Chavez: Venezuela and the New Latin America

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An intimate encounter between the charismatic Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida

Is Venezuela the new Cuba? Elected by an overwhelming popular mandate in 1998, which has been reaffirmed in elections several times since, Hugo Chávez is one of Latin America’s most outspoken political leaders today.

In this extraordinary encounter, Chávez is interviewed by Aleida Guevara, the daughter of the legendary ...

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Overview

An intimate encounter between the charismatic Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida

Is Venezuela the new Cuba? Elected by an overwhelming popular mandate in 1998, which has been reaffirmed in elections several times since, Hugo Chávez is one of Latin America’s most outspoken political leaders today.

In this extraordinary encounter, Chávez is interviewed by Aleida Guevara, the daughter of the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara. He expresses a fiercely nationalist vision for Venezuela and a commitment to a united Latin America. He also discusses the significance of the military coup against his government in April 2002, Venezuela’s new democratic constitution, the extensive social programs undertaken as part of the Bolivarian revolution and assesses his country’s relations with the United States and Cuba.

In what became a remarkably intimate dialogue over several days, Chávez is probed about his personal political formation and his views about the legacy of Che Guevara’s ideas and example in Latin America today.

Included as an appendix is an exclusive interview with Venezuela’s former minister of defense Jorge García Carneiro, who played a key role in defeating the 2002 coup against Chávez.

“There is a different Venezuela where the wretched of the earth know that they can free themselves from their past. And this is a different Latin America.” — Hugo Chávez

Aleida Guevara is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatrician in Havana, Cuba, and is a prominent figure in the anti-globalization movement.

THIS INTERVIEW IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781920888008
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 925,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugo Chávez is the President of Venezuela. He came to power in a landslide election in 1998 and was subsequently reelected. He survived a military coup in April 2002 when he was forcibly detained and faced execution. David Deutschmann has edited numerous titles on Cuba, notably "The Che Guevara Reader" and "The Fidel Castro Reader." Javier Salado is a journalist based in Havana, Cuba. David Deutschmann is an Australian author whose recent books include the anthologies Fidel Castro Reader (2004) and Che Guevara Reader (2003).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Venezuela today
"Exoricising ourselves from Bolivar's curse" 9
Origins 14
The revolutionary process 18
Transformation of the constitutional army into a people's army 26
Social welfare programs 33
The national oligarchy 43
The missions 48
Economic relations with Cuba 60
Pt. 2 Reflections
The minister of defense and the coup d'etat 66
Family memories 68
Military dictatorships in Latin America 83
Relations with Fidel 88
Children and grandchildren 95
The war in Iraq 98
An ALBA against the FTAA 101
"If there is a referendum we will win it anyway" 105
App A Guevaran "Alo Presidente"
App Interview with General Jorge Garcia Carneiro
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    Ooh, ahh, Chavez no se va

    It is true that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may seem 'full of himself', as rivals point out. However, he's given hope to the vast majority of Venezuelans who live below the poverty line--much more than any of his presidential predecessors can claim. The USA may try to discredit him as a 'populist' candidate who thwarts opposition, but, as the book notes, people nowadays have food to eat. There is a plan to eradicate poverty, illiteracy. My relatives down there are beneficiaries of this. My sister-in-law has gone back to school to earn her high school diploma. She had had to quit way back in sixth grade. The Bolivian Revolution is not going to transform age-old society filfth and economic disparity overnight, probably not even in Hugo Chavez's or my lifetime, but the ball is rolling in the right direction. This book also lets the reader in on an incredible secret, something the United States doesn't want out of the bag. Read it and find out.

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