Tomorrow marks a sad anniversary for Venezuela; at least that part of the country that respected, loved, and revered former president, Hugo Chávez Frias. True, not everyone loved Hugo; he was a thorn in the side of Venezuela’s oligarch class and foreign corporate interests that profited while the people suffered.
Repeated attempts were made to oust Chávez from the presidency, and those efforts continue to daunt his successor, Nicolás Maduro, with western press attacks coming fast and furious, much as they did preceding coup attempts against Chávez.
Eva Golinger is an award-winning American journalist, and author. Dubbed ‘La Novia de Venezuela’ by her friend Hugo Chávez, she’s worked and lived in Caracas for the greater part of the last decade. Winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico, Golinger is also an attorney and author dividing her time between New York and Caracas.
Golinger’s English book titles include: ‘Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela,’ ‘The Empire’s Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion,’ and ‘The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela,’ currently being made into a feature film. Golinger has, since 2003, been analyzing and investigating US interventions in Latin America and, as well as her many English articles, has written two books in Spanish on the subject. Eva is also a news presenter for RT, where she also produced the documentary film, ‘One Day with President Evo Morales.’
Eva Golinger in the first half.
And; entering the fourteenth year of the “The Long War,” just what effect has the state of permanent conflict had on the American psyche? Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. He’s authored a dozen books since leaving the field, his titles including: ‘American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,’ ‘Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class,’ the New York Times best seller, ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,’ co-authored with cartoonist Joe Sacco, and ‘War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning,’ finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, (and the subject of our first interview here on Gorilla Radio back in 2002). Chris Hedges also writes the weekly column, The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, published at Truthdig.com.
Chris Hedges and finding the meaning behind America’s perpetual state of war in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what’s good to do around our town and beyond in the coming week. But first, Eva Golinger and The Ongoing Coup d’Etat in Venezuela.