Venezuelans went to the polls to elect mayors and municipal councils on Dec. 8.
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government.
The U.S. has no authority to seek extradition of Edward Snowden while it ignores Venezuela's demand for extradition of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
An audit by the Venezuelan election council found no major discrepancies in the April 14 presidential election.
The Chavistas' new labor law gives "recognition to non-salaried work traditionally done by women," part of the struggle towards economic redistribution.
The facts surrounding the voting process and election outcome in Venezuela demonstrate that U.S. refusal to recognize Maduro has nothing to do with the U.S.'s alleged concerns for democracy, but rather, its complete disdain for it.
Venezuelan right-wing opposition receives substantial support from a not-often mentioned source: United States taxpayers.
Violence, instigated by the right wing opposition, has broken out in Venezuela after leftist candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won the special election necessitated by the death of Hugo Chavez.
His mandate runs until 2019 and he has promised to continue the socialist policies of his predecessor.
Venezuelan right wingers appear to accept Capriles will lose, but they may question the election's legitimacy and somehow have the results overturned with U.S. help.