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Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

Political Eh-conomy Radio returns with a new logo, new life and a new episode focused on Latin America. First up: Aaron Tauss, assistant professor of International Political Economy at the Universidad National in Medellin, Colombia. I spoke with Aaron to better understand the devastating and unexpected “No” vote in Colombia’s referendum on a peace deal . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

Dead Wild Roses: What is happening in Venezuela?

A historical digest of where Venezuela has been and perhaps where it is going.

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Background Information, Turmoil, Venezuela

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Dead Wild Roses: When Insanity Becomes Normal – Venezuela

We are not hearing much about Venezuela at the moment, here is a brief snippet of what life is currently like in parts of that country. Many thanks to Minute Physics for posting this news.

 

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Minute Physics, News, Update, Venezuela

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Dead Wild Roses: When Insanity Becomes Normal – Venezuela

We are not hearing much about Venezuela at the moment, here is a brief snippet of what life is currently like in parts of that country. Many thanks to Minute Physics for posting this news.

 

Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Minute Physics, News, Update, Venezuela

. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: When Insanity Becomes Normal – Venezuela

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

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Daily Life Can Be Insane – Venezuela

When insanity becomes normal, we’ve adapted to the way things shouldn’t be, so we don’t spend all of our energy trying to fix systemic problems.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: What is happening in Venezuela? It’s certainly not what the mainstream media is telling you

“Much of the reporting by the mass media gives the impression that Venezuela faces a national rebellion. The reality, says Miguel Tinker Salas, is that the protests have been restricted to mostly middle and upper middle class neighborhoods, not entire cities.” – Truthout, What is happening in Venezuela?(Many, many thanks, to the honest journalism […]

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Dead Wild Roses: Our Mendacious Media – The Conflict in Venezuela

This article from counterpunch nails whats is wrong with how news is reported here in North America and also give a much different picture of what is going on in Venezuela. A big thanks to Mark Weisbrot for getting the down and dirty on events happening in South America.

The Class Conflict in Venezuela by . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Our Mendacious Media – The Conflict in Venezuela

Politics, Re-Spun: Got PTSD?

September 12, 2013

PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is thankfully becoming less stigmatized due to increased awareness, but like most mental health issues, there stigma that prevents open discussion about mental health is profound. But I recall 2-3 decades ago it was far worse.

There are a few PTSD events that have come up recently . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Got PTSD?

The Canadian Progressive: The ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Latin America

Experts on Latin America issue open letter to the media, highlighting the ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden’s request for asylum in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The post The ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Latin America appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden Allowed Into Russia Weeks After Outing Himself as the NSA Leaker

The National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given permission leave the Moscow airport where he has been stranded for over a month. Snowden applied for… Read More

drive-by planet: Venezuela abruptly ends talks with U.S. – flatly rejects ‘gringo aggression’ and ‘meddling’

On July 20, Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, announced that rapprochement talks with the U.S. that began in June were at an end. The announcement followed controversial human rights-related remarks by Samantha Power – Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador – who expressed “concern” over Caracas’ management of human rights issues.

When testifying at . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Venezuela abruptly ends talks with U.S. – flatly rejects ‘gringo aggression’ and ‘meddling’

drive-by planet: Edward Snowden interview part 2: Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua offer asylum

A second part of Glenn Greenwald‘s interview with Edward Snowden was released this week. The interview took place on 6 June 2013 in a Hong Kong hotel room. Journalist Laura Poitras was responsible for the filming.

In the course of this newly released transcript, Snowden touches on his motivations… why he was willing . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Edward Snowden interview part 2: Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua offer asylum

Politics, Re-Spun: GroupThink ReSpun: The Death of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez died of cancer on March 5, 2013. He represented an ideological pushback against neoliberal globalization. He pursued a progressive hemispheric trade agenda. He raised oil royalties dramatically to improve the social capacity of people in and around Venezuela. He revolutionized and democratized Venezuela’s constitution. He attracted the ire of American imperialists who supported . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: GroupThink ReSpun: The Death of Hugo Chavez

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: South Americans Push Back Against Anti Chavez Propaganda

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: President Hugo Chávez Dies-The Vultures are Circling

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 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Was A Man…

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

The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian: Harper Policy in Latin America (VIDEO)

Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, Ottawa has been openly hostile to Venezuela and leftward swing in Latin America – except in Cuba where Canada has large commercial interests. So argues Canadian author, activist and commentator, Yves Engler. RELATED: Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran Canada’s Unenviable Royal Race . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian: Harper Policy in Latin America (VIDEO)

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper’s Glowing Congratulations for Chavez’s Re-Election

Can you smell the indignation?

Note the lack of commentary from the prime minister or foreign affairs minister.

October 8, 2012 – The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement:

“Canada notes the orderly conduct of Venezuela’s presidential election.

“Yesterday’s vote demonstrates the commitment . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper’s Glowing Congratulations for Chavez’s Re-Election

Trashy's World: The Venezuelan election results…

… will be interesting to see. What will be even more interesting is to see if both sides respect the results. If, as Chavez is quoted as saying in this article, Venezuela is indeed a “mature” democracy, we will see proof of this in the coming days. (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Things Are Good: Car Free Days in Caracas are a Huge Success

In Venezuela’s largest city they’re looking to make roads usable for people again. The city of Caracas is encouraging people to come out and enjoy reclaimed public spaces on specific days in the city when cars aren’t allowed on a lot roads. Not only is this good for people it’s good for the environment.

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