The February 12-13 coup plot and its preparation throughout January-February 2015

The US government is behind the destabilization plans and attempted coup in Venezuela. They are working internationally to create the necessary conditions, using active spokespeople operating on behalf of the government and from Congress. They are working together with the corporate media and other players that are active against our country.

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Remembering Chavez’s legacy Hands off Venezuela’s Revolution

Hugo Chavez
Friday March 6, 6pm
Casa Latinoamericana, Addison Road Community Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Organised by Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network (AVSN) & Bolivarian Circle
Supported by Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Guest speakers:
Professor Marcelo Alfonzo – pro-revolution Venezuelan academic (speaking via Skype)
Daniela Segovia – Representative from Venezuelan embassy
Alfonse de Gil – Bolivarian Circle member recently returned from Venezuela
Federico Fuentes – author and AVSN co-founder
Plus live music and video tribute to Chavez. Food and drinks available on the night
DON’T FORGET to join us on Thursday March 5, 6pm at the Plaza Iberoamericano (Chalmers Street, next to Central Station) for a short vigil to mark the second anniversary of the passing away of Hugo Chavez and then a toast at a nearby pub.
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Latin America today

The Latin America Social Forum invites you

Insight into Latin America

A forum about the reality of Latin America today

Saturday, February 7th

From 4 pm

CFMEU, 12 Railway Street, Lidcombe

Guest speakers:

Nelson Dávila. Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Gonzalo Abella. Uruguayan academic and historian

Sonia Peralta. Social youth activist from Colombia on the peace process in Colombia and future perspectives

María del Mar Gallegos. Ecuadorian lawyer from Melbourne University on “Chevron-Texaco against Ecuador”

Pablo Fajardo. Lawyer from Ecuador (via video conference) involved in the law suit against Chevron in Ecuador

For more info contact: Víctor Hugo on 0457 153 053 or Paula on 0402 709 028

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Report on 15th AVSN Venezuela solidarity brigade December 1-14, 2014

By Paul Dobson, Brigade Leader

PC091560Following months of organisation and planning, the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 15th Solidarity Brigade touched down in Maiquetía International Airport in Caracas on December 1, 2014 at a highly important time for the Bolivarian revolution. With imperialism increasing its efforts to undermine the revolution and exacerbate internal weaknesses, and with the Venezuelan people still reeling from the blow of the premature death of former president Hugo Chavez, international solidarity is needed like never before to maintain the revolutionary advances made by and for the Venezuelan people.

The 2014 brigade, which was made up of activists of Australian, New Zealand and Malaysian nationalities, spent two weeks in Venezuela, during which time it fulfilled all three of its objectives. These were:

  1. Learn about the truth of the Bolivarian revolution and the state of the country not reported in the capitalist press. Observe with our own eyes the impressive and numerous social advances since the electoral victory of Hugo Chavez in 1998. Speak with and listen to the people of Venezuela about how their lives have changed thanks to the revolution, but also about what problems they are currently confronting and attempting to solve.

  2. Express international solidarity with the Venezuelan people and through the visit of the brigade, show them that across the globe movements that struggle to create an alternative, progressive world are focused on Venezuela, taking inspiration and hope out of its victories, and thereby impart to Venezuelans the importance of defending their advances for the benefit of not just the people of Venezuelans, but the peoples of the world.

  3. Create concrete solidarity links to facilitate flows of information, exchanges and joint projects in the future, giving real meaning to the term ‘international solidarity’ through actions.

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After Chávez: The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ In Venezuela

by Steve Ellner

With economic difficulties mounting and dissent in the ranks, is the government of Nicolás Maduro living up to Hugo Chávez’s legacy?

Nearly two years after the death of Hugo Chávez, the key question that many on the left are debating, in Venezuela and elsewhere, is whether his successors have been true to his legacy, or whether the ‘revolutionary process’ initiated more than a decade ago has now stalled or even been thrown into reverse. The recent emergence of a number of pressing problems has convinced some Chavistas that the revolution has either been betrayed or, at best, that President Nicolás Maduro is severely lacking in Chávez’s political acumen. High on the list of difficulties are the chronic shortages of numerous consumer goods and products, including basic ones, as well as an annual inflation rate of over 60 percent. Both of these, Maduro claims, are part of an ‘economic war’ being waged by powerful interests to destabilize Venezuela. The government’s difficulties include the universally recognized problem of corruption.

Of course, these scourges were also prevalent under Chávez, but with less intensity, and in any case he faced them head on. His response to the shortages of basic commodities – which became particularly severe in 2007, influencing the outcome of the referendum on proposed constitutional reform – was to decree widespread expropriations. In 2009 he faced the problem of corruption that led to a major financial crisis by jailing at least 16 bankers, including the brother of a trusted cabinet minister, and ordering the arrest of over 40 others who fled the country, while at the same time nationalizing 13 banks.

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 Venezuela in 2014: Maduro Administration Given Reprieve by Divided Opposition

Dec 19th 2014, by Ewan Robertson –

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Correo del Orinoco – English Edition

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