Progressive Calendar 12.08.07
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 05:14:16 -0800 (PST)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   12.08.07

1. SPNN open house   12.08 10am
2. Arts/crafts fair  12.08 10am
3. NWN4P-Minnetonka  12.08 11am
4. WILPF/Weisman     12.08 11am
5. Plymouth vigil    12.08 1pm
6. HumanRights rally 12.08 1pm
7. YAWR/metro meet   12.08 3pm
8. Shays' Rebellion  12.08 4pm
9. Labor history/TV  12.08 9pm

10. Stillwater vigil 12.09 1pm
11. HealthCare/media 12.09 1pm
12. Amnesty Intl     12.09 2pm
13. Vets for peace   12.09 6pm
14. Cynthia McKinney 12.09-10 6pm   here in MN

15. Sprogs           12.10 6:30pm
16. MN labor vs war  12.10 7pm
17. E-doors to govt  12.10 7pm

18. Mark Weisbrot - Progressive change in Venezuela and Latin America
19. M Nickerson - I took my car to the corner store to get a loaf of bread
20. ed          - Democracy is  (poem)

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From: Mike  Wassenaar <wassenaar [at]>
Subject: SPNN open house 12.08 10am

Santa will be there, along with your friends and neighbors, checking out
the SPNN Open House, from 10am-1pm at the SPNN studios in Downtown Saint
Paul at 6th and Jackson.

We'll have cocoa, cider, cookies, and lots of fun.  You'll be able to send
holiday greetings (like to all your loved ones on the SPIF Feedback
Forum!) on our channels, take part in our live Santa Call-In television
program (he sees you when you watch TV...oooh), find out about teen
programs here at SPNN, and get a tour of the facility and our production

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: Arts/crafts fair 12.08 10am

Walker Church Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
3104 16th Ave S Mpls 55407-one block from Bloomington and Lake
Sat Dec 8, 10:00-4:00
Sun Dec 9, 12:00-4:00*

Local artists and crafters, radical books presented by Don Olson of KFAI's
Northern Sun News homemade soups & bread, delicious baked goods. Come for
lunch, stay to bug Laura.

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P-Minnetonka 12.08 11am

NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7
and 101.  Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the fountain. We
will walk along the public sidewalk. Signs available.

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From: Doris Marquit <marqu001 [at]>
Subject: WILPF/Weisman 12.08 11am

Tour of Weisman Museum: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 am

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Mn Metro Branch,
Invites you to a special tour of a politically charged new exhibit
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation
Contemporary Native North American Art from the West, Northwest, and

Meet in the lobby of the Weisman at 11 am, Saturday, December 8

WILPF member Norma Rowe will give us a ten-minute introduction about the
architecture of this building and its celebrated architect Frank Gehry.
Then we will tour the exhibit, concentrating on a few special items, with
explanatory comments. Then some time for browsing. Total time of
tour&#8212;1 hour.

All are invited to go together next door to Coffman Union for coffee and
discussion of the political imagery in the art we have just seen.

The Weisman Art Museum is located on the East Bank campus of the
University of Minnesota.
333 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-9494

Free admission. The parking garage is located beneath the museum on East
River Road. Public parking is available in the museum ramp at a rate of
$2.75 per hour with a daily maximum of $12.00. The parking ramp and the
museum are both handicapped accessible.

[Is the museum Philistine accessible? -ed]

[I want there to be special parking places reserved just for Philistines.
You'd need a tag on your car, which you get by demonstrating clueless bad
taste. The tag: a glowing pink flamingo on black velvet. -ed]

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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at]>
Subject: NWN4P Plymouth vigil 12.08 1pm

NWN4P Plymouth vigil, every Saturday, 1-2 PM

The "New Hope vigil" has moved to County Rd. 9 (also known as Rockford
Rd. or 42nd Avenue N.) and Vinewood, one block east of 494, for the
winter months. You may park in the lot between Chilis and Bakers Square.
Express your thoughts on your own sign or feel free to use one of ours.
Vinewood is the entrance to Target Greatland and Rainbow. Please join
us; all are welcome.

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From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at]>
Subject: Human rights rally 12.08 1pm

Human Rights:  A Casuality of War - Rally & March for International Human
Rights Day
SAT, 12/8 @ 1pm, Spirit of the Lakes Church, 2930 13th Ave S.
(13th Avenue & Lake Street), Mpls

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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at]>
Subject: YAWR/metro meet 12.08 3pm

Youth Against War and Racism - Metro-Wide Meeting
Next Steps after the Walkout.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Fellowship of Reconciliation Headquaters
1050 Selby Ave. St. Paul
Saint Paul, MN

The Walkout was a big success. Now it is time to discuss future plans
for YAWR in the Twin Cities and how to build YAWR at your school.

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From: John Peterson <jp [at]>
Subject: Shays Rebellion 12.08 4pm

Marxism & the USA: Shays' Rebellion and the Founding of a Nation
December 8  4-6pm
Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis

U.S. history is full of examples of mass revolutionary struggles for a
better world. In the late 1780s, Daniel Shays led an uprising of small
farmers in Massachusetts against the government and the big merchants they
represented. Based on democratic and egalitarian principles, Shays'
Rebellion was a threat to the new social order established after the
American Revolution.

Joe Riemann, of Massachusetts-based Equal Exchange Cooperative, will
facilitate a discussion introduced by John Peterson, Editor of Socialist
Appeal, focusing on the effect these events had on the founding of the
United States, and their relevance to today's struggles.

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Labor history/CTV 12.08 9pm

Dearest Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and
Tuesdays at 8am.  Households with basic cable can watch!

12/8 9pm and 12/11 8am "Labor's Past, Labor's Present, Labor's Future"
Interview of Peter Rachleff, labor historian and professor at Macalester
College.  Hosted by Karen Redleaf. (a repeat)

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 12.09 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560

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From: Joel Albers <joel [at]>
Subject: HealthCare/media 12.09 1pm

Building a Grassroots Health Care Media Campaign:
Government-Funded Health Care as a Human Right

Free and Open to the Public, Enjoy some good Holiday Food
Sunday, December 9, 2007, 1:00-4:30 PM
Rondo Library, MPR Rm, University Ave & Dale Str., St.Paul ( I 94 to
Dale near Capitol)

Background:  HMO, drug and device monopolies control U.S. health care
policy and debate through strategic indoctrination of the public to the
"mantra" that health care must operate as a "market" commodity (despite
its non-existence).  Industry allies in this conditioning process include
legislatures, candidates, and mass media.  Despite this, the public
adheres to its longstanding conviction that health care is a human right
and the government should fund it (Single-Payer system).  We will explore
how communities can build strategic grassroots media networks to take back
health care, make it a public good, and end the ravaging of the peoples'

Objectives For This Forum of Brainstorming and Sharing Idea:
 Effective Framework and Messaging to create debate
 Grassroots Groups' Experiences w/ Media so far on Single-Payer Universal
Health Care
  Listing Types of Media: Independent, Corporate, Print, Electronic
(Including the Internet)
 Changing the Visual Landscape Through Street Art, Creativity, Visibility,
becoming the Media
 Brainstorming a Media Strategy: Press Releases, Press Conferences, Op/
Eds, Direct Action
 Building Grassroots Health Care Media Attention: Networking and Skills

Sponsored by:  Universal Health Care Action Network - MN, facilitated by
Deidre Arianne Kellogg, Organization Consultant and Media Specialist and
Joel Albers, UHCAN-MN.  Contact: UHCAN-MN by phone at 612.384.0973, or
e-mail at joel [at], Website: www.uhcan-

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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at]>
Subject: Amnesty Intl 12.09 2pm

4 P.M.

Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 9th at the Center for Victims of
Torture for our holiday write-a-thon!

Each December, Group 37 moves our monthly meeting to correspond with
International Human Rights Day and joins thousands of other AI members
around the world in letter-writing: To protect human rights, to encourage
human rights defenders, and to bring hope to prisoners of conscience.

Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided. You may wish to
bring a pen and clipboard, and Group 37 members are encouraged to bring
treats to share.

Please note that this event will take the place of our regular meeting for
December -- There will be no regular meeting on December 16th.

Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis
(corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot
behind the center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn).

A map and directions are available on-line:

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Vets for peace 12.09 6pm

Sunday,12/9, 6 to 8:30 pm (and the 2nd Sunday of each month), Veterans for
Peace chapter 27 meeting, St Stephens School basement, 2130 Clinton Ave S,
Mpls.  John at 952-448-2664.

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From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at]>
Subject: Cynthia McKinney 12.09-10 6pm

Summary: This is the completed schedule for the Cynthia McKinney for
president tour in Minneapolis/St Paul for Sunday-Monday December 9-10th.

Questions, please contact
Farheen Hakeem (612)964-9143
Michael Cavlan (612)327-6902

Come and listen to this dynamic peace and justice candidate for president
in 2008.

Showing of documentary film American Blackout, on the election fraud of
2000 and 2004 showing the disenfranchisment of blacks and others in the
respective presidential election, starring Cynthia McKinney. McKinney will
speak after the movie showing.

Sunday December 9th
6pm-8 pm
Owen Science Building
St Thomas University
S.W. Corner of Summit Ave and Cretin
St Paul

Monday December 10th
7:30 am breakfast meeting with community activists
Marie's Cafe
1113 East Franklin Ave

10:30 am
Press Conference
Global Exchange Building
Greenway Conference Room
Corner of Lake St and Chicago

11:30 am Fundraiser and Lunch
Same location

1-3:30 pm Personal Interviews with Cynthia
With various Journalists in Minnesota

4pm Talk with Workers at Ford Plant in St Paul
Baker's Square Coffee Shop
Ford Parkway near Cretin (directly across from Ford Plant)
St Paul

5 pm. Leave for Wisconsin

From: Socialist Alternative <mn [at]>

Hello Socialist Alternative Supporters,
A former Democratic congresswoman from Atlanta, McKinney recently broke
from the Democratic Party, calling them beholden to corporate interests,
and she is now running for president with the Green Party. Socialist
Alternative is not at this stage endorsing McKinney, however we welcome
her break from the Democrats and her initiative to mount a strong antiwar,
anti-corporate challenge to the two parties of big business. We encourage
you to attend the events listed above.

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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at]>
Subject: Sprogs 12.10 6:30pm

Monday, 12/10, 6:30 to 9 pm, monthly meeting for the MN chapter of Network
of Spiritual Progressives, Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Mpls.

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From: Teddy <tyimenu2005 [at]>
Subject: MN labor vs war  12.10 7pm

MN Labor Against War Meetings
2nd Monday of Each Month 7pm
Merriam Park Library in St.Paul - Basement
At the Corner of Marshall and Fairview

Teddy Shibabaw 612-807-3196 - tyimenu2005 [at]
Corey Mattson - 612-298-0920 - correymattson [at]

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From: Jonathan Barrentine <jonathan [at]>
Subject: E-doors to govt 12.10 7pm

Presented by Robbie LaFleur and Helen Burke
Rondo Library (University and Dale)
Monday, December 10
7:00 - 8:30 pm

A wealth of government information is now available online.  Guest
presenters Robbie LaFleur and Helen Burke will discuss finding and
utilizing these resources, as well as researching and tracking bills in
the MN State Legislature and connecting with elected officials.  Robbie
LaFleur is the Director of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library;
Helen Burke is the Head of Government Documents for the Minneapolis Public
Library.  Both are eager to answer any questions you may have.

St. Paul E-Democracy is offering this workshop as part of our ongoing
E-Tools for All series at the Rondo Library.  It will take place on
Monday, December 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  As always, the workshop is free, all
are welcome to attend, and no registration is required.

Please go to for an
updated schedule.

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Progressive Change in Venezuela and Latin America
by Mark Weisbrot
December 08, 2007

"He had faults, like other men; but it was for his virtues that he was
hated and successfully calumniated."
 -- Bertrand Russell, on the American revolutionary Thomas Paine.

The defeat of the Venezuelan government's proposed constitutional reforms
last Sunday will probably not change very much in Venezuela. Most of what
was in the reforms can be enacted through the legislature. This is
especially true for the progressive reforms: social security pensions for
informal sector workers, free university education, the prohibition of
discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. The negative
elements, such as expanding the government's powers in a state of
emergency, probably wouldn't have changed much if they had passed. The
Chavez government has never declared a state of emergency, and did not
invoke any special powers even when most democratic governments in the
world would have done so, e.g. during the oil strike of 2002-2003, which
crippled the economy and almost toppled the government for the second time
in a year; or after the April 2002 military coup. (It is also worth noting
that even if they had passed, the amendments wouldn't have given the
Venezuelan government the authority to commit the worst infringements on
civil liberties that the Bush administration has made in its "war on

Chavez's proposal to scrap term limits was defeated, but he has more than
five years to try again if he wants. But even if this is his last term,
the changes underway in Venezuela will not likely be reversed when he
steps down.

Most importantly, the character of the political battles in Venezuela has
not changed. The popular presentation of this contest as between
pro-Chavez and anti-Chavez forces is misleading. It is a struggle of left
versus right, with the two sides divided and polarized along the lines of
class, democracy, national sovereignty, and race.

For these reasons, in the past eight years there has been very little
progressive or even liberal political opposition to the Chavez government
in Venezuela - just as there were no progressive or liberal organizations
in the United States that supported President George W. Bush for
re-election in 2004. Venezuela is politically polarized - much more so
than the United States.

The referendum shifted these political dividing lines only very slightly,
and very likely temporarily. Some within the pro-government coalition
opposed the reforms; and it appears that the amendments failed mainly
because a great many of Chavez's supporters didn't vote. But there is no
indication that these people have shifted to the opposition camp, and
polls show that Chavez and the government remain highly popular. And the
opposition to the government is still a right-wing opposition, despite the
addition of a mostly-well-off student movement that is more ideologically
mixed - including the student opposition leader Stalin Gonzalez, who
recently defended his namesake in the Wall Street Journal.

With regard to democracy, there has always been a clear difference between
the two sides. Chavez's immediate acceptance of a razor-thin margin of
defeat - 50.7 percent against - before all the votes were even counted
should cut through all the media hype about a "strongman" and a
"dictator." Chavez congratulated his opponents on their victory. As in
previous elections, he had publicly committed to accepting the results
before the vote, and had called on the opposition to do the same.

On the other side, the opposition tried several oil and business strikes,
and a military coup in April 2002, to win what they could not gain at the
ballot box. The first act of the short-lived coup government was to
abolish the constitution and dissolve the Supreme Court and the elected
National Assembly. The coup was reversed due to massive pro-democracy
street demonstrations, but eight months later the opposition once again
tried to topple the government with a devastating, management-led oil
shutdown. Unlike in the United States, where we have three sets of labor
laws that would have put the leaders of such a strike in jail, the Chavez
government allowed the strike to run its course, with the economy crippled
in the process.

Only after all extra-legal means failed to dislodge the government did the
Venezuelan opposition resort to the ballot box, exercising their
constitutional right to a recall referendum on the presidency in August
2004. They lost by a margin of 59-41, and promptly refused to accept the
result. Although vote-rigging was nearly impossible under the dual
electronic-plus-paper-ballot voting system and the result was certified by
the Carter Center and the OAS, the opposition - which has its own media
and invents its own reality - to this day holds to conspiracy theories(1)
that the referendum was stolen by a fantastic electronic fraud. In
December 2005, seeing that it would lose congressional elections, the
opposition boycotted, despite the OAS and European Union observers'
condemnation of the boycott.

The opposition did finally accept their defeat in the December 2006
presidential elections, which Chavez won with 63 percent of the vote and
the highest turnout ever. And now that they have finally won at the ballot
box, there is a possibility of an opposition emerging that is more willing
to play by the democratic rules of the game. The student movement seems to
have more elements that favor democratic means of challenging the
government, and may have played a role in convincing others in the
opposition to vote in the referendum. But they have not transformed the
opposition into a democratic movement.

With regard to class, polls sponsored by the opposition and the government
show that poor and working people are overwhelmingly pro-Chavez, and the
upper classes against him. There are obvious reasons for this class
divide: the Chavez government has provided health care to the vast
majority of poor Venezuelans, subsidized food, and increased access to
education. Real (inflation-adjusted) social spending per person has
increased by 314 percent over the eight years of the Chavez
administration. The proportion of households in poverty has dropped by 38
percent - and this is measuring only cash income, not other benefits such
as health care and education.(2) Interestingly, the upper classes have
also done pretty well, but appear to oppose Chavez for mostly ideological
reasons, including his commitment to "21st century socialism." The Chavez
administration has also provided the poor with more of a voice in
government than they have ever had previously.

On the questions of national sovereignty and empire, the lines are also
clearly divided in Venezuela. Leading opposition groups, including some
who were involved in the coup, have received U.S. funding and other
support. Washington's involvement in the coup is well-documented and much
deeper(3)  than the vast understatements and euphemisms used by the major
US and international media describe the US role. The Washington Post
reported this week that the Bush Administration has been funding unnamed
student groups, presumably opposition, up to and including this year.

The Bush Administration has remained committed to this day to regime
change in Venezuela, through destabilization and de-legitimation, although
there are differences within the State Department. Its tacit support for
the completely unjustified opposition boycott of the December 2005
congressional elections is a good example of this strategy: giving up
about 30 percent of the Venezuelan congress just for the propaganda
advantage of having the media report on "a congress completely dominated
by Chavez." While the media focuses on Chavez' rhetoric, such as his
notorious UN speech in which he referred to President Bush as the devil,
his confrontation with Washington has been inevitable and not of his

Latin American racism, especially outside of that directed against
indigenous groups, is different than in the United States because "race"
is less well-defined; but institutional racism is no less prevalent, as
the noticeable difference in skin color between the white elite and the
poorer classes throughout the region makes very clear. In Venezuela, this
difference of complexion is also quite visible between the anti-Chavez and
pro-Chavez demonstrations. Perhaps more importantly, those who are aware
of and against racism - including indigenous and anti-racist groups - are
overwhelmingly pro-Chavez, partly because of his government's actions on
behalf of indigenous rights, including land reform and land titling, and
constitutional rights. (4) Needless to say, the opposition to Chavez - who
is proud of his African and indigenous heritage - also contains overtly
racist elements.

Indigenous supporters outside Venezuela include President Evo Morales of
Bolivia, a close friend and ally of Chavez. Other progressive Latin
American presidents also have close relationships with Chavez and see him
as a very important ally: Nestor Kirchner of Argentina, Rafael Correa of
Ecuador and although the international media is always trying to deny it,
President Lula da Silva of Brazil. Lula heads a divided government, but he
has consistently defended Chavez.(5)

All of these leaders understand the historic nature of what is happening
in Latin America - the majority of a region once known as 'the United
States' backyard" now has governments that are more independent of the
United States than Europe is. Chavez has played a huge role in this
process, most importantly through the Venezuelan government's billions of
dollars of lending and grants to governments - made without policy
conditions. Until a few years ago, Washington's main avenue of influence
in Latin America was through control over credit, which was exercised
through a creditors' cartel headed by the International Monetary Fund
(IMF). The collapse of this cartel in recent years is the most important
change in the international financial system in more than three decades,
and one that has drastically reduced U.S.  influence. Venezuela's
provision of an alternative source of credit has helped other democratic
governments to try and deliver on their electoral promises without the
threat of economic strangulation from abroad that, just a few years ago,
may have doomed them to a short life. It is thus helping to promote
democracy in the region.

What about the charges that Venezuela under Chavez has been moving toward
"an authoritarian state'? The denial of a broadcast license renewal to a
TV station that participated in a military coup and several other attempts
to topple the government, and that would not get a license in any other
democratic country, is hardly inappropriate (6); it was also defended by
other democratic presidents in the region, including those of Brazil,
Ecuador, and Bolivia. Venezuela's media is still dominated by the
opposition, and remains the most anti-government media in the hemisphere.
Then there is the controversial "enabling law,"  which gives Chavez fairly
broad temporary authority to make certain legislation by executive order,
subject to revocation by the congress or referendum. But as the US State
Department's top official for Latin America, Thomas Shannon, commented
when the Venezuelan congress passed the law in January, "It's something
valid under the constitution. As with any tool of democracy, it depends
how it is used." And Chavez has hardly used the enabling legislation at
all - only to extract more concessions from foreign oil companies.

One can go through the list, but the point is that one does not have to
agree with every decision of the Venezuelan government to see that there
is little or nothing to back up the absurd image of "authoritarian rule"
that the Chavez-haters have created. Unfortunately they have gotten help
from politicized groups such as "Reporters Without Borders," which
receives funding from the "National Endowment for Democracy" (which has
funded groups involved in the overthrow of elected governments, including
Venezuela [2002] and Haiti [2004]); the Committee to Protect Journalists,
which is funded by big media owners; and other organizations who are
generally more autonomous but whose independence seems to weaken under
pressure with regard to Venezuela. Bottom line: no reputable human rights
organization has claimed, nor would they, that civil liberties or human
rights have deteriorated under the Chavez government - or that it compares
unfavorably on these issues with the region.

A historic transformation in underway in Latin America. After more than a
quarter century of neoliberal economic reform, and the worst long-term
economic growth failure in more than a century, a revolt at the ballot box
has elected leaders who are looking for democratic alternatives that will
restore economic growth and development, and reduce poverty and
inequality.(7) The U.S. government is opposing these efforts; a key
element of its overall strategy is to demonize Chavez and de-legitimize
the democratic government of Venezuela. The U.S. and international media
have enthusiastically embraced this agenda, with journalism that makes
Judy Miller's worst articles in the run-up to the Iraq war look fair and
balanced by comparison.

A more truthful and accurate reporting and analysis of these events is
sorely need.


1.See Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick and Todd Tucker, "Black Swans,
Conspiracy Theories, and the Quixotic Search for Fraud," Center for
Economic and Policy Research, September 2004.

2.See Mark Weisbrot and Luis Sandoval, "The Venezuelan Economy in the
Chavez Years," Center for Economic and Policy Research, July 2007.
[] Poverty
figures here updated for first half 2007.

3. See Mark Weisbrot, "Venezuela's Election Provides Opportunity for
Washington to Change its Course" Aniston Sunday Star, December 10, 2006.

4.  See e.g., Michael Fox, "Indigenous March in Support of Chavez in
Venezuela,", June 11, 2006.

5. See Gosman, Eleonara, "Lula: "Nadie Har que Discute con Chvez, es mi
Amigo," Clarn, July 7, 2007; and Mark Weisbrot, "President Bush's Trip to
Latin America is All About Denial," Center for Economic and Policy
Research, March, 2007

6. See Robert McChesney and Mark Weisbrot, "Venezuela and the Media: Fact
and Fiction
[]; Mark
Weisbrot, "Eyes Wide Shut: The Media Looks at Venezuela

7. See Mark Weisbrot, "Latin America: The End of an Era,"  International
Journal of Health Services, Volume 37, Number 3 / 2007, also available at

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy
Research, in Washington, D.C. (

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 From: Culture Change <info [at]>

 I Took My Car to the Corner Store to Get a Loaf of Bread
 by Mike Nickerson

 I took my car to the corner store,
 to get a loaf of bread;
 It turned out to be quite a trip,
 when all was done and said.

 First I took the doors along,
 as they were first at hand;
 A trip with each, my heart did pound,
 the exercise was grand.

 Next I took the hood and trunk,
 they easily came undone;
 The body posed a bigger task,
 it could not be moved as one.

 I'll not tell all, about the chore,
 with torch and saw to render;
 Suffice to say, when it was done,
 I could carry every member.

 But for the engine, I had to cheat,
 its weight too much for me;
 I brought a wagon to the task,
 man powered, though, you see.

 With fenders, gears and manifolds,
 bumpers, clutch and brakes;
 My heart and lungs were racing now,
 a little rest I'd take.

 Oh how I love my motor car,
 its chrome and paint do shine;
 The neighbours stare as we go by,
 I'm so glad that it is mine.

 The tires I choose to roll along,
 a wonder is the wheel;
 After axles, tranny and padded seats,
 I was ready for my meal.

 Alone, one man, but for his car,
 the corner store's so handy;
 I got the bread that I came for,
 some cheese and also candy.

 The joys of transport are so grand,
 the world is there to roam;
 I took my car to the corner store,
 now I have to take it home.

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 Democracy is
 not lost; it is stuck high up
 big businesses' butt.


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