We cut through the propaganda and lies to explain what is happening right now in Venezuela. Joining us for the program are Steve Ellner who has taught at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, since 1977. He is author or editor of a number of books on Venezuela, including the forthcoming Latin America’s Radical Left. He recently wrote the piece “Venezuela: Right-wing Provokes Violence in Time-worn Practice,” which states: “Opposition demonstrators have created havoc in the center of Caracas and elsewhere, burning public buildings, using firearms after attacking the house of the governor in the state of Tachira. The announced intention of Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition leader who has organised these protests, is to overthrow the government. He says it publicly.” We have also invited Maria Paez Victor, a Venezuelan sociologist currently in Toronto.
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Relevant articles and websites:
Venezuela: Violence caused by opposition, not government by Steve Ellner
Venezuela: Right-wing provokes violence in time-worn practice by Steve Ellner
Venezuela Under Attack Again by Maria Paez Victor
What the Wikileaks Cables Say about Leopoldo López by Jake Johnston
Document Evidences Destabilization Plan Against Venezuela by Eva Golinger
Venezuela Beyond the Protests: The Revolution is Here to Stay by Eva Golinger
Who is Responsible for the Violence in Venezuela by Jerome Roos
Steve Ellner‘s academic interest centers on organised labour and political parties in Latin America and specifically Venezuela where he has lived and taught since 1975. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Since 1977 he has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and for a ten year period taught in the graduate school of law and political science of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has also been a visiting professor at Georgetown University (2004), Duke University (2005), Universidad de los Andes (Venezuela, 2008) and Universidad de Buenos Aires (2010).
Among his book publications are: Venezuela’s Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to Electoral Politics (Duke University Press, 1988); Organized Labor in Venezuela, l958- l991: Behaviour and Concerns in a Democratic Setting (Scholarly Resources, l993); The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika(co-editor, 1993); Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Chávez Phenomenon. (Lynne Rienner, 2008). He has also published on the op-ed page of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the Nation, and is a regular contributor to NACLA: Report on the Americas.
Maria Paez Victor is a sociologist, born in Venezuela and educated in Caracas, New York, Mexico City, and Canada. For several years she taught the sociology of health and medicine as well as health and environmental policies at the University of Toronto. Páez Victor has national and international experience in policy analysis and impact assessment, with expertise in the areas of health, environment, and energy.