The face of imperialism in Venezuela, a new Biden administration

Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves, speaks with Yves Engler about the face of imperialism. President Nicolás Maduro has won a new 6-year term in the election held on December 6, 2020. The United States says it won’t recognize the results and its considering new oil sanctions against Venezuela. In this interview we speak about the nature of imperialism in the 21 century.

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Democratic or Republican does not matter to Latin America

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion with Jorge Marti, secretariat of Hands off Venezuela talks about the election in Venezuela and Latin American policy despite which party rules in the US, recent uprisings in Latin American over the last year, what COVID19 shows us about the global economy and way forward for social movements.

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Venezuelan elections and our role in colonialism in the 21st century

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to author Arnold August about colonialism in the 21st century. The role Canadian international policy has taken in Latin America in the ousting of democratically elected governments. And the power of social movements in reimagining a world without imperial powers and colonial plundering.

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Sister Elizabeth Kelleher speaks about the moral need to build social housing

This interview aired in 2011 and is still relevant today, Sister Kelleher passed on Aug 16 2013 and her life continues to be an inspiration to all***Gives us all something to think about at this time of year**

We speak to Sister Elizabeth Kelleher, an 85 year old nun with the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, we talk about her efforts to stop more gentrification in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside the poorest postal code in Canada.

Sister Elizabeth is a pillar in the Downtown Eastside where she tirelessly gives of her time and continues to be a source of inspiration for many, many people. She operates a soup kitchen that feeds between 300 and 500 of the city’s most poverty stricken each day.

It is estimated that there are over 10,000 homeless people in BC , of which 32 percent are aboriginal, and amongst women, 50 percent. A homeless person dies every 12 days in B.C. Conservative Estimates put the national homeless numbers at close to 300,000. The annual cost of homelessness in Canada in 2007 was approximately $4.5 to $6 billion in emergency services, community organizations, and non-profits. The cost both financially and morally of doing nothing is tremendous. Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing plan or poverty reduction strategy.

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Is Capitalism compatible with the worlds great religions

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen about our “dead culture” of state Fundamentalism.

Jensen says that absolute beliefs that ignore life’s complexities are used to support the politics of empire. He gives examples of these, including market fundamentalism (capitalism), moral fundamentalism (of spreading ‘democracy’), or technological fundamentalism – the belief that technology will solve the environmental problems it causes.

Jensen claims that capitalist fundamentalism is in fact incompatible with Christianity, which. like many the other great religions, are calls to recognize the universal human family. He describes alternative types of power that can lead to a hopeful future.

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Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. It’s hard to have hope…What will you tell the generations that come after you’re gone? The young ask the old to hope….what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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David Bacon on his Book “Illegal People”

David Bacon explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people driving them to migrate. He also speaks about how immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in the United States. Illegal People explains why current immigration policy produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids, and a more divided, polarized society.

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COVID19 and the political and personal co-creation of the world we live in

Latin waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with author Yves Engler about the recent backlash against the film Planet of the Humans. “It should not be controversial to note that the corporate consumption juggernaut is destroying our ability to survive on this planet. From the agriculture industry raising animals to plastic manufacturers’ waste killing sea life to the auto industrial complex’s greenhouse gases, the examples of corporations wreaking ecological havoc are manifold” says Engler. The interview is about the political and personal co-creation of the world we live in, the struggles shaping our world and the inspiring struggles that brought us to this moment.

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Government takes advantage of Pandemic to bail out banks

We are in the midst of class war says Ellen Brown speaking with Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson

The pandemic reveals the government can make available money on demand. Unfortunately the money has been channeled to bail out banks once again.

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Coronavirus pandemic is more than a medical crisis, it is also a political and ideological crisis

The current coronavirus pandemic is more than a medical crisis, it is also a political and ideological crisis. It is a crisis deeply rooted in years of neglect by neoliberal governments that denied the importance of public health and the public good while defunding the institutions and decades of austerity.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Marti about government’s response to the coronavirus in Western countries, the impact of decades of austerity and neoliberalism policies on health institutions. This pandemic is a call for an end to all sanctions, causing needless death.

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