The April 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series provides fresh information and insights into the crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is a sovereign nation —a real democracy —on the northern coast of South America. Increasingly in recent years, the US government has been causing a crisis there.
The US government and mainstream media have grossly misrepresented what caused the crisis and how to solve it. The people of the United States have the right —and the responsibility —to understand and shape our foreign policy.
Glen Anderson interviewed Dr. Larry Mosqueda, who taught Political Science and Political Economy for more than 40 years, and who also has 40 years of experience as a human rights and solidarity activist. Larry has served as an international election observer many times. He traveled to Venezuela in 2012 and has been closely monitoring the realities—including US interventions —both before and after that trip.
We conducted this interview on Thursday March 14, 2019. Even if the news has changed by the time you watch this interview, the information we shared during the hour will help you understand the background and the context—and help you take positive actions to solve the problems.
We explained the US’s very long history of acting like a colonizing power over much of Latin America, including repeated abuses by US businesses, politicians, and military.
Venezuela has more proven oil reserves than any nation on earth. Trump and his national security advisor John Bolton have admitted that they want Venezuela’s oil.
Venezuela’s elections have been free and fair. President Hugo Chavez significantly improved the people’s nutrition, health, education, housing and political engagement from 1999 until he died in 2013. But the US did not like his “socialist” policies, so the US sponsored a coup in 2002. Overwhelming public support for Chavez brought him back in just 47 hours. His successor, Nicolás Maduro, was re-elected in 2018 and has tried to continue Chavez’s progress, but the US has been imposing serious economic sanctions, especially during Trump’s rule.
The Trump administration’s brutal economic sanctions have caused horrible problems, but US politicians and mainstream media are blaming Maduro instead of admitting that the US caused the problems. The Trump administration recruited a Venezuelan politician to proclaim himself the new president, in blatant violation of Venezuela’s constitution. Trump is also threatening US military violence in order to accomplish the coup that his top advisors are plotting. Most US politicians and mainstream news media accept at face value Trump’s propaganda about the crisis in Venezuela.
Venezuela is a sovereign nation that has had a well-functioning democracy except when the US interferes. Our interview lays out the facts in understandable way and proposes some solutions to the crisis.
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Everyone everywhere can watch this interview and read a summary—through the “TV Programs” part of my blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org. Each program is also posted to one or more categories listed on the blog — in this case to “Latin America.” Cable TV subscribers in Thurston County can watch this interview on Thurston Community Television (TCTV): Mondays at 1:30 pm, Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, and Thursdays at 9:00 pm. Questions? Contact Glen Anderson at (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org