in the Hugo Chavez era



Giving a voice to the Venezuelan people A Venezuelan sociologist and former government minister calls on the international left to place itself firmly on the side of Venezuela's popular struggles. By Reinaldo Iturriza, ROAR Magazine, March 14, 2019

Preventing civil war and US intervention in Venezuela Since 2016 the Maduro government has become more and more authoritarian. It has completely closed the door to the possibility of free trustworthy elections where the population is able to decide on the present and future of the country. At the same time it has become more and more repressive. The decision to create the Orinoco Mining Arc, opening up 12 percent of the national territory to transnational mining corporations, has created what is probably the most serious socio-environmental crisis in all of Latin America today. All this is the result of a decree issued by Maduro, with no public debate, with no involvement from parliament, and in direct violation of the country’s Constitution and its environmental, indigenous peoples and labor laws. By Edgardo Lander, ROAR Magazine, March 14, 2019

Chavez Leads the Way

Chavez Leads the Way May 30, 2005. In using oil wealth to help the poor, Venezuela's leader is an example to Latin America. Many Venezuelans, for the first time, are finding their basic needs met and are hopeful about their future.

Venezuela: A Newsday Special Report May 1, 2005. Good summary of recent events and the role of U.S. agencies interfering in Venezuela.

Mission Impossible? Venezuela's Mission to Fight Poverty November 11, 2003

Venezuela - The Country of Parallels May 11, 2005. An important part of what is actually being won in the process is created through parallels. If the health sector in the country is not willing to serve poor people - the president creates a parallel, brings in hundreds of Cuban doctors and lets them work. If the educational sector is working poorly and apparently has not been fighting illiteracy - he creates a parallel, develops education programs and makes the communities responsible for their functioning.

CIA Involvement in the Coup Against President Chavez

Constitution of Venezuela (in English)

Land Reform

Venezuela's Agrarian Land Reform: More like Lincoln than Lenin, March 1, 2005.

Regional Integration

South American Unity May No Longer Be a Distant Dream, April 11, 2005

Venezuela's Oil Industry

The Economics, Culture, and Politics of Oil in Venezuela August 30, 2003

Interview with Minister of Energy and Mines, Rafael Ramirez, who discusses the shut-down of the Venezuelan oil industry by opposition forces. December 9, 2003

Military policy

Venezuela pulls out of SOA, February 2004

Venezuela Ends Military Ties and Evicts Some U.S. Officers, April 25, 2005

Women's issues

The Housewives’ Union in Venezuela, Benjamin Dangl, April 26, 2005


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Excellent film about the 2002 coup against President Chavez. (Sometimes this video moves around. If not found at this link, search YouTube.

Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America Directed by Aleida Guevara (Che's daughter), who conducts an extended interview with Chavez.

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