Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recently in the United States,
where he delivered an address to the United Nations, met with activists
in South Bronx, and gave several interviews to US media outlets. Read about it on the Hands Off Venezuela website.
More than 50 Venezuelan trade union leaders attended the First Trade
Union and Political Education Workshop, organised by the UNT and the
Bolivarian Workers’ Force, with the collaboration of the Ministry of
Labour. Read the article on the Hands Off Venezuela website.
El Nacional is the
leading bourgeois daily paper in Venezuela. It is hostile to the Bolivarian Revolution and
socialism. On Friday 12 August, it carried an article describing the meeting on
imperialism at the World Youth Forum, in which over a thousand people heard
Alan Woods, the editor of Marxist.com speak.
This summer up to 17,000 young internationalists from 144 countries
gathered in Caracas for one week to attend the World Festival of Youth
and Students. Ramon Samblas who was there from Britain gives his
impression of the festival and the general mood in Venezuela.
Venezuela was the first country to offer help to the United States in dealing with the effects of Hurricane
Katrina. Chavez has offered money and personnel to help in the relief
operations. The answer of an unnamed "senior State official" was that
“unsolicited offers can be counterproductive." They would rather some of
their own people died than have the people of the USA see Venezuela for what it is, a country where its people are
challenging the very capitalist system upon which so much poverty and
devastation is based.