Global Independent Analytics
Pedro Marin
Pedro Marin

Location: Brazil

Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

Venezuela: Radicalizing the revolution

Facing a deep economic crisis, a ruthless oppositionist bloc in the National Assembly, and protesters in the streets, Maduro seems to have handled it correctly and has radicalized the revolution. But he must go further.

The Bolivarian revolution is facing its biggest threat since former President Hugo Chávez was overthrown in 2002. President Nicolás Maduro, in response to the fact that the opposition has led the National Assembly since the last election, announced an expansion of the State of Exception first issued on January this year. The State of Exception and Economic Emergency decree, published last Tuesday (May 17th), cites threats to Venezuela’s national security and allows Maduro to rule with greater independence and use the military to maintain public order.

Meanwhile, the opposition is pushing for a recall referendum in order to remove Maduro from office. Violent protests erupted on May 18th, during a nationwide mobilization to push the National Electoral Council (CNE) to move faster to recognize the 1.8 million signatures delivered on May 2nd asking for the referendum.

It seems that the once hidden battle between the revolutionary forces and the right-wing oppositionists is now becoming an open battle. Last Tuesday, the oppositionist leader Henrique Capriles called on the military to “prepare the tanks and warplanes,” adding, “the hour of truth is coming to decide whether you are with the Constitution or with Maduro.” That came after former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe also made an appeal to the “democratic countries” who are willing to “put their armed forces at the service of the protection of the Venezuelan opposition” during an event in the U.S, and after an American sentry plane entered Venezuela’s airspace twice - on May 11th and 13th.

The threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty is real. In addition to the State of Exception, Maduro ordered what the head of the military Vladimir Padrino López called “unprecedented military drills,” as well as the seizure of factories that were paralyzed to undermine the country’s economy, and the arrest of their owners.

21st Century socialism - the way out of global dominance

The present moment is the only chance left for Maduro to instigate the revolution, but to do so he must radicalize it. The government has been taking a defensive stance in front of the opposition and the U.S. since 2002, to say the least. The Venezuelan opposition and Washington won’t cease their attacks against the Chavistas until the government is disposed of. After the global economic crisis - and especially after Russia thwarted Obama’s plans in Syria and Ukraine - the U.S. is now focusing again on Latin America, both to stop any potential regional power and to weaken Russia and China. It’s time to make it stop.

Maduro’s call to seize paralyzed factories is a good start, but he must seize all factories, implement land reform, and maybe most importantly: not make debt payments - to U.S. companies, at least - as Venezuela has a $ 10 billion debt burden for this year. Maduro must finally carry out the revolution.

Of course, as history showed us, that would bring an economic embargo to Venezuela. The country would need foreign help (Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, recently said the country is willing to help Latin American countries under foreign intervention) and to further establish partnerships, especially with China, whose imports of crude petroleum (Venezuela’s main exportation commodity) amounted to $205 billion in 2014.

Solving the country’s shortages and answering to the people’s needs is the only way out of this political crisis. Taking a radical stance is the only way to do so. As Maduro himself recently said, quoting Simón Bolívar: “The time has come. To waver is to lose.”

Related ARTICLES

Fighting the crisis in Venezuela

Fighting the crisis in Venezuela

To win an economic global war, Maduro has to engage in a local political battle

20 January 2016

by Pedro Marin

POPULAR ARTICLES

Not Found

OPINION

Vladimir Golstein

Vladimir Golstein

The Danderous Acceptance of Donald Trump

James N. Green

James N. Green

Politics in Brazil: Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Barbara H. Peterson

Barbara H. Peterson

Health officials confirm spread of Zika virus through sexual contact in Texas, first in US

Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

Miray Aslan

Miray Aslan

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Navid Nasr

Navid Nasr

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Writers

chief editor

Joshua Tartakovsky

Analysis should serve as a method to better understand our world, not to obscure it.

Materials: 42

Specialization: Israel and the Middle East, US politics

Materials: 7

Specialization: Balkans, NATO and EU policies, Strategic communications

Materials: 3

Specialization: Foreign politics, Immigration, Human rights.

Materials: 2

Specialization: Political Science, Social Anthropology

Materials: 3

Specialization: Eastern Europe

Materials: 14

Specialization: Industrial Safety, Corporations

Materials: 12

Specialization: Eastern Europe, Labor movement

Materials: 3

Specialization: American history, way of life, and principles

Danielle Ryan

Ireland

Materials: 10

Specialization: US foreign policy, US-Russia relations and media bias

Materials: 20

Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

Materials: 8

Specialization: Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Military History, History of Counterinsurgency, History of Disobedience, Dynamics of Atrocities in Wartime

Dovid Katz

Lithuania

Materials: 3

Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture

Materials: 20

Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

Materials: 5

Materials: 3

Specialization: migration, international relations

Materials: 1

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy and strategies, BRICS/SCO

Materials: 19

Specialization: Balkans, Yugoslavia

Materials: 10

Specialization: Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism, Global Security

Materials: 4

Specialization: Geopolitics

Materials: 4

Specialization: Media and government relations

Materials: 2

Specialization: Latin America, Brazil

Jay Watts

Canada

Materials: 2

Specialization: History, Marxism-Leninism, Imperialism, Anti-imperialism.

Materials: 2

Specialization: International Relations, Sociology, Geostrategy

Materials: 1

Specialization: civil rights

Lionel Baland

Belgium

Materials: 22

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

Maram Susli

Australia

Materials: 3

Specialization: Geopolitics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights, Racism, US politics

Materials: 1

Specialization: geopolitics, economics

Max J. Schindler

Palestine-Israel

Materials: 9

Specialization: Politics

Miray Aslan

Turkey

Materials: 12

Specialization: Media, Politics

Materials: 5

Specialization: Politics, International relations

Navid Nasr

Croatia

Materials: 13

Specialization: Global security, Politics

Materials: 9

Specialization: Development of European Union, Non-governmental organizations, Politics and economics in Baltic States

Materials: 9

Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

Materials: 4

Specialization: geopolitics, Russia, USSR

Pedro Marin

Brazil

Materials: 17

Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

Materials: 13

Specialization: Sustainable development, International relations, Comparative European politics, European integration, Eastern European politics and EU-Russia relations

Materials: 8

Specialization: Politics

Materials: 16

Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

Seyit Aldogan

Greece

Materials: 3

Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

Materials: 1

Specialization: Head of "Srebrenica Historical Project"

Materials: 3

Specialization: Economy, Social politics

Stevan Gajic

Serbia

Materials: 1

Specialization: Full time researcher at the Institute for European Studies

Materials: 5

Specialization: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights

Tobias Nase

Germany

Materials: 8

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Valerijus Simulik

Lithuania

Materials: 2

Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Van Gelis

Greece

Materials: 17

Specialization: Middle East

Materials: 1

Specialization: Kosovo, Serbia, Belgrad bombing

Materials: 5

Specialization: international relations, Russia

toTop