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Venezuelan revolutionary process moves forward in the face of electoral defeat

Listen now: Gloria La Riva, the PSL’s 2016 presidential candidate, speaks about the December 6 National Assembly elections in Venezuela in which the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) lost a significant number of seats to the right-wing opposition. She provides analysis of what the electoral results mean for the PSUV and the future of the Bolivarian revolutionary process.

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Addressing chronic homelessness in D.C.

Listen now: William Merrifield, Staff Attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, discusses the recent clearing of homeless encampments in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. He discusses the urgent need to end chronic homelessness in D.C. and the profound issues in the underfunded shelter system, which the District government neglects while supporting expensive gentrification.

Could talks lead to a ceasefire in Syria?

Listen now: Ben Becker, editor of the book Imperialism in the 21st Century and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in New York City, reviews the increasing likelihood of a policy shift among Western powers allowing for a ceasefire between the Syrian government and insurgent forces following talks in Vienna. While the shoot down of a Russian jet by Turkey, a country dependent on the United States and NATO, complicates this process, the possibility of new alliances also exist, including a significant army of insurgent forces in Syria ready to fight against ISIS.