Venezuela: The Victory of Chavistas

The Real News interviews Alex Main from the Center for Economic and Policy Research on the corporate press’ reports of fraud in Venezuela’s state governor elections on October 15. (


Where Does Chavismo Get Its Strength From?

By Marco Teruggi
Published 19 October 2017

The legacy of Hugo Chavez and the course of the revolution’s leadership are deeply rooted in ordinary people.

Many analysts, both right and left, agreed before these elections that Chavismo would not be up to the battle.
They argued the historic movement would be a pale shadow of what it used to be, able to throw a few weak punches in a losing battle before getting knocked out at one go or else under a flurry of punches. They have been saying this for years, with increasing certainty and from that presumption drew conclusions expressed in media articles or in programs for a right wing return to power. (Read more at

Venezuela election result a blow to right-wing opposition, Trump

By Jim McIlroy
Friday, October 20, 2017

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s (PSUV) victory in the October 15 elections for state governors is a major blow to the country’s right-wing opposition, as well as to its backers in Washington and Europe.
The victory also marks a significant step forward in the struggle to defend the gains of the almost two decade-long pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution, spearheaded by late former President Hugo Chavez.
According to results released by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the PSUV, led by President Nicolas Maduro, won 18 of 23 state governorships in the nationwide elections (compared to the 20 it won in the 2012 elections). (Read more at

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The campaign against the economic war and corruption in Venezuela: The devil is in the details

The Chavista resounding victory in the October 15 gubernatorial elections provides a golden opportunity to take bold measures to overcome shortcomings even while risking clashes with powerful individuals or groups. One important failure is the scant evidence that the Maduro government has presented to the Venezuelan public to document the economic war being waged against Venezuela and its efforts to combat corruption, speculation and contraband. It is not enough for Maduro and other leaders to decry the machinations of adversaries and to repeatedly claim that Venezuela is a victim of an “economic war.” For the claim to be convincing, the government needs to reveal the specifics as to how the war is being waged and who the actors and accomplices are, and to expose their modus operandi. (Read more at