Posts Tagged ‘Venezuela’

Showing solidarity with those building a better world

by Aaron Kiely.

Aaron Kiely previews the Latin America ¡Adelante! Conference 2013 taking place this Saturday (7 December) at Congress House. The Latin America is now in its 9th year, and offers a unique opportunity to hear all about the latest developments in the region. 40 years ago the democratically elected left-wing President of Chile, Salvador Allende, was brutally overthrown […]

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 […]

Social progress deepens in Venezuela

by Matt Willgress.

Former trade union leader, Nicolas Maduro, marks six months as Venezuela’s President in October, a period marked by measures to consolidate and deepen the remarkable social progress that took place in Venezuela under President Hugo Chávez. Since becoming President, Maduro has faced the formidable task of both leading the government and facing an emboldened, anti-democratic […]

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 […]

Chávez: the revolution will not be televised

by Newsdesk.

2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002. Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images […]

Venezuela hard-Right back coup to oust elected government

by Matt Willgress.

Prominent, hardline elements of Venezuela’s right-wing opposition have launched and widely circulated what has been termed a “coup petition” against Venezuela’s elected Government, in one of a series of recent attempts to destabilise the situation and undermine the country’s elected government, which enjoys clear majority support. The petition’s preamble calls on “the Venezuelan democratic society […]

The momentum’s still with Chavez, not the opposition

by Lee Brown.

Hugo Chavez was re-elected with a landslide in October winning a record number of votes having added 800,000 votes to his 2006 tally, a previous record. Yet, some media – often the very same outlets that had predicted Chavez would lose or that it would be a very close race – have given the impression […]

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