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.
On this episode, the LMC proves that you can find Latinos in the most unlikely of places. Catherine Travis, Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University in Canberra, speaks with the LMC about the small Latino diaspora in Australia. A community of between 90k to 180k comprised of Chileans, Uruguayans, Argentinians, Colombians, even Salvadorans.
Amid the political crisis rocking the administration of Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, the LMC speaks with Fernando Tormos about long-time efforts by various administrations to privatize the PR school system. With all the offensive leaked messages and indictments of government officials for money laundering, at the heart of the scandal is the privatization of Puerto Rican public resources for private profit. Fernando Tormos is a post-doctoral fellow for the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri in St Louis.