Posts Tagged ‘Venezuela’

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http://georgeciccariello.com/

We had him on the show before to talk about Venezuela and radical political science

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To download, right-click and select “Save link as…” END OF 2014 PT.1

http://georgeciccariello.com/

We had him on the show before to talk about Venezuela and radical political science

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http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10891

Excellent article by George Ciccariello-Maher who was a guest of our show last year (check out the podcast): 

https://punkonomics.org/2013/07/09/show-40-george-ciccariello-maher-on-the-peoples-history-of-the-venezuelan-revolution/

Right-click and select “save link as” to download a copy: Punkonomics2014-6-4_Climate

We talked about several topics from recent blogposts and had 3 callers join the discussion and steer us towards climate issues.

In the studio with Jesse and me were Mitch Koebke and Shaheen Alhumaydhi (both Rollins students).

One of the callers mentioned this site: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/

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http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10720

Perhaps a spectre is haunting the Spanish monarchy. At a summit in 2007, Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain, the head of state hand-picked by dictator Francisco Franco as his successor, was moved to outburst by remarks by the President Hugo Chávez, the democratically elected head of state of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

“¿Por qué no te callas? (Why don’t you shut up?)”, the King spat, at the moment Chávez was recalling the attempted coup d’état that sought to depose him in 2002.

Chávez had been referring to the role played by the Spanish government in supporting the coup, and in particular to the role of its prime minister at the time, José María Aznar, whom he referred to as a fascist.

Such plain speaking from a dark-skinned Chávez was intolerable to the blue-blooded Bourbon king, no stranger to supporting right-wing coups himself.

Here’s some unpopular truths and keep in mind that the article linked tells of 2 ladies who’ve won local Mayoral elections despite being hardline supporters of this armed illegal insurrection and whose husbands are under arrest for unlawful participation in them.  Everybody keeps spreading stories on how undemocratic the Venezuelan government is behaving… hmmm.  I wish we had such a well-functioning democracy in the US! 

Opposition leader and former lawmaker Maria Corina Machado, left and mayoral candidate Patricia Gutierrez greet supporters at a campaign rally in San Cristobal, Venezuela, May 22, 2014.

The democratically elected government of Venezuela has lost some of its massive support in recent years after accomplishing quasi-miraculous progress on many fronts and most notably reduction of poverty and advancing democracy in South America in the past decade.

Recently, economic difficulties have eroded this support to some extent some legitimate opposition leaders have made some respectable gains in national and local elections. In the past few months there has been an uprising against the elected government  that is portrayed by the majority of the media as a popular revolt being crushed by the government but this is the usual corporate-imperialist media BS.

See several previous posts with lots of details (just click the “Venezuela” tag on the left) but here’s the skinny: While there are many bone-fide middle class Venezuelans who are caught up in the middle of this, this is a CIA backed “soft-coup” run by billionaire oligarchs who want to take Venezuela back to the old days of mass poverty and oil riches for the 1% in Miami. The government has shown remarkable restraint in dealing with these groups of violent thugs and has kept the democratic institutions open. All the BS stories on Facebook and twitter about internet closures and lack of due-process are propaganda. In fact, as has been the case since 2002, the government is doing everything it can to restrain the masses of poor people it had liberated and protect the upper classes from their righteous rage.

Imagine a people subjugated brutally since the Spanish conquest finally having democracy and being told that they cannot re-take what’s rightfully theirs but must remain in their slums and patiently wait as economic opportunities are being slowly created for their children. The legal loyal opposition has been having increased influence and are now politically damaged by these generally upper-middle-class insurgents supported by foreign corporate interests. The only reason the insurgency has not been violently crushed is that the government is restraining the majority poor Chavista as best it can.

I know I’ll piss some people of with this and the Venezuelan government deserves to be criticised. But 99% of the coverage by mainstream media and social-network hype is BS and people are being caught up in it and unable to have an intelligent discussion. Happily there are a handful of people on both sides who are helping me understand what’s going on and I’m passing it along.

https://news.vice.com/article/wives-of-ousted-mayors-emerge-victorious-in-venezuela-elections

 

Fron Venezuelanalysis.com

Notes:

  • YES Venezualanalysis.com is pro-Chavismo but so am I! The socialist movement in South America has done way more good than bad and is the only positive political-economic development on Earth for more than a decade (fact, though like any fact it should be debated so bring it on)
  • The journalistic and analytic work of Venezuelanalysis is top notch and well-respected by experts on both sides of the debate… well the honest ones at least.

2 recent important articles:

  1. Terrorism in Venezuela and Its Accomplices By STEVE ELLNERMay 15th 2014