Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Voices of Participatory Democracy in Venezuela --A review of Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots

There are many different ways that the corporate media continues to misrepresent the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Many critics of this biased media coverage have directly challenged the demonization of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but very few critics, if any, have exposed the media’s virtual erasure of the vibrant and growing participatory democracy in Venezuela. Alas, the new book entitled Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots (PM Press, 2010) offers a powerful correction to this misrepresentation by spotlighting a wide range of people and movements that are actively governing themselves with official governmental structures created since the 1998 election of President Chavez, and the growing non-governmental social movements that have existed for several decades.

Read the full article at Upside Down World. This article has also been reprinted by Truthout, Dissident Voice, The Statesmen, Axis of Logic, Venezuela Analysis, Venezuela Indymedia, Infoshop, Mostly Water, Op Ed News, Philly IMC, and Indybay.

Watch the interview with co-author Carlos Martinez below.