Venezuela

Washington uses UN session to unveil new sanctions against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2019

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made it clear that the target of the latest sanctions was not just Iran, but China, which accounts for half of Iran’s sharply reduced oil exports.

Uruguayan defense minister warns of “military conflict in Venezuela”

By Andrea Lobo, 18 September 2019

In an escalation of the US-led regime-change operation in Venezuela, the Organization of American States has invoked the 1947 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance.

US escalates regime-change machinations against Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2019

Having failed to instigate a military coup, the US and its puppet Juan Guaidó are attempting to flesh out a parallel government loyal to Washington.

US commander says navy ready for Venezuela intervention

By Andrea Lobo, 24 August 2019

The threat by the head of the US Southern Command came as both Trump and Maduro confirmed that US and Venezuelan officials have been holding direct talks.

Trump calls for naval blockade of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2019

The US president’s demand for a military option reflects growing desperation in Washington over the failure of its regime-change operation.

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019

The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019

US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”

Venezuelan refugees face desperate conditions in Colombia

By Julian James, 29 May 2019

The greatest influx of refugees has been to Colombia, where an estimated 1.1 million Venezuelans survive on the margins of society.

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2019

The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

US security forces storm Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C.

By Nick Barrickman, 17 May 2019

The raid of the embassy is of a piece with the reckless and illegal actions taken by the Trump administration in an effort to force a regime change in Venezuela.

Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out

By our reporters, 16 May 2019

For over a month, protesters opposed to the illegal US regime change operation in Venezuela have defended the embassy from being taken over by pro-Guaidó forces.

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

The defense of Venezuela and the struggle for socialism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Bill Van Auken.

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2019

Washington’s brazen and reckless military threats and provocations on a world scale are driven by deep-going social and political crises within the US itself.

Canada’s Liberal government abets US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2019

Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó’s coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2019

In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2019

As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.

US escalates threat of military intervention in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2019

After Tuesday’s abortive coup attempt by Washington’s puppet Juan Guaidó, the Trump administration has issued even more explicit military threats.

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2019

By late Tuesday, there was little indication that Guaidó’s call had provoked any significant uprising within Venezuela’s military.

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.

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.