Venezuela’s Maduro Announces 50% Minimum Wage Increase

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President Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage for the 10th time, in an effort to fight the “economic war” in Venezuela. To mark International Youth Day, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Friday that his government would increase the minimum wage for all workers and pensioners in the country by 50 percent. In an official…

Not the First Time: Venezuela’s 2004 Recall Vote Explained

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By Iain Bruce On Aug. 15, 2004, the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, faced his opponents in the first and only recall referendum against a sitting president in modern world history. The opposition parties were confident they would win. They assumed they would naturally recover the positions of power they had lost. That didn’t happen. Chavez…

Venezuela Election Body: Recall Referendum Could Be in 2017

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If Venezuela’s opposition comply with dates and requirement, a recall referendum could be held in the new year. Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, CNE, announced a roadmap on Tuesday for a possible recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, outlining a timeline that must be followed by government opponents. The steps required to trigger the vote as…

Explainer: Venezuelan Recall Referendum

Via Telesur English Venezuela’s National Electoral Council announced a timetable for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro, but said that the second step in which the opposition needs to gather nearly 4 million signatures cannot be completed before the end of October, making it all but impossible that a recall vote will occur this…

Venezuela Assumes Mercosur Presidency, Slams Right-Wing Assault

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A “triple alliance” of right-wing governments in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have tried to undermine Venezuela’s presidency of Mercosur. Venezuela has assumed the pro tempore presidency of the regional bloc Mercosur – despite a campaign led by the conservative governments of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina – and Venezuela’s foreign minister said they will not be…

VSC AGM: After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back

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VSC Annual General Meeting 2016, Saturday October 15 2016 After Chavez, the Empire Strikes Back- Building Solidarity Against U.S Intervention & Anti-democratic Destabilisation in Latin America With special guests from progressive movements from Venezuela and across Latin America and Europe. At the Discus Room, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Nearest Tube: Holborn)…

Venezuelan Govt statement on OAS Gen Sec Luis Almagro

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Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Washington-based OAS has spent his term consistently trying to undermine dialogue in Venezuela and promote efforts that would expel them from the grouping. In the statement linked below, the Venezuelan Government looks at his political history and catalogues his repeated attempts to undermine institutional norms and the democratic process….

Venezuelan Right launches challenge to new LGBTQ equality measures

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Former National Assembly member Vestalia Sampedro officially filed the Movement for Sowing Right’s opposition to same sex civil marriage in Venezuela last week. Sampedro cited “pro-family” as among the reasons for the conservative group’s filing before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). The group’s actions comes as the struggle for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights gains…

Venezuelan opposition threatens repercussions over Recall Referendum date

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By Iain Bruce for TeleSUR English Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles warned at the end of a march by supporters that they will give the National Electoral Council until Monday to announce a date for the collection of signatures from 20 percent of voters in favor of a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro. “They…

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

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As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimizing the politics of the late Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks. In 2010,…