Political prisoner Rodney Alvarez on hunger strike, protests in Caracas and Buenos Aires demand his release

By Venezuelanvoices.org (Photo: Laclase.info) Workers and activists of the Venezuelan left opposition gathered in Caracas in front of the Tribunals to demand Rodney Alvarez's freedom this Monday morning. Members of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSL), the C-cura union tendency, alternative web page La Guarura and other organizations demonstrated. At the same time, a protest … Continue reading Political prisoner Rodney Alvarez on hunger strike, protests in Caracas and Buenos Aires demand his release

PDVSA’s Privatization Plans Come with Mass Layoffs and Forced Retirements

Photo credit: Laclase.info Last week, the Presidency and Executive Direction of Human Resources of PDVSA issued a communication to different shops and bodies affiliated with the state oil company soliciting an assessment of the real situation of the corporation’s labour force, along with the workers’ control records. This management audit includes two big questions and … Continue reading PDVSA’s Privatization Plans Come with Mass Layoffs and Forced Retirements

Maduro Hands Six Months of Tax Privileges to Importing Businesses

By Laclase.info Translation by Paul Dobson for Venezuelanalysis Photo credit: Reuters. Maduro handing out credits to businessmen. September, 2018. The government’s latest economic decision only favours the “emerging” bourgeoisie. On December 26, in the Extraordinary Official Gazette No. 6.497, a presidential decree extended tax exemptions for the importing bourgeoisie for six more months until June 30, … Continue reading Maduro Hands Six Months of Tax Privileges to Importing Businesses

Venezuelan Teachers Struggle Against Regime-Imposed Hunger Wages

By Venezuelanvoices.orgPhoto credit: aporrea.org The struggle against hunger wages was once again put in the spotlight by the brutal aggression by paramilitary thugs against a demonstration by dozens of teachers in Caracas this past January 15th. On this date, National Teachers’ Day, Venezuelan educators celebrate the 1932 creation of their first union, during the Gómez … Continue reading Venezuelan Teachers Struggle Against Regime-Imposed Hunger Wages

Sympathy for Chavismo sinks under the dead weight of Maduro

By Venezuelanvoices.orgPhoto credits: Mural by Carlos Zerpa, photo by Meredith Kohut What are the latest trends of support for Chavismo and for Maduro in Venezuela? Although both tend to get lumped together, there's an important although diminishing sector of the population which identifies itself as Chavista, but not as Madurista. This is a consequence of … Continue reading Sympathy for Chavismo sinks under the dead weight of Maduro

Chavismo and the parliament: killing the tiger but fearing its fur

By Simon RodriguezPhoto credit: Andrea Hernandez (AP) Russian government spokespersons had already predicted, speaking to Bloomberg, that Guaido would not be re-elected as president of the National Assembly (AN) on January 5th. So the military siege of the Legislative Palace and the election of deputy Luis Parra as president of the parliament without the statutory … Continue reading Chavismo and the parliament: killing the tiger but fearing its fur

In Defense of Professor Keymer Avila’s Research Amid Police Violence in Venezuela

A statement supporting Professor Keymer Avila by around two hundred Venezuelan academics. Translation by NACLA here. Professor Keymer Ávila has recently been the target of a smear campaign in Venezuela.  Over the last few weeks, Professor Keymer Ávila has been the target of a smear campaign launched by the news daily "Ciudad CCS,” published out … Continue reading In Defense of Professor Keymer Avila’s Research Amid Police Violence in Venezuela