Venezuelan Women Confront State Violence

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

The only fair way out of the Essequibo Conflict

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

Joint statement: The silence of the Venezuelan State, institutions, and political parties against LGBTIQ+ rights

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

Racism and State Violence in Venezuela

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

Campaign for the freedom of working class political prisoners 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

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

Why does Donald Trump want to overthrow Maduro’s government?

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?

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

Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

By Xili Fernandez Photo credit: UquiraThis piece was originally published in Global Voices. However, the author incorporated some more info for this piece in Venezuelan Voices. Women transcend party politics to secure their rights in Venezuela In Venezuela, feminists seem to be achieving what no other movement in the country has accomplished in the past … Continue reading Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization