December 2 - 13, 2014
Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s next solidarity tour to revolutionary Venezuela.
The tour, to run from Tuesday December 2nd to Saturday December 13th (inclusive) - will be a unique an opportunity to observe first-hand, learn about and be inspired by a grassroots movement that is transforming not only Venezuela, but all of Latin America, and is challenging the greed and destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible.
Feature discussions will include Ideology of Bolivarian revolution, Social and economic achievements, Truth and media lies of revolution, Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.
Las discusiones incluirán ideología de la revolución bolivariana, Logros económicos y sociales de la revolucion, la verdad y mentiras de los medios de comunicacion, la Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas
9am – 6pm, Mon October 6 (Labour Day holiday)
Redfern Town Hall 73 Pitt Street, Redfern
An event organised by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in conjunction with: Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network, Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, Bolivarian Circle, Chile Solidarity Committee, Committee for Human Rights in Guatemala, Communist Party of Australia, Green Left Weekly, Grupo Ibiray – Fondo Raul Sendic, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front Committee (Sydney), Latin America Social Forum, Maritime Union of Australia, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, United for Colombia,
Paul Dobson - Venezuela, July 2014
The III Congress of the largest party in Venezuelan politics got under way this week, as the ruling Socialist Unified Party (PSUV) held 5 days of activities in Caracas.
The 537 elected and 448 natural delegates undertook the monumental task of ordering, perfecting, and amplifying the policies of the party founded by ex-President Hugo Chavez in 2006. The PSUV claims to have 7 million members, despite only 1.4 million votes being cast in delegate elections.
President Maduro called for a “lively Congress, which has looked for a debate as the boxer looks for a fight, which doesn’t run from criticism nor public opinion”. The Congress comes as major PSUV allies, the Communist Party, also finish preparations for their XIII National Conference in August, and the opposition MUD alliance hold crisis talks to decide on their survival.
Jul 24th 2014, by Jorge Martin – In Defence of Marxism
The defeat of the attempts by the counter-revolutionary opposition to overthrow the Venezuelan government by force has given way to a wide debate amongst the Bolivarian rank and file about economic policy.
On June 17, president Maduro announced the removal of Minister of Finance and Planning Jorge Giordani, who had been one of the key architects of the economic policy of the Bolivarian government since 1999. He then wrote a public letter which caused much discussion. In the letter he criticised several aspects of the implementation of policies which he said created inefficiency and did not fight corruption.
He also expressed some criticism of the leadership style (or lack of) of president Maduro. Many of the responses centered on this aspect of his letter, rallying to the defence of Nicolás Maduro, who had been the main focus of the attacks of the reactionary opposition in previous months.