Across Venezuela hundreds of thousands have celebrated the defeat of the
attempt to “recall” the radical President Hugo Chávez. The overwhelming
referendum result is a huge blow against US President Bush’s policies
and the Venezuelan ruling class. The opposition had hoped that they
would be able...
While the last preparations were being put in place for the
corporate-sponsored, stage-managed "Democratic" Party Convention,
independent left-wing presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke in Boston
about why he’s determined to challenge the two party status quo.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Haitian revolution, when
the black masses abolished slavery and won national independence. Their
deeds were an inspiration to the masses of the Caribbean and the working
people of Europe.
Venezuela was never as important for the Spanish empire as its other
colonies. Colombia was vital for its coffee, Peru for its gold and
Bolivia for its silver; they all assumed a greater importance than
Venezuela. Cocoa became Venezuela’s only important commercial product
during the 17th Century. Cocoa was...