It's been a long long time since I last updated this blog. I have been rather occupied with travels and finishing thesis work over the summer. However, I wanted to share the following -- recently, I've kept close watch on events in Venezuela (particularly events around the historic referendum), and in my meanderings came across the following fantastic film:
Bolivarian Venezuela: the people and their struggle in the Fourth World War
This is a new 76 minute documentary which analyses Venezuela?s Bolivarian Revolution as part of the world movement against capitalist globalization. The film follows the evolution of the popular movement from the "El Caracazo" revolt in Feb 1989 until the massive mobilisations that restored their elected government 48 hours after a US-supported military coup in April 2002. It's an incredibly powerful and moving film with rich historical footage and constant commentary by people on the street about their feelings and support for what they see as their revolution and the fruits of their hard won shift from so-called representative democracy into participatory democracy.
It's available for download in 7 sections in mp4 format at indymedia (UK)
If you have high speed DSL, it shouldn't take long at all. I believe the Revolution Will Not Be Televised is also available for download from http:/www.vheadline.com, but I'm not sure.
Also check out the following articles:
The Importance of Hugo Chávez
Venezuela and the International Left
Needless to say, the events unfolding in Venezuela are incredible. People are on the move once more, and Latin America has once again a champion for continental revolution. Unfortunately, Kerry's policies on Latin America differ little from Bush, thus the struggle against Yanqui Imperialism looks set to continue whatever happens this November.
It thus seems certain that hope and change won't come from the North, but trickle up from the South where the real struggles are shaping tomorrow. Already plans are being laid to hold a global day of solidarity with the Bolivarian Process and the emerging Pachamerican (Indigenous Americas) Revolution on October 12th, reclaiming Columbus Day for Indigenous Resistance across the Americas.
Hasta la Victoria Siempre!