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.
Paraguay’s Itaipu Dam was created over half a century ago by an agreement between the fascist dictatorships of Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay and Emilio Garrastazu Medici of Brazil. Years later, the unequal treaty over the largest hydroelectric dam in the Western Hemisphere remains a source of inequality for the Paraguayan people. So the LMC speaks w Latin American News Dispatch deputy editor Alanna Elder about the Itaipu Dam’s dark history and how it almost led to Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez’ impeachment.
On this episode, the LMC speaks with Hilary Goodfriend about new Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele and some of his actions that are eerily similar to Donald Trump. Issues include governing via Twitter, nepotism, fighting gang violence with more violence, rolling back social programs, and insensitivity towards migration. Hilary Goodfriend is a doctoral student in Latin American Studies @ U.N.A.M. in Mexico City.