The Long Roots of Venezuela’s Communal Tradition

Chris Gilbert Socialist communes may be new in Venezuela – officially, they began no earlier than 2009 – but, like much that is new, they also rely on old traditions and hence involve a “blast from the past.” On a certain level, it is hardly surprising that overcoming the radical atomization of capitalist society could…

Venezuela: Guacas Declaration

We, spokesmen and spokeswomen of 36 Communal Councils and 8 Communes of the Socialist Peasant Communal City Simon Bolivar of the Municipality Paez of the State of Apure, summoned by our Self-Government in an extraordinary and extended session in view of the incursion and occupation of our territory by armed men belonging to the TANCOL…

The U.S. Is Intentionally Strangling Venezuela

Jonathan Ng The Venezuelan people have openly rejected the blockade imposed by Washington on the country When Pedro Rojas receives dialysis, his brother has to carry him and his wheelchair up the hospital stairs. Nine flights. The elevator broke, and frequent power outages afflict Maracaibo, the second largest city in Venezuela. Visitors and staff must lug everything…

What Happened in Barinas on 9-E? Analysis by La Corriente

The adverse electoral result obtained in Barinas is undoubtedly painful. However, as any defeat, it is also sobering. We know that this spirit of changes within the revolution, of updating within what President Maduro has called the new beginning, will allow a deep reflection on what happened in Barinas, which is, to some extent, an…

Barinas State Re-Elections: Jorge Arreaza Concedes Defeat

Jesús Rodríguez Espinoza Caracas, January 9, 2021 —The re-election for the governorship of Barinas state was held peacefully this Sunday, January 9, in all the12 municipalities (Arismendi, Barinas, Bolívar, Ezequiel Zamora, Bishops, Pedraza, Rojas, Sosa, Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, Antonio José de Sucre, Cruz Paredes, and Andrés Eloy Blanco) of the state, with 961 polling stations…

Latin America: The Continent that Never Ceases to Amaze Us

Hussam AbdelKareem With such leaders that the continent of Marquez produces, the poor would not have to steal in order to feed the children. Latin America never ceases to amaze us. Its ability to “produce” “extraordinary” leaders continues across generations. Guevara and Castro are the most famous in the twentieth century, and before them, Simon…

Red Current, Pink Tide: A Visit to El Maizal Commune in Venezuela

Chris Gilbert The local high school marching band provided one last show before retiring from the communal festivities. Image credit: Katrina Kozarek, “El Maizal Commune: 11 Years Building the Communal Horizon,” Venezuela Analysis, Mar 7, 2020. In 2018, gruesome images of people stoning cattle began to circulate through Venezuela’s social networks. The videos came from…

Venezuela: Why Chavismo Must Win in Barinas

Eder Peña Santo Domingo river canyon, in Barinitas, Barinas state (Photo: Archive). From the valley of the Santo Domingo river comes a strong wind called “Barinés” that descends from the Andean mountain range in a west-east direction during the rainy season, against the prevailing trade winds in most of the country. Contrary to what a…

Highland Resistance: How the Che Guevara Commune Confronts the Crisis

Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert First-hand accounts of the impact of the US sanctions on a coffee and cocoa growing commune in the Venezuelan Andes. The Che Guevara Commune lies on the fertile hillsides that rise up from the shores of Lake Maracaibo in western Venezuela. Historically this has been a cocoa-growing region but…