The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Populism: the lesson from Venezuela #nlpoli

Born and raised in Venezuela,  Andreas Miguel Rondon is an economist who now lives in Madrid. He wrote for The Washington Post last week on the lesson Americans should learn from the Venezuelan experience with Hugo Chavez.  Trump may be a capitalist and Chavez may have been a socialist but the populist formula remains the ...

drive-by planet: ‘Revolt of the rich’ – the privileged face of US-backed Venezuelan opposition: Bolivarian achievements

When reading corporate media coverage of the wave of protests that have roiled Venezuela you could be excused for thinking  a massively popular revolution is sweeping that nation. This version of events is more about political spin than reality. The protests have in fact been limited in scope and mostly specific to affluent areas… for ...

Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest? Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret Thatcher’s government ...

Dead Wild Roses: Remembering Hugo Chavez

The Western press is/was conspicuously quiet when Hugo Chavez died.  Our press is always mute when it comes to giving attention to official enemies or other successful political systems.  Here is an excerpt from Alter.net about Chavez and some of his achievements. “The regional blocs he worked to create fostered south-to-south economic and political alliances, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Hugo Chavez Was A Tyrant! Umm Are You Sure?

Richard Hughes Political Blogger The framing battle spinning around the death of Venezuelan President Hugh Chavez pits the oil interests against the rest of us. They pretend that democracy and human rights will follow his demise and the election of the US CIA and Oil Interest approved politicians. This is a pile of it. They ...

Dead Wild Roses: America’s Hugo Chavez – Certainly NOT Obama

   I’m starting to like CounterPunch more and more.  Go read the full article at their site as it is insightful and though provoking. […] “As part of the national mythology many Americans, and likely nearly all liberals and progressives, accept the premise that policies designed to boost the fortunes of the already wealthy might ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Brief Reflection On Irony

Given the rather limited scope of the conservative mind, few, I have observed, seem in possession of anything remotely resembling a sense of the ironic. Sparked by Stephen Harper’s recent insensitive ‘condolences’ to the people of Venezuela on the passing of Hugo Chavez, I was pleased to see a letter in The Star demonstrates that ...

Cowichan Conversations: South Americans Push Back Against Anti Chavez Propaganda

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is really amazing to watch both our PM Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama shamelessly peddling their revisionist attacks against Hugo Chavez. Perhaps they should watch this 2002 Coup De’etat Video and also read the counter to the attacks against him as carried by Human Rights watch. (see below) From ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised-2002 Coup d’etat

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Good Morning, Here is the film of the 2002 Coup d’etat where Hugo Chavez is overthown well, almost. When those who were there for the oil corps seized the Presidential Palace they were not paying close attention. There was a film crew shut inside and that is the only reason that the ...

Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Democratic Socialist Hugo Chavez delivered democracy, human rights and reduced poverty for his citizens. He dared to stand up to the Americans and allied with Cuba. US President Jimmy Carter monitored Venezuelan elections and described them as the most fair in South America and yet US and Canadian politicians snidely maligned Chavez ...

Cowichan Conversations: Democracy Now on the Death of Hugo Chavez

    Take a few minutes to watch and listen to Amy Goodman one of our top alternate journalists as she hosts a panel discussion  the death of Hugo Chavez.      

LeDaro: Tavis Smiley of PBS interview of Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez explains why he called Bush a devil. I think he provided a very good explanation. Chavez passed away on January 5th, 2013.

Politics and its Discontents: He Was A Man…

While many in the so-called liberal blogosphere tend to see the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as an unalloyed saint striding far above the corruption that infested that country’s politics before his arrival on the scene, the truth is far more nuanced. A man who had a genuine empathy for the poor and did much ...

The Canadian Progressive: Did Stephen Harper Just Celebrate Venezuelan Prez Hugo Chavez’s Death?

“Now, the death of Hugo Chavez offers the promise of domestic oil market changes that could roil the energy world and place substantial opportunities at the feet of Canadian oil companies whose expertise in heavy crude is directly applicable to Venezuela’s Orinoco oil fields.” – Globe and Mail By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 5, 2013: ...

Montreal Simon: Remembering the Legacy of Hugo Chavez

I see that Hugo Chavez has lost his long battle with cancer.Venezuela’s government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, ending 14 years of charismatic rule by the firebrand socialist but leaving his party firmly in control of the nation.  Vice President Nicolas Maduro’s voice broke several times and tears ran down his ...