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We Are (Almost) All Chávez: Challenges in the Deployment of the Chavista Political Identity

The fundamental discursive success of Chavismo was to challenge the differences between the traditional parties and erect a new border ordering the loyalties of Venezuelan society, transforming a privileged minority into a political minority and the dispossessed majorities into a project for the construction of a “people” demanding representation for the entire community.


Venezuelan Oppostion Turns to Violence in the Face of Election Defeat

April 18, 2013 Zoë Clara Dutka 0

On Monday night at least 7 people were killed, 61  injured, and many institutional buildings, including multiple public health clinics, were set ablaze by right-wing mobs all across Venezuela. These attacks were encouraged by Henrique Capriles’ call to action that reached a fiery pinnacle the day after his defeat in Sunday’s electoral race. His shouted to his followers to take to the streets and, “Take all of your hatred out, all your frustration, in the name of peace.”


Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Election

April 15, 2013 Chris Carlson 0

Nicolas Maduro has won the Venezuelan presidential election with 50.66 percent of the vote against 49.07 percent for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. Maduro gave a victory speech immediately after, while Capriles initially refused to recognize the results.


Maduro y Capriles

Campaign for Presidency Kicks-off in Venezuela: An Interview with Carmen Hidalgo

April 4, 2013 Jody McIntyre 0

It is Tuesday, April 2nd; music and people fill the streets of Caracas.  This is the official opening day of the campaign for Presidential elections in Venezuela, due to take place on April 14th after the death of Hugo Chavez.  The candidates,  Nicolas Maduro, former bus driver, ex-Vice-President and the man Chavez personally named as his successor, and Henrique Capriles, the main opposition candidate who lost to Chavez last November, are both kicking off their tours of the country. But, as journalist Reinaldo Iturriza once told me, these are not “normal elections” that take place here in Venezuela.  From the beginning, the political campaigns are vibrant, colorful and visible everywhere you turn.


“Humanity Has Lost a Titan”: Interview with William I. Robinson on the Legacy of Hugo Chavez

March 21, 2013 Eleftherotypia 0

Chavez not only rejected neo-liberalism. He put socialism back on the public agenda at a time when apologists for global capitalism were still claiming it was “the End of History” and when the defeatist left was insisting that we had to be “realistic” and “pragmatic,” to renounce anti-capitalism, and to limit ourselves to putting a “human face” on the capitalist system.


Venezuela With and Beyond Chavez

March 6, 2013 Dario Azzellini 0

“Chávez was one of us”, say the poor from the barrios in Caracas, the people throughout Latin America, and Bronx residents together with probably two million poor people in the US, who now have free heating thanks to the Chávez government. Sean Penn said on Chávez: “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion.” These are sad days.


Chávez and the Dream for a Better World

March 6, 2013 Michael Fox 0

For members of Venezuela’s grassroots movements, Chávez meant the hope of a better life, and the means to organize to accomplish it. “Chávez is like a guide. Chávez is a door—the door for the struggles that we want to carry out,” said Iraida Morocoima, of Venezuela’s Urban Land Committees in 2009, “But on the other side of that door are the people.”


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