March 17th, during the second day of quarantine in Caracas. Credit: Adriana Loureiro Fernández for The New York Times

“The situation is very disgraceful for all” – An Interview with Omar Vázquez Heredia

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.

The Orinoco Mining Arc and the Kueka Stone: Chavismo’s Compensatory Multiculturalism

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

The Venezuelan Red Death Mask

By Alicia P.Photo credit: Image taken from eldukeoficial Instagram's account. A few days ago, a friend who lives in Caracas did some reading recommendations that echo the pandemic situation. Thus, among other things, he advised us to read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Mask of the Red Death". This short story tells the tale of an … Continue reading The Venezuelan Red Death Mask

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