An Army of Women is Building Venezuela’s Housing Revolution

Andreína Chávez Alava The women from Caracas’ Antímano Parish have trained themselves to build homes for their families as part of Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission, created by Hugo Chávez in 2011. (Andreína Chávez Alava / Venezuelanalysis) In Caracas, an army of self-trained women are working to build their own homes while they transform the reality around them….

Hugo Chávez’s Vision of a Communal Future Will Inspire Generations

Owen Schalk Hugo Chávez in uniform, 2010. Photo courtesy Presidencia de la Nación Argentina March 5, 2023 marks the ten-year anniversary of the death of legendary Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Only four days earlier, the Biden administration had renewed an executive order, issued by Barack Obama and continued under Donald Trump, labelling Venezuela “an unusual and…

Venezuela: Missing Hugo Chávez

Carlos Aznárez Ten years have passed without Comandante Hugo Chávez and his overwhelming drive to explain to the people what the Revolution to be built is all about. Yes, the Revolution with capital letters, which is not the same as appealing to the reformist or social-democratic shortcuts to which some try to accustom us. Because…

Undefeated Revolutions

On Latin America Review, Kawsachun News spoke to Francisco Dominguez, a researcher at the Middlesex University and the secretary of the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign, who has long been a pillar of the movements in solidarity of Latin America, in the UK. Francisco, who is Chilean, spoke to Ollie about how Venezuela has managed to survive…

Politics of the Commons: Finding the Way Out of the Labyrinth

Reinaldo Iturriza LópezIt is possible that Chávez invented 21st century democracy, to draw a phrase from William Ospina (1). If that statement seems incorrect in these times, that is because, once again, the right path to tread is the one that goes against the current. Forged in the fight against military dictatorships, the democratic political…

Maduro a Neoliberal?

William Serafino If he is neoliberal, there is no reason for the imperial harassment against him to continue, is there? (Photo: Presidential Press of Venezuela) The narrative about the Venezuelan government’s turn towards a neoliberal economic policy has been running for some time now and is being promoted by the mainstream media. Presented as a…

Venezuela Urgently Needs a Feminist Emergency Plan

Andreína Chávez Alava Venezuelan women demanded justice for femicides during last year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. (Andreína Chávez Alava) Venezuelan women are being murdered at a frightening pace, and yet the country still lacks a clear path of action to understand, report, prevent and eradicate this extreme form of gender-related…

Building Communal Life in Venezuela

Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina look at the Venezuelan communes as a key force in an extended process of national liberation and social emancipation. Don’t you know They’re talking about a revolution? It sounds like a whisper. –Tracy Chapman In the world at large, the fact that a…

Venezuela’s Seed Law Should Be a Global Model

Owen Schalk A farm worker holds bell peppers during a harvest in Cubiro, Venezuela. For peasant farmers, the battle over seed rights is critical to their livelihoods Seeds are an often-overlooked political battleground in industrialized countries like those of North America and Europe, but for peasant farmers in the Global South, the battle over seed…

Venezuela: Rentier Capitalism and a Project for Change

CARLOS DÜRICH The Bolivarian process has gone through several phases in its almost three decades of existence. The following is a historical analysis on the evolution of the dynamics of the class struggle in the Venezuela of Chavismo. Part I: The emergence of rentier capitalism “To historically articulate the past does not mean to know…

Split Between Venezuela’s Communists and Maduro’s Ruling Party Deepens

Robert Griffiths The unity of days passed: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with Óscar Figuera, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Venezuela at the 12th National Conference of the PCV in 2013. | Tribuna Popular Venezuela’s economy is likely to grow faster than most this year and next, according to Credit Suisse. GDP is forecast…

Venezuela: Popular Power Legislation to Be Revised as Communards Demand More Protagonism

Ricardo Vaz The reform projects has among its stated goals of “harmonizing” different laws and simplifying bureaucracy. (Prensa Presidencial Commune spokespeople urged the Maduro government to boost grassroots efforts against “the metabolism of capital.” The Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) has opened a process to review and reform a set of laws concerning popular power. During…

Luisa Cáceres: Commune-Building in Urban Venezuela

Chris Gilbert Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi communards. (Voces Urgentes) Last year, the much-watched YouTuber Luis Villar Sudek, also known as “Luisito Comunica,” arrived with his team, camera, and checkbook in hand to the Lechería neighborhood in eastern Venezuela. Lechería is one of the most privileged urban developments in the country, forming a kind of bubble…

What is the Future of Venezuela’s Communes?

Owen Schalk A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chávez, Latin American independence hero Simon Bolivar and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas. Photo by Marco Bello. The challenges facing the communes intensified after Hugo Chávez’s death in 2013 One of the most compelling aspects of Venezuela’s ongoing Bolivarian Revolution, founded…

Returning to the Path of UNASUR: Proposal for a Transition Agenda

Pedro Sassone The UNASUR headquarters in Quito, Ecuador This proposal responds to the call made by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros to “retake UNASUR”, as he stated in declarations to the press; it is also part of the development of a research work on the geopolitical vision of Commander…

Understanding Maduro’s Successful Socialist Economic Strategy

Franciso Dominguez CHAVISTAS TO THE CORE: The 23 de Enero working-class neighbourhood in western Caracas, commemorates on July 28 2022 what would have been Hugo Chavez’s 68th birthday. January 23 1958 was the day dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez was overthrown. After years of calling Venezuela’s economy a dismal failure that demonstrates the dangers of socialism,…

Carlos Lanz

LUIS BRITTO GARCIA 1 For a long time I refused to sign the petitions for clarification on the disappearance of Carlos Lanz that presumed complicity of the authorities in it. A lawyer’s reflex leads me to distinguish between the probable and the proven. I confess deep regret for the confirmation of Carlos’s death, and on…