Our Times 3

Steve Ellner

  • US policy toward Venezuela was never about promoting democracy

    Last year, then Special Representative Elliott Abrams declared that the Trump Administration was “working hard” to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Now Abrams is urging the Venezuelan opposition to participate in the upcoming state and local elections this November. Washington’s recent backpedaling, however, does not mean they’ve given up on intervening in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

  • Pedro Castillo’s victory raises hopes beyond Peru

    Peru’s June 6 presidential election pitted two candidates with very dissimilar backgrounds against each other: Keiko Fujimori, a former first lady and three-time presidential candidate with the solid support of the nation’s elite, against Pedro Castillo, who is the epitome of an outsider. Castillo, a primary school teacher since the age of 25, has never held an elected office.

  • US sanctions on Venezuela are deadly—and facing mass resistance

    Since the attempted coup of April 2002, when the Venezuela military attempted to depose then-President Hugo Chávez and install Pedro Carmona, the country’s leftist governments have been pitted against a united opposition, intent on achieving regime change by any means possible. But now, with the continuation of punitive US sanctions, such extreme polarization seems to be weakening.

  • David Harvey’s new thesis is that ‘capitalism is too big to fail.’ Is it?

    Up until now, famed geographer David Harvey has been considered a leading Marxist. In my opinion, Harvey’s contributions to Marxist thinking, with regard to both his theoretical formulations and efforts to make Marxism accessible to large numbers of people, are undeniable. All the more reason to be disappointed by his recent thesis.

  • How much of Venezuela’s crisis is really Maduro’s fault?

    A nation’s economic problems should not justify intervention of any sort. The real issue of contention, therefore, is the state of Venezuelan democracy as depicted by the dominant narrative. Amazingly enough, there is no major actor in mainstream politics and the mainstream media willing to challenge that narrative with all its questionable claims regarding the Maduro government.

  • Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

    In Venezuela, as elsewhere in Latin America, the construction of such a party is necessary in order to achieve authentic democracy. The democratization of the PSUV and greater input from the grassroots are more imperative now than at any other time for the very survival of the Chavista project and the success of its strategy for change.

  • After Chávez: The Maduro government and the ‘economic war’ in Venezuela

    Nearly two years after the death of Hugo Chávez, the key question that many on the left are debating, in Venezuela and elsewhere, is whether his successors have been true to his legacy, or whether the ‘revolutionary process’ initiated more than a decade ago has now stalled or even been thrown into reverse.

  • Terrorism in Venezuela and its accomplices

    The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months.

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