Catatumbo in Dispute

María Fernanda Barreto Mouth of the Catatumbo River with Lake Maracaibo (Photo: Alan Highton / Cordon Press) The beautiful and strategic Catatumbo River originates in Colombia in the department of Norte de Santander and runs 240 kilometers until it reaches the Venezuelan border. From there it enters the state of Zulia, and flows its last…

Overcoming Inequalities: A Conversation with Otro Beta

Cira Pascual Marquina Jorge “Toti” Vilalta (Venezuelanalysis) A barrio-based cultural project looks for creative ways to incorporate youth in the Bolivarian Process. Otro Beta is a self-organized project aimed at youth from Venezuela’s barrios. Its initial focus was on culture and sports, and even today basketball and breakdance tournaments continue to be important for Otro…

Venezuela and Iran: Alliances Under Siege

Misión Verdad A PDVSA worker waves an Iranian flag as the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune docks at the El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo state, Venezuela, May 25, 2020 (Photo: AFP). In 2009, President Hugo Chávez announced that he would sell 20 thousand barrels of gasoline per day to Iran, as a show of…

Colombia: A Threat to Latin America

Pueblo en Armas In Colombia, state terrorism has deepened and is open. Social leaders, indigenous people, peasants, teachers, settlers are assassinated every day. The rich in Colombia hold on to power and maintain their model of accumulation by means of discriminatory violence against activists and their organizations. According to data from Global Witness, a Human…

The Imprint of an Insurrectional Past: A Conversation with Iraida Vargas and Mario Sanoja

Cira Pascual Marquina Mario Sanoja and Iraida Vargas (Escuela Venezolana de Planificación) Two eminent anthropologists talk about Venezuela’s history and its relation to the present. Iraida Vargas and Mario Sanoja are not detached social scientists, indifferent to what they investigate. Instead, their work in anthropology and archeology is overtly engaged, seeking to link Venezuela’s history…

Conversation with Felix Plasencia, Foreign Minister of Venezuela

This roundtable will allow for in depth conversation on the current context in Venezuela, upcoming elections, as well prospects for the future of US-Venezuela relations. During this prolonged period of global crisis, the US has continued to escalate programs of hybrid warfare across the world. Venezuela has also continued to resist, and the US has…

Southern Command and its “Maximum Pressure Plan” against Venezuela

Hernan Cano Craig Faller’s second visit to Colombia in less than three months is interpreted in Caracas as a new step towards destabilization in Venezuela. Two analysts consulted by Sputnik agree that the presence of the head of the US Southern Command seeks to generate greater pressure on the government of Nicolas Maduro. “He is…

The Lesson Nicolás Maduro Gave to His Counterparts at CELAC

Laila Tejaldine The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, emerged stronger from his participation in the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Despite the more than 400 sanctions against Venezuela, despite the 2 assassination attempts against President Nicolás Maduro, despite the formation of the Lima Group to overthrow the Constitutional…

Venezuela Advances Towards a New Geopolitical Approach (Part I)

Luis Bonilla-Molina – Jacobin América Latina Researcher Luis Bonilla-Molina draws some preliminary conclusions about the ongoing Mexico negotiations between the government and US-backed opposition. Venezuela is a nuisance to Latin American and Western elites: it dared to propose a different path to neoliberal capitalism right when no other options were thought to exist. Both local…