Lessons of the Elections in Venezuela

The recent (Sept. 25) congressional elections in Venezuela once again put the regime of President Hugo Chavez in the world news. The outcome of the elections was mixed. While Chavez’s United Socialist party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 96 seats compared to 63 for the main opposition (MUD), the PSUV only won 48% of the popular […]

Venezuelan diplomatic break with Columbia comes amidst massive US military expansion in the region

Air Force Document Reveals Ulterior Motives Against “anti-US governments” in Military Agreement with Columbia By Jesse Strecker While mainstream media outlets have granted plenty of airtime to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s decision to break relations with Colombia after the nation accused him of harboring ‘terrorists,’ few sources are reporting on the military buildup that is […]

2009 - The Year in Review

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, a white transit cop in Oakland, California, shot and killed Oscar Grant, a young black man. Grant was lying face down on a train platform with his hands handcuffed behind his back at the time of the shooting. The cop claimed he thought Grant was going […]

Democratic Socialism Moves Forward in Venezuela

Democratic Socialism Moves Forward in Venezuela By Peter Phillips Democracy from the bottom is evolving as a ten-year social revolution in Venezuela. Led by President Hugo Chavez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela ((PSUV) gained over 1½ million voters in the most recent elections November 23, 2008. “It was a wonderful victory,” said Professor Carmen […]