Venezuela’s popular Democracy under siege: A conversation with Elías Jaua

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Venezuela’s popular Democracy under siege: A conversation with Elías Jaua

In a recent article, you argued for opening a debate among the revolutionary cadres and the people. Tell us about why you wager for debate in this process (that initially put so much emphasis on popular democracy)

I return to the question of democracy time and again because I believe it is the core of the Bolivarian Revolution. In fact, it is (or should be) the essence of any socialist revolution. A socialist revolution must be profoundly democratic or it will not be a revolution at all! Only authentic popular participation can lead to innovation, transformation, and timely rectification. The emergence of something new comes mostly out of popular participation.

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Venezuela, the Present as Struggle: Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution

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Venezuela, the Present as Struggle: Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution

Venezuela has been the stuff of frontpage news extravaganzas, especially since the death of Hugo Chávez. With predictable bias, mainstream media focus on violent clashes between opposition and government, coup attempts, hyperinflation, U.S. sanctions, and massive immigration. What is less known, however, is the story of what the Venezuelan people—especially the Chavista masses—do and think in these times of social emergency.

Denying us their stories comes at a high price to people everywhere, because the Chavista bases are the real motors of the Bolivarian revolution. This revolutionary grassroots movement still aspires to the communal path to socialism that Chávez refined in his last years. Venezuela, the Present as Struggle is an eloquent testament to their lives.

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The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela

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The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela

Perhaps no world leader is better placed to challenge the global authority of the United States than Hugo Chavez, the populist leader of Venezuela. As the head of one of the world’s largest oil-producing countries, Chavez has been instrumental in raising world oil prices, undermining the control and profits of the multinational oil companies, and introducing innovative plans to use the wealth from this natural resource to help the impoverished-rather than the already powerful-in his own country and around the world. As the popularly elected president of one of South America’s largest democracies, his strong resistance to the Bush administration’s Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) has severely set back, if not derailed entirely, the US’s long-held hemispheric agenda.

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Cuba and Venezuela: An insight into two revolutions

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Cuba and Venezuela: An insight into two revolutions

“Venezuela now presents a similar problem as Cuba for US interests in the hemisphere.”—Noam Chomsky

With Latin America becoming more volatile than it has been for decades, this book addresses the question everyone (friend and foe of President Chávez) is asking: Is Venezuela taking the Cuban road?

In the face of Chávez’s outspoken resistance to the neoliberal project in Latin America, accelerating social reforms in Venezuela, and rising hysteria in Washington about the relationship between Chávez and Fidel Castro, this is a uniquely objective and authoritative analysis by Cuba’s ambassador to Venezuela.

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The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions-100 Answers

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The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions-100 Answers

There is one country in the Americas that the Bush Administration regards as a significant threat to U.S. interests, and it is not Cuba. Oil-rich Venezuela’s democratically-elected government has survived repeated, U.S.-supported attempts to undermine its power, including a short lived military coup. Its leader, President Hugo Chávez, is neither communist nor capitalist, and instead claims to be creating an alternative 21st Century socialism that courts international capital. What is the real story behind this leader of Latin America’s lurch to the left? Is it a new petro-populism in the tradition of Peron and Fujimori, or is it truly a progressive, home-grown democratic revolution that will address the massive economic and social inequalities plaguing the region for more than three centuries?

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Hugo Chavez: The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela

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Hugo Chavez: The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela

The only first-hand report on contemporary Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, by veteran correspondent Richard Gott, places the country’s controversial and charismatic president in historical perspective, and examines his plans and programs. This new edition has a chapter on the attempted and failed military coup, Venezuela’s recent recall election, and discusses US covert intervention against this democratically elected public official.

The spectre of Simon Bolivar hovers once again over Latin America as the aims and ambitions of the Liberator are taken up by Comandante Hugo Chavez. Welcomed by the inhabitants of the teeming shantytowns of Caracas as their potential savior, and greeted by Washington with considerable alarm, this former golpista-turned-democrat has already begun the most wide-ranging transformation of oil-rich Venezuela for half a century, and dramatically affected the political debate throughout Latin America.

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Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker

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Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker

Marta Harnecker’s interviews with Hugo Chavez began soon after one of the most dramatic moments of Chavez’s presidency—the failed coup of April 2002, which ended with Chavez restored to power by a massive popular movement of protest and resistance. In the aftermath of the failed coup, Chavez talks to Harnecker about the formation of his political ideas, his aspirations for Venezuela, its domestic and international policies, problems of political organization, relations with social movements in other countries, and more, constantly relating these to concrete events and to strategies for change.

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Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization, and Conflict

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Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization, and Conflict

The radical alteration of the political landscape in Venezuela following the electoral triumph of the controversial Hugo Chavez calls for a fresh look at the country s institutions and policies. In response, this title offers a revisionist view of Venezuela’s recent political history and a fresh appraisal of the Chavez administration.

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Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America (An Inter-American Dialogue Book)

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Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America (An Inter-American Dialogue Book)

Since the first edition of the acclaimed Constructing Democratic Governance was published in 1996, the democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean have undergone significant change. This new, one-volume edition, edited by Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter, offers a concise update to current scholarship in this important area of international studies.

The book is divided into two parts: Themes and Issues, and Country Studies. Countries not covered by individual studies are discussed in the introduction, conclusion, and thematic chapters. In the introduction, Michael Shifter provides an overview of new developments in Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on civil society and problems of governance. The conclusion, by Jorge I. Domínguez, ties together the themes of the various chapters and discusses the role of parties and electoral politics.

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Birds of Venezuela

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Birds of Venezuela

Venezuela has an immensely rich bird fauna, with 1,381 known species, many of them found nowhere else in the world. This spectacularly illustrated, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide brings together under one cover much of what is known about these species. Its users can identify all the birds in this vast country, from the Caribbean coast in the north to the Amazonian jungles in the south, from the Andes in the west to the Gran Sabana plateau in the east.

With a completely new text by Steven Hilty, Birds of Venezuela is a greatly expanded and thoroughly reformatted successor to the pioneering Guide to the Birds of Venezuela (Princeton,1978). It includes sixty-seven beautiful color and black-and-white plates, most by the well-known artists John Gwynne and Guy Tudor, as well as numerous line drawings. The plates and drawings together–almost half of them never before published–depict most of Venezuela’s bird species. Introductory chapters cover physical geography, climate, biogeography, vegetation and habitats, conservation, migration, and the history of ornithology in Venezuela. A gallery of forty-four stunning color habitat photos and color habitat and relief maps complete the opening section.

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