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.
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 Venezuelanvoices.orgPhoto credit: Several photos from Venezuelan Voices articles. Exactly one year ago, on March 18, 2019, we made our first two publications, an interview with sociologist Edgardo Lander and a report on the massacres perpetrated by the Venezuelan government through the FAES extermination groups. For those of us who work voluntarily to support this … Continue reading A turbulent first year
By Simón Rodríguez Porras Photo credit: Image extracted from an animation by Andre Carrilho. His portfolio here. The use of the oil rent by different Venezuelan governments to feed politically aligned capitalist sectors has been a constant practice over the past century. In the two decades of Chavista governance, it has become popular to give the … Continue reading The Bolibourgeoisie, Guaido, and Trump: Racketeering as the Common Denominator
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
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
By Xili Fernandez Photo by Reuters Venezuela will have a seat for the next 3 years at the United Nations Human Rights Council on January 1st 2020. With almost 5 million migrants and asylum seekers fleeing the country, mainly because of the economic crisis and misery wages imposed by the government but also often citing … Continue reading Maduro’s seat at the Human Rights Council
On the afternoon of 7 March 2019, the electricity supply was cut off in more than 80% of Venezuela. This blackout was the highest point in a decade long electricity crisis, a collapse that industry workers had warned about for years, despite government attempts to completely silence their reports
Author: Simón Rodríguez Porras | Photos by Oswaldo Pacheco Guzmán (used by Venezuelan Voices with the author’s permission) The military act commemorating the 6th anniversary of Chávez's death, on March 5 at the Cuartel de la Montaña, in Caracas, was the scene for Maduro's recognition of several members of the different components of the armed forces. Some … Continue reading The Chavista Armed Forces: Neither Socialist nor Anti-imperialist
Simón Rodríguez explains why Venezuela is "caught between imperialism and a decomposing bourgeois regime", and the way forward.