Venezuelanalysis.com

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Venezuelanalysis
VAlogo.png
Logo of Venezuelanalysis.com
Web address www.venezuelanalysis.com
Slogan News, Views, and Analysis
Commercial No
Available in English
Created by Gregory Wilpert
Launched September 2003
Alexa rank
Decrease 728,270 (Global, September 2015)
IP address 193.96.188.208
Current status Active

Venezuelanalysis.com is a left-leaning,[1] pro-Bolivarian Revolution[1] news website. Its founder Gregory Wilpert characterizes the website as "a left social movement perspective on the Bolivarian Revolution in the English language. It's a fairly rare perspective, in that it is clearly pro-Bolivarian Revolution, but also critical of some aspects from a leftist perspective."[1] Wilpert stated in a 2007 interview that the site had received funding from grassroots donations, from the Venezuelan government's Ministry of Culture and from mutual support agreements with other groups, such as Green Left Weekly.[2] According to the website (2014), it relies entirely on reader donations.[3]

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Greg Wilpert founded the website in 2003 with Martin Sanchez, one of the founders of Aporrea.org, a pro-Chavez website, who set up the "technical side" of the site.[1][4] The set up of Venezuelanalysis.com was also aided by the Venezuelan government.[5]

Organization[edit]

Venezuelanalysis.com says it is a "project of Venezuela Analysis, Inc., which is registered as a non-profit organization in New York State and of the Fundación para la Justicia Económica Global, which is registered in Caracas, Venezuela".[3] As of 2009, Venezuela Analysis, Inc. is registered as a domestic not-for-profit corporation in New York State.[6]

Support[edit]

In 2007, Wilpert stated the site had received "some funding" from the Venezuelan government's Ministry of Culture, in addition to accepting "grassroots donations".[2] He also indicated that Venezuelanalysis.com had "mutual support agreements" with the groups Green Left Weekly, Alia2, and "briefly" with TeleSUR, along with other organizations.[1][2] Up to February 2014, Venezuelanalysis.com's 'about' page stated that its "Web server services and bandwidth is donated by Aporrea.org, a larger site maintained by grassroots groups in Venezuela"[7] and as of April 2014, the website said that Venezuelanalysis "depend[s] 100% on reader donations and receive[s] no funding from any governments".[3]

Personnel[edit]

Gregory Wilpert, founder and editor, describes the website as providing, "a left social movement perspective on the Bolivarian Revolution in the English language. It's a fairly rare perspective, in that it is clearly pro-Bolivarian Revolution, but also critical of some aspects from a leftist perspective."[1][8] The Global Post described Wilpert as "perhaps the most prominent Chavista".[9] Wilpert's wife Carol Delgado was named Consul General of Venezuela in New York in 2008.[8][10]

According to Venezuelanalysis.com, "as of early 2008 its writers are all working on the site from their homes in various places in Venezuela, with volunteers contributing from around world."[3] The website also lists contributors from England, Australia, and the US with a mix of activist and academic credentials, including authors Eva Golinger and Nikolas Kozloff, who periodically contribute to the site.[3][11]

Reception[edit]

Venezuelanalysis.com is "pro-Bolivarian Revolution";[12][13][14] other sources say it is "left-leaning".[12][15] In a May 2004 wire concerning the Venezuelan government's use of Bolivarian propaganda, the United States government placed Venezuelanalysis.com on a list of websites that the Venezuelan government allegedly used to "spread its war on the oligarchy, neoliberalism, the United States government, and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas".[16] According to Brian Nelson, author of The Silence and the Scorpion, Venezuelanalysis.com performs "damage control" for the Venezuelan government and "tried to discredit virtually every independent human rights study" while Hugo Chávez was in office as part of "an integral part of Venezuela’s propaganda complex", according to Venezuelan government sources.[17]

According to Venezuelanalysis.com, the website has been endorsed by notable leftists and Chávez supporters such as John Pilger, Marta Harnecker, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone.[18] Chomsky wrote that "Venezuelanalysis.com has regularly provided very useful description, analysis, and commentary on developments in Venezuela, rarely available in the US or the West generally, and valuable for a balanced understanding not only of Venezuela but of Latin American generally in the current very exciting phase of its history.”[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tackling Institutions One By One: An Interview With Gregory Wilpert". Gregory Wilpert said that Martin Sanchez worked on the "technical side" of setting up Venezuelanalysis.  Also available at Znet.
  2. ^ a b c "Hugo Chavez's Future (An Interview with Greg Wilpert)". Wilpert: We did receive some funding from the Ministry of Culture, but we also get some grassroots donations. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "About venezuelanalysis.com". venezuelanalysis.com. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "About venezuelanalysis.com". venezuelanalysis.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Rohter, Larry (25 June 2010). "Oliver Stone's Latin America". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Entity Information: VENEZUELA ANALYSIS, INC". Corporation and Business Entity Database. NYS Department of State, Division of Corporations. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "About venezuelanalysis.com". 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Wilpert, Gregory (13 January 2012). "Obama's State Department Now Takes Cues from Right-Wing Cubans on Venezuela". Venezuelanalysis.com. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Devereux, Charlie (2 December 2009). "Gregory Wilpert: Chavez defender". Global Post. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Wilpert, Gregory (1 July 2010). "New York Times to Oliver Stone". Zcommunications.org. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "NIKOLAS KOZLOFF". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Morley, Jefferson (17 March 2005). "Venezuela's 'Anti-Bush' Fears Assassination". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Maykuth, Andrew (30 May 2006). "How Chavez captures hearts of U.S. citizens: oil discounts are just part of the Venezuelan leader's marketing". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 8 May 2012. The Venezuelan Information Office, staffed by Americans and attached to the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, hosts delegations of sympathetic lawyers, doctors and elected officials. Private organizations like Global Exchange regularly assemble 'reality tours' to see how the Venezuelan government is distributing its oil wealth to the poor. 'These people go back to the United States, hold meetings at their churches, or write articles for their local papers,' said Gregory Wilpert, an American sociologist living in Caracas, where he operates a pro-Chavez Web site, Venezuelanalysis.com.   – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  14. ^ Bachelet, Pablo (16 September 2005). "United Nations should move from U.S., says Venezuela's Chavez". Miami Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Markovits, Martin; Sebastian Kennedy (7 December 2007). "Despite defeat at polls, Venezuela's Chavez holds all the cards". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "The ABCs Of The Venezuelan Government's Political Propaganda Strategy". WikiLeaks. Government of the United States. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Nelson, Brian. "Response to the Venezuelan Government's Attacks on The Silence and the Scorpion". brianandrewnelson.com. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Endorsements of Venezuelanalysis by well known intellectuals, activists, and Venezuelans". Help Keep Us Online in 2015. Venezuelanalysis. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Endorsements of Venezuelanalysis by well known intellectuals, activists, and Venezuelans". Help Keep Us Online in 2015. Venezuelanalysis.com. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 

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