[venanalysis] Worker Control, Drug Trafficking, LGBT Issues, and a Public Bank

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Tue Jul 20 17:40:13 CEST 2010

Dear Readers,

In the news last week, Venezuela continued to sign international oil deals
and invest oil profits in food production. Contrary to U.S. claims that
Venezuela does not cooperate in the fight against terrorism and drug
trafficking, Venezuela extradited a suspected terrorist to Cuba and three
suspected drug traffickers to the U.S. Domestically, the National Union of
Workers decried the continued assassinations of labor organizers, and
stepped up its efforts to promote worker control of the economy. Finally,
the Banco de Venezuela, one year after being nationalized, showed
unprecedented growth in deposits and loans to the country's productive

In our analysis section below, you will see the latest report on U.S.
funding to Venezuelan opposition journalists and other articles defending
Venezuela against U.S. imperialism, as well as some critical pieces focused
on the ALBA trade bloc, LGBT issues, and contradictions in the PSUV.

James for VA

*Chavez Praises Banco de Venezuela Growth on the First Anniversary of its
Nationalisation* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5505>
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared the performance of the
nationalized Banco de Venezuela unprecedented, one year after it passed
formally into public hands.

*Venezuelan National Workers Union Calls for Greater Worker
Steel worker giving worker control workshop at Sidor factory (Prensa Sidor)
Venezuela’s principal union federation, the National Union of Workers
(UNETE), recently circulated a document calling for broader
nationalizations, a revolutionary labor law, and a radical shift toward a
democratic, worker-led management model to stave off state bureaucracy.

*Colombia’s Accusations a “Pathetic Media Spectacle” against
Following accusations by the Colombian government that Venezuela is
purposefully tolerating the presence of Colombian guerrilla “terrorists” in
its territory, Venezuelan government officials have responded, saying the
accusations are part of a “defamation” media campaign and attempts by the
outgoing Colombian government to prevent good relations between the two

*Venezuelan Right-Wing Opposition Figure Held on Terror
Yesterday, Venezuelan Minister for Internal Affairs Tarek El Aissami
announced the arrest of opposition figure Alejandro Peña Esclusa after
police supposedly found explosive materials in his home during a raid on
Monday. The raid comes after the detention in Caracas last week of known
Salvadorian terrorist Francisco Chávez Abarca who confessed to having been
contracted by Luis Posada Carriles to carry out destabilizing acts in

*Socialist Party of Venezuela’s Electoral Campaign Includes Political
Training* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5497>
United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) electoral campaign leaders met
yesterday to evaluate the progress of the first stage of their electoral
campaign for the parliamentary elections on September 26 and to plan the
second stage.

*Two More Trade Unionists Murdered in Venezuela; National Union of Workers
Demands Justice* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5493>
Following the murder of two Venezuelan trade unionists this week, the
National Union of Workers (UNETE) demanded that state security forces carry
out efficient investigations and adopt preventative measures to protect
union leaders.

*Venezuela Extradites Three Suspected Drug Traffickers to
On Tuesday, Venezuela extradited three suspected drug traffickers, one of
whom was on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s top ten most wanted list.

*Venezuela Edges Closer to Food Sovereignty by Increasing Milk Production by
50%* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5490>
Venezuelan Minister for Land and Agriculture Juan Carlos Loyo declared on
Monday that his country has made great strides in developing the dairy and
beef sectors of the economy in its efforts to achieve food and agricultural

*Venezuela Signs Oil Deals with Vietnam, Belarus and
Venezuela has increased its number of oil joint ventures with developing
countries after signing agreements with Vietnam, Belarus and Angola.


*Venezuela, Worker Control, and
In the middle of the deepest crisis that the capitalist system has ever
seen, when it’s already showing its cruellest face, when anger and sometimes
impotence spreads among those of us with years fighting and predicting the
consequences, the lights of hope that show us that another world is possible
pass us by unnoticed.

*Washington Still Has Problems With Democracy in Latin
Imagine if Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, had decided to
deliver on his campaign promise to “end business as usual in Washington so
we can bring about real change.”

*A Tale Of Two Extraditions* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5501>
The United States government should practise what it preaches on terrorism.
But the way it deals with terrorist extradition requests from Venezuela and
its history of intervention in countries in the region - such as Jamaica -
show terrorism, terrorists and the selective use of the terms are merely
a function of a self-interested ideological foreign policy.

*ALBA: How Much of a Turn to the Left in Latin American Governance and
Economic Policy?* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5500>
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) regional
integration model is based on a solidaristic approach to trade among member
states. However, the over-dependence on Venezuelan oil could mean it has an
uncertain future as sustainable integration project.

*Venezuela Should Follow Argentina's Example on Gay
After Argentina made history yesterday morning by legalising same sex
marriage, Venezuela should follow Argentina’s lead and likewise erase the
legally bigoted conception of marriage as defined by a union that exists
between a man and a woman only.

*Documents reveal multimillion-dollar funding to journalists and media in
Venezuela* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5495>
US State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) evidence more than $4 million USD in funding to journalists and
private media in Venezuela during the last three years. This funding is part
of the more than $40 million USD international agencies are investing
annually in anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela in an attempt to provoke regime

*Bolivarian Venezuela at a Crossroads, Part 2: Debate and Contradiction in
the PSUV* <http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5492>
During the 2007 constitutional referendum, one might have thought that the
party created by Hugo Chávez in 2006 was stillborn since fewer people voted
‘Yes’ than the number of people officially enrolled in the party. But this
impression was partially belied in the following months.

*Oil in Venezuela: The Lesser of Two
Venezuela´s oil riches have enabled its government to begin building a new
society, enabled it to help its neighbours and stand up for itself in the
world, demonstrating to the world that many positive outcomes are possible
even from a resource with such potential for destruction
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