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    South of the Border: A Hugo Chavez Biography

    A documentary film by Oliver Stone

    Filmmaker Oliver Stone's 2013 biography of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez details the origins and hopes of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, along with the ceaseless US campaigns of subversion to reverse it. Currently the US has lowered global oil prices in an act of economic warfare it hopes will accomplish what other means have not. The Bolivarian Revolution continues, as Chavez put it, “Peaceful, but armed.”

    Insane U.S. Oil Glut Wars

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The world economy is falling into stagnation, putting downward pressures on gas and oil prices. So, what is the response of the United States, the world’s biggest energy producer? The Americans flood the globe with millions more barrels per day of unneeded oil, in order to break the backs of rivals Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The U.S. is playing chicken with the fate of humankind, betting that it is the most fit to survive the crash.

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    Freedom Rider: Cuba in the American Imagination

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The imperial mentality is not limited to the right wing of the American political spectrum. Some purported leftists greeted the opening to Cuba as if recognition by the U.S. was the greatest thing that ever happened to the island nation. The Cubans don’t see it that way, although they wanted the deal. “President Raul Castro stated in no uncertain terms that Cuba will remain socialist and will not extradite Assata Shakur or anyone else granted asylum by the government.”

    Strangling the Axis of Resistance: Corporate Media Bashes Venezuela’s Maduro to get to Syria

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. corporate press has stepped up its attacks on Venezuela, which is due to take a seat on the UN Security Council, next year. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro opposes the U.S. proxy war against Syria, insisting that only an alliance that respects Syria and Iraq “can truly defeat...all of the terrorist forces that have emerged like a Frankenstein, a monster nursed by the West itself."

    Freedom Rider: An Evening with Nicolas Maduro

    By BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Venezuelan President Maduro, in the spirit of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, visited the Bronx on his way to the United Nations General Assembly opening session. Maduro is eager to speak to Americans about “social struggle,” even as the U.S. government attempts to strangle his country’s revolution. Heroic Venezuela, “whose only crime is to ... try to transcend capitalism.”

    Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

    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.

    Black Caucus Members Shame Themselves, as South America Warns U.S. Not to Sanction Venezuela

    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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    From Radical Resistance to Propagating Imperialism: Latino/a Student Organizations and Venezuela

    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”

    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


    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

    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

    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.

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    The Latin American Revolution, Part 1 of 4: Venezuela

    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

    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

    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!


    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Chavez is "Black Santa" to US Poor

    by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

    “Are U.S. Blacks really a big enough, wise enough people to assume their unique place in the world as self-determiners, ready and eager to act in their own interests with partners with whom they share common goals – peace, a more equitable distribution of wealth, racial equality?” asks BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford.

    Chavez & the Rise of Black-Indian Power in Venezuela

    Black-Indian Power in Venezuela?

    Hugo Chavez “stands as a direct challenge to white domination of South American governments,” writes noted author William Loren Katz. “This former paratrooper seems to spring from a time when Africans and Indians armed and united to fight the first European invasion.”

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