Category: Coups

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Justin Podur: The Coup in Venezuela: An Interview with Temir Porras

Justin Podur On April 11, 2002, the elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was overthrown in a military coup. The coup started with a business-called general strike and a media campaign against Chavez. Demonstrators marched on the presidential palace and, according to several eyewitness accounts, exchanged gunfire with Chavez supporters and some—probably mostly Chavez supporters—were Read more…

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David Barsamian: An interview with Charlotte Ryan

Barsamian Charlotte Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grass Roots Organizing. She is also co-director of the Boston College Media Research and Action Project and part of the Department of Sociology. What is the Media Research and Action Project at Boston College? The Media Research Action Project works with grassroots Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Mommy Dearest

Michael Bronski I am the gay parent,” declared Rosie O’Donnell to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s March 14 “Prime- time Thursday,” during an interview in which she came out of the closet and declared war on the State of Florida for denying lesbians and gay men the right to adopt children. O’Donnell’s statement has become a Read more…

Duncan Campbell: American Navy ‘helped Venezuelan Coup’

The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence officer claimed yesterday.   It is also alleged that the US navy aided the abortive coup which took place in Venezuela on April 11 with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean. Read more…

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Hector Mondragon: What are these ‘other threats’ to Colombia’s Security?

On April 18, 2002, the US Congress announced a new bill intended to raise the amounts and the involvement of military aid to the government of Colombia. The text of the bill, released with the visit of Colombian President Andres Pastrana to Washington, extends military aid that is now no longer legally limited to the Read more…

Katherine Hoyt: Concerns Over Possible AFL-CIO Involvement in Venezuela Coup Led to February Picket

Could the bad old days be returning to the AFL-CIO’s operations in other countries? Fear that in Venezuela the AFL-CIO was supporting both a right-wing union federation and a U.S.-backed coup led some solidarity activists to mount a picket line at AFL-CIO headquarters in February. The coup arrived in the early morning hours of April Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: The Machine

 [Translated by Francisco González] Sigmund Freud had learned it from Jean-Martin Charcot: ideas can be implanted by hypnosis in the human mind. More than a century has gone by since then, and the technology of manipulation has made great strides. This is a colossal machine, the size of the planet, that orders us to repeat Read more…

Guest Author: Subverting Democracy

As reports of Israeli war crimes continue to emerge, the U.S. refuses to alter its stance of support for Israel, instead placing nearly all the blame on Yasir Arafat. President Bush has refused to do more than issue some harsh words to Israel that, by the White House’s own admission, were never intended to stem Read more…

Jon Hillson: Reporter’s Notebook from Argentina
 

BUENOS AIRES, April 24 (NY Transfer)–“Don’t cry for me, Argentina, the truth is I never left you,” implores the romanticized persona of Eva Duarte in the musical “Evita.” But the powerful fact today is that millions do not long for her, or her husband, deceased dictator Juan Domingo Perón. The cry instead is for justice, Read more…

Lee Siu hin: What’s Oil Got to Do With It

Since April of this year, after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to make progress in his mission to Israel and Palestine, international oil prices have reached $25 per barrel — 25% higher then the same period last year. And on April 8th Iraq announced its 30-day oil embargo to protest Israeli attacks on Read more…

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