Last week venezuelanalysis.com journalist Michael Fox attended a meeting where representatives from all of Venezuela's 100,000+ cooperatives gathered in Caracas to launch a new coordinating body for the country's cooperative movement.
Members of the CENCOOP Commission on Institutional Relations debate next steps. Credit: Silvia Leindecker
Brazilian economist Luciano Wexell Severo has recently published a detailed overview of Venezuela´s economic performance under President Hugo Chavez. This article was originally published in Spanish by the news and analysis website 'Rebelion' on 12 March 2006. The English translation was provided by Julio Huato for MR Zine.
British media watchdog, Media Lens, criticise a recent article by David Usborne entitled 'The Big Question: Should we be worried by the rise of the populist left in South America?'. Usborne's article appeared in the British newspaper 'The Independent' last week.
Ted Rall writing in Znet argues that when the hated despots of nations like Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan loot their countries' treasuries US politicians praise them as trusted friends and allies. But when a democratically elected president uses Venezuela's oil profits to lift poor people out of poverty, they accuse him of pandering.
Below is an interview with Venezuelan General Raul Baduel by Red Pepper editor Hilary Wainwright, who visited Caracas earlier this year for the 2006 World Social Forum. The article appears in the April edition of Red Pepper, out now.
An article by U.S. academic William Robinson on the new website based project In the Name of Democracy discusses how the U.S. government has intervened in Venezuela recently under the guise of "democracy promotion", and argues that this is symptomatic of a new form of U.S. political intervention in Latin America.
Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter from the Australian weekly newspaper Green Left Weekly visit the new Latin American TV channel Telesur and talk with the channel's director about some of the challenges Telesur faces.