By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas & Francisco Tovar, Mar 24th 2017
On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, Executive Director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to VA about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on comparative abolitionist processes in Venezuela, Colombia and the US.
Political Cartoonist Rayma Suprani, long renowned for drawing scathing critiques of the Venezuelan government and its supporters, was fired last month from Venezuela's largest daily newspaper and leading anti-government news source, El Universal.
In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.
I sometimes complain about U.S. media coverage of Venezuela, which is mostly one-sided and sometimes terribly inaccurate. But compared to most of the Latin American media, U.S. reporting is practically “fair and balanced.”
It's fair to say that the complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.
International and local private media have accused the Venezuelan government of infringing “freedom of expression and information” by restricting newspapers’ access to official exchange rate dollars, and therefore their ability to import paper. The government however says the dollars have been supplied, and blames speculating paper import companies.
By Olivia Suarez, Fernando Giuliani, Vanessa Davies - CdO, Oct 24th 2013
Psychologists Olivia Suarez and Fernando Giuliani warn that some sectors are trying to plant uncertainty and anxiety and to paint a picture of a country that is supposedly falling apart so that the people are open to any measures to restore “order”.