Paul S. Graham: Solidarity with Venezuela

Winnipeg, Dec. 6, 2017 – Professor Johnny Márquez, speaking at Winnipeg’s historic Ukrainian Labour Temple on the political and economic situation in Venezuela. Photo: Paul S. Graham When it comes to Venezuela, the mainstream media is awash with lies and distortions and the Canadian government is complicit (with the United States) in an attempt to ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Dangerous War Fever

Ever since Donald Trump went on the war path and started exchanging threats with North Korea, he seems like a new man.And not in a good sense either.For Trump has always seen himself as a Great Warrior Leader, and the idea of distracting Americans from all his scandals and his inability to govern, with thoughts ...

Things Are Good: In Venezuela Bus TV is the Free Press

Venezuela has been witnessing a massive crackdown on journalism and public dissent under the current government (not that the previous government was much better). Mass protest happen daily throughout yet receive no media coverage due to government interference. This clampdown has led to frustration amongst media professionals who have decided to keep broadcasting, but on ...

Dead Wild Roses: Venezuela – In Political, Social, and Economic Crisis

  The situation in Venezuela is grim.  When conditions take a turn for the worse those on the bottom of the social hierarchy feel it the worse, and of course those are almost always females.  I read in the Globe and Mail about Carmen Tovar and her now deceased daughter Nakarid. “Carmen Tovar remembers the ...

The Wandering Joe: Oil Oil Everywhere, and not a Barrel to Burn

There has been a lot of hand-wringing over the recent crash in crude oil prices. Ironically, both environmentalists who want people to stop buying oil and many of the producers who need people to buy more are both challenged by the current price point. To be honest, I couldn’t give a tinker’s damn about the ...

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 ...

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

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

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

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… for ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 the U.S. Committe ...

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 to make ...

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 ...

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 below) From ...

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 maligned Chavez ...

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 ...

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 | March 5, 2013: ...

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 ...

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 ...