On this episode, the LMC speaks with Camila Vargas on the Chilean people’s uprising against the countries neoliberal economic system that dates back the Pinochet dictatorship and how current president Sebastian Pinera is applying it today. Camila Vargas is a postdoctural research scholar @ the Columbia Law School in New York.
Following public outrage over IMF-sponsored austerity measures, the Ecuadorian people rose up in public outrage and managed to force the government of Lenin Moreno to reverse decision to cut gas subsidies. However, the LMC’s conversation with Andres Arauz suggest that the fight against the IMF in Ecuador has only just begun. Andres Arauz is a former Ecuadorian central bank official and a current PhD candidate in Financial Economics @ the National Autonomous University of Mexico. (UNAM)
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Caracazo, one of the most important events in Venezuelan history. While corporate media continues to poorly cover the political crisis in Venezuela; the LMC speaks with Steve Ellner about how the Caracazo serves as a valuable frame of reference today. Steve Ellner is a retired professor at Venezuela’s University of the East. He is currently the associate managing editor for Latin American Perspectives.