Former Brazilian President Lula Voices Support for Maduro

Socialist leader and former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that Nicolas Maduro as president would work towards achieving “the Venezuela Chavez had dreamed.” Lula sent a message to the Venezuelan people expressing that the current socialist candidate for Venezuela’s presidential elections will carry out the goals set by the leader of the…

Venezuela Participates in UN Human Rights Council Assembly

On February 27, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela participated in its first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva since it was elected to be a member of the group on November 12 of last year. Venezuela is serving on the council for the 2013-2015 period. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua said…

Venezuela a Regional Leader in Human Development Index Growth

In its latest report, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) notes that Venezuela posted the second highest growth in the Human Development Index (HDI) of any Latin American or Caribbean country. Venezuela was 71st on the global list, with an HDI of 0.748. This HDI value places Venezuela among a group of countries considered to…

Venezuela to Presume Presidency of MERCOSUR in June

Venezuela will become president pro tempore of the South American trade group Mercosur on June 28 of this year, its first opportunity since being admitted as a full member in July of 2012. ”June 28 in Montevideo Uruguay will be quite extraordinary. We will be, I swear to our people really, representing the memory of…

LGBT Community Supports President Maduro

…and calls on him to build on Chávez’s commitment to equality for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity On Monday, the Revolutionary Gender and Sexual Diversity Alliance of Venezuela (ASGDRE, Spanish acronym) endorsed socialist presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro because he represents a continuation of Hugo Chávez’s revolutionary project. Sexual diversity was one of…

Exposing the Venezuelan right-wing’s attempts to discredit April’s Presidential election

  By Lee Brown With less than one month to go until Venezuela’s Presidential election on 14 April, following the sad death of Hugo Chávez, prominent figures in Washington and in the Venezuelan right-wing coalition appear to have begun a campaign to discredit the election process and, with it, the near certain victory of Nicolas…

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Halts Dialogue with U.S. State Department

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua announced Wednesday afternoon that for the moment, the channel of communication that had been opened up in the hope of improving relations with the U.S. is suspended after the statements by U.S. State Department Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson regarding Venezuela ’s electoral system. “I hope there is a rectification and…

Central Bank of Venezuela Expects $41.4 Billion from Oil in 2013

Venezuela ’s oil minister and president of the state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Rafael Ramírez, said Tuesday that it estimates it will sell the $41.479 billion in foreign currency to the country’s central bank this year, an amount similar to that which it provided when oil prices were sky-high in 2008. “We have…

Poll Shows Maduro Lead

A poll from the Venezuelan right-wing opposition-aligned polling firm Datanalisis shows that the candidate of the Bolivarian Revolution Nicolás Maduro beating right-wing candidate Henrique Capriles by 14.4 percent. Capriles lost the presidential elections on October 7, 2012, when he faced the Bolivarian leader Hugo Chávez. The poll also indicates that 49.2 percent of electors intend to…

Social progress versus right-wing reaction: high stakes at the coming Venezuelan elections

By Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign Secretary “In recent days, interim President Nicolas Maduro has also warned of US-inspired destabilisation plans seeking to take advantage of the departure of President Hugo Chavez to topple the government or, more likely, to create the conditions so as not to have to recognise the results of the coming…