Venezuela: left perspectives from below

By Eva María Photo: Federico Parra Note: The following interview with venezuelan activist and and editor at Venezuelanvoices.org, Simón Rodríguez, was livestreamed by Venezuelan Workers Solidarity in July, and afterwards transcribed, edited and published by Tempest. We present for our readers an abbreviated version. Eva María: The first question is one on most people’s minds … Continue reading Venezuela: left perspectives from below

Venezuela and the U.S. Left at a Crossroads

By Andy Heintz Originally published by NACLA When the subject of Venezuela is brought up, there are often two distinct narratives. In the right-wing and much of the mainstream media, Venezuela is often depicted as a once vibrant, thriving democracy that has been ruined by socialism. Meanwhile, in certain left-wing circles, the country’s many troubles are … Continue reading Venezuela and the U.S. Left at a Crossroads

Open letter in defense of Lusbi Portillo

Picture: Lusbi Portillo accompanying yukpa leaders Sabino Romero and Alexander Fernandez, a decade ago, after they were freed from political imprisonment. In subsecuent years Romero and Fernandez were killed. Professor Lusbi Portillo is an academic committed to the Indigenous Peoples and the Defense of the Environment in the State of Zulia. The governor of Zulia … Continue reading Open letter in defense of Lusbi Portillo

To DSA and the US socialist left: To be in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, there’s no need to support the Maduro government

By Orlando Chirino (Partido Socialismo y Libertad) Originally published in Laclase.info. Picture: Aporrea.org A delegation from Democratic Socialists of America visited Venezuela to attend the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples, organized by the Venezuelan government. It met with Nicolas Maduro himself, publicly expressing support for the Venezuelan government and what they consider to be an … Continue reading To DSA and the US socialist left: To be in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, there’s no need to support the Maduro government

Open letter by Rodney Alvarez in rejection of his conviction

Image: Campaign for the liberation of Rodney Alvarez Greetings to comrades, brothers and friends. God bless Venezuela. Comrades, as you well know, this is a framing, corrupt, starving, anti-worker and vile government. This anti-worker government has taken me, Rodney Alvarez, as a scapegoat, to cover up its hit man, its criminal. I, Rodney Alvarez, have … Continue reading Open letter by Rodney Alvarez in rejection of his conviction

Maduro’s dictatorship sentences political prisoner Rodney Álvarez to 15 years

Photo credit: Punto de Corte By Venezuelan Voices On Tuesday, June 8, after ten years of judicial farce during which the process was restarted ten times and the judge was changed three times, the political prisoner Rodney Álvarez was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Judge Pablo Vicentelli and the prosecutor Regino Cova participated in … Continue reading Maduro’s dictatorship sentences political prisoner Rodney Álvarez to 15 years

Cracks open up in the wall of official lies with the recognition of executions of dissidents

By Venezuelan Voices Photo: Federico Parra On May 1st, the Attorney General of the Venezuelan regime, Tarek William Saab, announced that the Public Prosecutor's Office had sent the day before its third report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the actions of the Venezuelan State regarding human rights. According … Continue reading Cracks open up in the wall of official lies with the recognition of executions of dissidents

Relatives denounce false positive on the execution of farmers in Apure (videos)

By Laclase.info Photo taken from Laclase.info According to their relatives' testimonies, on March 25 in La Victoria, Apure state, a family of farmers was executed by members of FAES special police forces, who took them out of their home in the 5th of July community and killed them to present them as guerrilla members, in … Continue reading Relatives denounce false positive on the execution of farmers in Apure (videos)

Decriminalizing Abortion, the Case of Vannesa Rosales: A Conversation with Venus Faddoul

Original piece published in Venezuelanalysis The case of a young activist arrested for allegedly helping a 13-year-old rape victim terminate a pregnancy has galvanized feminist movements in Venezuela. Venus Faddoul is a lawyer and the director of 100% Estrógeno, an organization that focuses on women’s rights in Venezuela. Today Faddoul forms part of Vannesa Rosales’ defense … Continue reading Decriminalizing Abortion, the Case of Vannesa Rosales: A Conversation with Venus Faddoul

Border militarization against Venezuelans on the move in South America

By Venezuelan Voices Photo credit: Taken from France 24's site © EFE/ Andina. Armored units of the Peruvian Army move towards the border with Ecuador in support of the National Police to control migrants' access in Tumbes (Peru). The so-called “Lima Group”, integrated by center-right and right wing governments in Latin America which aligned themselves … Continue reading Border militarization against Venezuelans on the move in South America