Man in a Hurry, Better be Careful: Rafael Correa and Ecuador's Citizens' Revolution
Wednesday, 21st October, 2009, by Gerard Coffey - Alborada.net
If politics really is the art of the possible then there is one certain way to judge a government, by comparing it to its predecessors. By that standard the administration of Rafael Correa Delgado is good, perhaps very good. This does not imply that it is perfect, rather that before Correa arrived on the scene Ecuador had suffered through decades of right wing, liberalising, corrupt and/or repressive governments, sprinkled with some half hearted attempts at social democracy. It is worth pointing out that in the period between 1996 and 2006 alone, nine presidents came and went, leaving the country crying out for ‘governability’.
The US president could do much to earn his Nobel peace prize by undoing George Bush's policies south of the border
Tuesday 20th October, by Ariel Dorfman - Comment is Free (The Guardian)
Of all the regions in a dangerous and intractable world, forgotten Latin America might paradoxically offer Barack Obama the best opportunity to influence events so that the "hope for the future" embodied in his recent Nobel peace prize becomes a reality.
Desde Dentro: Un Viaje al Corazón de la Revolución Venezolana (Director: Pablo Navarrete, 65 minutos, Alborada Films, 2009)
El documental será presentado por el Dr. Roberto Navarrete, director de Alborada Films.
FECHA: MIÉRCOLES, 21 DE OCTUBRE
Desde Dentro: Un Viaje al Corazón de la Revolución Venezolana
(Director: Pablo Navarrete, 65 minutos, Alborada Films, 2009)
En Febrero del 2009 se cumplieron 10 años desde que Hugo Chávez asumiera el gobierno después de una abrumadora victoria electoral y lanzara su revolución para introducir cambios radicales en Venezuela. Aunque Chávez cuenta con el apoyo de un gran sector de la población venezolana, sus políticas y las criticas abiertas al gobierno de los Estados Unidos le han generado poderosos enemigos en el país y en el exterior, especialmente en los medios de comunicación. Este documental, filmado en Caracas en Noviembre del año 2008, en las vísperas del décimo aniversario del gobierno de Chávez. narra un viaje al corazón de la revolución venezolana y busca escuchar las voces del pueblo que esta tratando de llevar a cabo este proceso.
[Dictatorship has returned to Latin America in Honduras, not in the genuine, if imperfect, democracy of Venezuela.]
Wednesday 14th October, by Francisco Dominguez - Comment is Free (The Guardian)
As Latin Americans witness the return of dictatorship – with Honduras suffering political executions, widespread repression and condemnation from human rights organisations about curtailing of press freedoms – it seems a strange time for the media to repeat opposition allegations that Venezuela is becoming a tyranny.
For further details on the documentary 'Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela' please visit:
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"This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people."
- John Pilger (Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker)
LSE IDEAS public lecture
Date: Tuesday 27 October 2009
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: President Rafael Correa Delgado
Rafael Correa Delgado is President of the Republic of Ecuador, having been elected to the post in 2006 and again in 2009.
[Ever since the ousting of General Pinochet, Chile has been governed by a soft left coalition. In December 2005, the country elected Michelle Bachelet president for a four-year term, which expires in six months. Chile faces a new election in December and Bachelet cannot stand again. She joins David Frost to look back at her time in office and forward to what the future holds for Chile.]
[On April 26, 2009, Rafael Correa won re-election to the Ecuadorian presidency with an absolute majority of the vote. The victory cemented Correa’s control over the country as the old political establishment appeared to be in complete collapse. But social movements in Ecuador have become increasingly critical of his populist positioning. Despite Correa’s claims that under his administration the long dark night of neoliberalism is finally over, Indigenous movements have condemned him for continuing basically these same policies through large-scale mineral extractive enterprises.]
Ecuador: Left Turn?
by Marc Becker - Against the Current (September/October 2009 edition, No: 142)
On April 26, 2009, Rafael Correa won re-election to the Ecuadorian presidency with an absolute majority of the vote. He gained broad popular appeal through a combination of nationalist rhetoric and increased social spending on education and health care. The victory cemented Correa’s control over the country as the old political establishment appeared to be in complete collapse.
Lunchtime Seminar on Brazil
12 October 2009, 12:30 - 14:00
Event Type: Seminar
Lula's Politics of Cunning: From Trade Unionism to the Brazilian Presidency
John French, Duke University
Abstract and Bio
The Police Officer Was the Same Color as I' - Racial Insults, Injury, and Remedy in Brazil and the United States
Jan Hoffman French, University of Richmond
Abstract and Bio
Venue : Room G37 (Senate House, Ground Floor)
South Block, Senate House