In this interview excerpt, Eduardo Galeano explains why he has described Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as a “strange dictator”, recounting his own experience as an election observer in Venezuela and describing the political role played by the opposition media in Venezuela.
A letter to the Guardian criticising its coverage of Venezuela, specifically its lack of articles on the assasination of Venezuelan farmers, while instead it covers stories such as the possiblity of Chavez going bald.
By Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jul 7th 2011
Yesterday Venezuela celebrated 200 years since it became officially free from Spanish colonialism. A fairly momentous occasion, no doubt of great significance for people’s emancipatory struggles everywhere...Yet, according to Fox news, the BBC, the Washington post, and other equally scarcely illuminating news sources, Tuesday’s events were of little importance.
Surely, for the sake of the Guardian's credibility, now is the time to relieve Rory Carroll, the Guardian's South America editor, of his duties and let him do what he does best; composing 'advertisement features' for the tourist board of the country with the worst human rights record in the hemisphere.
There was no missing the glee with which Rory Carroll reported in the UK Guardian that "speaking to the Observer last week, Chomsky has accused the socialist leader [Hugo Chavez] of amassing too much power and of making an 'assault' on Venezuela's democracy."
On Thursday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke to the Venezuelan people live on national television, referring to recent health issues he has faced, including a cancerous tumor succesfully removed by medical professionals in Havana, Cuba.
By Francisco Dominguez - New Statesman, May 13th 2011
A report launched this week risks repeating the mistake of the dodgy dossier that justified war on Iraq. Launched by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) the dossier claims that it "looks in detail" at the Colombian guerrilla group Farc's "relations with Venezuela and Ecuador" by assessing files allegedly found on computers seized by the Colombian government from Farc in 2008.
By Greg Grandin & Miguel Salas - The Guardian, May 12th 2011
Greg Grandin and Miguel Tinker Salas analyze the attempt by conservative thinktank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) to reheat widely discredited Colombian military claims about ties between Colombia's FARC rebels and the Chavez government, calling it "pure black propaganda."
By Mike Cole, Peter McLaren - University World News, Feb 21st 2011
Orlando Albornoz and Ricardo Flores use the rescinding of the Ley de Educacíon Universiteria (LEU) by Hugo Chávez as an excuse to launch yet another attack on Venezuela's president, claiming that the man whose first major undertaking after being elected was to have the people rewrite the constitution is undemocratic.
Hugo Chavez is the most controversial head of state in the world and also the most maligned. Often accused of being a dictator by international press, however, it seems unlikely that a would be dictator’s first major undertaking after being elected would be to have the people rewrite the constitution, replacing one written by elites.
By Juan Reardon - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 21st 2011
"Venezuelaanalysis.com (VA) plays a unique role in fostering an online presence in which a deeper level of discussion is expected and delivered. While more casual forms of media become increasingly common, in-depth thoughtful journalism becomes increasingly more important. Well-researched and documented articles written in English about Venezuela are few and far between and should be considered invaluable as a resource."
By Edward Ellis - Correo del Orinoco International, Jan 20th 2011
From the terrorist lynchings carried out by the Ku Klux Klan to the more recent “hate crimes” perpetrated against non-white, nonstraight, immigrant communities across the US, violence has been the palpable result of a coordinated campaign of bigotry and fear that has been the mainstay of right-wing media discourse for decades. Venezuela, by way of comparison, has also been no stranger to political violence.
In the Reuters report republished in full below, the corporate media (CNBC/Reuters) overstepped itself - again - taking every conceivable opportunity to attack President Chávez in what should have been a simple, straight-forward news bulletin.