Letter of Former President Rodriguez Zapatero to the Venezuelan opposition

Former Spanish PM and mediator of Venezuela’s dialogue, Rodriguez Zapatero has responded to Venezuela’s opposition representatives pulling out of the peaceful process. Read the full letter below (7/2/18):    My dear sir:   After working without rest for two years for a peaceful, democratic coexistence, to overcome the economic and social problems of Venezuela, and with…

Tillerson Invokes Possibility of Pinochet-Style Coup in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson [has] raised the prospect of a military coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and seemingly praised past military dictatorships as “agents of change.” (1/2/18) “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so…

Despite economic challenges, Venezuela consolidates social programmes

By Tim Young Despite the ongoing economic challenges that it faces, the Venezuelan government continued to prioritise meeting social need in 2017. In his recent ‘state of the nation’ address to the National Constituent Assembly, President Maduro detailed how government programmes were assisting Venezuela’s poorest citizens. Public expenditure to meet social need amounted to 74%…

National Electoral Council – Presidential Elections in Venezuela

The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela issued a constitutional decree requesting the National Electoral Council (CNE) to convene the presidential elections of 2018 before April 30. (7/2/18)   This call for elections in Venezuela has the enormous peculiarity of taking place in a context of many internal and external political pressures on the Venezuelan…

Venezuela’s housing programme on course for two million new homes

Despite the ongoing economic challenges that it faces, Venezuela ended 2017 just shy of completing 2 million new homes since the launch of its Housing Mission programme six years earlier, writes Tim Young (25/1/18)

Venezuelan Government Responds to High Rep of the EU

OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE: The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, regarding the sovereign decision of the Venezuelan Government to declare the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Persona non grata, based on Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of…

Frequently Asked Questions : The Current Situation in Venezuela

What is the current situation in Venezuela? There is currently deep political polarisation in Venezuela. Primarily driven by severe economic difficulties, it is fuelled by the collapse in oil prices and an ‘economic war’ of destabilisation by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro’s government similar to that waged against Allende’s Chile in the 70s. Within this…

Latin America Conference 2017 – The most vital to date?

This year’s Latin America conference was one of the biggest to date, but with Trump in charge of US foreign policy was it the most vital yet?   The event had over 500 in attendance and was opened by renowned British filmmaker Ken Loach who explained that “US history in Latin America is cruel, brutal…

Shocking Call For Foreign Military Intervention From Venezuelan Ex-Perez Minister

Solidarity campaigners attacked former Venezuelan minister Ricardo Hausmann’s call today for a foreign military invasion to end a supposed “famine.” (05/01/18) Britain’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) slammed Mr Hausmann for his article entitled D-Day Venezuela, published yesterday by the Project Syndicate website funded by billionaire speculator George Soros. The Harvard University professor and former chief…

OPINION: Ignacio Ramonet’s Full Analysis of 2017 in Venezuela

Ignacio Ramonet, former editor-in-chief of Le Monde Diplomatique, looks back on a tough year for Venezuela and shows the positive achievements of the socialist Government despite the ongoing sanctions, US threats and an economic war.     To begin with, we must remember that President Nicolás Maduro is the most unjustly harassed, slandered and assaulted president in the…