March 18th 2008, by James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com
Mérida, March 18, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com)- British Judge Paul Walker declared in a London courtroom today that the freezing of $12 billion in assets of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA shall be revoked. The decision is a major defeat for the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, which had won the temporary asset freeze on February 7th in a dispute with PDVSA over the nationalization of Exxon's stake in a Venezuelan Orinoco River Belt project, known as Cerro Negro.
March 8th 2008, by Greg Palast - OurFuture.org
Do you believe this?
This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop – and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he’s sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million – which they’re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!
That’s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
March 10th 2008, by Kiraz Janicke Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, March 10, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com) - The so-called ‘traditional' or moderate leftwing prevailed in the elections for the provisional national executive of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Sunday.
The party's vice president, Alberto Müller Rojas, announced the results of the elections for the fifteen principle delegates to the national executive and fifteen substitute delegates in a press conference on Sunday night, after 87.7% of the votes had been scrutinized.
What only a few days ago seemed like a remote prospect has suddenly become a real possibility. The Colombian military’s brutal massacre of 21 (at last count) guerrillas with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Peoples Army (FARC-EP), including Raul Reyes, the FARC’s chief negotiator and spokesperson, in Ecuador on March 1 marks a dramatic leap in the United States’ plan to potentially trigger off an armed confrontation between Colombia and Venezuela. These events should be of major concern for all supporters of the Venezuelan revolution, and anti-war and peace activists the world over.
February 27th 2008, by Kiraz Janicke - Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, February 27, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Thousands of workers at Venezuela's largest steel plant, the Argentine-controlled Ternium Sidor, activated staggered strikes today as part of an ongoing dispute for a collective contract, which has dragged on for more than a year.
19 years ago, on February 27th 1989, a spontaneous uprising on the streets of Venezuela as a direct result of IMF polices was violently repressed. In what became known as the Caracazo, thousands were murdered by the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez. To commemorate this crucial event in the history of the Bolivarian Revolution, here we re-publish the following article, originally available on CounterPunch this time last year.
The Fourth World War Started in Venezuela
By George Ciccariello-Maher
Kiraz Janicke & Federico Fuentes, Caracas. 22 February 2008
In recent weeks, external and internal pressure against Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution, as the process of change led by socialist President Hugo Chavez is known — has intensified dramatically.
It is clear that US imperialism and the US-backed Venezuelan opposition see the defeat of Chavez’s proposed constitutional reforms on December 2 as a green light to push forward their plans to destablise the government.
Stuart Munckton & Tamara Pearson. 16 February 2008
The moves by US oil giant Exxon-Mobil to freeze more than US$12 billion in assets in Britain, the Netherlands, the Dutch Antilles and the United States belonging to Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA is just the latest in a long line of attacks led by the US government on the government of President Hugo Chavez — which is seeking to construct a “socialism of the 21st Century”.
Federico Fuentes, Caracas. 15 February 2008
Since January 12, more than 1600 delegates to the founding congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) — along with thousands of local socialist battalions (branches — have been discussing the new party’s program, principles and statutes, and in large part the future of the Bolivarian revolution.
February 20th 2008, by Kiraz Janicke Venezuelanalysis.com
An international week of solidarity with Venezuela has been called from Feb 29 - March 7th in protest at the largest oil company in the world, ExxonMobil's, legal actions - freezing up to $12 billion of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's assets- pending arbitration in a dispute over an oil exploration project nationalised by the Venezuelan government last year.