“I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism”. With this clear statement on his weekly TV programme “Alo Presidente,” Chavez reaffirmed his point of view that socialism is the only way forward to solve the problems of inequality, misery and poverty that millions face in Venezuela and the world today.

Current U.S. ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte has been nominated by President Bush to be chief advisor and the first National Intelligence Director, with authority over 15 formerly independent intelligence agencies. So just who is John Negroponte?

The Chavez Code by Eva Golinger cracks the code of intervention of the United States in Venezuela. Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney. In 2003 she began to investigate the interference of the United States in the coup d'etat of April 2002 against President Chávez and brought to light the more than 20 million dollars invested by the American government to finance anti-Chavez groups. In October 2004, she obtained top secret documents, declassified under the Freedom of Information Act, that demonstrate the U.S. government's prior knowledge of and complicity in the coup. Cuban magazine Juventud Rebelde published extracts of the book on March 6 ("The Chavez Code" by Eva Golinger) and then, on March 13 a review by Rosa Miriam Elizalde and Rogelio Polanco (Deciphering the Code of US Lies on Chavez).

This book by Alan Woods is essential reading for all those who want to understand what is happening in Venezuela today. But this is no mere description of events. It is a powerful Marxist analysis of the Venezuelan Revolution, its weaknesses and strengths, its contradictions and unique characteristics. The book was not written with hindsight. Every chapter, beginning with the coup of April 2002, was written as the events were unfolding at the time, and traces the winding course of the revolution. With an introduction by Rob Sewell.

The decree of expropriation of Venepal in January this year was a major turning point in the Venezuelan revolution. The decision to nationalise Venepal and put it under the administration of the workers, and the very high profile way in which the decision was taken, was bound to have an impact amongst other groups of workers in the same situation.

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