Posts Tagged ‘Hugo Chávez’

09Oct67 – ‘Che’

2016-10-09

Today, 09Oct, marks 49 years that Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was murdered in Bolivia. As is known, the illustrious ‘Che’ had embarked on a mission to promote the liberation of the masses of people oppressed by corrupt, cupidinous governments imposed by oligarchs or outside powers.  With, The Legacy of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, TeleSUR pays homage to one of the giants of the 20th century, with his light still shining brightly into the 21st – significantly different from  those corporate media-created ‘leaders’,  ‘heroes’, college-degreed mediocrities of insignificant accomplishment and, most assuredly, destined to rather prompt despatch to historical oblivion. (more…)

Thank goodness for that 13Apr

2016-04-11

Today, 11Apr15; ‘yesterday’, 11Apr02.

To remember is that Venezuela is, and has been, a country rich in natural resources, the benefits of which would always flow to foreign corporations and to the Venezuelan oligarchy. Poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness would be the crumbs thrown at the rest of the population – and then along came (the Caracazo and) Hugo Chávez and with him the rekindled hopes of the abandoned and dispossessed masses.

Predictably, such a turn of events was completely unacceptable, even as the results of such an election were too indisputable to overturn. The only reliable option that would guarantee success, a return to the status quo ante, was an old friend, the coup, a golpe blanco. And a coup it was – however short-lived – with US involvement.

TeleSUR takes us back, Anniversary of Venezuela’s 2002 Coup

On April 11, 2002 the Venezuelan right, with the help of media power, created a tense situation to pit Venezuelans against each other, leading to a coup for 48 hours against President Hugo Chavez.

TeleSUR’s series of reports and analyses on the event also shines a light on the role of complicit corporate media, especially of the US. And, yes, as recently as 2014 14Apr2013 there was that desperate, concerted, violent and deadly attempt at destabilisation, La Salida with its guarimbas.

To be remembered is that in March 2016, the US  President, and for the second straight year, has declared Venezuela a threat, yes, to the existence of the US – the height of cheek.

So Venezuela continues to struggle not only against droughts, a drastic fall in oil prices, hoarding or smuggling of subsidised food and essentials across the border into Colombia, and some weak economic policies; not only against such challenges, but also against the unrelenting machinations of the US with its loyal local allies – despite the recent electoral reverses for the Chavistas.

And the disadvantaged of Venezuela and the country’s neighbours and against such odds? During the administration of the late President Chávez, ‘minor’ accomplishments such as health care available to all, millions lifted out of poverty, lifted out of illiteracy, free education, and increased economic opportunities. And Alba for many of its neighbours.

Thanks to information technology, alternative media and blogs, the unremitting propaganda of US corporate establishment media and oligarchy-controlled media in such countries as Venezuela is fast, but not fast enough, becoming less effective, less credible, less acceptable even among the somewhat inattentive.

Hugo Chávez, hasta siempre

2016-03-05

A refreshing read against the backdrop of the US President proclaiming, on 04Mar. and for a second consecutive year, Venezuela a threat to the US.

With that and the US President’s accomplishment in mind, we have TeleSur which pays homage to the late President of Venezuela who died on 05Mar2013. (more…)

Venezuela, social progress against all odds

2015-12-06

As is known, Venezuela sits on one of the largest reserves of hydrocarbons in the world. Such wealth is not lost on those who seek to acquire it, by all means fair and foul. Nor was the purpose of the move by ExxonMobil into the Esequibo region of territory in dispute between Venezuela and Guyana not obvious.

To date such efforts have failed generally, and not because of no strenuous efforts to destabilise the government and damage the economy of the country – as damage there has been, other than from the massive crash in oil prices.

Today elections are being held for 167 parliamentary seats, and the government faces a strong challenge, due in large part to shortages and other inconveniences – even as many shortages were exposed as created through private sector failure to produce consumer goods or through contraband of subsidised products heading for Colombia, with one avenue being through Táchira. (more…)

That day at the UN – President Hugo Chávez

2015-09-21

That moment in history that would attract and hold the attention of so many, Remembering Hugo Chávez’s Speech at the UN

Of course, as is now very apparent, the sulphur emanates more so from the establishment than its messenger .

TeleSUR, ten years on, with focus

2015-07-24

TeleSUR celebrates its tenth year of operation. And as most countries of the region continues to pursue their path of independence, it is only natural that congratulations should come from the former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro.

Over the years of its operations TeleSUR has provided news, analysis and articles seldom found in major media such as issues that affect the indigenous or the poor. or even general news on any of the not-so-small countries. And just as one of many examples that distinguishes TeleSUR, we have, Impact of ‘Ecocide’ in Guatemala’s Pasion River Runs Deep(more…)

Portrait of a political leader – in word and deed

2015-06-21

No media creation, she. And among the few exceptional leaders in an America, where they all hail from the south.

At TeleSUR, Prof Juan Pablo Ferrero paints a portrait of the Argentina President, Cristina Fernández Kirchner (CFK). President Fernández ends her second and final term, as Presidential elections are scheduled for 25 October 2015. (more…)

The World Bank, the IMF, and the 21st Century

2015-04-18

‘Structural Adjustment’. ‘Washington Consensus’. ‘Privatisation’. ‘Budget Cuts’. ‘Austerity’. On and on…

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their Annual Meeting this weekend.

As we know these two organisations are yet to have a non-Western director – the World Bank, always US, even though now the President is of South Korean extract; and the IMF, always a European, even if the President is now a French woman. Such an exceptional state of affairs has led to initiatives by major countries that see themselves treated as no more than second-class countries. The likelihood of the US ceding any control, its veto seems very low, to nil.

No surprise then that China, with fierce opposition from the US, has started its Asian Investment in Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), the BRICS, with their New Development Bank (NDB), both of which are to start operating within the year. Other factors have also led to disenchantment with these Western entities. Principal among these are perceptions that they more represent the interests of Western capital and finance, than those of the putative beneficiary countries. Sudden, severe economic and financial crises, especially from the eighties, had led many regional countries to rely on, even submit to multilateral development institutions, in particular the WB and the IMF, for assistance with development and debt challenges, with what seems to have been imperceptible benefits.

Fortunately economic fortunes of some countries would change, drastically and for the better, and for an extended period. Such benefits would enable Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Lula da Silva of Brazil, and Nestor Kirchner of Argentina to become key in weaning most Latin countries off those institutions that had inflicted such social and economic damage on their countries. (more…)

Galeano, Chávez y Obama – La Oportunidad Desperdiciada

2015-04-14

Ayer falleció Eduardo Galeano, autor e intelectual uruguayo.

Durante la V Cumbre de las Américas de 2009 el Presidente de Venezuela le regaló al Presidente eeuu ‘Las venas abiertas de América Latina’. Nos recuerda del evento el periódico, el País,

El día que Eduardo Galeano estuvo entre Obama y Chávez

“Las venas abiertas de América Latina” fue publicada por primera vez en 1971. En 2009, durante la Cumbre de las Américas, fue el regalo que el expresidente Hugo Chávez eligió entregarle a Barack Obama ante la prensa mundial y varios colegas presidentes.

[Poco después,  el Presidente Obama repudió este gesto de amistad, el perfil de personalidad, en blanco y negro.] (more…)

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2015-03-28

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