build a medical dispensary and had over 350 communities build schools with their own labor. Moreover, his commitment to women's rights led him to outlaw female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy while appointing women to high governmental positions and encouraging them to work outside the home and stay in school, even if pregnant."

U.S. Reaction to Russian Bombers in Venezuela  12/21/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "For many media commentators, Maduro sought to strengthen his position internally by putting on display the support he counts on from powerful international allies. Fear of a U.S. military response may be a more plausible explanation for his motives. Indeed, President Trump’s threats of military intervention and implicit support for a military coup in Venezuela are veritably without precedent in the history of U.S. diplomacy."

Business as Usual: Washington’s Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela  11/23/2018 Counterpunch: "Because the sanctions prohibit Venezuela’s state-owned company CITGO from sending its profits home, the Venezuelan government is losing $1 billion a year in revenues. Ultimately, the sanctions are imposing greater hardship on the Venezuelan people because, as Weisbrot notes, they “exacerbate shortages of food, medicine, and other essential goods while severely limiting the policy options available to pull the country out of a deep depression.”

Venezuela to Offer African American Course at US University  11/21/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "The agreement between the Venezuelan consulate in New Orleans and the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to offer the “Africa and its Diaspora in Hispanic America” course as part of the topics offered by the university was proposed in 2017 by General Consul Jesus Garcia and the head of African American studies at the SUNO Dr. Clyde Robertson. The agreement to offer the university course was signed in August this year, and it is unclear when the course is due to begin."

Femicidio: misoginia, sexismo y sentido de propiedad  10/27/2018 EPG Consultora: "El término femicidio fue acuñado en 1976 por la escritora feminista Diana Russell, con el objetivo visibilizar el asesinato de mujeres realizado por hombres motivado por odio, desprecio, placer o un sentido de propiedad sobre las mujeres, y por tanto diferenciar este tipo de crímenes de los homicidios comunes. La confusión se inicia en el año 2006 cuando Marcela Lagarde traduce al español los textos de Diana Russell y sustituye el termino femicidio por feminicidio; no obstante, con independencia de que se emplee un término u otro en los diferentes países y legislaciones, el significado apunta siempre a lo mismo: el asesinato de una mujer por el hecho de ser mujer."

Black Internationalism and the Colonial Challenges Facing Haiti and Venezuela  10/18/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "The most recent US efforts to isolate Venezuela from the region, demoralize its people through a concerted economic war, and intervene in its political process—by working with international collaborators to ultimately punish its black majority revolutionary process—have their historical precedents in Haiti. Haitians experienced these counter-revolutionary attacks as they fought to defend their own revolutionary process under the leadership of Fanmi Lavalas President Jean Bertrand Aristide and earlier, throughout the era of Haitian Independence."

Maduro in NY: Harlem Stands with Venezuela as US Allies Appeal to ICC  9/27/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "Maduro’s participation in New York had earlier been cast into doubt when he cited security concerns over travelling to the USA. Nevertheless, he made the journey for the first time since 2015, only to be greeted by the announcement of further sanctions by the US Treasury Department and talk of a military uprising by US President Donald Trump. His presence was, though, greatly appreciated by the 2000 strong Harlem crowd."

Traditional groups sowing sustainable crops could save Venezuelan park  9/24/2018 Monga Bay: "The new park conserves the region’s biodiversity and forests, but its founding didn’t automatically protect the ancestral homelands of the indigenous people living there. However, these 52 indigenous communities in El Caura are claiming a legal right to continue to live and pursue sustainable livelihoods within the park. The government has yet to grant their claim."

US officials secretly met with Venezuelan military officers plotting a coup against Maduro  9/8/2018 CNN: "US officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers who were plotting a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, both a current and a former US official confirmed to CNN. American officials met with the renegade Venezuelan military officers several times over the last year after the Venezuelan officers made contact, but Washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, the two sources said."

The Paranoid Drive for Military Intervention in Venezuela  9/6/2018 Counterpunch: "Previously, the warmongering “humanitarian” interveners went straight to looting but, over time, they refined their rhetoric and began to talk about trade and investment opportunities, increases in GDP and other more subtle forms of robbery."

Marronage Meets Bolivarian Socialism: Maroon Comix, A Review  9/5/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "Along Venezuela’s coastal towns and its mountainous countryside, entire Afro-Venezuelan and Indigenous communities have deepened their political commitment to studying anti-colonial struggles and incorporating these orientations, tactics and struggles into their current struggles. Since 1999, the Bolivarian Process has radically transformed the political landscape of the nation by: unearthing maroon historical figures and inscribing them into Venezuela’s national identity, even elevating figures such as Guaicaipuro, Juana La Avanzadora and Negro Primero to the National Pantheon, implementing educational initiatives; developing political, economic and cultural ties with other nations heavily inspired by maroons such as the Caribbean; as well as empowering political campaigns responding to the interests of the African and Indigenous working class and poor majority."

The Spirit of Black August in Solidarity with Venezuela  9/4/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "The majority, Black and Brown working class in Venezuela do not want a US model. The people are fighting everyday against these attacks in their collectives, cooperatives, communes and grassroots social movements. The Bolivarian State, a revolutionary government determined to human rights and guaranteeing a life with dignity and happiness for all stands with its people. The Venezuelan people support their President Nicolás Maduro and are manifesting their vision for 21st Century Socialism."

Blockading Venezuela: the linchpin of the US strategy of aggression  8/22/2018 Morning Star: "REVEALING examples are emerging of the cumulative impact that US sanctions against Venezuela are having on the Venezuelan people in the field of health, one of the key priorities of the Bolivarian revolution. In July 2017, the US bank Citibank refused to handle Venezuela’s payment for the import of 300,000 insulin doses to meet the needs of 450,000 registered patients. Three months later, the US blockade prevented Venezuela from depositing funds with the UBS Swiss bank, delaying a purchase of vaccines for months and disrupting the country’s vaccination schedules. In November 2017, transnational pharmaceutical companies Baster, Abbot and Pfizer refused to issue export certificates for cancer drugs, making it impossible for Venezuela to buy them. And in 2018, a $9 million payment through an international account for dialysis supplies for treating 15,000 patients, free of charge, was similarly blocked under threat of US sanctions. These illustrative examples and similar ones about the blocking of food imports put the lie to the US claim that it is concerned about the well-being of the Venezuelan people."

'Mini-Maduro': RNC Attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Compares Her to Venezuelan Dictator  8/18/2018 Alternet: ""The RNC knows that the American people support our policies by wide margins. They want universal health care. They want Wall Street to pay their fair share of taxes. They want to raise the minimum wage," Corbin Trent, the communications director for Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, told CNN. "I guess if you can't beat our ideas, you have to lie about them. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is standing in lock step behind a President who abuses human rights and wants to crush the free press which, to me, sounds like a Mini Maduro in the making.""

Naming Names: The Actors Working to Take Down Venezuela  8/17/2018 MintPress: "Now the successor of Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), the already president of Colombia, Uribe’s Ivan Duque, agreed in his visit as president-elect with the White House with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (July 5, 2018), to continue pressuring the Venezuelan government. “We talked about the situation in Colombia, about our security agenda, we also talked about the situation being experienced in the continent by the dictatorship in Venezuela,” Duque told the press. For his part, Pence told a Tweet that he had spoken to Duque about the bilateral “strategic alliance“”in the fight against drug trafficking” and that they had “reiterated the need to maintain pressure on the regime of (Venezuelan President Nicolás) Maduro to face the tragic collapse of democracy in Venezuela”."

Venezuela crisis: Petro CRYPTOCURRENCY to become official currency alongside bolivar  8/15/2018 Express: "The cryptocurrency is designed to be propped up by Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, with each digital token supposedly backed by one barrel of oil. Nearly 100 million coins, worth some £4.7billion ($6bn), were made available in the initial sale, with discounts offered to attract overseas investors. The Venezuelan government hopes to use the digital currency to skirt sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union, as well as reduce hyperinflation which has plagued the South American country’s economy."

'Deeply Disturbing': For Second Time This Year, Facebook Suspends Left-Leaning teleSUR English Without Explanation  8/14/2018 Common Dreams: [FB also censors Black Lives Matter.] "Max Blumenthal, editor of The Grayzone Project, called Facebook's decision "deeply disturbing." He also noted that the platform recently banned, which like teleSUR offers a leftist perspective on Latin America, and raised alarm about Facebook's work with the Digital Forensic Research Lab, a project of the Atlantic Council, a NATO-backed, D.C.-based think tank:"

teleSUR English Removed From Facebook for Second Time  8/14/2018 teleSUR: "Meanwhile, followers and supporters of teleSUR English sent out tweets and posts on Facebook and Twitters and other social media websites denouncing the unexplained action by Facebook and arguing that such move is rooted into Facebook's own bias against outlets and news organizations that do not fit within the mainstream media landscape."

Capturados presuntos implicados en asesinato de lideres campesinos  8/13/2018 Alba TV: "Tras solicitud del Ministerio Público venezolano, fueron detenidos Joel Eduardo Garrido Lobo y Gustavo Enrique Carrillo Pérez, por su presunta responsabilidad en la muerte de Reyes Orlando Parra Delgado y José del Real Aguilar, voceros del Consejo de Productores Socialistas Los Lanceros de la Pascalina de Zaz, en el estado Barinas, Venezuela."

Who is to blame for the Venezuelan crisis?  8/9/2018 Daily Sabah, Turkey: "But it's a very well-known fact that almost every government, when threatened by a superpower like the U.S. gets stressed, becomes paranoid, tries to take control of everything to protect its sovereignty, and inevitably becomes more authoritarian and finally makes mistakes. That is what the U.S. does to the many countries that it cannot control, and it is exactly what it did to Venezuela."

A Deeper Look Into US Military Interference in Venezuela  7/20/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "They have already affected us. And it's not just about the economic effect, the absence of some goods, but also more abstract things. There are already a lot of people to whom the uncertainty of their daily lives has a psychological impact. We are isolated from other countries and nations, from ways of thinking; therefore we exist in isolation even towards the access to ideas. We cannot understand what stage we are experiencing, if we cannot see it from a different perspective. The lack of access to ideas means that we cannot understand how they will wage war against us."

Integration Can't Be Rhetoric, Must Be Real: Venezuela's Arreaza in Africa  7/9/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "During an interview in Pretoria, Arreaza talked about the necessity of building south-south relations between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to improve sovereignty and take care of natural resources. “The whole world, all of humanity needs to resist the rhythm imposed by capitalism. Even from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean we can change that rhythm and generate anti-capitalist processes so humanity can exist in the future,” he said."

VENEZUELA NO SERA SOMETIDA POR EL IMPERIALISMO  7/6/2018 8 Mandamiento: "El activista, Urbina, del Grupo Amigos de Nuestra América, (ANA) expreso en su análisis que “Estados Unidos esta practicando lo que el fascista Adolfo Hitler practico contra los judíos en la segunda guerra mundial que quemo a millones en campos de concentración. Hoy Trump persigue a millones de latinoamericanos, los separa de sus familias, los encarcelas y los tratas de escorias, solo faltaría llevarlo a las bodegas de cremación, y lo mas triste es que los gobiernos traidores del pueblos latinoamericano como Honduras, Guatemala y hasta ahora Mexico aceptan todas las vejaciones de este señor que a enloquecido en el poder."

We need to talk about the fact that Trump seriously considered invading Venezuela  7/6/2018 Vox: "According to multiple reports, Trump continuously asked his top advisers last August about a military option for overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and quelling the growing political and economic crisis his mismanagement of that country has wrought."

Donald Trump INVASION plot revealed - Venezuelan Army warned ‘do NOT lower your guard'  7/5/2018 Express: "Venezuela has been hit by economic chaos in recent years resulting in civil unrest, starvation and the imposition of sanctions by foreign states. Mr Trump suggested during a meeting with advisors last year the US could go one step further and launch a military invasion of Venezuela. A source close to the conversation said the president was immediately shut down and urged in the strongest possible terms not to give the idea further consideration."

Trump asked advisers about invading Venezuela in 2017  7/4/2018 CNN: "President Donald Trump last August asked several top foreign policy advisers about the possibility of invading Venezuela during a meeting about diplomatic sanctions the US was enacting on the autocratic government, a senior administration official familiar with the comments said. Trump's aides, including then-national security adviser HR McMaster, vigorously urged him against the notion of a military invasion of Venezuela, warning him it could backfire and explaining that US allies in the region were firmly opposed to such drastic action."

US Mayor Comments on Venezuelan Electoral System & May 20 Elections  6/14/2018 Venezuela Analysis: "Speaking whilst on the international electoral accompaniment mission, the Mayor of Magnolia City and president of the Association of Afro-American Mayors of Mississippi, Anthony Witherspoon, tells of his impressions of the Venezuelan electoral system, the May 20 elections, and the country's National Electoral Council."

Venezuela’s Narrowing Options  6/8/2018 Counterpunch: Another good progressive analysis that fails to mention white supremacy, one of the most important drivers of the Venezuela conflict.

Venezuela election: Maduro wins second term amid claims of vote rigging  5/21/2018 BBC: 'Amid food shortages stemming from a severe economic crisis, just 46% of the electorate turned out to vote… With more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro, 55, had 67.7% - 5.8 million votes - National Electoral Council chief Tibisay Lucena announced. Mr Falcón won 21.2% - 1.8 million votes - she said."

TRES ODUM DE IFA PARA VENEZUELA  5/19/2018 Ngo Batalla Ifá Omí Loyeimo: por Jesus Chucho García - "Dice ogbe yono: "con violencia no se resuelve nada, la soberbia al final cuesta la vida "(IFA)"

The U.S. is Meddling in Venezuelan Election  5/18/2018 Consortium News: [No discussion of how white supremacy drives the conflict] "Far more blatant and frightening is the Plan to Overthrow the Venezuelan Dictatorship – Masterstroke, dated February 23, 2018. Masterstrokewas leaked on the website and picked up by Stella Calloni in the reliable and respected Resumen Latinoamericano. Although Masterstroke is unverified, the contents as reported by Calloni are entirely consistent with U.S. policy and pronouncements."

Chamanes en Berlín: Venezuela recupera la piedra Kueka  5/11/2018 Aporrea: "Una representación de indígenas Pemones realizó este viernes un ritual de sanación ante la piedra Kueka, actualmente ubicada en un parque en Berlín, Alemania, como antesala a la repatriación de este patrimonio cultural de Venezuela."

The “Masterstroke” of the United States Against Venezuela  5/9/2018 Resumen: [Another fine progressive analysis that makes no mention of white supremacy] - "One of the last paragraphs of the document is about “securing” or showing the use of violent means by the “dictatorship” to obtain international support, using “All the capabilities of the Psychological War of the United States Army.”"

US slaps more sanctions on Venezuela, urges suspension of 'sham' vote  5/7/2018 7 News: "Pence's address came as the United States imposed sanctions on 20 companies -- 16 of them in Venezuela, and four in Panama -- as well as three Venezuelan nationals including a former top intelligence official indicted in the US for narcotics trafficking. "We will deny corrupt Venezuelan regime officials access to the US financial system as we work with international partners to support the Venezuelan people in restoration of democracy and a return to prosperity," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in announcing the measures."

Afro-Venezuelans of African Ancestry .  4/29/2018 Kwame Selikem Okatakyie: "Afro- Venezuelans are descendants of Enslaved Africans who were brought from different parts of Africa such as Angola , Cameroon, Mozambique , Nigeria , Gabon , Congo , Ghana , Ivory Coast , Senegal , Gambia , Togo , Benin , Equatorial Guinea , Guinea including Guinea Bissau and some parts of Central and Southern Africa . They came from ethnic groups such as Wolof , Mandinka , Kikongo , GA Dangme , Ijaw , Igbo , Edo , Fon , Tikar , Bamileke , Adja , Egu , Ewe , Yoruba , Akan , Fulani , Hausa and other ethnic groups in Africa."

Los aborígenes caribes no habrían sido "caníbales salvajes", como afirmaron los colonos europeos  4/24/2018 Aporrea: "Durante siglos, los historiadores han afirmado que los primeros habitantes del Caribe, los arawak, fueron exterminados alrededor del año 1300 por los caribes. Sin embargo, las nuevas evidencias encontradas en un sitio arqueológico de Antigua y Barbuda contradicen esas aseveraciones, dijo al diario el arqueólogo Reg Murphy."

A Report on the Afro descendants Gathering in Venezuela  4/12/2018 IBW21: "The purpose of the visit was to see what was happening first hand in Venezuela and to witness President Maduro’s signing of the UN decree for the Decade of People of African descent. President Maduro did not hesitate in naming Reparations as one of the key issues he will discuss in Venezuela. Before the event ended, he committed to hosting an International Committee for the Reparations of Afro Descendants against Enslavement, Racism and Imperialism in May. The Venezuela we saw and felt is a Venezuela of Afro/Black faces that continue rising in the midst of the struggle. Yes, there is a crisis that the economic blockade has brought upon them but they continue moving in that Maroon Warrior light because the message of inclusion of their voices in Venezuela’s Bolivarian process feeds their commitment."

ARAAC: EL NEOLIBERALISMO AGUDIZÓ LA EXCLUSIÓN Y EL RACISMO A LAS/LOS AFRODESCENDIENTES EN LAS AMERICAS Y EL CARIBE.  4/5/2018 Diafar Diaspora Africana de la Argentina: "Reunidos en Caracas durante los días 23, 24 y 25 de marzo, en el marco del Lanzamiento del Decenio de los Pueblos Afrodescendientes en Venezuela (2014-2025), nosotras y nosotros, miembros de la Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de las Américas y el Caribe (ARAAC), una organización democrática, progresista y revolucionaria, agradecemos las atenciones y la oportunidad que nos brindó el gobierno Bolivariano bajo la dirección del presidente Nicolás Maduro, para realizar nuestras reflexiones sobre el retroceso que han venido sufriendo millones de afrodescendientes en países que han retornado al neoliberalismo salvaje como Honduras, Brasil, Argentina y Paraguay, pero al mismo tiempo la agudización de la exclusión y los asesinatos de líderes y lideresas afrocolombianos/as desde el gobierno Uribe Vélez y continuado por el actual presidente Santos, donde aún después de haberse firmado un proceso de paz, cada día continúa la violencia contra las comunidades negras, indígenas, campesinas y populares y sus dirigentes, lo que revela la complicidad contínua entre los intereses de la burguesía nacional, la clase política y las empresas del gran capital transnacional."

Venezuela solicitará a la Unesco declarar Tambores de San Juan como patrimonio de la humanidad  4/4/2018 Aporrea: "El presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, informó este miércoles que el Gobierno Nacional inició el proceso para que los Tambores de San Juan sean reconocidos por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (Unesco, por sus siglas en inglés) como patrimonio cultural de la humanidad. Durante la conmemoración del 50 aniversario del asesinato de Martin Luther King, que se realizó en el Palacio de Miraflores, en Caracas, el jefe de Estado precisó que instruyó al ministro para la Cultura, Ernesto Villegas, iniciar el proceso. El ministro se encuentra en París, Francia, para participar en en la reunión mundial de la Unesco en París."

¿Resucitaran los afrodescendientes con agenda propia ?  4/2/2018 Aporrea: "Ante una delegacion Internacional con representacion de lideres afrolatinoamericanos, Caribe, Europa y de Estados Unidos, los cuales gozan en sus respectivos paises de mucho respecto por sus activismos a favor de las y los afrodescendientes, quedo demostrado una vez la disposicion del proceso Bolivariano de retomar una agenda que viene planteando el Movimiento Afrovenezolano en sus distintas Corrientes para acabar con los vestigios de la discriminacion, el racismo, la exclusion y los desequilibrios regionales en cuanto a los desarrollos locales de las comunidades afrodescendientes."

DE LA ABOLICION DE LA ESCLAVITUD AL DECENIO AFRODESCENDIENTE  3/25/2018 Aporrea: "En la década de los años setenta comenzaría un lento despertar protagónico de las y los afrodescendientes en exigir sus derechos, en aplicar la convención contra la discriminación racial, en proponer reconocimiento en el sistema educativo y en otras áreas estratégicas sobre todo de la mujer liderizada por Argelia Laya, Irene Ugueto Josefina Brington, las tomas de tierras en Yaracuy, Barlovento, las luchas en el sur del lago de Maracaibo, la reivindicación cultural afro en San Agustín del Sur, La Vega y Caricuao. Con la llegada del presidente Chávez y el surgimiento de la Red de Organizaciones Afro, con profundo conocimiento de la exclusión histórica, comenzaría un proceso de reafalbetizacion dentro del proceso bolivariano para incluir con la agenda propia afro nuestra participación protagónica como sujetos de derecho, protagónica y participativa."

Miranda: Decenio Internacional de los Afrodescendientes recibe a activistas internacionales  3/25/2018 Aporrea: "Como parte de la jordana del Decenio Internacional para las Personas Afrodescendientes, capítulo Venezuela, el embajador de buena voluntad de la ONU, Danny Glover; el activista para los derechos humanos, James Early y la experta de la ONU, Mireille Fannon, junto a invitados internacionales, realizaron un recorrido por distintas comunidades de Barlovento, en el estado Miranda de Venezuela, informó prensa MPPRE."

EL NEOLIBERALISMO AGUDIZÓ LA EXCLUSIÓN Y EL RACISMO A LAS/LOS AFRODESCENDIENTES EN LAS AMERICAS Y EL CARIBE.  3/25/2018 ARAAC/RCA: "Afro descendientes progresistas en las Américas llaman a todos los gobiernos en las Americas a seguir el ejemplo del Gobierno Bolivariano de Venezuela a organizar en colaboración con sus Afro descendiente ciudadanos discusiones y proyectos de políticas públicas y regionales con resultantes, fondos y personal para que puedan mejora la calidad de vida del Afro ciudadanos."

Ejecutivo firmó el decreto para la ejecución del Decenio Nacional para Personas Afrodescendientes  3/25/2018 AVN: "Con esta firma, Venezuela cumple con la resolución de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) que proclamó el Decenio Internacional de los Afrodescendientes en el periodo 2015-2014, con el propósito de repudiar la discriminación y la segregación, así como promover el goce pleno de los derechos económicos, sociales, culturales, civiles y políticos para la población afrodescendiente."

Venezuela's Maduro Moves to Eradicate Racism from the Americas  3/24/2018 teleSUR: "Historical reparation, recognition and justice is pending; that is our commitment," said President Maduro as he signed the International Decade for People of African Descent."

Exonerating the Empire in Venezuela  3/22/2018 FAIR: "The United States has for years undermined the Venezuelan economy with economic sanctions, but US media coverage of Venezuela’s financial crisis has gone out of its way to obscure this."

Defender y desarrollar el legado de Hugo Chávez  3/16/2018 Diafar Diaspora Africana de la Argentina: por Danny Glover - "Los ataques políticos contra sus políticas públicas e internacionales y los despectivos ataques racistas personales no pudieron disuadirlo de confrontar el hecho empíricamente evidente de que las políticas de gobernanza global de la élite, que favorecían a los ricos y poderosos entre las naciones y los ciudadanos, eran destructivas y mortales para la mayoría de los países y las masas de ciudadanos en todo el mundo. Fue claro y directo al observar: "El racismo es muy característico del imperialismo y el capitalismo. El odio contra mí tiene mucho que ver con el racismo. Debido a mi gran boca y pelo rizado. Y estoy muy orgulloso de tener esta boca y este pelo, porque es africano"."

La fuerza del viento o las hijas de Oyá  3/11/2018 Revista Caracola: "La Negra Argelia Laya, vieja y querida amiga, miitante revolucionaria, comunista que empuñó las armas para enfrentar al adecaje corrupto, criminal y pro imperialista de Rómulo Betancourt. Supo siempre hacerle honor a su origen negro aunque ella siempre siempreme decía una frase de Martí: ‘hombre es más que negro, más que mulato, más que blanco (más que indio, agregaría yo; dígase hombre (o mujer) y se han dicho todos los derechos’. Murió luchando por esos derechos femeninos."

Venezuela, irreconocible cinco años después de la muerte de Chávez  3/4/2018 Havana Times: "Ramírez acusa a Maduro de haber traicionado el legado de Chávez. En varios artículos publicados en el portal Aporrea, el ex jefe de PDVSA y ex embajador en las Naciones Unidas denunció que Maduro le cerró el paso hacia una candidatura presidencial del chavismo. Además, señala a Maduro como responsable del “desastre” económico. “Se insinúa que Chávez tiene la culpa de este desastre, al ‘tomar decisiones equivocadas’, al insistir en ‘vivir con un precio de petróleo a 100 dólares el barril’, que ‘era muy fácil gobernar así’."

Movimiento afroamericano debate ideas de las relaciones entre afrodescendientes de Venezuela y los EEUU  2/28/2018 Correo del Orinoco: "Destacó la labor de Obi Egbuna quien desarrolla a lo largo de EEUU un programa de educación para niños con las escuelas afro, al igual que la profesora Sheila Walker que creó un programa en Antropología de la diáspora africana en la Universidad de Texas, Spelman College y Grupo de análisis afro en América latina. Para superar los desafíos de las comunidades afro en las Américas, García opina que la educación es la clave, en ese sentido se refirió a W.E.B Du Bois que planteaba el problema de la mala educación “estamos haciendo contribuciones para que seamos nosotros los afro que transformemos el currículum porque si no lo hacemos seguiremos produciendo más Condoleezza Rice y más Colin Powell”."

Plan to overthrow the Venezuelan Dictatorship – “Masterstroke”  2/23/2018 VoltaireNet: “Uniting Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Panama to contribute a good number of troops, make use of their geographic proximity and experience in operations in forested or jungle regions. Strengthening its international status with the presence of combat units from the United States and the aforementioned nations; under the general command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff led by the United States.”

El racismo macrista y el re-blanqueamiento de América Latina  2/20/2018 EPG Consultora: [Macri, preidente de Argentina] - "Mauricio Macri ha asumido una postura abiertamente etnocentrista, en la cual de acuerdo a Michael Biuig (1986) se centra étnicamente, es decir, acepta a aquellos que son “parecidos” a él y a rechazar a aquellos que son “diferentes”. Pero esto no es un hecho casual, no son “comentarios desafortunados” como algunos han querido hacerlo parecer, por el contrario, son una toma de posición ideológica racista, que pone en evidencia su explicito rechazo y desprecio a la diversidad de nuestro continente, pluriétnico y multicultural; postura que además determina y direcciona sus actuaciones políticas, económicas, sociales y culturales."

Rex Tillerson...Un pirata recorre el Caribe  2/12/2018 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia - "Hoy es el jeque petrolero de la compañía Exxon y ahora secretario de Estado Rex Tillerson quien por cierto fue derrotado en una demanda que hizo contra Venezuela cuando el presidente Chávez renacionalizo el petróleo e impuso nuestra soberanía energética. Ademas esta compañía fue la que influyo para que Donald Trump expresara que el cambio climático que afecta al planeta eran tenias falsas, Claro esta compañía es la que que mas esta contaminando el plantea."

Derecha USA y sus aliados fraguan golpe de estado en Cuba y Venezuela  2/10/2018 Descubriendo Verdades: "No resultan extrañas y fuera de contexto las coincidencias sobre los recientes llamados de personajes de la extrema derecha en USA a los miembros de las FANB venezolanas y a las FAR cubanas a rebelarse contra la gobernabilidad en ambas naciones para propiciar sendos golpes de estado con vistas a buscar derrocar por la violencia a los gobiernos de Nicolás Maduro y Raúl Castro."

Sabotaje a la democracia en Venezuela  2/9/2018 Cuba Debate: por Atilio Borón, economista y periodista argentino, quien dirigió Clacso.

“La cazadora de tiranos”: ¿Quién es la fiscal de la CPI encargada de investigar a Maduro?  2/9/2018 Panam Post: "Este jueves ocho de febrero la Corte Penal Internacional (CPI) en La Haya anunció la apertura de un examen preliminar contra Nicolás Maduro por crímenes de lesa humanidad. Quien velará por el caso será la fiscal jefe de la Corte, Fatou Bensouda, quien dejó claro que ha seguido “de cerca” la crisis en Venezuela. No se trata aún de una investigación, sino del proceso preliminar para determinar si se debe proceder con una investigación. No obstante, luego de varios años de demandas contra la dictadura chavista, finalmente se da el segundo paso decisivo para que eventualmente la Corte Penal Internacional actúe."

De Patricio Lumumba a Amilcar Cabral  1/28/2018 Aporrea: por Jesus Chucho Garcia - "El mes de enero fue testigo de dos asesinatos en la historia de la lucha de los pueblos africanos por conquistar su libertad con dignidad a través de de dos grandes líderes quien se opusieron con audacia inteligencia, constancia y una sostenida posición ideológica, ideología sustentada con mucha transparencia y ejemplo de consistencia en la lucha por la igualdad de sus pueblos."

Comunicado: Condena enérgica a Donald Trump por sus declaraciones racistas sobre Haití, El Salvador y estados africanos  1/18/2018 Aporrea: Por: Movimiento Social AfroRevolucionario Juan Ramón Lugo - "El Movimiento AfroRevolucionario Juan Ramón Lugo, condena enérgicamente las declaraciones racistas, denigrantes y groseras del Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América Donald Trump, sobre Haití, El Salvador, estados africanos y de otros continentes, en el transcurso de una negociación sobre el programa migratorio conocido como DACA, que tuvo lugar en la Casa Blanca, en el día viernes 12 de enero de 2018."

NIñO JESUS DE CURIEPE…CUANDO TE VAYAS ME AVISA  12/24/2017 Aporrea: por Jesus "Chucho" Garcia - "Curiepe, fue el primer pueblo en la Venezuela colonial, fundada por africanos libres de origen Congo, dentro de los cuales se encontraba Marcelino Ganga y Juan del Rosario Blanco. Porque eran libres estos africanos?. Ellos se habían fugado de la isla de Curazao, que estaba en posesión de Holanda, y este país era enemigo de la Corona Española."

Venezuela mestiza, pero profundamente racista  12/6/2017 Climax: "En 2013, de acuerdo con un estudio publicado por The Washington Post, Venezuela resultó ser el país más racista del continente americano. Los datos compilados por Max Fisher y recogidos por el World Values Survey señalan que los países nórdicos, anglosajones y latinoamericanos son los más tolerantes a aceptar ciudadanos de distintos orígenes." [Por esto, el gobierno EEUU mata a los afro, lo que no se ve en Venezuela.]

Insight - Pleas to flee, a desperate video: Inside Venezuela's oil industry purge  12/4/2017 Reuters: “I told him: ‘Go!',” said one of three people who described the leadup to the former minister’s detention. “But he told me ‘I haven’t done anything wrong. I trust that they’re not going to do anything bad to me.'”

Trump Doubles Down on Sanctions and Regime Change for Venezuela  11/14/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "On November 3, President Maduro of Venezuela proposed a meeting with creditors, for November 13 in Caracas, to discuss a restructuring of Venezuelan public debt. On November 8, the Trump administration reacted by warning US bondholders that attending this meeting could put them in violation of US economic sanctions against Venezuela. Such a violation can be penalized by 30 years in prison and up to $10 million dollars in fines for businesses."

The Governorship Elections in Venezuela. The PSUV Wins By a Landslide, Opposition in Disarray  11/10/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "The governing party of Venezuela, the PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela), has recently obtained a resounding electoral victory for State governorship. The election was called by the CNE (National Electoral Council) at the instance of the ANC (National Constituent Assembly). Soon after, the opposition group MUD (Democratic Unity Coalition) seemed to be in disarray. Enrique Capriles of Primero Justicia (Justice First) party, for example, resigned from the MUD coalition questioning Henry Ramos Allup of the AD (Democratic Action) party who in turn expelled the four AD governors who dared to be sworn-in in front of the ANC in acceptance of the election results."

COMO SOBREVIVIO EL CIMARRON GUILLERMO? REINVENTAR EL CIMARRONAJE  11/6/2017 AfroCubaWeb: por Jesus Chucho Garcia -- "Hay que reinventar el cimarronaje en la compleja crisis que estamos viviendo. Mientras no exista producción diversificada por mas que se aumenten los salarios, la estánflacion (inflacion con cero producción) seguirá reinando. Guillermo RIBAS fue asesinado por tropas españolas el 10 de noviembre de 1771. Murió libre,"

¿Qué paso con el proyecto Belen Palacios?  10/29/2017 Aporrea: "Antes de su muerte, Belen con el Grupo Elegua, fue invitada por la exministra de la Mujer Maria Leon para una actividad con el presidente Chavez, ante el cual ejecuto de una manera especial sus quitiplas. Tanto el presidente como Maria Leon, quedaron impactado por el Grupo Elegía y la versatilidad de Belen."

FORO EN BOSTON SOBRE VENEZUELA: UNA VICTORIA POR LA PAZ Y CONTRA EL INTERVENCIONISMO  10/24/2017 Gobierno de Venezuela: "La directora de ARAAC, capítulo Estados Unidos, profesora Yvette Modestin, expuso la necesidad de fortalecer los lazos de solidaridad con Venezuela, donde las y los afrodescendientes han tenido un rol protagónico en las luchas por la construcción de la democracia participativa, así como las relaciones con África y la diáspora africana. Por su parte el Cónsul de Venezuela en Boston, Omar Sierra, explicó en detalle las tácticas de la derecha al querer desconocer los poderes constitucionales, al entrar en desacato a poco tiempo de haber obtenido la victoria en diciembre del 2015 en la Asamblea Nacional, lo cual llevó a incidentes de violencia política con apoyo internacional, dejando a su paso miles de heridos, jóvenes incendiados vivos y ataques a instituciones, como hospitales materno infantiles, escuelas y centro de acopio de alimentos."

Derrotada la violencia, racismo e intervencionismo  10/22/2017 Aporrea: "Una vez mas, las mayorías, por no decir todas, las comunidades afrovenezolanas apoyaron con sus votos al proceso Bolivariano, lo cual demuestra que, pese a la severa crisis que se vive en estas comunidades, su lealtad al proceso bolivariano es indiscutible. El articulo de Freddy Pollito Blanco, develando el racismo de Carlo Ocariz al calificar a los ¨negros¨de Barlovento como ¨jediondos¨, tuvo su efecto. A eso se le suma que fue en el Estado Miranda (PLaza Altamira) donde quemaron e hirieron a jóvenes afrodescendientes por ser chavistas y ¨negros¨."

Venezuelan socialists make election gains  10/17/2017 Liberation: "Venezuela held its second election in four months, the 22nd election since the beginning of the socialist Bolivarian revolutionary process in 1998. These elections, for the governors of Venezuela’s 23 states, saw a turnout of 61.14 percent of registered voters, much higher than expected, second only to 2008 where regional elections saw a 65.45 percent turnout."

Las estrategias de la derecha venezolana  10/15/2017 Aporrea: "La Salida uno, fracaso. Por ultimo, con apoyo de dinero ensangrentado internacional promueven la salida II, iniciada después de una visita que hacen al presidente de Estados Unidos Donald Trump, la esposa de Lopez, Lilian Tintori, Julio Borges y Freddy Guevara, recaudando dinero sucio para iniciar acciones violentas en las calles, creando grupos paramilitares conocidos como la Resistencia, apoyados por el expresidente colombiano Uribe Velez, incendiando personas por considerarlas Chavistas y afrodescendientes, un poco a la estrategia aplica en Rwanda en la década de los noventas, entre Hutus y Tutsis (ver película Hotel Rwanda o Siempre en abril). Asesinar a Chavista. Incendiar instituciones publicas creadas por el gobierno Chavista, trataron de criminalizar y vivir al pueblo venezolano entre chavista y no chavista, la táctica de Rwanda entre Hutus y Tutsis."

Movimiento Malcolm X… Venezuela es soberana  10/3/2017 PSUV: por Jesús Chucho García - "El autor del famoso libro We will shoot back (Regresaremos para disparar), donde expone los asesinatos raciales cada 24 horas en Estados Unidos, ve con mucha preocupación como el modelo de la supremacía blanca racista estadounidense se ha replicado en la burguesía blanca racista venezolana cuando ha incendiado vivos a afrodescendientes, como hemos visto en algunos videos que nos han enviado un activista del Movimiento Afrorevolucionario Juan Ramón Lugo de Venezuela."

Travelling Through the Heart of Afro-Venezuela  10/2/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "We were there for two days as part of the Venezuela Analysis international solidarity delegation visit that took place at the end of August. The aim of the delegation was to get firsthand experience of the gains and challenges facing Venezuela’s pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution. We were met by a member of a local community council, which are grassroots participatory bodies found across Venezuela, in which neighbours organise to deal with local problems."

Maduro sustituye a dólar por yuan chino para cotizar petróleo  9/16/2017 HispanTV: "Ya estamos vendiendo el petróleo y todos nuestros productos en una canasta de monedas y ya a partir del día de hoy se cotiza en yuanes, las nuevas monedas del mundo nuevo y Venezuela va a la vanguardia financiera contra el neoliberalismo”, destacó el viernes el presidente Nicolás Maduro. Tras apuntar que las sanciones de EE.UU. “nos obligaron” a tomar tal decisión y acabar con el dólar, el dignatario venezolano calificó de “ilegales, arbitrarias y agresivas” las medidas del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump."

Junto con Irán y Rusia, Venezuela neutralizará sanciones de EEUU  9/15/2017 HispanTV: "Arreaza ha indicado este viernes en una rueda de prensa en Caracas, la capital, que todo tipo de sanciones “ilegales” contra Venezuela son rechazadas, mientras ha subrayado que el Gobierno venezolano se hace solidario con los países que también viven estas arbitrariedades de Estados Unidos, como “Irán y Rusia”."

Betsayda Machado's Afro-Venezuelan Rhythms Take on the Land's Crisis  9/12/2017 NPR: "The field recordings - the first time ever that La Parranda El Clavo was recorded - were produced by Juan Souki of Imaginarios and Jose Luis Pardo (aka DJ Afro, founding member of Venezuelan indie stars Los Amigos Invisibles as well as Los Crema Paraíso), so there's a contemporary freshness in the capturing and mixing of the rich ebullience of a music with a centuries-old legacy."

Why Won't American Media Tell the Truth About What's Happening in Venezuela?  9/7/2017 Alternet: "As the U.S. steps up its regime change efforts in Caracas, many leftists in progressive and social media have expressed confusion or equivocation. Their difficulty in distinguishing between an embattled social democracy and a violent, right-wing rejectionist opposition is a testament to the weakness of anti-imperialism in Western politics at the moment. Progressives should have no such difficulty. Chavismo is an incomplete, flawed, ongoing democratic experiment. The alternatives on display are clear: terror, occupation and austerity."

¿Comisión contra el odio sin afrodescendiente?  8/30/2017 Aporrea: "Venezuela no escapa de ese eclipse de Trump que contagió a Monseñor Antonio Castillo quien le echó agua bendita a los guarimberos quemadores de afrodescendientes y azusando a una guerra civil y de razas en Venezuela."

Are US Libertarians Stirring Up Trouble in Venezuela?  8/30/2017 Buzzflash: "Fang, a journalist examining the influence of organized interest groups and wealthy donors on politics, pointed out that "The Atlas Network spans dozens of other think tanks across the region, including prominent groups supporting right-wing forces behind the unfolding anti-government movement in Venezuela…"

Venezuela’s long history of racism is coming back to haunt it  8/16/2017 The Conversation: 'In the early years of Hugo Chávez’s rise to power, right wing criticism of the government was frequently couched in racial and cultural terms. The private media portrayed government supporters as hordes of “monkeys” moved by base emotions and swayed by an authoritarian leader. One anti-Chavista told me in 2005 that a president should be a “señor” who speaks English, and not someone from such a humble background that he only started wearing shoes at the age of eight. Chávez was not fit to be president, she elaborated, “because of his culture, the tiny bit he has … He wants us all to live like he used to live”.

FOTOS, INFOGRAFÍA Y MAPA | 157 muertos en protestas en Venezuela hasta el #13Ago  8/13/2017 Run Run: [This set of photos is used by the Venezuelan opposition to characterize their movement as multiracial. It's complicated by the fact that Latin Americans hold to the one drop rule in reverse, if you have a drop of white blood and are aspiring to be upwardly mobile, you are white.]

Trump says he won't rule out military option in Venezuela  8/11/2017 CNN: "This is our neighbor. You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary." [It is rich white people causing the violence, but that white supremacy is much to Trump's liking.]

Trump was making friends in Latin America — before he raised Venezuela ‘military option’ Read more here:  8/11/2017 Miami Herald: "But above all, Trump risked losing the alliance that, in one of the most striking recent examples of Latin American unity, came together in an emergency meeting held in Peru earlier this week. It drew 17 countries that denounced the “breakdown” of Venezuelan democracy following the inauguration last week of an all-powerful new legislative body loyal to Maduro. For once, Latin America’s biggest players came together to make the rarest of admissions: When it came to Venezuela, they agreed with Trump."

Sphere of Influence: How American Libertarians Are Remaking Latin American Politics  8/9/2017 Intercept: "Chafuen pointed to numerous Atlas-affiliated leaders now in the spotlight: ministers in the new conservative government in Argentina, senators in Bolivia, and the leaders of the Free Brazil Movement that took down Dilma Rousseff’s presidency, where Chafuen’s network sprang to life before his very eyes."

Here’s Your Guide to Understanding Protest Deaths in Venezuela  8/8/2017 teleSUR: "Right-wing opposition leaders have attempted to portray the deaths as examples of state repression and evidence of the "dictatorship" that they are aiming to topple. Mainstream media have by and large echoed this version of events, using titles like “Venezuelan Regime Has Blood On Its Hands” and “Venezuela's Tiananmen Moment." Some outlets have even gone as far as claiming the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro as engaging in “a campaign of state genocide.” The reality of the situation on the ground, however, demonstrates something very different."

Guerra híbrida contra Venezuela (II): Trump, la CIA y los publicistas  8/4/2017 Notas Periodismo Popular: "Las acciones de guerra convencional siempre vienen precedidas por declaraciones y acciones político diplomáticas. En el caso de las potencias con escala imperial también son habituales las sanciones o los boicots económicos, dentro y fuera del país. Todas ellas, a su vez, son anticipadas por operaciones de prensa que invariablemente se mantienen hasta el final y a cada momento realizan balances y proyecciones de cara a la opinión pública."

Venezuela chief prosecutor to probe election fraud claim  8/3/2017 BBC: "Ms Ortega, a fierce critic of President Nicolás Maduro, called for an independent audit of the vote."

As US Sanctions Maduro and Hints at Regime Change, a Debate on Resolving the Crisis in Venezuela  8/1/2017 Truth Out: "The government claims that 8 million persons -- the Electoral Council claims that 8 million persons came out to vote. That's not a very credible claim. We did some independent polling, exit polling, and we actually estimate it was about 3.6 million persons. The last election that you had, the last uncontested election, in terms of the results that you had, Maduro got about 5.5 million votes. It would be very difficult to believe that he's actually regained two-and-a-half million votes in the context of one of the deepest economic contractions in world history."

Strange Fruit: Venezuela has an Opposition that Nobody Should Support  7/29/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "Bolivarian University Professor Chris Gilbert addresses the racism and white supremacy of the Venezuelan opposition in light of recent lynchings against Black and Brown Venezuelans accused of being "Chavistas" or "thieves" by opposition militants."

There is Still Time to Prevent Civil War in Venezuela  7/28/2017 Counterpunch: by Eva Golinger - "I believe there is still a chance to prevent a full on civil war in Venezuela, but concessions must be made by both sides, starting with a return to rule of law. In order for that to happen, government efforts to usurp the powers of the democratically-elected parliament and judicial maneuvering by the country’s highest court to silence critics should cease. Voices of moderation need to emerge without fear of being branded traitors or opportunists, as has been happening to anyone publicly criticizing the government or opposition. The opposition leadership and its international backers must immediately condemn all violence."

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: En defensa de Venezuela  7/26/2017 Question Digital: [Buena analisis, pero no mentiona raza o racismo como factor esencial en el conflicto.]

Venezuela leader’s foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike  7/26/2017 WaPo: "Meanwhile, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called on Venezuelans to support the strike in his first direct public message since being moved from prison to house arrest this month. The 46-year-old former Caracas-area mayor, who was sentenced to 14 years in 2015 after being convicted of inciting violence during a previous spate of protests, also appealed to the military not to deploy for Sunday’s election."

CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela  7/26/2017 Zero Hedge: "Interim Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carmen Velasquez also criticized US threats of sweeping sanctions during a nearly two-hour discussion at the Venezuelan residency in Washington this week. For his part, Rubio has warned of a “very strong response” from Trump if Venezuela goes through with the “fraudulent vote,” vowing to recommend that a host of other senior Venezuelan officials also face sanction."

Venezuela on the Edge of Civil War  7/25/2017 Counterpunch: "Venezuela has been caught up in violent rioting backed by the right-wing wealthy class, and they have been responsible for most of the murdered and wounded, which the corporate Fake News ignores. Instead the corporate Fake News keeps repeating the numbers of those murdered as if all the deaths have been caused by the Venezuelan security forces, which is just not true."

Opposition Violence Responsible for 23 Venezuelans Burned Alive  7/23/2017 teleSUR: "According to, the majority of the burnings were based on either social status or political beliefs, a description which fits the U.N.'s definition of a hate crime: "Hate crime is a form of dehumanizing crime, because whoever commits it deems that its victim lacks human value because of their color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, origin, ethnic origin, civil status, birth, physical or mental disability, social status, religion, age, religious or political beliefs," as described by the U.N. Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide."

Will Trump Boycott Venezuelan Oil?  7/22/2017 Havana Times: "Piñon notes that at an average price of $45 per barrel x 700,000 per day, the US market represents approximately $31 million per day or around $11.3 billion per year of income for the Venezuelan State Oil Company (PDVSA) The oil expert says that a loss of cash revenue could have extreme consequences for the Venezuelan economy already in crisis. He believes that nobody else has the capacity to process the crude currently going to several US refineries, including CITGO owned by PDVSA."

¿El fascismo es una amenaza real?  7/22/2017 Jiribilla: "El plan de EE.UU. de estimular a los sectores fascistas de la oposición venezolana, para llevarnos a una guerra civil, como lo hicieron en la invasión terrorista en Iraq, Libia y Siria, continúa en pleno desarrollo. Todos los días se promueve la guerra sobre la Venezuela Bolivariana (la económica, el terrorismo y la mediática para incendiar el país) se utiliza al hampa común y los paracos junto con los partidos políticos de Voluntad Popular y Primero Justicia para mantener el estado de angustia y  tratar de intimidar a los chavistas para que no salgan a votar en la elección de los Constituyentistas a la Asamblea Nacional este 30 de julio. "

Entrevista Afroepistemologia - Jesús Chucho García - Julio 2017  7/21/2017 Caribe Nuestro: "En esta edición conversamos con Jesús Chucho García, coordinador del Centro de Estudios Afroamericanos Miguel Acosta Saignes de la UCV, editor de la revista Africamerica y coordinador de la fundación Afroamérica y la Red Afrovenezolana. Con él conversamos sobre la herencia africana en el Caribe, la espiritualidad, la identidad y la cultura de resistencia. Además profundizamos sobre su libro Caribeñidad."

The State of the Left in Latin America: A Disillusioned Revolution in Venezuela  7/21/2017 NACLA: "The Venezuelan government over the last year— in fact, over the last several years— has become incredibly incompetent in managing of the economy. It has also been reaching out to international and domestic capitalists. The government has even signed deals with multinational corporations to open the country to mining."

Queman a dos hombres señalados de chavistas en una protesta opositora en Venezuela  7/19/2017 RT: "La jornada violenta opositora dejó un saldo de dos personas incineradas y un herido que escapó de ser quemado vivo. En algunas ciudades del país se llevó a cabo el cierre de vías y el impedimento del libre tránsito convocados por la dirigencia de la oposición. "

Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?  7/13/2017 Counterpunch: "Instead of denouncing rightwing violence that aims at regime change, many on the U.S. left have stayed silent, or opted to give an evenhanded analysis that supports neither the Maduro government nor the oligarchy trying to violently overthrow it. Rather, the left prioritizes its energy on lecturing on Maduro’s “authoritarianism” and the failures of “Chavismo.”"

(Declaración) Conferencia Panafricanismo Hoy: Los pueblos y organizaciones de África defendemos la Revolución Bolivariana  7/10/2017 Alba Movimientos: "Las organizaciones presentes en la Conferencia “Panafricanismo Hoy”, reunidas en Túnez entre el 30 de junio y el 2 de julio de 2017, condenamos enérgicamente los ataques y la violencia sistemática que está sufriendo la revolución bolivariana por parte del imperialismo norteamericano y sus lacayos de la derecha venezolana. Rechazamos los más recientes crímenes ocurridos contra militantes del chavismo y el pueblo en general, así como los ataques a instituciones del estado."

The Struggle For Venezuela and Its Afro-historical Component  7/8/2017 Black Star News: "It is no different in Venezuela today. How do we account for the burning by anti-government demonstrators of a 21 year old Afro Venezuelan, Oscar Figuera, simply for identifying as a Chavez supporter? The anti-Bolivarian opposition is also anti-Black. These are the stories you don?t hear about during these ?peaceful? opposition protests; just as few knew about the lynching of Black Libyans and ethnic cleansing of Tawergha and other abuses due to the media blackout except for a few outlets. This opposition is really no different than the Right-wing that supports President Donald Trump and here in America they include Neo-Nazis and the KKK."

CARICOM deals a blow to US plans for regime change in Venezuela  6/25/2017 SF Bay View: "U.S. diplomats in Guyana, and for that matter throughout the Global South, are not diplomats in the strict sense of the word, and can be better described as political activists. They are constantly meddling in the internal affairs of the country they are stationed in, giving directives to the compliant neo-colonial regimes and actively undermining and destabilizing independent and anti-imperialist governments, such as the government in Venezuela."

Caribbean People do not Need Instruction from US on Venezuela Crisis  6/23/2017 teleSUR: "Indeed, Ms Taglialatela seems to think that she knows the situation in Venezuela even better than Ms Ines Esparragoza, the mother of the late Orlando Figuera — the 21-year-old Afro-Venezuelan who was brutally beaten by a crowd of white Opposition supporters, stabbed six times, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Orlando Figuera was burnt to death simply because he was black and was a supporter of the socialist party of Chavez and Maduro."

Venezuela Is Under Attack for Asserting That Black Lives Matter  6/23/2017 teleSUR: "Chavez was the first president in the Americas to openly acknowledge and embrace his Indigenous and African heritage. The privately owned Venezuelan media often referred to him with racist slurs. In 2005, Chávez declared that, "hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my big mouth and curly hair. And I'm so proud to have this mouth and this hair, because it is African." That same year, Chávez created the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination in the Venezuelan Educational System."

Venezuela Is Under Attack for Asserting That Black Lives Matter  6/21/2017 Truth Out: "It is important to note that while the vitriolic right-wing government opposition is concentrated among the white and economically elite elements of the population, the barrios, shanty towns and rural areas that are home to the poor, Indigenous communities and the Afro-Venezuelans have not erupted into protest for the most part because they support the government."

Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests  6/12/2017 Real News: "Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening."

Identifican el arma "de alta tecnología" con la que indujeron cáncer a Hugo Chávez  6/6/2017 RT: "Según detalla el portal, la "nanoarma" fue desarrollada mediante "nanotransportadores o nanocápsulas con direccionamiento controlado que contenían nanopartículas inductivas con aceleradores de metástasis de dosis controlada"."

Venezuelan Youth Burned for 'Being Chavista' Dies from Injuries  6/4/2017 teleSUR: "Orlando Jose Figuera was burned alive on May 20 in Caracas’ Altamira neighborhood, one of the capital’s affluent areas, after opposition protesters suspected that the 21-year-old Black man was a government supporter."

Venezuelan Opposition Spreads Lies About U.S. Journalists, Inciting Violence, Death Threats  6/3/2017 Alternet: "“For doing my job –– for interviewing government officials, protesters at los guarimbas, average Venezuelans and peaceful marchers –– I am called a spy who should be killed by the same people called ‘peaceful freedom fighters’ by Western press,” Martin told AlterNet in an interview. “These unsuccessful attempts to intimidate us reveals how much they really fear accurate reporting that might undermine their narrative.”"

Racism and Hate Fuel Right-Wing Terrorism in Venezuela  6/1/2017 teleSUR: "Rhetoric aimed at vilifying all Chavistas, often mixed with racism and bigotry, has motivated a growing number of hate crimes and assaults."

Belizean organization celebrates Afro-Venezuelan History Month  5/31/2017 Amandala: "The organizers explained that even the understanding of Venezuela as a “very Black country” is greatly lacking in Belize, attributing this to corporate efforts that globally “exclude the stories of African and African-descendant peoples”. One member said, “Afro Venezuelans look no different than Afro-Belizeans. We are all one family…. We have been so cut off from our culture and from ourselves and our knowledge of who we are, that we don’t immediately recognize each other”."

Movimiento Afrovenezolano y la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente  5/29/2017 Aporrea: "Al igual que otros movimientos afrovenezolanos, suscribimos esta convocatoria como también lo ha venido haciendo el recientemente creado movimiento de carácter político, denominado "Movimiento Afrorevolucionario Juan Ramón Lugo" que en su carta abierta a la Comisión Presidencial para la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente en el Manifiesto titulado "Afrodescendientes de Venezuela ante el proceso constituyente" donde muy especialmente expresan: "Consideramos que la Comisión presidencial por la Asamblea Constituyente, formada en su mayoría por los constituyentitas del año 1999, no deben caer en el mismo error de aquel momento histórico donde fuimos excluidos.""

Three Dead in Venezuela as Violent Protests Enter 9th Week  5/29/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "The incident is the third instance of Afro-Venezuelan men being taken for “infiltrators” and attacked by mobs of anti-government protesters in recent weeks. On May 18, Carlos Ramirez was beaten and set on fire by demonstrators shouting “he has to die because he’s Chavista”. Orlando Jose Figueras was likewise burned alive by opposition supporters two days later and is currently in a coma."

Venezuelan opposition attempts to disrupt London meeting  5/28/2017 Hands off Venezuela: "The attempt to disrupt the meeting in London is not an isolated event. Venezuelan opposition supporters have organised a lynch mob against chavistas abroad, publishing the names and addresses of supporters of the revolution, government and embassy officials as well as those of their children and relatives and encouraged opposition supporters “to get them”. In Madrid, a threatening mob of opposition supporters besieged a cultural building of the Venezuelan embassy where a solidarity meeting was taking place and did not allow anyone out (with threats of violence) for 5 hours."

TERRORISMO RACIAL EN LA PLAZA ALTAMIRA  5/27/2017 JOVENES AFROVENEZOLANOS: "Recuerdo que casi inmediatamente después del golpe de Estado Contra el presidente Chávez y el paro petrolero, cuando los militares tomaron la plaza Altamira, esta fue convertida en una especie de Apartheid. Si la memoria no me falla en esos tiempo pasaba una indígena y la golpearon por ser india chavista. Posteriormente a mi amigo Cesar Quintero quien tuvo que pasar por esa plaza a pie para llevar al profesor japonés Jun Isibashi para su hotel, un grupo de terrorista racista, lo agarraron, pues el amigo además de ser afro llevaba una franela roja, fue golpeado y luego recogido irónicamente por la policía de Chacao, después de recibir una rumba e palo."

Jamaica's Opposition Urges Govt to Show Real Solidarity with Venezuela  5/27/2017 teleSUR: "Mark Golding, the leader of the opposition business in the senate and former minister of justice stated, “It saddens me to think that the Government of Jamaica could now be on the defensive, so to speak, trying to justify statements that are in the public domain suggestive of a lack of support for the Venezuelan Government that has been so very generous to the people of Jamaica, especially the poor and dispossessed people of our country.""

Burning Man in Venezuela  5/26/2017 The Nation: "The other day, anti-government protesters in Venezuela set a man on fire, severely burning nearly 80 percent of his body. The man had brown skin, and government supporters say he was a Chavista, to highlight the racist savagery of their adversaries. The opposition says he was a thief."

The script for plans to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution was written in Washington  5/25/2017 Granma: "But this last wave of violence appears to be better organized and more extensive. Some of the scenes reported are totally senseless, defying all logic. The attack by armed opposition gangs on the Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías Maternal-Infant Hospital, with 54 children inside, would qualify as a war crime before any international court."

Venezuelan Attorney General Comes Under Fire After Controversial Press Conference  5/25/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "But the Attorney General has also been accused of acting with leniency towards violent protesters in the wake of the press conference, in which she revealed that “only 284” of the 2664 people indicted for crimes such as homicide, looting, grievous bodily arm, robbery, and arson, remained behind bars."

Amid right-wing violence, Caribbean activists call on CARICOM to send fact-finding Mission to Venezuela  5/24/2017 Granma: "Amid the violent right-wing attacks that continue to ramp up after more than 50 days of ongoing protests, a number of activists and intellectuals from the Caribbean have called on the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, to send a fact-finding mission to Venezuela. In a press release issued last week, members of the Saint Lucia's Network in Defence of Humanity, St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Venezuelan-Vincentian Friendship Association, Barbados' Network in Defence of Humanity and Trinidad and Tobago's Movement for Social Justice stated the mission is imperative to “ascertain the internal situation of Venezuela.”"

Racist Mobs Lynch, Set Fire to Venezuelans with Brown Skin, Assuming Them Chavistas  5/21/2017 Liberation: "In at least one documented incident, the man attacked did not identify as a supporter of Chávez or of the Bolivarian government, but he was assumed so by a mob that attacked him based on his skin color. Right wing supporters are disproportionately whiter and from wealthier neighborhoods; the man in question was Afro-descendant and reportedly from a barrio of Caracas. He was reportedly accused by right wing protesters of being an infiltrator before the mob set upon him."

La Foto: Así le quemaron la casa en el Páramo a un artesano por ser chavista  5/13/2017 La Iguana: "La vivienda del artesano Román Rodríguez fue incendiada este viernes por manifestantes antigubernamentales, quienes habrían actuado motivados por el hecho de el propietario del inmueble es chavista."

Caracas “Afro Chávez” Forum Inaugurates Afro-Venezuelan Month  5/12/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "For the revolutionaries of the Network of Afro-Venezuelan Organizations (ROA), the massive anti-colonial revolts spearheaded by African and indigenous peoples continue to define Venezuelan politics to this day."

Your Guide to Understanding Protest Deaths in Venezuela  5/5/2017 Q Costa Rica: "Right-wing opposition leaders have attempted to portray the deaths as examples of state repression and evidence of the “dictatorship” that they are aiming to topple. Mainstream media have by and large echoed this version of events, using titles like “Venezuelan Regime Has Blood On Its Hands” and “Venezuela’s Tiananmen Moment.” Some outlets have even gone as far as claiming the elected government of Nicolas Maduro as engaging in “a campaign of state genocide.” The reality of the situation on the ground, however, demonstrates something very different."

ARAAC se solidariza con Venezuela y su gobierno  5/4/2017 REDH: "La Articulación Regional de Afrodescendientes de América Latina y el Caribe Solidarios con el Pueblo de Venezuela y su Legitimo Gobierno. Venezuela confronta una crisis severa que hace imperativo recordar el significado histórico del liderazgo de Hugo Chávez y el proyecto de Revolución Bolivariana, que construyó un modelo social alternativo en el continente, denominado Socialismo Bolivariano o Socialismo del Siglo XXI."

Articulación Regional de Afrodescendientes de América Latina y el Caribe Solidarios con el Pueblo de Venezuela y su Legítimo Gobierno.  5/3/2017 Movimientos: "Hoy Venezuela se encuentra acechada por enemigos externos y apátridas internos. La guerra mediáticas, la desinformación, la distorsión de la representación de la realidad política y económica, se conjugan en un concierto perverso, donde participan los grandes consocios comunicacionales de todos los continentes. Su implementación es la preparación de una intervención indirecta en sus asuntos internos, propuesto como metas por la derecha resurgida principalmente desde el cono sur. Las opiniones de los llamados países de la Alianza del Pacífico coinciden con las de las fuerzas reaccionarias en Centroamérica y el gobierno de facto en Brasil. En este contexto, resurge al relieve el rol de la OEA como organismo servil al capital y al imperio. La elección de un gobierno de ultraderecha en los Estados Unidos viene a añadir insulto a la injuria."

Afro-Revolucionarios en apoyo al retiro de Venezuela de la OEA  4/29/2017 Aporrea: Por: Movimiento AfroRevolucionario Juan Ramón Lugo

Venezuela Ablaze  4/27/2017 Counterpunch: "Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, World News Tonight, wherever a breaking story of Venezuela appears nowadays, it’s bloodshed, protests, no food, people starving, and worse… Venezuela ablaze! President Maduro is reviled time and again as a brute. On the other hand, that’s strange in the face of the principles of Chavismo, established by Hugo Chávez, including nationalization, social welfare programs for all citizens, and opposition to neoliberalism, especially policies of the IMF and World Bank. Chavismo promotes participatory democracy and workplace democracy."

Venezuela: Respaldo de la Dirección Nacional de Organizaciones Mundo Afro, Integrante ARAAC  4/27/2017 Resumen 

Organizaciones Mundo Afro manifiesta su respaldo a Venezuela y al presidente Maduro  4/26/2017 Gobierno de Venezuela: "La Dirección Nacional de las Organizaciones Mundo Afro, integrante de la Alianza Regional Afrodescendientes para América y el Caribe (ARAAC), rechazó todas las formas de intromisión en los asuntos internos de Venezuela y reiteró su respaldo al presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro."

Movimientos sociales del mundo Afro se solidarizan con Venezuela y el Presidente Maduro  4/26/2017 Radio del Sur: "Delcy Rodríguez ministra del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores, agradeció a la Dirección Nacional de Organizaciones Mundo Afro su solidaridad con Venezuela y el Primer Mandatario Nacional, Nicolás Maduro, luego de un comunicado oficial que emitió la organización donde rechazan las políticas injerencistas de parte del imperio norteamericano."

Death toll jumps to 20 in Venezuela protests  4/21/2017 AFP: "Videos shot by El Valle residents on Thursday night showed people throwing bottles and other objects out their windows at the gunmen in the streets below, shouting "Murderers!" At one point, street protesters hurling Molotov cocktails managed to set fire to one of the armored police trucks firing tear gas at them, lighting up the night sky."

La diversidad espiritual en el Caribe  4/17/2017 Aporrea: Por Jesús Chucho García - "Definitivamente, el caribe fue el lugar donde se encontraron los dioses del universo con sus cosmologías, mitos, significantes y significados que marcharon en un paralelismo complementario ayudándose mutua y permanentemente, en una relación a veces entre dominantes y dominados, dolorosa y amorosa, que algunos llaman incorrectamente sincretismo, término impuesto por la escuela antropológica funcionalista americana."

Afro-Venezuelan Slams ‘Racist, Sexist’ Opposition Protests  4/11/2017 teleSUR: “It’s a white, bourgeois, classist, racist and sexist elite that has no patriotism,” Duran told teleSUR during an interview. “They want a Venezuela where only they exist, not Black, Indigenous and poor people.”

Chomsky: Latin American Socialists In Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil Have Failed To Build Sustainable Economies  4/5/2017 Real Clear Politics: "Well, there were—there were real achievements. But the left governments failed to use the opportunity available to them to try to create sustainable, viable economies. Almost every one—Venezuela, Brazil, others, Argentina—relied on the rise in commodity prices, which is a temporary phenomenon. Commodity prices did rise, mainly because of the growth of China. So there was a rise in the oil price, of soy, and so on and so forth. And instead of trying to develop a sustainable economy with manufacturing, agriculture and so on—like Venezuela is potentially a rich agricultural country, but they didn’t develop it—they simply relied on the commodity—raw materials commodities they could export. That’s a very harmful—it’s not only not a successful, it’s a harmful development model, because when you export grain to China, let’s say, they export manufacturing goods to you, and that undermines your manufacturing industries. And that’s pretty much what’s been happening."

Edgardo Lander: Ante la crisis de Venezuela la izquierda carece de crítica  4/1/2017 Red Filosófica del Uruguay: "Primero hay que tomar en cuenta qué fue lo que pasó en el tránsito de Chávez a Maduro. Yo soy de la opinión de que la mayoría de los problemas con los que nos encontramos hoy son problemas que venían acumulándose con Chávez. Los análisis de parte de la izquierda venezolana que reivindican la época de Chávez como la época de gloria, en la que todo funcionaba bien y de repente aparece Maduro como un incompetente o un traidor, son explicaciones demasiado maniqueas y que no permiten desentrañar cuáles son las lógicas más estructurales que llevan a la crisis actual."

“Afro-Venezuelans Deserve Reparations that go Beyond the Symbolic”  3/24/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, activist for the rights of Afro-descendents and executive director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to Venezuelanalysis about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on comparative abolitionist processes in Venezuela, Colombia and the US."

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution Embraces its African Roots  3/21/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "CAACW coordinators Raquel Escobar Gomez (RE) and Roberto Torres (RT) organize in-depth academic research, community based workshops and build relationships with the Afro-Venezuelan movement, Venezuelan-African diplomatic spaces and Black liberation processes beyond Venezuela."

Venezuela's Women's Ministry: Working to Reverse Damage Done by Capitalist Patriarchy  3/14/2017 Venezuela Analysis: "In celebration of the historic date, the symbolic remains of three Afro-Venezuelan and indigenous women: Apacuana, Matea Bolivar and Hipolita Bolivar, were inducted into the National Pantheon of Heroes in Caracas."

How a Politician Accused of Drug Trafficking Became Venezuela’s Vice President  2/16/2017 NYT: [Perhaps NYT could investigate why Bill Clinton picked Colombian President Uribe as a partner in the drug war when the DIA listed him as a narcosenator and a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar. Or maybe why Hillary and Trump approve of the Honduran government which is riddled with narcos from the top on down…]

La ultraderecha contra Venezuela  2/13/2017 ALAI: por Jesús Chucho García - "De nuevo, arrancando el año 2017, al igual que el año pasado, el radio de acción de la combinación perfecta de los ultraderechistas diputados venezolanos y los ultraderechista de siempre del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, arremeten contra el proceso bolivariano. La reciente visita del diputado de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela y miembro del partido fascista Voluntad Popular Freddy Guevara por Washington, tuvo como finalidad solicitar una bomba de oxígeno desesperadamente para reunirse con el equipo de gobierno del presidente Donald Trump, así como con el amargo Luis Almagro, secretario general de la OEA y congresista de la ultraderecha como Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Marcos Rubio, Ted Cruz y el acusado e investigado por corrupción Bob Menéndez, entre otros, incluyendo algunos demócratas de la misma estirpe."

Venezuela derrotó a Gene Sharp y lo dejó como polvo cósmico  1/9/2017 Aporrea: "Intervienen entre otras organizaciones norteamericanas de “exportación” de la democracia a través de las revoluciones de colores: la USAID (Unite States Agency for National Developement), la NED (National Endowment for Democracy), el IRI (International Republican Institute), el NDI (National Democratic Institute for International Affairs), Freedom House y OSI (Open Society Institute). Todos estos entes, son meros centros de conspiración y financiamiento para derrocar gobiernos que no sigan los lineamientos del Status Quo del Imperio."

PSUV repudiates dishonorable attitude of military personnel for murders in Barlovento  12/1/2016 Radio Nacional Venezuela: "The leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, spoke this Tuesday from the Casa Anauco in Caracas, in order to repudiate the murder of twelve people in Miranda state, specifically in the Barlovento locality, committed last October by military personnel who are already behind the bars. The leader stressed that the national President, Nicolás Maduro, ordered the degradation and expulsion of the culprits for violating with their behavior the values and principles that represent the FANB."

11 Venezuelan Military Officials Arrested Over Alleged Massacre  11/28/2016 Venezuela Analysis: "Additionally, the ministry in name of the president pledged “all its support” to the families of the victims, including “state compensation and reparations”. For his part, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol pledged that he “would not rule out further arrests until the incident is totally cleared up”. Family members of the victims travelled to Caracas in the company of military officials on Sunday in order to meet with prosecutors and forensic experts."

Los DD HH y los afrodescendientes  11/12/2016 La Voz: "Ya es hora de que el presidente Nicolás Maduro que firme el decreto ejecutivo del Decenio de los Pueblos Afrodescendientes (2015-2024), como lo hicieron Evo Morales y Rafael Correa. -Es de terror lo que sigue pasando en Barlovento con la comida y los precios exorbitantes. Me llegan noticias que me niego a creer. Según y que algunos alcaldes de Barlovia están metidos en el asunto del aumento de los precios. Bernal, una visita a Barlovia no estaría mal."

¿Qué está pasando en Venezuela?  10/24/2016 Alba Movimientos: "Mientras se da la sesión en la AN, el Presidente Maduro está de gira por países OPEP y no OPEP concertando un acuerdo para estabilizar los precios internacionales del petróleo, base fundamental de la economía venezolana. ¿No es a caso una acción golpista buscar la destitución de un Presidente por abandono de cargo, cuando es público y notorio que está en pleno ejercicio de sus funciones como Jefe de Estado?"

Rescatar el salto hacia adelante  10/21/2016 ALAIN: "¿Quién se acuerda de unos de los documentos esenciales del proceso bolivariano, denominado Un Salto hacia Adelante, esbozado por el

Caiga quien caiga: Cuando la brujería está por encima de la ideología  10/20/2016 La Patilla: "Fue siempre -su gente- la que informaba- muchas veces con orgullo- que Chávez creía y practicaba paralelamente la santería y la religión Palo Mayombe, y que sus frecuentes viajes a Cuba, además de representar una oportunidad para establecer alianzas y acuerdos con Fidel Castro, eran para hacerse ver por babalawos, quienes “hipotéticamente” lo mantendrían “seguro” en su cargo e intacto de las garras de sus enemigos."

Venezuelan Government Creates Special Commission to Investigate New Tumeremo Deaths  10/13/2016 Venezuela Analysis: "De Grazia accused state security personnel operating under Operation Liberation of the People (OLP) of carrying out the killing in conjunction with local criminal groups, but failed to offer any evidence. On Tuesday, authorities recovered the bodies of two men in the mine, which they are working to identify. This past Friday, the body of Rosa Isabel Rivas Rojas, 29, was uncovered in the mine’s trash dump."

After huge Venezuela protest march, government says foils coup  9/2/2016 Reuters: "Venezuela's socialist government said on Friday it thwarted a coup plot this week as opponents planned to build on their biggest protest in more than a decade with further street action demanding a referendum to remove the president. Buoyed by rallies in Caracas on Thursday that drew hundreds of thousands, the opposition coalition is planning more marches on Sept. 7 to demand a plebiscite against President Nicolas Maduro this year. But with the election board dragging out the process and Maduro vowing there will be no such vote in 2016, it is hard to see how the opposition can force it."

DISCRIMINACIÓN RACIAL Y VIDA COTIDIANA EN AMÉRICA LATINA: EMPLEO, EDUCACIÓN Y MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN  7/1/2016 EPG CONSULTORA DE GÉNERO Y EQUIDAD: por Esther Pinada - "La segregación y la discriminación racial en todas sus formas han sido reconocidas por los instrumentos e instancias internacionales como una negación de los derechos humanos, a las libertades fundamentales y la dignidad humana. Estas prácticas son consideradas en la sociedad contemporánea como políticamente incorrectas, lo cual ha creado las condiciones para que el racismo se realice con manifestaciones más sutiles, casi imperceptibles, las cuales facilitan su penetración y perdurabilidad en el entramado social. En América Latina su expresión más frecuente ha sido y continúa siendo a través del lenguaje, chistes, refranes, apodos, los gestos, la evitación, la duda, la sospecha, la ridiculización, la condescendencia, el cuestionamiento, la omisión, la invisibilización, la desatención, la desmoralización y la minimización de los sujetos racializados; lo cual favorece que este tipo de discriminación se realice con total impunidad."

Fundación Afrodescendiente “Argelia Laya” impulsa valores culturales en San Francisco  6/24/2016 Panorama: "Con la finalidad de rescatar la cultura de los pueblos, el Gobierno Bolivariano de la Ciudad de San Francisco, impulsa y apoya la Fundación Afrodescendiente de Venezuela “Argelia Laya”, preservando la historia que nos define como país. Esta fundación se ha hecho presente en la Ciudad de San Francisco, apoyando la Revolución Bolivariana de Venezuela, en el gran esfuerzo que realiza para hacer visibles y dignificar las distintas culturas que forman parte de la historia de nuestro país."

Nicolás Maduro pidió a los afrodescendientes que estén alertas a su llamado para "defender la paz en Venezuela"  6/22/2016 Infobae: "Esta jornada Maduro recibió a los afrodescendientes, como lo ha hecho desde hace varias semanas con diferentes sectores a los que ha convocado a marchas, para rechazar las supuestas intenciones desestabilizadoras de la oposición."

Cultura y herencia afrodescendiente se enaltecen en Venezuela  6/21/2016 Venezuela: "“Tenemos que sentirnos orgullosos de ser cimarrones, es la cultura de la alegría, del amor, de la rebeldía que se enfrentó al odio, al esclavismo y al racismo”, sostuvo el Mandatario nacional, al tiempo en que convocó a la unión nacional en función de erradicar toda forma de discriminación en el país, con la promoción de una nueva cultura de igualdad, especialmente a través de los medios de comunicación."

Marcha Afrodescendiente inclusión con desición y contra la injerencia extranjera  6/20/2016 Aporrea: "Entre el 18 y 21 de junio del año 2000, en San José de Barlovento, después de un largo proceso de construcción de un discurso desde las y los sujetos sociales afrovenezolanos durante dos décadas y con el vientre orgánico de la Fundación Afroamérica y de la Unión de Mujeres Negras de Venezuela, surgiría el primer núcleo articulador de las organizaciones afrovenezolanas, que llamamos para ese momento Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas."

Afrovenezolanos marcharán en respaldo a la soberanía del país  6/20/2016 teleSUR: "Pueblo venezolano afrodescendiente se movilizará en rechazo a la injerencia extranjera que pretende desestabilizar el proceso revolucionario en el país suramericano."

Identificada el arma con que fusilaron célula por célula al Comandante Chávez  6/3/2016 Aporrea: "Los resultados de la investigación concluyen, que existió un complot para asesinar al Comandante Chávez mediante la utilización de una Nano Arma, que le indujo un cáncer atípico y agresivo."

Asesinan a médica comunitaria en Turmero tras denunciar a bachaqueros, policías y delincuentes locales  5/24/2016 La Tabla: "Una médica integral comunitaria de 44 años de edad fue asesinada de un tiro en la cabeza entre la noche del sábado y la madrugada de este domingo, en una comunidad popular de la ciudad de Turmero, municipio Santiago Mariño del estado Aragua, a unos 80 kilómetros al occidente de la capital venezolana."

Las claves del asesinato de #HugoChávez #Cuba #Venezuela  4/26/2016 Cuba por siempre: "Había otro atentado, menos conocido, contra Chávez que fue descubierto en la ciudad de Nueva York durante su visita a la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas en septiembre de 2006. De acuerdo a la información proporcionada por los servicios de seguridad, durante los reconocimientos de seguridad estándar de un evento en el que Chávez se dirigiría al público estadounidense en una universidad local, se detectaron altos niveles de radiación en la silla en la que se habría sentado. La radiación fue descubierta por un detector Geiger, que es un dispositivo de detección de radiación de mano de la seguridad presidencial utilizado para asegurar que el presidente no estaba en peligro de exposición a los rayos radioactivos. En este caso, la silla fue retirada y las pruebas posteriores demostraron que emanaba cantidades inusuales de radiación que podrían haber causado un daño significativo a Chávez si no lo hubieran descubierto. De acuerdo con la seguridad presidencial, una persona estadounidense que había estado involucrado en el apoyo logístico para el evento y había proporcionado la silla de Chávez, pertenecía a la Inteligencia de Estados Unidos."

Is US-Funded Destabilization in Latin America Now Paying Off?  4/14/2016 teleSUR: "Additionally there is a raft of "private" or "independent" bodies concerned chiefly with Latin America, the most important of which are Inter-American Press Association; Fundacion para el Analisis y los Estudios Sociales – led by Jose Maria Aznar; the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad; hundreds of Think Tanks; and possibly thousands of NGOs that share the "regime change" aim but that do it from a specialist angle. To all of this architecture of U.S. intervention, the overwhelming majority of the world corporate media play a decisive role, making any U.S. led intervention, a lethal political threat to the survival of any "target government"."

Congreso de la Patria afrodescendiente (Opinión)  4/2/2016 Corre del Orinoco: "Por su significación histórica, a continuación incluimos la Declaración Política surgida a la luz de los debates realizados en Caracas como parte del Congreso de la Patria para el sector Afro y cuya lectura se hizo en el acto de lanzamiento en el Teatro Alameda de San Agustín el pasado 16 de marzo. Por cuestiones de espacio solo van los acuerdos."

Afrodescendiente y afrovenezolano  3/8/2016 Aporrea: "No ha sido fácil convencer algunas personas concernidas en la discusión del término afrodescendiente o expresión equivalente donde antepongamos lo afro, como en la afroepistemología, sin embargo viendo el asunto del otro lado de nuestras fronteras marítimas al sur del océano Atlántico, en las nuevas relaciones diplomáticas iniciadas con este continente africano, es sorprendente e incomprensible que muchos africanos no sepan que han dejado una enorme herencia cultural que hemos incorporado con orgullo, lo cual hace a los afrovenezolanos tomar interés en lo que también se ha venido ocultando durante siglos y hoy se transforma lamentablemente en un estigma que se nos presenta asociado a la pobreza que efectivamente ha dejado el colonialismo, en lo salvaje y lo exótico, para ver como los presentan ante la opinión publica mundial."

Chávez fue el primero…  3/6/2016 Diario la voz: "Por primera vez en la historia de la Organización de Estados Americanos, este febrero se conmemoró el mes de la herencia africana. Con este motivo, en el salón de las Américas de la sede la institución en Washington DC se celebró el evento “La diáspora afro en las Américas” auspiciado por 7 países, entre los que se encontraba la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. El acto contó con la presencia del secretario general de la OEA, Luis Almagro; el científico de la National Geographic, Andrés González; el representante permanente de Haití en la OEA, Bocchit Edmond; y el cónsul general de Venezuela en Nueva Orleans, Jesús Alberto García."

The Push to Oust Maduro  3/2/2016 NYT: "After a coalition of opposition parties won control of Venezuela’s National Assembly in December, some of its leaders expressed hope that they could work with the government of President Nicolás Maduro to find solutions to the country’s crippling economic problems. Nearly two months since the new Parliament was sworn in, that conciliatory spirit has vanished."

Alí Primera, el hombre con profunda fe en el pueblo, solo cambió de paisaje  2/17/2016 Alba Cultural: "A 31 años de su desaparición física, el 16 de febrero de 1985, personas de todas las generaciones viven a Alí Primera a través de su pensamiento, su ejemplo de lucha y de su música, de esas canciones que forman parte de nuestras raíces, atesorando ese digno legado que dejó para convertirse en historia viva, en cotidianidad y en el sentir de la venezolanidad de los revolucionarios hijos de Bolívar y Chávez."

El discreto encanto del racismo venezolano  1/27/2016 Contrapunto: "Durante años he tenido que escuchar en diversos espacios académicos y cotidianos comentarios de personas que aseguran que Venezuela es un territorio libre de racismo, que por fortuna las desigualdades de carácter étnico-racial no han tocado nuestra tierra, que todos somos iguales, somos mestizos, que quienes consideramos que la discriminación racial existe es porque somos resentidos sociales o en el menor de los casos acomplejados, pues nuestras relaciones sociales se caracterizan por la armonía y la fraternidad entre coterráneos. Pero llama particularmente la atención que estas afirmaciones son repetidas hasta el cansancio por personas que no creen en la existencia de las múltiples y diversas formas de discriminación que coexisten en nuestra sociedad porque no han estado expuestos a ninguna de ellas."

Chavismo’s Sturdy Legacy  1/13/2016 Consortium News: "Right-wing parties are staging a comeback in Latin America, with the most dramatic victory in Venezuela’s parliamentary elections. Yet, despite troubled leftist regimes facing weak economies and corruption charges, their social reforms have slashed poverty and appear safe for now, writes Andrés Cala."

Venezuela Bans GMO Crops, Passes One of World’s Most Progressive Seed Laws  1/11/2016 Care 2: "Promote the transition to communal and eco-socialist agriculture, in order to protect agro-biodiversity by means of the production of local, peasant, Indigenous and Afro-descendant seed."

Eva Golinger- Wikileaks: Documento secreto de EEUU califica a Ramos Allup de “Grosero”, “repelente” y se la pasa “martillando”  1/7/2016 Aporrea: "En un documento* clasificado como secreto de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Caracas, Venezuela, el embajador William Brownfield tuvo palabras fuertes sobre el recién electo presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, Henry Ramos Allup. "El problema principal de Acción Democrática tiene nombre: Henry Ramos Allup". Brownfield, quien fue embajador de Venezuela durante el periodo 2004-2007 calificó a Ramos Allup de "grosero, abrasivo, arrogante y puntilloso"."

Conozca al nuevo Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Venezuela  1/7/2016 teleSUR: "El profesor Aristóbulo Istúriz sustituye a Jorge Arreaza en el cargo. Su trayectoria de lucha por la causa de los pobres, su experiencia en varias funciones públicas y como parlamentario, avalan su nombramiento por parte del Ejecutivo."

Venezuela opposition sets out to oust government  1/6/2016 AFP: "At its first regular legislative session on Wednesday, the opposition-controlled assembly swore in three anti-government lawmakers, defying Maduro, who had secured a court injunction to suspend them. The three extra deputies boost the total number of opposition seats in the legislature to a two-thirds "supermajority" that could enable them to remove Maduro by constitutional means. The government side vowed to charge the opposition with contempt of court."

Gene Sharp, Venezuela y las operaciones psicológicas  1/6/2016 Aporrea: "El promedio anual de variación de tipo de cambio paralelo entre 1999-2011 fue de 26%, desde 2012 a 2015, el incremento del cambio paralelo fue de 223%. ¿Casualidad? No, los agentes económicos intervienen en esa manipulación y se responsabiliza al Gobierno para desprestigiarlo, debilitarlo y deslegitimarlo. Los agentes económicos, que controlan los productos perecederos de la cesta alimenticia (harina, arroz, aceite, mayonesa, margarina, azúcar, caraotas, etc), se han encargado de incrementar la escasez de los mismos, pero el manejo comunicacional (base del tanque pensante Gene Shard) responsabiliza al Gobierno exclusivamente."

Lessons We Can Learn from the Electoral Setback in Venezuela  1/6/2016 Counterpunch: by Stansfield Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee, recently returned from a SOA Watch, Task Force on the Americas delegation to Venezuela.

Maduro names young hardliner to run Venezuela's ailing economy  1/6/2016 Reuters: "The appointment will confound critics who say Venezuela desperately needs a loosening of state controls to revive production in a nation plagued by shortages and the world's highest inflation rate. In his writings, Salas has argued in favor of price controls, says inflation is used as a "political tool" to pressure governments, and blames fascism for what he calls economic sabotage."

La mano de Washington en los “golpes electorales” en Venezuela  12/23/2015 Contrainjerencia 

Black Lives Matter Network Denounces U.S. “Continuing Intervention” in Venezuela  12/21/2015 Black Agenda Report: "The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration warns that the recent electoral victory of U.S.-backed counter revolutionary parties in Venezuela endangers the country’s African-descended population. The letter denounces “corporate media lies about electoral corruption voiced by Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sander’s defamation of late President Hugo Chavez labeling him a dictator.”

Political Tendencies in Post-6D Venezuela  12/21/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "However, before we get too excited, it should be noted that many Venezuelans are facing extremely tough circumstances. It's almost impossible to organise a communal council when everyone in the neighbourhood spends all their free time queuing for food. Nobody is going to spend time on a community project when their pay check is being eaten by inflation by the minute. On top of this, the yawning gap between the PSUV leadership and revolutionary grassroots is hard to understate, with the former living in a very different world than the latter. Therefore, while Chavismo has a kind of potential we haven't seen in years, it's also in dire straits."

What Next for Venezuela?  12/19/2015 Truth Out: "However, the opposition has more than 20 political parties and many divisions. It is possible that the government will be able to get some opposition legislators to vote with it in the National Assembly, so that it can continue governing until the next presidential election in 2018. If that is the case, from the government’s standpoint, the election will not have changed much. The key issue for its continued political survival will still be the economy. There is triple-digit inflation, widespread shortages of consumer goods, a recession, low oil prices, non-working price controls and a dysfunctional exchange rate system that is at the heart of the country's economic mess. This is obviously why the government lost the National Assembly. So, as before the election, if the government does not fix this mess, the Chavistas will lose power; if they do fix it, they will probably do OK."

Venezuela: A Revolution That Will Not Die  12/18/2015 Counterpunch: "The salient point here though is that an economic war is transformed into a psychological war, one that figured prominently in the recent elections. Indeed, the economic war is critical to understanding the current state of the country. In the wake of the opposition’s victory at the polls, basic goods started magically reappearing on store shelves in Venezuela, yet another indication that much of the scarcity can be attributed not to failed economic policies, but rather to a coordinated campaign of economic subversion."

Opposition’s Capriles Wants “Padlock” Law to Halt International Oil Treaties  12/17/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The comments appear to be directed at the government’s “PetroCaribe” initiative- which since 2005 has provided neighbouring Caribbean countries with much needed oil at significantly preferential repayment rates. The Venezuela-Cuba project known as the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas (ALBA) is another likely focus of Capriles’ latest comments."

Ten Proposals for Chavismo in the Face of Our Defeat  12/17/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "During this scarce year the right will continue its uninterrupted mission of the past 17 years to destroy Bolivarian power. It will argue that the [electoral] defeat of the Bolivarians is a plebiscite which should oblige the president to step down; it will convoke a referendum; it will remove vice-presidents and ministers with motions of censure; it will refuse resources for the Budget Law and additional credits; it will eliminate the Enabling Law and all that makes up social benefits; it will withhold its authorization for contracts in the national interest; it will refuse permission to designate new chiefs of permanent diplomatic missions. It will name new members of the Supreme Court, new rectors of the CNE, new public spending auditors and public defenders as soon as the allotted period for those authorities expires - unless they are able to to remove them under any other pretext. They will legislate the restitution of those senior officials of the upper echelons of PDVSA who tried to destroy the company. They will promote the re-privatization of all strategic national companies. They will try to remove the president by means we will not explain here so as not to give them ideas."

Venezuela's Election Results Hold Global Significance  12/16/2015 Black Agenda Report: "The stunning defeat of the Socialist Party in Venezuela is a threat to leftist governments and movements around the world, especially in Latin America. “The oligarchy would undoubtedly move to dissolve the ties of solidarity the Bolivarian movement has institutionalized with Palestine, Haiti, China, and numerous African nations.” Hugo Chavez’s party “will have to return to the streets to defend the movement's gains and move forward with the objectives of the revolution.”"

US to Accuse Head of Venezuelan Military of Drug Trafficking  12/16/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "A series of tweets launched by National Guard officials defended Reverol by pointing out the official is responsible for capturing over a hundred drug bosses."

Venezuelan Election Results: Electoral System and Democracy  12/15/2015 Periodico 26: "On the other hand, the forces from the base that adhered so massively for the first time to the oligarchy on December 6 did so for a variety of reasons. They mainly stem from the economic war and its accompanying media war led by the US and its allies in Venezuela. These forces probably did not all vote to "punish" the Maduro government. Rather, many were animated by a general dissatisfaction resulting from the economic war. This materialized in a vague hope of seeking relief, for example, from the seven-hour lineups to obtain necessities at increasingly higher prices."

En Boston debatieron sobre Afrodescendencia y Poder Popular en Venezuela  12/14/2015 Aporrea: "...en ocasión de la visita del intelectual y diplomático afrovenezolano Jesús Chucho García. "El poder popular se expresa en Venezuela en diferentes escenarios, desde las discusiones democráticas y participativas para la elaboración de legislación, como lo fue el proceso consultivo para la Ley Orgánica contra el Racismo y la Discriminación, las leyes referentes al Estado Comunal y nuestra propia constitución nacional; hasta la conformación de redes de producción y distribución comunales, con empresas de propiedad social en nuestros territorios" explicó el diplomático, citando ejemplos concretos de proyectos productivos en Barlovento y otras comunidades afrovenezolanas en Miranda y Aragua."

Here’s How the Opposition Got a Two-Thirds Supermajority in Venezuela  12/14/2015 WaPo: "Still, reaching two-thirds in the National Assembly was a remarkable feat. Everything that could have gone right for the MUD went right — including snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in that last indigenous reserved seat, in a sparsely populated PSUV stronghold deep in the rain forest."

The End of Chavismo? Why Venezuela’s Ruling Party Lost Big, and What Comes Next  12/10/2015 The Nation: "Maduro has also been unwilling to get the currency exchange rate under control. One reason may be that doing so is likely to engender resistance from corrupt elements inside and outside government who have profited immensely from the gap between the official rate and the black market rate. The gap means that individuals and enterprises provided dollars at the official rate (6.3-1) for the purpose of importing goods have a huge incentive to simply sell the dollars on the black market (where the rate was over 800-1 recently), providing them astounding profits of 12,500 percent and more."

Jesús Chucho García: se inició la cruzada neoliberal  12/9/2015 Aporrea: "Según informaciones que recibe en Harvard la semana pasada con algunos participantes de esa escuela que dirige Haussman ya tiene el plan montando conjuntamente con la alta burguesía venezolana y el departamento del tesoro de los Estados Unidos destacando los siguientes puntos: Disciplina Fiscal; Reducción del gasto público; Reforma Impositiva con reducción de tasas de impuesto (para las grandes compañías transnacionales), Liberación de los tipos de interés que eviten fugas de capitales y atraigan capitales extranjeros; Un tipo de cambio competitivo para la exportación; Liberalización del Comercio Internacional; Liberalización de la entrada de inversiones extranjeras directas; privatización de empresas públicas; Reducción de la burocracia e influencia del Estado y Protección de la propiedad privada."

Facing Opposition Onslaught, Chavismo Must Return to Roots  12/9/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The incredible aspect of Sunday, as Ociel Alí Lopez points out, was not merely Chavismo’s historic defeat but moreover the fact that despite the incompetent inaction of the government in the face of a deep economic crisis combined with the corruption and ideological degeneration of the party leadership, some 6 million people still voted for the PSUV."

CNN Doesn’t Want You To Know The Truth About Venezuela’s Voting System  12/4/2015 Venezuela Analysis: by Eva Golinger - "On Monday of this week, November 30, I received a phone call from a CNN en Español producer asking me to write a column on the upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela, scheduled for this Sunday, December 6. Pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to publish in a media outlet widely known for its biased anti-government coverage of Venezuela, I accepted the offer."

Black Lives Matter Network Denounces U.S. “Continuing Intervention” in Venezuela  11/26/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration warns that the recent electoral victory of U.S.-backed counter revolutionary parties in Venezuela endangers the country’s African-descended population. The letter denounces “corporate media lies about electoral corruption voiced by Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sander’s defamation of late President Hugo Chavez labeling him a dictator.” “We reject any action the U.S. puts forward to plunder Venezuelan natural resources, occupy the country and incite violence.”"

Tracking US Intervention in Venezuela Since 2002  11/18/2015 Telesur: "The latest information available suggests USAID's annual budget for Venezuela was over US$5 million, despite the fact that foreign funding of political activities was banned in Venezuela in 2010. The banning was condemned by the U.S. Department of State, despite the fact the United States has a similar law against funding of political campaigns. The key factor making such a move even more rational in Venezuela is the fact that unlike the United States, Caracas is still facing coup attempts backed by a foreign belligerent. In early 2015, the Venezuelan government uncovered yet another brewing coup attempt."

US Sinking 'Immense Resources' into Venezuela Spying: Golinger  11/18/2015 Telesur: "According to Golinger, the United States has invested “immense resources” into undermining the Venezuelan government, including through newly revealed espionage against state oil firm PDVSA. "

Historian outlines keys to justice for Afro-Venezuelan community  11/8/2015 Diamondback: "Justice, reparations and development are the three principles that can right the wrongs that plague Afro-Venezuelans today, according to a Venezuelan historian who visited this university. Jesus Chucho Garcia, a Pan-Africanist and filmmaker, came to Nyumburu Cultural Center on Friday to present his documentary, “Chavez in Africa,” and discuss the history behind the struggles that descendants of Africans in Venezuela face."

First Black Woman Independence Fighter is Honoured in Venezuela’s National Mausoleum  10/23/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "Venezuelans came together this Friday to honour Black female independence fighter, Juana Ramirez, whose symbolic remains were posthumously laid to rest in the National Mausoleum of Heroes in an official state ceremony. Born into slavery in Guarico, Venezuela in 1790, Ramirez went on to command an all women’s 100 strong artillery unit in 1813. Her troops were instrumental in resisting Spanish soldiers’ attempts to reconquer the newly independent Venezuela and return it to colonial rule. Her bravery and penchant for fighting on the front lines secured her the nickname of “Juana the Advancer”. "

Eleggua reafirmó...Venezuela no se rinde  9/14/2015 Aporrea: Por: Jesús Chucho García - "Una extraordinaria gira exitosa del Grupo de danza, percussion y canto afrovenezolana Eleggua logro una vez mas conmover a su cautivo publico de New Orleans y Mississippi por el contenido de sus letras combativas y reflexivas sobre la tematcia del racismo, la solidaridad y la soberania del pueblo venezolano ante cualquier amenaza. En su honor y por estar cumpliendo dos decadas ininterrumpidas con mas de doscientas presentaciones, fue decretado el DIA DE ELEGUA Y BARLOVENTO el pasado 6 de septiembre por la prestigiosa Alcaldia de la ciudad de Kenner."

Venezuela | Movimientos afrodescendientes proponen incluir lucha contra el racismo en los medios  8/15/2015 Legado Afro: “No es posible que en los medios de comunicación se sigan difundiendo estereotipos donde se presenta como ‘inferiores’ a los afrodescendientes; necesitamos que haya más presencia indígena y afrodescendiente en los programas”, indicó Luisa Pérez, vocera de la Fundación La Muchachere de Curiepe."

Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets  8/6/2015 Reuters: "On Sunday, a small crowd in the western city of San Cristobal pushed its way into the government-run Bicentenario supermarket to grab products after it had closed, leaving staff scratched and bruised, according to store manager Edward Perez. "As we were closing, a group of 20 people unexpectedly started shouting insults at the government and the workers," said Perez in a telephone interview. Several looters were arrested after the fracas, which Perez blamed on "ultra-right-wing sectors of the opposition" seeking to sow violence."

Danny Glover: Venezuela Vindicating Afro-descendents  6/26/2015 HWAAIRFAN: "U.S. actor and activist Danny Glover, Afro-Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba, and Afro-Ecuadorean legislator Alexandra Ocles highlighted the shared international political struggle of African descendants on Wednesday afternoon in the Venezuelan capital. The International Committee of Recognition of Afro-American Culture held a press conference, featuring the three, on Wednesday in Caracas."

Remains of Afro-Venezuelan Independence Hero Transferred to National Heroes Mausoleum  6/25/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "The symbolic remains of Afro-Venezuelan independence hero, Pedro Camejo or “Negro Primero,” have been transferred to the nation’s “Hall of Heroes” mausoleum in Caracas in a ceremony paying homage to the 194th anniversary of the decisive anti-colonial Battle of Carabobo. Camejo, who was born into slavery to Guadeloupian parents, was the only high ranking Afro-descendant official in the Venezuelan independence forces led by Simon Bolivar, which eventually secured the country’s liberation from Spanish colonial rule in 1821. Known as “Negro Primero” (Black man at the fore) for his bravery in battle, he was awarded the “Liberator’s Order” by Bolivar in 1819. "

Héroes negros venezolanos en Mozambique  6/10/2015 Guin Guin Bali: "En la muestra se pueden ver 14 hombres y mujeres descendientes todos de africanos y nacidos en tierras venezolanas, contribuyentes a la independencia del país o aquellos que sentaron un precedente contra la esclavitud en Venezuela. El embajador de Venezuela acreditado en Mozambique, Marlon Peña Labrador, manifestó que "esos hombres y mujeres significan para nosotros la posibilidad de reencontrarnos con los valores de justicia social, igualdad de género, lucha contra la discriminación racial o la segregación de cualquier tipo"."

The Global African - Las Castas & The Trans­Pacific Partnership  6/4/2015 teleSUR: "Las Castas ­ an Iberian term that came out of the 17th and 18th centuries, was used to describe mixed races, and would also become the subject of many paintings that exist today What is the historical context of Las Castas & what is the legacy of race in Latin America? The Trans Pacific Partnership makes its way through Congress. What’s in it, and why is it so dangerous? The Global African host Bill Fletcher examines these subjects with Dr. Msomi Moor, scholar of the African Diaspora at University of District of Columbia, & Symone Sanders, Communications Officer for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch."

Venezuela expuso sus logros afrodescendientes durante I Congreso Ciudadanía, Etnia y Territorio  6/1/2015 Aporrea: "La declaración del 10 de mayo como Día de la Afrovenezolanidad en honor a la gesta libertadora de José Leonardo Chirino y la inclusión de la variable afro en el Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda, fueron algunos de los avances de Venezuela en materia de discriminación racial del Gobierno Bolivariano. Así lo expuso el presidente del Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminación Racial (INCODIR) Jesús Escobar, durante el primer Congreso Ciudadanía, Etnia y Territorio, espacio académico de inclusión y crítico para reflexionar y discutir acerca de la identidad cultural afrocolombiana, el poder y la ciudadanía, realizado los días 30 y 31 de mayo en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia."

Traficantes deportados desde Venezuela no mencionan a Diosdado sino a jefes militares de Uribe Velez  5/31/2015 Aporrea: "Por el contrario en uno de los casos, es un general colombiano, que durante el gobierno de Alvaro Uribe dirigió la unidad antinarcóticos de Colombia, quien estaba vinculado con el principal acusado por la justicia estadounidense, Luis Frank Tello Candelo, según los testimonios y pruebas ofrecidas por un ex oficial de policía que trabajaba para los carteles de Cali y el norte del Valle, según informó el diario El Espectador el 3 de julio de 2012."

Ministerio Público imputará a Leiver Padilla "El Colombia" por el asesinato del diputado Robert Serra y su asistente María Herrera  5/30/2015 Aporrea: "La actuación del Ministerio Público se corresponde con el compromiso del Estado venezolano con su par de Colombia, de garantizar en todo momento el respeto de los derechos humanos de Padilla Mendoza, una vez que fuera extraditado al país. Padilla Mendoza fue detenido el pasado 2 de noviembre de 2014 en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, y desde entonces, se solicitó su extradición por su presunta vinculación con la muerte del diputado y su asistente."

Facts About the Media Garbage Against Diosdado Cabello  5/28/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "Yesterday (May 18) the Wall Street Journal published a news story at the same time that the State Department expressed its "concern" over freedom of speech in Venezuela. The report is based on supposed "investigations" conducted by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and Miami prosecutors trying to link Diosdado (Cabello) with drug trafficking. The information presented by the US media outlet is a mix of anonymous opinions, value judgements by US anti-drug officials, declarations lacking any kind of time sequence and unproven speculations about Diosdado Cabello."

Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community  5/26/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas, travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa to establish ties with community members there."

Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub  5/18/2015 Wall Street Journal: "U.S. prosecutors are investigating several high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including the president of the country’s congress, on suspicion that they have turned the country into a global hub for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to more than a dozen people familiar with the probes."

People of African descent in Latin America: a one way ticket  5/15/2015 Equal Times: "During the International Year for People of African Descent (2011), the most important task was tackling the Afro-right, with the formation of the Regional Network of People of African Descent in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARAAC) at the 4th International Forum of African Descendant Social Movements and Social Change in Latin America and the Caribbean, held Caracas in June 2011."

Swedish 'Leftist' Politician Prefers the US over Venezuela  5/15/2015 teleSUR: "Well, in part because I've lived there and I've felt pretty much at home. Besides, I am pretty worried about Venezuela's democratic development. It's a rather authoritarian development and the government cannot manage to ensure enough goods in the shelves and a good economic development."

Día de la Afrovenezolanidad 2015  5/14/2015 Aporrea: "Finalmente, el 10 de mayo no es solo un día memorial como decía la hija del destacado activista Afrodescendiente escritor y siquiatra, Frantz Fanon, nacido en Martinica, hoy departamento de "Ultramar" para los colonialistas franceses de la libertad , la igualdad y la fraternidad, que conmemoran ese mismo día, por cosas parecidas que aún no comprendo, en relación a la ley propuesta por la actual afrodescenciente de piel oscura, nacida en la Guyana Francesa, ministra de justicia, Christian Taubira y algunos afrofranceses que se reúnen esa misma fecha en la plaza del General Catroux en el Quartier 17 de Paris, que tiene que ver con hombres y mujeres de piel oscura que han impactado en las sociedades europeas, como la magistrada afroitaliana que también ha sido objeto de burla en la polémica revista "Je suis Charlie". "

Emotiva conmemoración del Día de la Afro-venezolanidad en Grenada  5/12/2015 Aporrea: "La Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela en Grenada dio inicio a la Conmemoración del "Día de la Afro-venezolanidad" en la sede del Instituto para la Cultura y la Cooperación (IVCC) en la ciudad de Saint George’s. El evento se llevó a cabo con un Cine – Foro donde se proyectó el documental "Tambores de Agua". El Embajador Jorge Guerrero Veloz se dirigió a los presentes y habló sobre los aportes y participación de los africanos y sus descendientes en la contribución de la identidad de Venezuela, así como de la gesta histórica de José Leonardo Chirino el 10 de mayo de 1795, en la Sierra de Falcón, fecha en la cual se levantó contra el imperio español, considerándose estas acciones como una de las primeras luchas emancipadoras de Venezuela."

10 Mai 1795 : Afro-Vénézuela insurrectionnel !  5/10/2015 Cases Rebelles: "Il y a 220 ans exactement, le 10 mai 1795, Jose Leonardo Chirino, noir libre, fils d’un esclave noir et d’une indienne1, menait une insurrection dans l’Ouest du Venezuela à Coro. Les revendications étaient les suivantes : liberté pour les africains esclaves et abolition de l’esclavage, établissement de ce qui est nommé à l’époque « la loi française » – c’est à dire un régime démocratique – suppression des impôts et taxes payés par les indiens, et suppression de l’aristocratie blanche. Les insurgéEs allaient d’abord rencontrer quelques victoires et parvenir à occuper quelques haciendas avant d’être arrêtéEs par les miliciens de la colonie en large supériorité numérique."

Infocentro revisó planificación estratégica para segundo cuatrimestre del 2015  5/4/2015 Infocentro: "Por su parte, el presidente de Infocentro, David Parra, en su primer día de intervención, destacó que la manera de hacer gestión se basa en el cumplimiento de las metas y que éstas tienen que ver con el 100% de los municipios cubiertos, las 100 transferencias que se suman en el 2015, 100 inauguraciones de Infocentros y la creación de 1000 Brigadas Comunicacionales Hugo Chávez."

How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo  4/22/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "It is precisely this glaring double standard towards Venezuela that allows Toledo and 25 other ex-presidents- including notorious human rights abusers Alvaro Uribe, Felipe Calderon, Alfredo Cristiani, (while Toledo himself currently faces trial for corruption)- to accuse the Bolivarian government of human rights violations. In this twisted, orwellian world where corrupt oligarchs and profligate desk murderers parade as human rights crusaders, the violently anti-democratic Venezuelan Right is miraculously transformed into the peaceful, law-abiding victim of an authoritarian regime."

Venezuela on April 11: The 2002 Coup to the 2015 Economic War  4/14/2015 teleSUR: "At the time of the 2002 coup, the U.S. government admitted that it had financed and met with the coup leaders and organizations involved. This dynamic has continued since then, and in fact, funding to anti-government groups has increased under the Obama administration. This year, the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) has an increased budget destined for Venezuelan opposition “youth” and “civil society” groups. This is of course part of the ongoing attempted coup against the Venezuelan government which began in 1999 and which has been advanced through all conceivable means - economic strangulation, street violence, military conspiracies - to name but a few."

[Venezuela] 11 de abril de 2002: Un golpe de estado mediático y en directo  4/11/2015 Kaos en la red: "34 Excepcionales documentos históricos que demuestran cuál es el papel de los medios en el capitalismo, el inmenso poder que acaparan, lo peligrosos que pueden llegar a ser para la democracia, así como explican muchas de las medidas que el gobierno de Chávez tomó posteriormente en materia de medios."

Attempts to Malign Venezuela as “Homophobic State” Have Backfired  4/6/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "As international news outlets takes turns at bashing Venezuela for alleged human rights violations, with even Fox News pretending to care about free healthcare long enough to report on the country’s medicine shortages, it’s unsurprising that LGBTQ issues would eventually be used as further media fodder. And just like Israel continually attempts to pinkwash war crimes with gay-friendly tourism, the United States is trying to wield homophobia as a labeling tool to demonize uncooperative administrations. Just weeks ago, the US State Department sent an “openly gay envoy” on a mission to monitor and “defend” LGBT rights around the world."

Why is the US So Frightened of Venezuela?  4/3/2015 CounterPunch: "How a nation that spends less than 1% of its GDP on military expenditures, has no latest state-of-the-art military weaponry, and an army of merely 120,000 can possibly threaten the security of the mighty United States, is entirely incomprehensible."

Ruta de cimarrones y cimarronas de Venezuela…primer camino libertario. Homenaje al Rey Miguel  3/30/2015 Aporrea: "Siguiendo el camino de nuestro cimarrones y cimarronas -libertadores en construcción de un mundo mejor y mas igualitario:"

Democracy behind bars in Venezuela? Who is Leopoldo Lopez?  3/30/2015 Hands Off Venezuela: "Immediately below the headline “opposition leaders facing jail or death” there is a big picture of Leopoldo López. This gives the impression that he himself is potentially facing a death sentence. The writer probably is unaware that Venezuela was the first country in the world still in existence to abolish the death penalty, back in 1863! In contrast, in Britain it was not fully abolished until 1998 and of course in the US is still widely used. But, as they say, why let the facts get in the way of a striking headline."

Tackling Racism In Venezuela to Build a Society of Equals  3/20/2015 teleSUR: "Hugo Chavez was the first president in Venezuela's history to claim and honor his indigenous and African ancestry. In an interview in 2005, Chavez famously said, “Hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my mouth, because of my curly hair. And I’m so proud to have this month and this hair, because it’s African.” An emphasis on tackling structural racism saw the passing of the 2011 Law Against Racial Discrimination."

How the US Funds Dissent against Latin American Governments  3/12/2015 teleSUR: "“The NED (and USAID) are entities linked with the U.S. state department, but they operate in tandem with a whole of other organizations,” said Chossudovsky. In May 2010 the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue released their report “Assessing Democracy Assistance in Venezuela,” which revealed that in addition to NED and USAID funding, a broad range of private and European-based foundations funded opposition-aligned nongovernmental organizations in the country with some US$40-50 million annually."

¿Agresión a la vista? Eva Golinger revela los planes de EEUU en Venezuela  3/11/2015 Apporea: "Como ya ocurriera con Panamá y Granada, es probable que EE.UU. Acabe atacando militarmente a Venezuela. Ni estos dos países ni Caracas representan amenaza alguna para EE.UU., pero a diferencia de los primeros, el país sudamericano cuenta con recursos estratégicos. La abogada y escritora Eva Golinger ha analizado la tensa situación entre Venezuela y EE.UU."

Venezuelan Assembly Grants Executive Powers while Military Drills in Defensive Exercises  3/11/2015 Venezuela Analysis: "In response to US president Obama’s use of an executive order to sanction Venezuelan authorities, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro requested decree powers to pass an “anti-imperialist law to prepare for all scenarios.” The National Assembly voted by majority their approval this on Wednesday morning."

What Is Happening in Venezuela?  3/2/2015 The Nation: "Sujatha Fernandes, who teaches in the sociology department at CUNY’s Queens College and the Graduate Center and is the author of Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela, points to the barrios, where despite the economic shortages and long lines for basic goods: many of those poor barrio residents who make up the stronghold of the Bolivarian process are aware of the destabilizing role being played by the opposition on many fronts and are not the core of those expressing discontent. And speaking to ordinary Venezuelans, one does not get the sense of major economic calamity, despite hardships. The bonds of solidarity that have developed in recent times have given rise to such innovative responses as a barter economy."

Estados Unidos acelera el golpe en Venezuela  2/26/2015 CubaDebate: "El plan golpista denominado Operación Jericó fue abortado por los órganos de seguridad bolivarianos los días 11 y 12 de febrero pasados. Entre los objetivos contemplados por el plan estaba el ataque o bombardeo al Palacio de Miraflores, el Ministerio de Defensa y Telesur. Dicen que en la guerra la primera víctima es la verdad y ya Estados Unidos ha tenido que sufrir varias veces importantes derrotas mediáticas, como en el golpe contra el presidente Hondureño Manuel Zelaya, gracias a las verdades difundidas por Telesur desde el terreno. Los principales implicados en la conspiración fueron detenidos, entre ellos militares retirados y en activo. Sus declaraciones y la investigación de los hechos condujeron días después al arresto y encausamiento de Manuel Ledezma, alcalde metropolitano de Caracas."

The Danger is Not Over The Foiling of a Coup Plot in Venezuela  2/25/2015 CounterPunch: "U.S. spokesperson Jen Psaki and the Venezuelan far-right are dismissing the plot claim, but video evidence, a map of the bombing targets, and other key evidence have been unveiled on national television, with more details promised. Washington’s role in previous plots has been proven before. According to President Maduro, detained coup leaders have confessed their role. He spoke on national television Sunday morning, to reveal more facts and accuse the United States government of conspiring with coup plotters."

UNASUR Slams U.S. Sanctions against Venezuela  2/11/2015 Radio Havana: "The 12-member Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Tuesday reiterated "deep disdain" for the United States' sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. UNASUR reaffirmed its initial rejection of a law passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2014 that calls for unilateral sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating human rights, according to an official statement issued a day after Unasur foreign ministers' meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay."


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