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A narrow victory for the Venezuelan revolution — what next?

venezuela maduro election victoryThis past weekend, Nicolás Maduro, the candidate of the Bolivarian revolution, secured a narrow victory over the right-wing candidate, Henrique Capriles, in the Venezuelan presidential elections. Capriles and the right-wing are alleging fraud and yesterday, attempted to foment a coup to overthrow the Venezuelan government. This shows that now, more than ever, the gains of the revolution must be defended and that the oligarchy needs to be expropriated.

 

80 people turn out to discuss the revolutionary life of Hugo Chavez in Montreal

On Wednesday April 3rd, over 80 people crammed into a classroom at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to hear about the revolutionary legacy of Hugo Chávez and the prospects for the revolution moving forward. The outpouring of grief from millions — not just from Venezuelans but from workers all over the world — has demonstrated what Chávez and his ideas meant to the oppressed sectors around the planet.

Thatcher's death: We remember her crimes against our class

The media is full of the sycophantic outpourings of right-wing commentators and politicians about the sudden death of Margaret Thatcher. The news is full of tributes, portraying Thatcher as some kind of champion of freedom and liberty. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Her death is now being used to “rehabilitate” her, to paint her as a heroine. She was a champion — a champion of capitalism, the ruling class, and all it represents. For us, Thatcher represented and epitomized privilege, wealth and the inequality of class society.

Margaret Thatcher is dead, the struggle against capitalism continues

Margaret Thatcher, the former British Conservative prime minister and one of the most hated figures in the history of the labour movement, died today at the age of 87. Thatcher, more than anyone, personified the brutal attacks on the working class during the 1980s — attacks that the Tory-led Coalition in Britain are continuing today. We publish here a short piece on Thatcher's death, with more in depth analysis of her legacy to follow soon.

Crowd of 80 gather at the University of Toronto to discuss the legacy of Hugo Chavez

80 people turned out for a discussion on the life and legacy of Hugo Chavez at the University of Toronto on Tuesday evening, eager to hear perspectives about where the Venezuelan revolution goes from here.  The gains of the revolution, and its inspiration for working-class struggle around the world, have been very evident in the week since the Venezuelan president died.

Venezuela: The presidential elections and the tasks of the revolution

venezuela chavez coffinIt is a week now since the death of Hugo Chávez and there are still kilometre-long queues of people coming from all over the country to pay their last respects. Presidential elections have been called for April 14 and the mood is turning angry at the provocations of the oligarchy. The deep feeling of pride and dignity, which ordinary working people have gotten from participating directly in the revolution and defending it against the repeated assaults of the oligarchy and imperialism, created a very powerful bond with the president.

 

Over 70 gather in Toronto for rousing celebration of Hugo Chávez's life

Over 70 people crammed into the Yellow Griffin Pub in Toronto’s west end to celebrate the life of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.  The fact that so many people came out on a few hours’ notice demonstrates the effect that Chávez and the Bolivarian revolution have on the lives of people around the world. The evening, organized very quickly by Hands Off Venezuela and the Toronto Bolivarian Circle “Louis Riel”, was quite sombre when everyone first arrived.  However, the sprits in the room rapidly improved as one after another, folks spoke up to talk about what Chávez and the revolution meant to them.

Hugo Chavez is dead: The fight for socialism lives!

chavez salute blue backgroundHugo Chavez is no more. The cause of freedom, socialism, and humanity has lost a courageous champion. The human body is a fragile thing. It is easy to destroy with a bullet or a disease. All humans are born to die. But there is no force on earth that can destroy an idea whose time has come. Hugo Chavez the man is no longer with us, but he lives on. We pledge ourselves to do everything in our power to step up the fight for socialism in Venezuela and throughout the world. That is the only way forward; the only way to honour the memory of Hugo Chavez. Carry out the legacy of Hugo Chavez, not in words but in deeds!

Tunisia: Towards a second revolution?

On the morning of 6th February, the prominent left-wing leader Chokri Belaïd was assassinated in front of his house in Tunis. Thousands have taken to the streets, attacked offices of the ruling Ennahda party, which they consider responsible for the assassination, and a general strike has been called for 8th February. This could be the incident that sparks a much needed second revolution, two years after the overthrow the hated Ben Alí regime.

Israeli elections reveal growing class divide

Less than a year ago, “King Bibi”, as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had become known, had an almost absolute majority in the polls and all other parties, one after another, were entering into crisis. The recent elections show a very different picture: polarization to the right and the left.