Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Chavez’

South American Left united as US aims for regime change in Venezuela

by Matt Willgress.

On 9 March, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela” and imposed a further round of sanctions on the South American country. Following the introduction […]

Chávez still inspires us to change the world

by Matt Willgress.

As a misinformation war intensifies against Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution we must never stop defending – and celebrating – the real legacy of the late Hugo Chávez. Last year, on this day, Venezuela’s president Chávez passed away at 58 years old. His death was felt around the world, representing a huge loss for all supporters of […]

The coup they televised: Venezuela, Chavez and a cinematic masterpiece

by Matt Willgress.

An exciting new radical film festival Seeing Red: a festival of subversive cinema takes place this weekend and the organisers are to be congratulated on choosing to show the ground breaking docu-film about the temporarily successful 2002 coup against the left-wing government in Venezuela, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This unique film came about as a […]

Lecture: national liberation and socialism in Latin America

by Newsdesk.

The second Redmond ‘Neill memorial lecture is happening Wednesday next week (18 September at 6:30pm) in London, entitled From Martí & Bolívar to Castro & Chávez: national liberation & socialism in Latin America. Richard Gott, journalist and historian, is the main speaker and is well qualified to speak on the subject  being the author of four related […]

Eywitness to the Bolivarian Revolution: Report back from a delegation to Venezuela

by Dominic Curran.

The first thing that strikes you as you drive into Caracas is how the skyline is punctuated by tall blocks of government housing missions often bearing the signature of Hugo Chavez painted on their side: a testament to the social progress and investment in human need in Venezuela. On our fifth day we went to […]

Up Close in Race to Replace Chávez

by Adrian Weir.

Although a reasonably frequent visitor to Cuba, this trip, as part of the Acompañamiento Internacional team of election monitors, was my first to the Latin American mainland.Driving into town from Caracas Airport two points struck me: First, the barrios, the working class quarters, perched precariously on the hillsides sloping upwards from the plain of Caracas […]

Venezuela and the new Latin America – the Chavez legacy

by Matt Willgress.

As Hugo Chavez predicted, much of Latin America is a now seen as a progressive beacon in the world for people looking for alternatives to neo-liberalism. And, in many ways – following his sad death from cancer so brilliantly covered in last month’s (Original) Briefing – I think that is the main legacy of Hugo […]

Chavismo lives!

by Michael Meacher.

The death of Hugo Chavez removes a rumbustious and all-prevasive personality from the scene, but what he stood for will still have a decisive impact on the whole American continent for decades to come. He empowered the poor by including them in the political process from which they had always been excluded. He deepened democracy and […]

The inspiring figure who renewed and revived socialism

by Ben Folley.

Hugo Chavez must be remembered for his leading role in transforming the lives of millions of people. Chavez’s stand for democracy and equality, his commitment to social justice and his opposition to western militarism over the past ten years or so has been part of my political awakening and inspired a new generation on the […]

Hugo Chavez: His legacy beyond the media distortions

by John Millington.

“Chavez had not stolen an election. He didn’t have to. And now he is gone, we will never know if he ever would have done.” One of the more bizarre and unintentionally funny comments by otherwise respected C4 journalist Jonathan Rugman sums up the absurdity of the anti-Chavez rhetoric currently being dumped across the media highways.

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