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Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Plotting Coup, Declares State of Emergency

“Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” said the nation’s president.

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‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Film Review: A Half-Baked Hollywood Version of a Great Documentary

David Gordon Green’s star-studded film is a middling comedy about the humdrum conflicts between American meddlers in Bolivia’s 2002 election. Meanwhile, the Bolivians in it are as invisible as most of the slaves in “Gone With the Wind.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Here’s What Happened When Cynthia McKinney Tried to Use WikiLeaks Info in Her Dissertation

So, former U.S. Representative and current Green Party politician Cynthia McKinney recently accomplished the impressive feat of earning her Ph.D. at Antioch University. So far, so good.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Open Veins, Healing Wounds in Latin America

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

It’s hard to fathom why Western media seem to buy into the U.S. government’s demonization of Venezuela’s democratically elected socialist government and yet essentially give a pass to countries (Mexico, anyone?) with clearly corrupt and discredited leadership.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE



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Meanwhile Everyone Is Waiting for Venezuela’s Protests to Turn More Violent as the Death Toll Rises

The anti-government unrest rocking Venezuela shows no sign of letting up, with the demonstrations and violence now spreading beyond the capital to provincial cities.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Rifts Deepen Between Pro- and Anti-Government Factions in Venezuela

As clashes between government forces and protesters in Venezuela continued through the weekend, civilians took sides in rival marches held Saturday, each pointing to the other as the catalyst of the country’s recent wave of unrest.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Venezuela Braces for More Violence

A week of protests in Venezuela resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 20 injured Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro in a struggle to restrain discontent among opposition groups and radical elements of his Chavista movement.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Venezuelan Socialism Vindicated in City Elections

“Chavismo,” the left-wing movement that blossomed around deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the past decade, “comfortably” won municipal elections throughout the country this month, “consolidating President Maduro’s leadership, and further enhancing Venezuelan democracy,” writes a leader of the populist Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Was the Venezuelan President Banned From Flying Over U.S. Territory?

En route to China to discuss loans, oil and what have you, President Nicolas Maduro meant to fly over Puerto Rico on Thursday night. That is until Washington denied him permission to do so.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelan Communes Need More Government Aid, Maduro Urges

Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s former right hand man and current president of Venezuela, called on his administration Thursday to offer more help on constructing socialist settlements in the country. The president, addressing the nation on his TV show, “Bolivarian Dialogue,” emphasized that the communes are a priority and require support in order to expand.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuela Opposition Won’t Take ‘No’ for an Answer

Although President Nicolas Maduro won his office by a narrow margin, he has since been confirmed by both an audit of the vote and, Tuesday, a Supreme Court of Justice ruling.

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Venezuela Torn by Election Results









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U.S. Seeks Confirmation of Venezuelan Election Outcome (Video)

The United States is inserting itself into Venezuelan politics again by questioning the victory of Hugo Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro and calling for a recount of the vote from Sunday’s closely fought election.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE


Nicolas Maduro and Hugo Chavez









Posted on Apr 15, 2013 ENLARGE



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Life After Hugo: Venezuela Votes (Update)

Polls have closed in Venezuela’s presidential election, which pitted a top lieutenant of the late Hugo Chavez against a veteran Chavez opponent who promised to take the country in a different direction.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



Careful What You Tweet For

When a staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo posted a link to “The Daily Show” on Twitter, the American and Egyptian governments learned the power of social media; with digital product placement, editors can integrate advertisements into film or television scenes that were never there to begin with; meanwhile, to make way for a parking lot near the 2014 World Cup stadium site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian authorities are kicking indigenous squatters out. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE


Thatcher and Chavez in Heaven









Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE


Habemus President in Charge









Posted on Mar 15, 2013 ENLARGE



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The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Continuity in Venezuela









Posted on Mar 13, 2013 ENLARGE


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Posted on Mar 12, 2013 ENLARGE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died this week after a two-year battle with cancer, recognized and respected poverty and the poor.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE


Chavez to Ashes









Posted on Mar 8, 2013 ENLARGE


‘Venezuelan Leader Uplifted Poor From Caracas to the Bronx’

As millions gather to mourn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the spate of criticism still pouring from the mouthpieces of the U.S. corporate media confirms elite hostility toward poor people and their defenders around the world.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Venezuela and the Middle East After Chavez

The foreign policy of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez imagined that socialism and anti-imperialism are the same thing, and that he could lead a new sort of socialist international. These considerations shaped his Middle East policy in ways that were contradictory and hypocritical.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 7, 2013 ENLARGE


Who Was Hugo Chavez?

Much is being written about former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the wake of his death Tuesday. Australian journalist John Pilger’s 2007 documentary on the United States’ hostile, decades-long campaign against Latin American democracy helps separate fact from fiction in Chavez’s legacy.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Hugo Chavez No More









Posted on Mar 6, 2013 ENLARGE



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Hugo Chavez Dead

News of the socialist leader’s death was announced by Vice President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelans Hopeful Chavez Will Win ‘Battle for Life’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been in a hospital since Feb. 18 for treatment of breathing problems amid an ongoing battle with an unspecified cancer, but nearly three in five of his fellow countrymen believe he will return to power.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelan President Gives Heating Aid to U.S. Poor

For the eighth year in a row, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is donating oil to 100,000 American households who can’t heat their homes because they are jobless and the government no longer provides for them.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE


Chavez Is Missing









Posted on Jan 16, 2013 ENLARGE


Hugo Chavez Missing His Inauguration









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The Chavez Show









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Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


Energizer Hugo









Posted on Oct 10, 2012 ENLARGE


Danny Glover Is Stoked Hugo Chavez Re-Elected

American actor Danny Glover, who was in Venezuela monitoring the presidential election, says large numbers of Venezuelans are rejoicing at the prospect of the continuation of social programs that have benefited the public since recently re-elected President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Arrest Record, Akin’s Discrimination Endorsement, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Ryan offers a reason why he would not give details of Mitt Romney’s tax plan in a TV interview over the weekend, the GOP tries to explain why its presidential candidate is probably winning and the 2012 election gets the video game treatment.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Hugo Chavez Needs a Third Surgery

The Venezuelan president will put his re-election plans on hold to return to Cuba to have a third operation on his pelvis, where his cancer may have returned.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE


El Presidente









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What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Hugo Deflating









Posted on Jul 5, 2011 ENLARGE



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Opposition Gains on Hugo Chavez

They just had an election in Venezuela and Hugo Chavez’s party easily won a majority, so why is the opposition celebrating? Because big gains by the anti-Chavez crowd mean the president will not be able to count on a two-thirds majority to push through his legislative agenda, which sometimes coincides with his personal agenda.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Latest Nemesis: The Internet

Can we bring George W. Bush out of retirement so Venezuela’s president has something more appropriate to rant about? A reportedly pissed Hugo Chavez said Saturday, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.” Someone tell @shitmydadsays.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Venezuela’s Whopping Oil Reserves

A new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey says that Venezuela’s oil reserves could be double those of Saudi Arabia, a finding that could significantly alter the world’s geopolitical stage and crude oil market.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE


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