As mentioned in yesterday’s post, the full Mark Thomas/Coca-Cola Dispatches programme is now available for download here (via Couchtripper – rename the CTR file to WMV). I have yet to watch it myself.
Also, last night I had the misfortune to catch some of BBC’s This World program about the Venezuelan Revolution. The Jon Sweeney presented ‘documentary’ was entitled “Chavez: The Trillion Dollar Revolutionary“, and boasted as one of its selling points an interview with the Bolivarian president. To be fair, I didn’t catch it all – but from what I saw the interview consisted of Sweeney asking Chavez one idiotic question – about money Chavez gave to London Transport in exchange for transport advice – at a press conference.
From the moment I flipped over to it, I could see the tone was entirely hostile to the Bolivarian project as a whole – and what good things Sweeney had to say about the revolution were through (metaphorically, and perharps literally) gritted teeth. Children get free meals in schools – “aah a cunning plan to indoctrinate them!”, peasants collectivise agricultural land – “ahh but look, there’s some dirt on the farm!”, Bolivarian Circles are armed and trained in case of Imperialist intervention and/or counter-revolution – “ahh, they might use weapons against those who refuse to vote for Chavez
Now I’m not going to argue that the Bolivarian revolution is perfect – it’s not – nor that Chavez is some kind of saintly superhero – he’s not – but this program was farcical. And I’m going to stop talking about it now – though there is some dicussion over on the MediaLens board.
However, here are some good documentaries about the ongoing processes in Venezulea, and a link to the Hands Off Venezuela website.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2000, aka Chavez: Inside the Coup)
Venezuela From Below (2007)
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