After the PSUV founding congress, the Venezuelan revolution
is back on the agenda. This is even more important than ever considering the
current world economic turmoil and the uncertainty surrounding Cuba's future
since Castro announced he was not standing for president. In Norwich the Hands Off Venezuela campaign has enjoyed success on campus, now for the first time the campaign has branched into the city. At the recent Stop the War march HoV, along with other solidarity campaigns, offered a revolutionary alternative to a capacity meeting.
More than 13,000 tonnes of food have been seized in the last two weeks
in Venezuela as part of the Food Sovereignty Plan launched in order to
fight speculation, hoarding and sabotage in the food distribution
chain. The main lesson is that food soverignty is not compatible with
On Friday, December 7th, Al Jazeera's programme The Listening Post
analysed the world's media biased coverage of the constitutional reform
referendum. Amongst those interviewed was Alan Woods, founder of Hands
proposals for constitutional change have been defeated by 50.7% to 49.3%. The
opposition hardly increased its absolute vote, but there was a high level of
abstention. This is a warning. The masses are demanding decisive action not
words! It may be that this defeat will have the opposite effect. It can rouse
the masses to new levels of revolutionary struggle.
Although Dieterich does his best to cloud the issue, the facts speak
for themselves - Baduel has broken with the revolution, and now stands
on the side of the counterrevolution. To propose the unity of the two
forces - revolution and counterrevolution - is like hoping to unite
fire and water.