The Guardian vs. the Conventional Wisdom on Venezuela

By ALEX MAIN – CEPR, January 17th 2013 Earlier this month my colleague Dan Beeton noted that the major media, after incorrectly predicting a close race in Venezuela’s presidential elections, had quickly reverted to the familiar “gloom and doom” predictions for Venezuela’s economic future.  Additionally, many recent opinion and news pieceshave echoed the Venezuelan opposition’s view that the decision to postpone Chávez’s inauguration was…

Venezuela’s Chavez “Entering New Phase” of Recovery

By EWAN ROBERTSON. Mérida, 21 January 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is entering a new phase of his recovery, according to Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Chavez has been out of the public light since his cancer operation in Cuba in December, his fourth in eighteen months. Recent health updates from the Venezuelan government have sent positive signals,…

Venezuelan Government Continues Push for Dignified Housing

By CORREO DEL ORINOCO INTERNATIONAL After reaching its construction goal for 2012, The Venezuelan government renewed its pledge to provide affordable and dignified housing for all citizens during a special meeting held last Friday between state governors and members of the Executive branch. The encounter, led by Vice President Nicolas Maduro and the Chair of the…

Coup supporter falsely charges Venezuelan government with violation of constitution

By Lee Brown, VSC Executive Committee In recent days numerous press articles have reported claims by Venezuelan opposition MP, Maria Corina Machado, that the current Venezuelan government is violating the nation’s constitution by deferring the swearing in ceremony of President Chavez until he returns from Cuba, where he is receiving medical treatment for cancer. Venezuela’s…

The Venezuela Diary: Week 27, 13-19 January

This week… Leopoldo lopez, one of the opposition leaders, calls for “street action” for the 23rd January in non recognition of the decision of the high supreme court regarding the absence of Chavez. Chavista forces, mainly the PSUV and PCV, call for Caracas to be awash with government forces on that day to protect the…

Venezuelan Government has Opened 29 Hospitals in 14 Years

In the last 14 years, under its Bolivarian Revolution, the Venezuelan government has opened 29 hospitals throughout the country, said Health Minister Eugenia Sader in an interview on Venezolana de Televisión. The number includes new health centers and other medical facilities that have been completely renovated. The minister said that she is part of “a consolidated…

Vice President Maduro warns against provocations and destabilization

Vice President, Nicolas Maduro urged the leaders of the opposition “to condemn violence” after right-wing groups rioted in Tachira state last weekend following the Supreme Courts decision to allow President Hugo Chavez to begin his term whilst receiving medical care in Cuba. Maduro said that “We have information that more violence is planned” and said…

Packed Emergency Meeting Stands in Solidarity with Venezuela

Despite being called at only four days notice, 150 people packed out the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall on Thursday (January 10) to attend a VSC-organised meeting entitled Respect the Democratic Choice of the People, No to Right-wing Destabilisation Plans! called to mark the beginning of Hugo Chavez’s new term in office. The meeting was called in…

OAS suspends meeting with the Venezuelan Right after backing TSJ decision

Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza, suspended the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, with representatives of the Venezuelan right-wing coalition, grouped into the so-called Democratic Unity Table (MUD). On the eve, cabinet chief Hugo de Zela, received a letter from MUD delegate Laura Rojas, which assures that extension given by…

Right-Wing Opposition Provokes Violent Destabilization Efforts

In the Andean city of San Cristobal extremist right wing youths based around the conservative universities, and numbering no more than 50, held violent protests this week in response to calls from opposition leaders for “action on the streets”. The calls for street action from the opposition, amounting to destabilizing the country, were proclaimed to…