The Humanist Cafe

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – 7:00-8:30 pm
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies Street, Victoria

Discussion Topic:  The Destabilization of Venezuela; Repercussions in Latin America

Presenter: Dr. Joan Russow

moderator: John Pope

The momentum of social justice in Bolivia has top officials in La Paz arguing that now is not the time to cut short a productive presidency on what they argue are the mere technical grounds of term limits. “From being a republic of classes, castes, skin colours,

Bolivia today has become a country that by law has to be inclusive,” said Valeria Silva Guzmán, through slashing school truancy, infant and maternal mortality, and old-age poverty, she argued, Morales has “definitively changed the everyday reality of Bolivians”.

The US state department expressed “deep concern” about Bolivia.  Some Bolivian opposition leaders warn of an imminent Venezuelan style dictatorship.

Questions

Does the pursuit of social justice ever justify bypassing a technicality?

Is a dictator only in the eyes of the beholder?

Reading

Critique of Human Rights Watch Report

truthout.org/articles/latest-human-rights-watch-report-30-lies-about-venezuela/

Leopoldo Lopez is not Venezuela Saviour

www.thenation.com/article/leopoldo-lopez-is-not-venezuelas-savior

Blaming socialism: US distorts food crisis
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Blaming-Socialism-US-Media-Distorts-Venezuelas-Food-Crisis-20170223-0053.html

Trump administration tries to torpedo the  election regime

cepr.net/publications/op-eds-columns/trump-administration-tries-to-torpedo-venezuelan-elections-as-it-intensifies-regime-change-efforts

Venezuela’s highly unusual presidential election Gregory Wilpert

https://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2018/05/15/venezuela-presidential-election

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