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 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.
Following one of the largest immigration ICE raids in years, the LMC speaks w Angela Stuesse about the recent history of Mississippi’s Latino community and how labor exploitation by the states food-processing industry brought them there. Angela Stuesse is an anthropologist at the University of North Carolina and the author of “Scratching Out A Living: Race & Work In The Deep South.”