Saturday, October 15, 2011

John Pilger: Democracy Comes to Venezuela

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 42 -- October 15, 2011

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This week in New World Notes, radio program #189, October 18, 2011

John Pilger: Democracy
Comes to Venezuela

Hugo Chavez

In brief

From John Pilger's documentary film, The War on Democracy. The story of Hugo Chavez's democratic reforms in Venezuela ... their huge support among the common people ... intense opposition by the country's wealthy elite ... the CIA-sponsored coup (2002) that briefly removed Chavez from power ... and the popular uprising that restored democracy to Venezuela and returned Chavez to the presidency.

An interesting and inspiring story, well-told by Pilger, and very relevant to the US today.

John Pilger

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Notes, credits, & links

The War on Democracy was adapted to radio by Lyn Gerry, of the Unwelcome Guests Collective ( ). Previously broadcast in NWN # 55 (March 2009).

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

April 2002: Coup president Pedro Carmona swears himself in.
Then he abolished nearly all of Venezuela's democratic
His administration, mercifully, was short-lived--
two days. The people forced the restoration of democracy and
of their elected president, Chavez.

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