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John Pilger: Venezuela's struggle against "a common enemy"

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By Michael Albert, Truthout, Feb. 27, 2015.

With a "slow-motion coup" underway in Venezuela, John Pilger is interviewed for Telesur, the Latin American TV network, by Mike Albert.

Mike Albert: Why would the US want Venezuela's government overthrown?

John Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the Venezuelan government because it is independent of US designs for the region and because Venezuela has the greatest proven oil reserves in the world and uses its oil revenue to improve the quality of ordinary lives. Venezuela remains a source of inspiration for social reform in a continent ravaged by an historically rapacious US.

Social groups demand pullout of Uruguayan blue helmets from Haiti

By Presa Latina News Agency, Feb. 22, 2015.

Several social organizations will demand today the immediate withdrawal of Uruguayan troops from Haiti, where they are part of the UN Stabilization Mission in that country (Minustah).

In Haiti, building people, not things: Porter


By Catherine Porter, Toronto Star, Feb. 20, 2015

Haiti’s hero, Dr. Paul Farmer, came to town this week.

By hero, I mean Farmer has saved hundreds of thousands of Haitian lives over the past 28 years, both personally and through the “social medicine” organization Partners In Health, which he co-founded there.

He’s also been a huge champion of the country’s poor — pointing out repeatedly, in books and articles, how the world’s powers (notably the U.S., Canada and France) and the aid industry have bled the country dry and then blamed it for its weakened state.

Haitian activists urge US to halt deportations for minor crimes

By Reuters, The Guardian, Feb. 20, 2015

Wildrick Guerrier, a refugee from the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, died in a Haitian jail in 2011, 10 days after the United States revoked his temporary permission to stay in the country and deported him and 26 other men.

Dark Specters and Black Kingdoms: An interview with historian Ada Ferrer

By The Public Archive, Feb. 6, 2015

THE PUBLIC ARCHIVEAda Ferrer is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution, in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, a critical, path-breaking study of the multiracial history of Cuban independence, was awarded the Berkshire Book Prize for the best first book by a woman historian in any field of history. 

Getting the facts straight on Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution


Op-ed on Venezuela slips past New York Times factcheckers

By Steve Ellner, published on FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Feb. 19, 2015

A February 15, 2015, op-ed on Venezuela by Enrique Krauze seems to have slipped by the New York Times' factcheckers.

Is Canadian ‘aid’ actually making things worse in post-coup Honduras?


By Sandra Cuff, Ricochet Media, February 17, 2015

Repression and murder rampant as questions raised about Canada’s security cooperation 

David Murillo waits patiently for an update. Next to him, a table overflows with piles of manila folders packed with documentation of murders, disappearances, and other human rights violations. Whenever he travels from his home in Olancho to the Honduran capital, he stops by the office of the Committee of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared in Honduras to see if there’s any progress in his son’s case.