ALTERNATIVE VISIONS RADIO SHOW, April 5, 2014
Progressive Radio Network, NY
“Alternative Visions Radio Show host, Dr. Jack Rasmus, and guest discuss the buildup toward a coup being prepared by US and its business-right wing friends in Venezuela today. Jack’s guest is longtime union activist, Alan Benjamin, who works in the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland, with access to information globally on the Venezuela situation. Benjamin provides an eye-witness view of contemporary events in Venezuela, based on his frequent direct contact with unionists on the ground in Venezuela in recent weeks and days. Jack and Alan discuss the current relationship of political forces today in Venezuela, including the various alignments of classes there, political parties, union organizations, students, US sponsored and funded NGOs, small business v. large businesses, small farmers and peasants, and splits within the military. Benjamin explains the history of US coup attempts in Venezuela and Latin America in recent decades and parallels with recent events in the Ukraine coup. Who is behind the recent killings in the streets? What are the splits within the anti government right wing forces, as well as within the government itself? What are some of the USA’s current various plans (‘A, B, and C’) to destabilize Venezuela along multiple fronts? These and other related topics are addressed—in this ‘fact-based’ exploration of what’s happening in Venezuela today.
Alan Benjamin is a long time member of the Office & Professional Employees Union in the U.S. and its delegate for a number of years to the San Francisco Central Labor Council, AFLCIO. He is a member of the coordinating committee of the ‘Labor Fightback Network’ in the USA, and has been involved in numerous undocumented US workers’ organizations defending US immigrant workers rights, as well as active in organizations defending US students from government education spending cutbacks.”
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