Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Submitted by Arlene Eisen on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:46

by Arlene Eissen

The assault of white Venezuelan contra demonstrators on medical student William Muñoz doesn't tell us all we need to know about social cleavage and race in today's Venezuela, but it tells us plenty.  Muñoz was apparently profiled a Chavista because of his dark skin, and nearly lynched, first on the spot, and afterwards in the racist, right-wing and pro US press, which doubled down on behalf of the lynch mob.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In an act of continent-wide solidarity, the nations of South America are warning the U.S. not to impose sanctions on Venezuela, a mostly Black and brown country seeking its own path to progress. Shamefully, Florida’s three Black congresspersons show solidarity only to their imperial masters; they are co-sponsors of the sanctions bill.

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by Derek Ide

The children of the rich who fled socialist change in Venezuela now dominate Latino organizations at U.S. universities, “parroting the propaganda of corporate media outlets, slandering a radical government which has defied U.S. imperialism in the region.” The despise the fact that the Chavez-Maduro revolution has made Venezuela “one of the most equitable countries in South America.”

Latin America Unites to Tell Uncle Sam “Hands Off Venezuela”

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 23:22

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Washington smelled blood when the successors to Hugo Chavez won by only a small margin in Venezuelan elections. The U.S. refused to recognize the results, gearing up for regime change. However, “Latin America quickly united to blunt the Yankee offensive in its tracks.” Washington must be taught, repeatedly, that it does not have a backyard to its south.

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Chavez Beats the Devil, Again

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 20:26


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Hugo Chavez has won six more years as president of Venezuela and a model for standing up to the United States. Chavez’s longevity in the face of implacable imperial hostility shows that the “Washington Consensus” is defunct. “Latin America is the corner of the world that has achieved the greatest success over the last 20 years in throwing off the dead weight of the North.”

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Ending Poverty In Latin America: Interview with ALBA's Amenothep Zambrano

Submitted by Netfa Freeman on Wed, 03/02/2011 - 02:50

by Netfa Freeman

ALBA, the Spanish-language acronym for the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americans, is a regional trade group of leftist Latin American governments determined to eradicate poverty in the region. That makes ALBA a clear and present danger to so-called U.S. interests in Latin America and worldwide. “Poverty is not a mistake of the capitalist system; it is the natural consequence of the system,” says ALBA's Amenothep Zambrano. “We are committed to eradicating poverty among our peoples, and we are also committed to saving the planet, the rights of Mother Earth.”

The Latin American Revolution, Part 4 of 4: Toward Integration

Submitted by Asad Ismi and K... on Fri, 10/01/2010 - 12:32

By Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz

After being bled for 500 years by the colonial and neocolonial empires of the North, the nations of Central and South America are defying their former masters and shaking off imperial domination. They are proceeding toward multinational cooperation and integration, forging their own ties in finance, resource sharing, media, economic development and medical research. Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz explain how and why despite clouds of lies, threats, bribes, coups and rumors of war , Uncle Sam is powerless to stop them.

About 30 minutes.

To download the MP3 of this program, click here.

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The Latin American Revolution, Part 1 of 4: Venezuela

Submitted by Asad Ismi and K... on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 10:22

By Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz

The U.S. drive for global empire, to use and allocate all the planet's resources and people for itself, has run unchecked through Africa. It has been stalled by wars and the presence of other powers in south and southwest Asia. Latin America is the only region in the world where U.S. empire has literally been rolled back in the last decade. The once isolated Cuban revolution has been joined by those of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, which have elected openly socialist governments dedicated to using their national wealth for the benefit of their own people, and fostering a new regime of international cooperation in resource allocation, in banking, in medicine and media to show humanity what a world without U.S. domination can begin to accomplish. In this first half hour installment of their 4 part radio documentary, the Latin American Revolution, Asad Ismi and Kristin Schwartz examine the impact of the Venezuelan revolution, and explain just why Uncle Sam hates Hugo Chavez so much.

30 minutes. To listen, click the player below. To download a copy of the MP3, click here.

The Pedophile and the Terrorist

Submitted by John Maxwell on Mon, 10/05/2009 - 23:25
John Maxwellby John Maxwell
The U.S. wants film director Roman Polanski extradited from Switzerland to face the music for his sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl, 30 years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. harbors the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, wanted for numerous crimes over a long and murderous career, including blowing up an airliner in flight. Ain't American “values” wonderful?

Healthcare Revolution That is Second to None

Submitted by Netfa Freeman on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:01
cubaby Netfa Freeman
The U.S. health care jungle fares badly when compared to health care systems in other wealthy, capitalist countries. However, even western Europe and Canada can learn a great deal from the examples of Cuba and Venezuela, where health care is a human and constitutional right and the wellbeing of the people is central to the national mission. Now, that's real socialized medicine.

Freedom Rider: Viva Hugo Chavez!

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 09:53


chavez salutesby BAR Editor and Senior Columnist  Margaret Kimberley
When it comes to delivering health care and building economic opportunities for the poor, Barack Obama could learn a lot from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. But with Obama repeating the same false charges that justified a US sponsored coup a few years ago, it seems that the empire and its president have learned nothing and forgotten nothing in their relations with Latin America over the last half century. On this front as many others, the Obama administration seems not to be much of a change from the arrogant imperial politics of the past.


Raul Castro, Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez: Who Are The Big Men?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 09:13

leadersA Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

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What does putting "everything on the table" mean, in discussions among nations? Cuba's Raul Castro says he means literally everything, including exchange of political prisoners, as long as talks are held on the basis of equality. Barack Obama claims the next move is up to Cuba, but it appears Raul has already made an authentic offer. Besides, there is something fundamentally wrong when the nation that continues to commit crimes against its neighbor - the U.S. - asks for concessions before it will cease and desist.

U.S. Corporate Media Propaganda Machine

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 18:00
ChavezA study by the media watchdog group FAIR shows how four of the most influential U.S. newspapers "use their editorial pages to put Venezuela in a negative human rights light, while glossing over Latin America's worst human rights abuser, Colombia."
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Obama on Latin America: Small "Change" If Any

Submitted by Roberto Lovato on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 03:52

by BAR Special Correspondent Roberto Lovato


obama_latin_americaA Miami organization which, according to a July 1998 New York Times article, funded a series of deadly terrorists bombings in Cuba, and which may be connected to the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner killing 73 people, hosted Democratic presidential nominee-apparent Barack Obama last week. Before this illustrious audience, Obama sketched the broad outlines of his agenda for “change” in Latin America.


The Coming War With Venezuela

Submitted by George Ciccarie... on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 22:42

hugo_chavez01by George Ciccariello-Maher

In 2002, only months after the NAACP presented her with an Image Award, then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice introduced herself to the world as a conspirator in regime change and assassination. Venezuelan popular leader Hugo Chavez survived the U.S.-backed coup, but the Americans have never ceased their efforts to overthrow Chavez. Washington uses every weapon it can get its hands on: covert funding for “opposition” groups, industrial subversion, massive propaganda campaigns in the corporate media, military adventures with neighboring Colombians and assorted mercenaries. The Americans have left no tactic untried or stone unturned in what has become a permanent war with a Democratically-elected, regional oil superpower.

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