Hugo Chavez

Political Situation in Venezuela: Crisis, Trends, and the Challenge of Class Independence

Chavez speaks to workers at the Central Hidroeléctrica de Tocoma.

An examination of Venezuela’s process of social transformation, popular struggles and resulting contradictions under Chavismo, PSUV and now Maduro.

A call from Venezuela to the anarchists of Latin America and the world: solidarity is much more than a written word

El Libertario call on all "real anarchists" to wake-up about the situation in Venezuela. Events in Venezuela are genuine expressions of working-class frustration, against a corrupt and dysfunctional state-capitalism, no longer able to sustain itself given the sharp fall in global oil prices.

Saint Chavez - Léon de Mattis

'Saint Chavez', translated from the website of Léon de Mattis. Published vendredi 10 mai 2013, 05:42.

Beyond Bolivaria: a critical look at the fetishization of Chávez and ’21st century socialism’

Hugo Chavez.

By Aragorn Eloff, 2013. Written in response to the widespread adulation of Hugo Chavez in South Africa.

When will the lights go out in Venezuela?

The water level of the Guri Reservoir is dropping precipitously in an El Niño drought year and the hydroelectric turbines may have to be shut down as early as May (2016) to avoid destroying the plant. The real problem is that the ten turbines produce some 70% of Venezuela's electricity. It's easy for the Bolivarian government to blame the rolling electrical blackouts currently afflicting the country on the drought, but the real cause is far more complicated...

State funerals, amnesia and anarchism

A response by El Libertario to the statement of FAU on the death of Hugo Chavez. In memory of their beloved comrade Rafael Sposito (a.k.a.) "Daniel Barrett". Originally published in Spanish in TIERRA Y LIBERTAD, Madrid, May 2013, #298, p. 3-6. Translated by Julio Pacheco.

The Bolivarian government against union autonomy - FAI

From the Iberian Anarchist Federation's Tierra y Libertad website, an article describing and criticizing the government of Hugo Chávez and its attempts to co-opt the Venezuelan labor movement.

Venezuela and the postcolonial post-racism of the international left

A recent exchange with a particularly unpleasant member of the international prochavista left resulted in me meditating on the rhetoric and arguments behind the leftist cheerleading of distant regimes.

Venezuela: 43 arrests on union march in Maracay

BREAKING NEWS (12/03/10, 4:45pm local time): 43 people have been arrested in a demonstration for labour and human rights and the return of collective contracts in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, Venezuela. Amongst the detained are three members of the human rights organisation, Provea, and an editor of the anarchist newspaper El Libertario.

Chomsky as Chavez's Clown

This article criticises the position held by the noted American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky on Hugo Chavez's government in Venezuela. It originally appeared in the Venezuelan anarchist newspaper El Libertario.