When the police kill young men in Venezuela, often their mothers are the only ones who seek justice. Institutional barriers to accountability have increased during the pandemic. By Francisco Sánchez; article originally posted in NACLA. Photo caption: Two young boys walking in Petare, Caracas. There is fear on the streets due to police incursions. September … Continue reading Venezuelan Women Confront State Violence
By Simon Rodriguez P. Image extracted from Simon Rodriguez's website On June 30, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held a hearing on the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo territory. We have arrived to this after decades of failed mediation attempts by the UN, arranged under the 1966 Geneva Agreement signed … Continue reading The only fair way out of the Essequibo Conflict
Photo credit: Image extracted from heartsonvenezuela.com website In May 2020, the National Assembly presided by Juan Guaido recognized, through a parliamentarian agreement, the higher vulnerability experienced by the LGBTIQ+ community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the approved document includes a guarantee of article 77 of the National Constitution, which establishes marriage as a … Continue reading Joint statement: The silence of the Venezuelan State, institutions, and political parties against LGBTIQ+ rights
Professor Keymer Ávila is a Researcher at the Institute of Criminal Sciences at the Central University of Venezuela and a Professor of Criminology at the same university. He is one of the foremost scholars and critics of institutional violence and criminal justice policies in current Venezuela. In this interview, originally published on July 6 and … Continue reading Racism and State Violence in Venezuela
By Venezuelan Voices On June 25, a campaign was launched by leftist opposition organizations and union activists, as well as popular and human rights organizations, to demand that the Venezuelan government release hundreds of workers who are currently held as political prisoners. The hashtag #LiberenALosTrabajadoresPresos (Free the Working Class Prisoners) was among the most mentioned … Continue reading Campaign for the freedom of working class political prisoners in Venezuela
Omar Vázquez Heredia is a member of the Partido Socialismo y Libertad in Venezuela, and a professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He is the author of the book ‘La Cuestión Chavista. Estado Extractivista y Nación Petrolera’, the result of his PhD studies, where he presents a critical historical account of Chavismo regarding labor, agrarian, gender, settler-colonial and international relations issues. This interview by members of Venezuelan Workers Solidarity was carried out in writing in the week of April 27th.
We are a group of Venezuelan socialists residing in the United States, bound by our unconditional solidarity towards the working people of our country. We support workers’ and popular struggles against oppression and exploitation, and we sympathize with the fights carried out by independent socialists, feminists, and anti-extractivists against the Venezuelan capitalist state. Our goal … Continue reading Venezuelan Workers Solidarity: Statement of Principles
Photo credit: Twitter of Aloha Nuñez, VP for Indigenous Peoples of the PSUV By Omar Vazquez Heredia Since 1999, the Chavista regime has established a relationship between the State and the indigenous peoples settled in Venezuelan territory that I have called "compensatory multiculturalism" in the context of the research "The Chavista Question. Extractive State and … Continue reading The Orinoco Mining Arc and the Kueka Stone: Chavismo’s Compensatory Multiculturalism
By Cesar Romero, originally published on Revista SIC of Centro Gumilla. HeartsOnVenezuela translation revised by Venezuelan VoicesPhoto credit: infoamazonia.org The Maduro government declared a collective quarantine on all 23 states of Venezuela and the Caracas Capital District on March 17, after 33 cases of COVID-19 were officially announced in the country. Although certainly the quarantine … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Orinoco Mining Arc: A Large-Scale Ticking Time Bomb
By Omar Vazquez HerediaPhoto credit: The Associated Press Since the beginning of his mandate as US president, Donald Trump has tried to achieve an orderly and negotiated transition in Venezuela, which would imply ousting Nicolas Maduro through the disavowing of his authority by a significant sector of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB). Depending on … Continue reading Why does Donald Trump want to overthrow Maduro’s government?