Venezuela

Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2019

The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2019

The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2019

The arrival of a relative handful of Russian military personnel this week triggered a flurry of denunciations from Trump administration officials.

Canada ever more deeply implicated in US-engineered coup attempt in Venezuela

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 March 2019

Like its US partner, Canadian imperialism covets Venezuela’s vast oil resources and is determined to prevent Russia, China, and other “strategic rivals” from expanding their influence in the Americas.

US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a “constraint” on US actions in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2019

With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.

Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2019

The threats of armed provocations and direct US military intervention continue to mount as Trump renews an Obama-era “national emergency” decree targeting Venezuela.

Guaidó returns to Venezuela for next stage of US regime-change operation

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2019

The US-backed “interim president” staged a five-nation tour of Latin America, shepherded by the CIA, to drum up support for the coup in Venezuela.

German Left Party congress backs imperialist campaign against Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2019

The Left Party’s European election congress last month sent a clear message: the bourgeoisie can rely on the Left Party’s support for war and attacks on the working class.

Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: “There is no turning back”

By Eric London, 26 February 2019

“All options are on the table,” Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.

Sanders throws his support behind US propaganda campaign over Venezuela

By Genevieve Leigh, 26 February 2019

Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has tweeted his support for the staged “humanitarian aid” provocation in Venezuela.

US imperialism stages provocation on Venezuela’s borders

By Eric London, 25 February 2019

The threat of a disaster of world historic proportions looms as the US moves toward war in Venezuela.

Amid US provocation at Venezuelan border

Brazilian media promotes generals against Bolsonaro

By Miguel Andrade, 25 February 2019

The media is promoting the military’s supposed “independence” from the US-aligned policies of Bolsonaro.

Trump declares global war on socialism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2019

The presentation of Trump’s presidency as a global—and domestic—crusade against socialism resurrected the kind of language that characterized not only McCarthyism, but the rise of fascism in the first half of the 20th century.

Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2019

The focus of the attempt to oust the Venezuelan government is a cynical charade over the delivery of USAID relief supplies across the country’s borders.

Brazil’s Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation

By Miguel Andrade, 9 February 2019

As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

US commander says Pentagon prepared to intervene to defend Venezuela embassy

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2019

Testifying before the Senate Thursday, SOUTHCOM chief Admiral Faller linked the Venezuelan coup to the “great power” conflict with China and Russia.

Canada mobilizes support for US coup in Venezuela

By Keith Jones, 8 February 2019

Canada is front and center in Washington’s drive to install a virulent right-wing regime that will throw open the country to unbridled imperialist exploitation.

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2019

Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela’s social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country’s border.

Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2019

Amid growing repression of “yellow vest” protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

Hands off Venezuela!

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2019

With the aid of European and Canadian imperialism and the right-wing governments of Latin America, Washington is preparing to either invade Venezuela or plunge it into civil war.

US issues new threats of war for oil against Venezuela

By Eric London, 4 February 2019

A military intervention in Venezuela—population 30 million—could kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of people and transform Latin America into an imperialist slaughterhouse.

Spanish Socialist Party government backs US-led coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 February 2019

The Venezuelan coup is exposing the PSOE government and its pro-imperialist ally, the pseudo-left Podemos party.

European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro Lopez, 2 February 2019

The European powers’ support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.

US escalates threats against Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2019

US officials have made no secret that control over Venezuelan oil, and its denial to Russia and China, are the driving force of the coup.

Venezuela’s oil and the geopolitics of the US-backed coup

By Gabriel Black, 31 January 2019

Venezuela’s massive reserves are seen by the United States and its allies as a vital chess piece in the war drive against China.

Germany and EU support US-engineered coup in Venezuela

By Peter Schwarz, 30 January 2019

Berlin and Brussels are backing the Venezuelan coup because they are pursuing their own imperialist interests in Latin America.

Trump administration imposes sanctions on Venezuelan oil industry

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 January 2019

The sanctions, which amount to an act of war, were imposed in order to bolster support for a coup among Venezuelan military officers.

AP report exposes US role in right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Eric London, 28 January 2019

The escalating conflict raises the prospect of a US-instigated civil war with devastating consequences for Venezuela and Latin America.

Wave of xenophobic violence against Venezuelans living in Ecuador

By Cesar Uco, 28 January 2019

The mob attacks in Ecuador’s northern region, bordering Colombia, came as the country’s government joined Washington in support of the coup attempt in Venezuela.

US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2019

Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.

090 Anti-Venezuelan attacks in Ecuador

26 January 2019

Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.

Canada’s "diversity" imperialism

By Keith Jones, 25 January 2019

Justin Trudeau, presiding over what has been hailed as the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history, has signed on to Washington’s coup plot against Venezuela.

Washington engineers right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2019

The backing by governments in Latin America and internationally for the US-orchestrated coup attempt are part of a global drive toward the right and dictatorship.

Amid mounting coup threats in Venezuela, Maduro begs Trump for dialog

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2019

Venezuelan security and intelligence agents suppressed an abortive rebellion by a National Guard unit early Monday morning, provoking protests.

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2019

Washington, the EU and the so-called Lima Group of right-wing Latin American governments have called Maduro’s second term “illegitimate,” inviting regime change.

US-Russia tensions mount over warplanes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2018

The flight of the Russian warplanes to Caracas follows the provocative US Air Force overflight of Ukraine the previous week.

Washington imposes new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2018

Bolton’s speech on the Trump administration’s policy toward Latin America amounted to a demand for regime change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Refugees fleeing crisis in Venezuela confront poverty in Peru

By our reporters, 24 September 2018

It is estimated that since 2014 nearly 2.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country to escape a collapsing economy.

US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2018

Washington’s involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian “meddling” by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

Anti-Venezuelan pogrom in northern Brazil highlights official promotion of the country’s far-right

By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018

At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.

Venezuela’s Maduro government imposes capitalist shock therapy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2018

Aimed at staving off an economic collapse, the plan places the full burden of the crisis on the backs of the Venezuelan working class.

Facebook censors Telesur and Venezuela Analysis

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2018

As the Trump administration escalates its onslaught against Venezuela, technology corporations are stepping up censorship of sites critical of US policy.

Venezuelan President Maduro charges right-wing opposition backed by Colombia with supposed assassination attempt

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 August 2018

Following explosions which occurred at a military parade in the Venezuelan capital, the government claims it has arrested some of those responsible, vowing “ruthless punishment” and “no forgiveness.”

Strike movement develops in Venezuela as social conditions deteriorate

By Andrea Lobo, 21 July 2018

The opposition-controlled parties and trade unions are struggling to contain growing strikes and protests demanding massive wage increases.

Trump pressed aides, Latin American leaders on US invasion of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 5 July 2018

The report from a senior US official on Trump’s statements points to the threat of Washington unleashing a new war in Latin America.

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

Facing a popular outcry against inhumane treatment of immigrants, Pence pressed for policies that will only exacerbate the desperate conditions pushing thousands to flee north.

Venezuela’s Maduro re-elected with record low turnout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2018

Amid the deepening economic crisis, there has been mass disaffection with the government in the working class.

Venezuela warns against US military intervention as domestic crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2018

Both Colombia and Brazil have increased military deployments on Venezuela’s borders as US officials continue to signal support for a coup against the Maduro government.

Washington threatens to escalate sanctions in wake of Venezuelan regional elections

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2017

In response to the defeat of the US-backed right-wing opposition, Washington is preparing to push Venezuela over the brink of default.

50 years since the murder of Che Guevara

Including a republication of Castroism and the Politics of Petty-Bourgeois Nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2017

Half a century after the murder in Bolivia of the guerrilla leader, the anniversary has been exploited by various tendencies to lend a left cover to their reactionary politics and mask their own betrayals.

Venezuela nears default after US imposes sanctions on economy

By Andrea Lobo, 1 September 2017

Amid its worst economic crisis, the new sanctions have pushed Venezuela to the brink of default, which threatens to sink the country’s workers and poor to new depths of misery.

Vice President Pence visits Latin America amid deepening Venezuelan crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017

Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.

Trump invokes “military option” against Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2017

Trump's latest threat was pitched not only to his extreme right-wing base, but also to those within Venezuela’s right-wing opposition committed to US-backed regime change.

Venezuelan military claims suppression of attempted coup

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2017

The reported crushing of a rebellion by some two dozen armed men came a day after Venezuela’s new national constituent assembly fired the country’s attorney general.

Washington’s sanctions against Venezuela and the dead-end of Chavismo

By Eric London, 2 August 2017

Nearly 20 years after the election of Chavez, Venezuela remains one the most unequal countries in the world, with poverty the predominant fact of life for the working class.

Trump imposes sanctions on Maduro after Venezuelan constituent assembly elections

By Andrea Lobo, 1 August 2017

The sanctions mark a significant escalation of US imperialist involvement in the Venezuelan crisis and Latin American internal politics.

Election of constituent assembly in Venezuela takes place amid intensified violence and US threats

By Andrea Lobo, 31 July 2017

The conflict between the rival sections of the ruling class is reaching a breaking point.

Lessons from the Pink Tide period

Jacobin defends bourgeois rule and US imperialism in Latin America

By Eric London, 27 July 2017

Jacobin magazine’s spring edition, titled By Taking Power, addresses “both the accomplishments and the shortcomings” of Latin America’s Pink Tide.

Clash between Venezuelan government and opposition raises threat of civil war

By Andrea Lobo, 26 July 2017

The Maduro government has arrested three opposition leaders after their appointment as members of a “parallel” Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled Parliament.

Trump threatens redoubled economic sanctions against Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2017

Following a symbolic referendum against the constituent assembly, Washington and the right-wing opposition are ratcheting up pressure on the Maduro government.

Venezuelan government moves against dissenting chavistas

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2017

Hours before the Supreme Court stripped the dissenting attorney general of her powers, a helicopter piloted by a police officer mounted a suspicious attack on the court.

Growing fissures in Maduro government as Venezuelan protests continue

By Bill Van Auken, 16 June 2017

The emergence of dissidents in the Maduro government is part of a bid to fashion a new national unity government with the aim of heading off a revolt from below.

Venezuelan death toll continues to rise as Maduro government pushes for constituent assembly

By Alexander Fangmann, 1 June 2017

Around 60 people have died in clashes, as the chavistas seek to retain power through a reconciliation with sections of the right-wing opposition.

Death toll rises to 37 amid continuing clashes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2017

The Maduro government has turned to intensified repression and the convening of a constituent assembly in its bid to hold on to power in the face of deepening crisis.

May Day 2017

The fight for socialist internationalism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.

Twelve dead as food riots spread in working class districts of Caracas, Venezuela

By Eric London, 22 April 2017

The dead include eight who were electrocuted while breaking into a bakery to steal bread for their families.

Three dead as millions demonstrate across Venezuela

By Eric London, 21 April 2017

Wednesday’s opposition demonstration was a right-wing show of force aimed at securing more favorable bargaining terms with the government, which held a large rally of its own.

Venezuelan Supreme Court strips legislature of lawmaking powers

By Eric London, 31 March 2017

Washington has intensified pressure against the Maduro government in an attempt to open the country to oil corporations like ExxonMobil, whose former CEO is Trump’s secretary of state.

US Senate passes resolution calling on Trump to escalate regime-change in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 March 2017

Seizing on the economic crisis gripping Venezuela, the bipartisan resolution is part of an effort to oust the government of Maduro.

Venezuelan government backs off of demonetization scheme after mass rioting

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2016

The government abruptly withdrew 100 bolivar notes from the economy after the measure touched off violent protests that left four dead and hundreds arrested.

Ruling Venezuelan party cuts off recall petition drive, provoking protests

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 October 2016

The Maduro government has sidelined the opposition-controlled National Assembly, raising the danger of dictatorship as the country’s economy continues to collapse.

Venezuela opens border with Colombia in order to alleviate growing social tensions

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 August 2016

The border, which has been largely closed since last September, is being opened gradually in order to stem anger arising from shortages of medicine and other basic necessities.

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

By Neil Hardt, 16 June 2016

The pro-capitalist, bourgeois nationalist policies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have produced a social catastrophe for Venezuelan workers.

Strikes and demonstrations spread in Venezuela amid deepening food crisis

By Neil Hardt, 14 June 2016

There is fear of social revolution in both the pro-Maduro “Chavista” faction of the ruling class and the opposition, led by the Democratic Unity Roundtable.

The Venezuelan pseudo-left and the debacle of Chavismo

By Neil Hardt, 24 May 2016

With Venezuela’s economy in free fall, the pseudo left is defending the PSUV government as it faces mounting working class opposition.

Venezuela’s right appeals to military amid mounting tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2016

While participation in the right wing’s protests has been scant, unrest is spreading in working class areas.

Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2016

While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was aimed at “international and national threats,” the most pressing challenge to his government comes from the working class.

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

By Neil Hardt, 10 May 2016

Eighty percent of the country is impoverished, infrastructure has collapsed and a constitutional crisis looms.

Economic crisis heightens social tensions in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2016

Venezuelan workers’ living standards are being slashed as a result of the country’s financial crisis.

Coup threatened in Venezuela amidst deepening economic crisis

By Eric London, 15 February 2016

In the midst of skyrocketing inflation, food scarcity and economic stagnation, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable is maneuvering for the removal of Maduro.

President Maduro to rule by emergency decree as Venezuela heads toward default

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 January 2016

With the price of oil falling to $26 per barrel, Venezuela’s government is preparing to take emergency measures to impose austerity and ensure payments to the banks.

Venezuela’s Maduro declares “economic emergency” as opposition takes control of legislature

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2016

Despite the bitter recriminations between the chavistas and the US-backed opposition, both sides are preparing new attacks on the working class.

A reply to discussion on the Venezuelan elections

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2015

The burning question posed in Latin America is that of revolutionary leadership: the building of new parties based on the struggle for the political independence of the working class.

The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015

The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.

Maduro government suffers steep electoral losses to Venezuelan right

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2015

The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement.

Ahead of legislative elections

Support for ruling Chavistas evaporates as living standards collapse in Venezuela

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 December 2015

The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces a collapse in working class support driven by historic cuts in real wages and a scarcity of basic goods.

Venezuela-Colombia tensions rise following foreign ministers’ meeting

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2015

The Maduro government has seized upon recent border incidents to whip up nationalism and divert attention from the deepening social crisis confronting Venezuelan workers.

Spain lines up behind US-led destabilization campaign against Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 12 May 2015

The Declaration of Panama, signed by former Spanish prime ministers González and Aznar, echoes the line emanating from Washington.

Obama brands Venezuela “threat to national security”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2015

The extraordinary designation of Venezuela as a “threat” signals a sharp escalation of Washington's intervention into the country’s political life.

Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2015

While there is no doubt that the US and the Venezuelan right are up to their necks in plots, the principal conspiracy is aimed against the country’s working class.

Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela?

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014

In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.

Venezuela announces budget cuts and other financial measures in the wake of OPEC decision

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2014

Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis.

Venezuela announces plan to sell US oil operations

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 September 2014

With the government experiencing a cash crunch, Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez has announced a bid to sell Citgo for $10 billion.

Venezuelan National Guard guns down protesting steelworkers

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2014

At least three workers suffered gunshot wounds and a number of others were detained as the Maduro government stepped up repression against the Venezuelan working class.

US moves towards sanctions as Venezuela charges coup plot

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2014

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved sanctions against Venezuela as officials there presented evidence of US involvement in a plot to bring down the government.

US Congress debates sanctions amid clashes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2014

The US Congress moved toward a vote on imposing sanctions against Venezuela as right-wing protesters and security forces clashed in Caracas.

Washington’s drive for regime change in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2014

While the US-backed right-wing protests have failed to topple President Maduro, imperialism and the local bourgeoisie have used them to push his government ever further to the right.

Amid rising working class anger, Maduro woos Venezuelan capitalists

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2014

The Maduro government has unveiled an “economic offensive” based primarily on appeals to the country’s capitalists to produce more.

Venezuela arrests 30 more military officers in coup plot

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2014

The report of the arrest came as the Maduro government continued its talks with the right-wing opposition.