Hugo Chavez and Other News of the Month
October 2, 2006 Monday 3PM CT
This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, join Jean Feraca and her guests for a round-up of the breakthrough news of the month with a special focus on Hugo Chavez who called President Bush the Devil and caused Noam Chomsky to rise to the bestseller list.
- Greg Grandin, Professor of History at New York University, author of "Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism"
- John Nichols, Washington DC coorespondent for the Nation Magazine, Associate Editor of the Capital Times
- Gina 10/2/06: "I just listened to your show on Chavez with great interest. I frequently speak to people who live in Venezuela, and most of what I hear is more in agreement with your caller who talked about the crumbling infrastructure and disappearance of the middle class. The highway he mentioned is the main access to the international airport. The main access to the tunnels recently collapsed, making a 45 minute trip into a 4 1/2 hour trip! The aspect he did not mention was the serious limitations to freedom of speech. Speaking out against Chavez and his government can have serious repurcussions. I think it would be very interesting to have a follow-up program with speakers from Venezuela, if they are able or willing to risk speaking openly on the radio."
- Babette 10/2/06: "It was refreshing to here a more unbiased account of Pres. Chavez's speech at the UN which included more of the context. As someone with a history degree, I was glad to hear John Nichols mention that Pres. Chavez often mentioned historical figures in his talks. It is something that the press seldom mentions. When I went this past week to hear him in New York at Cooper Union, he mentioned quotes from Lincoln, Mark Twain and various other leaders. At Harlem's Mt. Olivet church he mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King and others. He seemed like a preacher, perhaps because of his liberation theology background and a consummate politician. I visited Venezuela with the Labor Exchange back in late 2004 and had the chance then to meet with the UNT and its various unions and to see the Missions such as Franscisco Miranda which deals with education. I was vary impressed and when I came back, I started working on various solidarity projects for Venezuela. I am currently involved in working toward a Sister City for Milwaukee---Carora, Venezuela. Thanks again for your program on Chavez and on Venezuela."