British historian and journalist Richard Gott situates Hugo Chávez within the long tradition of progressive and leftist Latin American military leaders from Bolívar to Perón who worked to transform their socities.
Task Force on the Americas President discusses how Hugo Chávez's revolutionary synthesis of popular Christianity, Bolivarianism, and socialism became the basis for an emancipatory that transformed the lives of the poor and excluded majority of Venezuela.
At a summit in 2007, Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain, the head of state hand-picked by dictator Francisco Franco as his successor, was moved to outburst by remarks by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. "Why don’t you shut up?” the King spat, as Chávez recalled Spain's support of the attempted coup d’état that sought to depose him in 2002.
The NSA is shown to have assisted the DEA with efforts to capture narcotraffickers, but the leaked documents also refer to “a vibrant two-way information sharing relationship” between the two intelligence agencies, implying that the DEA shares its information with the NSA to aid with non-drug-related spying.
In an interview with the Real News Network, Edgardo Lander, author and professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, puts Venezuela’s current unrest in context by reviewing modern history- starting with his upbringing as a child of political exiles in 1948. Parts 1 and 2 of 4.
The violent anti-government protests that shook Venezuela in February have once again thrust the issue of the pace of change into the broader debate over socialist transformation. Radical Chavistas, reflecting the zeal of the movement’s rank and file, call for a deepening of the “revolutionary process,” while moderate Chavistas favor concessions to avoid an escalation of the violence. The same dilemma confronted the socialist government of Salvador Allende in the early 1970s, but under different political circumstances.