AMY GOODMAN: Five years ago this week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was temporarily ousted in a short-lived coup. The date was April 11 and 12, 2002.
The leader of the coup was a business executive named Pedro Carmona. Carmona quickly received the support of the Bush administration, as well as much of the corporate press in the United States. After the coup, the New York Times proclaimed in an editorial, “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator.”
The Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales argues that capitalism is ecologically unsustainable and that Venezuela’s green policies should be applauded.
Derek Wall - UK Green Party principal speaker
“One car each? Our planet won't stand that - that model of capitalism, extreme individualism and consumerist egotism. The destructive so-called developmentalism destroying the planet is, quite frankly, a thing of stupidity — una cosa de tontos.” -President Hugo Chavez
Mark October 11-14 in your calendar now to make sure you get along to the most important gathering in Australia this year for all those who oppose neo-liberalism and imperialism, and support people’s struggles for justice and a better world.
Letter from the AVSN to President Chavez
Sr. Hugo Chavez, Presidente
Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela
Palacio de Miraflores
Final Avenida Urdaneta, Esq. de Bolero
Caracas 1010, Venezuela
Ing. Yubiri Ortega de Carrizalez
Ministerio del Ambiente
Centro Simon Bolivar, Torre Sur, Piso 25 El Silencio, Caracas, Venezuela
FAX: +58 212 408 1024
Dear President Chavez,
Our sincere thanks and congratulations for your decision to prohibit new coalmines and the expansion of existing coalmines in the Indigenous territories of the Sierra de Perija.
31 March 2007. According to Prensa Latina on March 24, Venezuela has replaced some 45 million incandescent light bulbs with white light thrifty bulbs, benefiting more than 4 million households. The move is part of an energy saving program, the Energy Revolution Mission. More than 3000 activists have been involved in carrying out the bub changes, and are aiming to replace about 54 million in total. The mission is also expanding renewable energy sources such as solar and wind and beginning to replace petrol with gas to supply cars.
29 March 2007. Chris Carlson, Merida
In front of more than 2000 “promoters” for the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on March 24, President Hugo Chavez called for all the political parties that support him to unite behind the new party. These “promoters” will carry out the first stage in the formation of a united pro-government party by the end of the year. Chavez emphasised that a united party is vital for the success of the Bolivarian revolutionary process.
Sunday, Mar 25, 2007. By: Khristopher Flack - Boston Globe
Bono has developed a reputation as a rock star with a conscience. The leader of the band U2 has cofounded two lobbying groups that raise awareness about Africa's afflictions, created a fair-trade clothing company, and brokered a deal with several major American companies to donate millions of dollars to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. But now he is caught up in a controversy over one of his own ventures.
Monday, Mar 26, 2007 By: Venezuelanalysis.com
Caracas, March 26, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— Sixteen landed estates will be expropriated for Venezuela’s land reform program, announced President Hugo Chavez yesterday, during his television program Alo Presidente. The total area of land that will thus become available for redistribution to peasants and agricultural cooperatives will exceed 330,000 hectares (815,000 acres) in the Venezuelan states of Apure, Anzoátegui, Barinas, Guárico, Portuguesa and Aragua.
22 March 2007. By Federico Fuentes
24 March 2007. Review by Stuart Munckton
Monthly Review Press, 2006. US$14.95, 127 pages
“I recommend this good book, booklet to go by its size, but the content is big”, Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez said on his television program Alo Presidente on January 21. He was speaking about Build it Now: Socialism for the Twenty-first Century, written by Michael Lebowitz.