Articles by: Peter Lackowski

Illustration by Nathaniel St. Clair

Venezuela, January 2020: Hardship and resistance

This January I went to Venezuela with a group of North Americans to see for ourselves how economic “sanctions” are affecting people’s access to food. We wondered how the Venezuelan popular classes are responding to the massive attack on their economic well-being. We saw a complicated scene, with virtually every kind of productive activity crippled in many ways, some not[Read More…]

January 30, 2020 World
Bolivia’s Five Hundred-Year Rebellion

Bolivia’s Five Hundred-Year Rebellion

In 1781, the Bolivian indigenous leader Tupac Katari led a rebellion in which La Paz, the Spanish colonial capital of “Upper Peru,” was besieged for 109 days. The siege ended with the arrival of a Spanish army. Katari was captured, he and his wife, Bartolina Sisa, were gruesomely executed, and thousands of indigenous people were massacred. For many years, this[Read More…]

December 12, 2019 World
Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Venezuela Resisting Venezuela Reconstructing: A photo-feature

Dateline: Venezuela, April 26-May 5, 2019. Background: This is my fifth visit. My first visit was in 2005. So I’m able to find the changes. The mainstream media (MSM) are creating an image of desperate suffering, hardship and chaos. Supermarket shelves in Caracas But I found food in restaurants, and food stores with shelves full of foods.                          [Read More…]

May 28, 2019 World
Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context. My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street venders filling not just sidewalks,[Read More…]

May 21, 2019 World
Community members working in the La Columna community garden, Merida, Venezuela. by Tamara Pearson

A first-hand account from a commune in Venezuela: Striving for food sovereignty

May 3, 2019 — We went to visit facilities for urban food production named after Fabricio Ojeda, one of the many Venezuelan revolutionary martyrs of the last century. It is a joint effort of four communes of Catia, whose total population is about 150,000 people. It is on a hill surrounded by the dramatic steep landscape of western Caracas. We were met[Read More…]

May 6, 2019 World
A first-hand account from Caracas on the May Day

A first-hand account from Caracas on the May Day

Caracas, May 1 — Most of today our delegation was getting to and then attending the rally and so each by Maduro at the end of the march. Our visit coincided with the conference on housing. We “internationals” were taken to bleachers set up very close to the main stage. They did not want us to actually march because they[Read More…]

May 4, 2019 World
A first-hand account from Caracas on the rightists’ failed coup-day | Peter Lackowski

A first-hand account from Caracas on the rightists’ failed coup-day | Peter Lackowski

April 30, 2019, 10 pm — Today there was a farcical attempt to take a military airport that fizzled. It turned into a dozen or so guys throwing stones and being ignored. The Guardian is shamelessly running video of something that happened weeks ago as though it were today. We were there and it was all normal. There was a[Read More…]

May 2, 2019 World