The truth about Venezuela…

The crisis that mass media and power groups slightly judge

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For more than 40 days Venezuela has become the main topic on press agencies, international mass media and social networks due to the political conflict between the Bolivarian government and the opposition.

Since Nicolás Maduro assumed the presidency on April 14, 2013, the country has been a war stage for all those political parties, organizations and power groups against the revolutionary process initiated by Hugo Chávez .

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Standoff in Venezuela

Venezuela expert Steve Ellner explains the deceptiveness of the mainstream media’s reporting on the country’s political turmoil.

Venezuela has been rocked in recent weeks by almost daily protests and counter-protests, as right-wing opponents of socialist President Nicolas Maduro seek to bring down his government.

While the media portrays these events as a popular rebellion against an “authoritarian” government, supporters of the pro-poor Bolivarian revolution initiated by former president Hugo Chavez say the country is witnessing an escalation in what is an ongoing counter-revolutionary campaign seeking to restore Venezuela’s traditional elites in power and reverse the gains made by the poor majority under Chavez and Maduro.

Federico Fuentes interviewed Steve Ellner, a well-known analyst of Venezuelan and Latin American politics and a retired professor at Venezuela’s Universidad de Oriente, to get his views on recent events.

When it comes to the current turmoil in Venezuela, the media have been unanimous in their version of events: the Maduro regime is on its last legs due to the overwhelming opposition it faces from the people, including among the poorest sectors that previously supported the government, and therefore its only recourse for survival is violent repression. How accurate is this media narrative?

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Cuba’s Raul Castro in Solidarity With Venezuela Over US Decree

Delcy Rodriguez (R) meets with Raul Castro (L) and Bruno Rodriguez.
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U.S. President Barack Obama renewed a decree on March 3 that declared Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
The President of Cuba, Raul Castro, met with Venezuelan foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez in Havana, to offer solidarity over the renewed U.S. decree declaring her country a “threat.” Continue reading “Cuba’s Raul Castro in Solidarity With Venezuela Over US Decree”