Eva Golinger lives in Caracas, Venezuela. She is the author of The Chvez Code: Cracking U.S. Intervention in Venezuela (Olive Branch Press, 2006).
President Hugo Chvez openly defies the ruling class in the United States, daring to advance universal access to health care and education, to remove itself from the economic orbit dominated by the United States, to diversify its production to meet human needs and promote human development, and to forge an economic coalition between Latin American countries.
But as Bush Versus Chvez reveals, Venezuela’s revolutionary process has drawn more than simply the ire of Washington. It has precipitated an ongoing campaign to contain and cripple the democratically elected government of Latin America’s leading oil power. Bush Versus Chvez details how millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are used to fund groupssuch as the National Endowment for Democracy, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Office for Transitionwith the express purpose to support counter-revolutionary groups in Venezuela. It describes how Washington is attempting to impose endless sanctions, justified by fabricated evidence, to cause economic distress. And it illuminates the build up of U.S. military troops, operations, and exercises in the Caribbean, that specifically threaten the Venezuelan people and government. Bush Versus Chvez exposes the imperialist machinations of Washington as it tries to thwart a socialist revolution for the twenty-first century.
Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics, and the Challenge to the U.S.
Hugo Chavez has put Latin America back on the U.S. radar with his outspoken attacks on American imperialism and his leadership in forming economic ties among Latin American nations outside U.S. influence. To many in the southern hemisphere, he represents a welcome alternative to the U.S., whose efforts to heal the region’s economic woes through the World Bank and the IMF have largely failed. In the northern hemisphere, he is often seen as a threat to free-trade agreements and democracy in the Americas. Kozloff, a senior research fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, tries to neutralize the latter image as he recounts recent Venezuelan history and analyzes Chavez’s rise to power. Paying equal attention to Chavez as a man and as a political phenomenon, he inserts slow-moving anecdotes among dense historical details, making for an uneven read. Kozloff’s use of sources like the Nation, the New Left Review and the International Socialist Review, as well as his participation in the antiglobalization movement, also reveal a leftist bias toward Chavez. He offers little criticism of Chavez’s policies or the nondemocratic means—a 1992 failed coup—through which he first garnered public favor, before winning office in a 1999 election and 2002 reelection. But while this bias might make for some one-sided storytelling at times, it also makes for a thoughtful, well-researched alternative to the majority of information available on Chavez in the English-speaking world. (Sept. 19)
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Audacious, provocative, and bombastic, few world politicians are as colorful as Hugo Chvez, now making international news for his plans to nationalize U.S. owned businesses and his bold opposition to Washington’s economic and trade policies. As Venezuela gains importance as the fifth largest oil exporter in the world, this firebrand leader is quickly moving to the public spotlight by uniting much of South America against the Bush administration and wielding oil as a “geopolitical weapon.” To create this rich and objective portrait, Nikolas Kozloff–one of the few American journalists who has spent years in the Andean region–has profiled Chvez’s top advisors, leaders of his movement, and other key figures in both Venezuela and the U.S. The result is a timely, exhaustive analysis of Chvez as a political leader, and a nuanced examination of the president moving to the center of the global stage.Includes a new afterword by the author, with insights into Chvez’s reelection in relation to wider hemispheric politics.