Venezuela’s popular Democracy under siege: A conversation with Elías Jaua
In a recent article, you argued for opening a debate among the revolutionary cadres and the people. Tell us about why you wager for debate in this process (that initially put so much emphasis on popular democracy)
I return to the question of democracy time and again because I believe it is the core of the Bolivarian Revolution. In fact, it is (or should be) the essence of any socialist revolution. A socialist revolution must be profoundly democratic or it will not be a revolution at all! Only authentic popular participation can lead to innovation, transformation, and timely rectification. The emergence of something new comes mostly out of popular participation.
Venezuela, the Present as Struggle: Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution
Venezuela has been the stuff of frontpage news extravaganzas, especially since the death of Hugo Chávez. With predictable bias, mainstream media focus on violent clashes between opposition and government, coup attempts, hyperinflation, U.S. sanctions, and massive immigration. What is less known, however, is the story of what the Venezuelan people—especially the Chavista masses—do and think in these times of social emergency.
Denying us their stories comes at a high price to people everywhere, because the Chavista bases are the real motors of the Bolivarian revolution. This revolutionary grassroots movement still aspires to the communal path to socialism that Chávez refined in his last years. Venezuela, the Present as Struggle is an eloquent testament to their lives.
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
The landmark exploration of economic prosperity and how the world can escape from extreme poverty for the world’s poorest citizens, from one of the world’s most renowned economists
Hailed by Time as one of the world’s hundred most influential people, Jeffrey D. Sachs is renowned for his work around the globe advising economies in crisis. Now a classic of its genre, The End of Poverty distills more than thirty years of experience to offer a uniquely informed vision of the steps that can transform impoverished countries into prosperous ones. Marrying vivid storytelling with rigorous analysis, Sachs lays out a clear conceptual map of the world economy. Explaining his own work in Bolivia, Russia, India, China, and Africa, he offers an integrated set of solutions to the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that challenge the world’s poorest countries.
Pombo: A Man of Che’s Guerrilla, With Che Guevara in Bolivia 1966-68 (The Cuban Revolution in World Politics)
A firsthand account of the 1966-68 revolutionary campaign in Bolivia led by Ernesto Che Guevara.
This is the story of Pombo the nom de guerre of Harry Villegas, a young fighter still in his 20s, who was a member of Guevara s general staff.
Villegas led the small group of combatants who survived the Bolivian army s encirclement and lived to recount this epic chapter in the history of the Americas.