While the deaths caused by the Coronavirus pandemic in Latin America is tragic by any measure; the number of deaths in Ecuador along with the governments horrid response has been particularly tragic for the whole world to see. So on this episode, the LMC speaks with former Ecuadorian government minister Guillaume Long on the tragic chain of events that has led to huge numbers of Coronavirus deaths in Ecuador. Guillaume Long is currently a senior policy analyst for the Center for Economic & Policy Research.
Before the Coronavirus, Haitians faced the dangers of Cholera. And before the current health pandemic, Haitians have been fighting US-imposed neoliberalism. So the LMC spends the hour with France Francois about Haiti’s pushback against neoliberalism and how the Coronavirus stands in the way. France Francois is a social activist and the founder of In Cultured Company.
While the US is sending a military gunship to Venezuela during a health pandemic, Cuba is sending doctors abroad instead. So the LMC speaks with Don Fitz about the history of Cuba’s medical diplomacy and how they are dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic today. Don Fitz is a member of the editorial board of Green Social Thought and a newsletter editor for the Green Party of St. Louis, Mo.