1. jdaniel205:

    Segundo dia de la #FILVEN Cultura Popular! #GraciasChávez

    FILVEN = Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela / International Book Fair of Venezuela

    (via my-savage-garden)

  2. Afro-Venezuelan members of the FANB (Venezuela’s military) march in support of the government, while members of the right-wing opposition says they are too dark to be Venezuelan and effectively accuses them of being part of some strange Cuban conspiracy.

    "These features aren’t those of Venezuelan afro-descendants, to me they look more like Cuban characteristics… What about you?"


  3. "El control de precios, productos como la harina de maíz, azúcar, leche y el papel higiénico han desaparecido de los anaqueles de los abastos, ¿pero ha mermado la producción de materia prima para la elaboración de estos productos? Solo debemos enfocarnos en los mismos abastos o panaderías, lo que genera una serie de interrogantes, ¿Cómo puede haber yogur si no se produce leche? ¿Cómo es que no ha faltado el refresco (Coca-Cola) que utiliza entre su materia prima principales la azúcar? ¿Por qué en los abastos no falta el papel higiénico de uso industrial, normalmente comprado por centros comerciales para baños públicos? Todo esto indica una burla o evasión a los controles de precio."


  4. A list of the 26 people whose have died after a month of opposition protests in Venezuela. Most of them have died due to the barricades set up by opposition-aligned rioters, not at the hands of the Bolivarian National Guard or police. State forces implicated in the deaths of opposition protesters are under investigation, and the chief of SEBIN (Venezuela’s FBI, basically) was sacked after he failed to comply with a government order to not engage an unruly crowd.


  5. discoveringredkeys:





    I want every North American who is posting in the #prayforvenezuela tag to look very carefully at what is happening in El Salvador right now, because it will provide some clues to things you need to know about Venezuela.

    El Salvador had a civil war between the right-wing military government (then…

    You do know that Venezuela’s elections have been manipulated by the government right? You should include that in your arguments for defending the “democracy” that Venezuela is experiencing right now. Also you would have to live in El Salvador to actually know what is going on here. A lot of people like to talk about things they have never experienced. So unless you take those two points into account I don’t think what you are saying is right.

    Fortunately (though unfortunately for your argument) there isn’t any evidence to back up your assertion that the Venezuelan government manipulates elections.

    And it is fact that ARENA is buying out people and threatening to fire them from their jobs if they don’t join their pointless manifestations. Now that is what I call MANIPULATING.

    I’m not saying ARENA is the perfect choice either. Of course they are really messed up, but so is FMLN. All I’m saying is politics are a circus here. Here you don’t vote for the best candidate but for the one who is the better option from the worst. Also the thing from Venezuela you understand it better when you talk to the people in the country. Don’t believe me, believe them

    I do believe Venezuelans. You think I don’t talk to people there? That I have no contacts? Your argument seems predicated on the idea that there are no chavistas in Venezuela, and that the only people defending the government are foreigners, which is a ludicrous assertion. There are even Venezuelan chavistas on Tumblr!

    So, what’s happening here is that we’re simply choosing different Venezuelans to believe.


  6. El Salvador, Venezuela, and what “dictatorship” means in Latin America

    I want every North American who is posting in the #prayforvenezuela tag to look very carefully at what is happening in El Salvador right now, because it will provide some clues to things you need to know about Venezuela.

    El Salvador had a civil war between the right-wing military government (then and now embodied by the ARENA party) and left-wing guerrillas (under the banner of the FMLN) between 1980-1992, more or less. Up until 2009, the Left had never been vested with governmental power in El Salvador, but in the elections of that year the FMLN’s candidate, Mauricio Funes, managed to come out on top.

    Now, 5 years later, another election takes place in which it appears that the left-wing FMLN’s candidate, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, has a narrow lead over ARENA’s candidate, Norman Quijano, going into a recount. Here’s where it gets interesting: Quijano, in his speech to supporters after preliminary votes are released, denounces the count as fraud and accuses the electoral council of bowing down to the “dictatorship.” You read that correctly. The government of Mauricio Funes, who is exiting office at the end of his scheduled term, and who is the first left-wing president ever in the history of El Salvador, presides over a dictatorship.

    Wait a minute… where have we heard this logic before?

    Oh, that’s right… Venezuela. The same Venezuela that has had 19 elections in 15 years. The same Venezuela with an impeccable electoral system that has been vetted by various international observers. The same Venezuela in which the opposition has had 4 attempts in the last year and a half to defeat the government at the ballot box… that Venezuela is a dictatorship. The same Venezuela with a ministry dedicated to decentralizing political power into neighborhood councils and democratic communes, the same Venezuela that has overseen drastic reductions in poverty and misery, and drastic increases in access to education, health, and employment… that Venezuela is a dictatorship.

    There’s a reason we see this logic crop up again and again in Latin America; these are not the only two examples. The reason is that, for right-wing parties (like the party behind Venezuela’s riots) and the elites they represent, a system is not defined as dictatorial based on whether or not there is popular participation, elections, pluralism, civilian oversight, equality, justice, etc. No.

    For these elites, a system is defined as dictatorial whenever the chief priority of the governing party is not to defend the privileges of the rich. This whole idea of Venezuela being a dictatorship is not new: the Venezuelan elites have been making that argument since the day Chávez was first elected in 1998, and have continued to refer to it as such after each of the electoral processes in which they have chosen to participate.

    But Venezuela has never been a dictatorship due to lack of elections, participation, oversight, equality, or justice; Venezuela is, and has been for 15 years, a dictatorship to the elites because the idea of the poor, humble, usually-darker peoples of Latin America holding political power over their heads doesn’t just scare them: it disgusts them. To those accustomed to centuries of power and prestige, being stripped of these is the worst kind of tyranny imaginable.


  7. I love how the Venezuelan opposition is crying REPRESSION when we’re watching them throw molotov cocktails at cops (which would get you killed by police immediately in the USA), build burning barricades (you’d spend at least a few years in prison in the USA), stretch barbed wire across streets (you’d be sent to federal prison on terrorism charges in the USA), destroy buses and health clinics (you’d spend many years in prison in the USA), and fire guns (you’d get killed by the cops immediately in the USA), and despite all of this there are less than 100 people presently being held by authorities.

    Give me a fucking break. Can you even imagine what would happen to a protest in the United States if we showed up with guns, barbed wire, and molotov cocktails? These rioters in Venezuela maybe get roughed up a little; we would never see our families again.


  8. For those of you who didn’t see it, the USA tried to use the Organization of American States (traditionally a US-puppet organization) to promote intervention in Venezuela. Instead, an OAS resolution passed supporting President Maduro’s peace initiative by a 29-3 margin; Panamá was the only Latin Amercan country to vote with the United States and Canada against Venezuela. Our peoples have seen right-wing coups before; we can recognize the signs, and we know what side we’re on.

    América Latina cada día más libre del yugo imperialista! Palo al yanqui!

  10. A retired general from Venezuela tweets to the “peaceful protesters” that they should set up cords of nylon or BARBED WIRE at 1.2 meters high to “neutralize motorized criminal hordes (aka chavistas).” Two pro-government activists have now been killed, one BEHEADED, by the barbed wire barricades of the protesters. An arrest warrant has properly been issued for Angel Vivas.


  11. This isn’t even a problem exclusively with Venezuelan oppositionists but it is curious to me that the same people promoting the English-language #prayforvenezuela tag are super quick to be like SHUT UP, YOU DON’T LIVE HERE when you say that you agree with the majority of Venezuelans (most of whom do NOT speak English) who support the government. Like, you want the US government to come save you from your “dictatorship” but my little blog with no military and no money is somehow an offensive intervention into your country’s affairs because I support Nicolás Maduro.

    If you don’t want people in the West to have an opinion about your country then MAKE YOUR TAG IN SPANISH, y así sólo nosotros los nuestramericanos podremos comentar al respecto.


  12. My photos from Monday’s event in San Francisco! Contra el golpismo de la derecha, y CON el pueblo y su revolución!

  13. "Sé que nunca morirás, porque hoy tenemos patria."

    My favorite song about Hugo Chávez, of all the great songs about Hugo Chávez, by the young Lucía Valentina. Aguanta, pueblo!!

  14. Interested in understanding what’s happening in Venezuela? Watch this short segment from Al Jazeera America featuring Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who explains some of the historical context and significance of the current protests.

  15. redplebeian:

    Pro-government march against right-wing violence in Caracas on 2/18 (source

    Don’t let the #prayforvenezuela tag fool you: Maduro’s government is a people’s government, and the Bolivarian Revolution is a people’s revolution.

    No se dejen engañar por la etiqueta #prayforvenezuela: el gobierno de Maduro es un gobierno del pueblo, y la revolución bolivariana es una revolución popular.

    Hermanas y hermanos chavistas, ustedes SÍ tienen camaradas por el mundo entero, ustedes SÍ pueden contar con nuestro amor y apoyo.

    (via newmilitant)