Yesterday I was so busy, I couldn’t find my head through the things to be done on time. But today is another day, and finally I’m under less stress. The only bad news are that Hugo Chávez died, the rest can wait. I remember two documentaries made on Chávez, by two different colored channels. One was somehow in the grand finance sponsored line, where Chávez was clearly presented as an antidemocratic Khmer Rouge dictator who obviously doesn’t know left from right, and the other one was made by the “alternative”, “ultra anti-conspirationist”, Julian Assange’s supporter, John Pilger, the slim Michael Moore, if you ask me. The films were almost the de-fragmentation of the same events connecting some changes in Latin America where monopoles started to loose some ground in front of “independent” forces who put normal people before other interests. At least the appearances lead to those kind of conclusions.
He was allied with the Communist governments of Fidel and then Raúl Castro in Cuba and the Socialist governments of Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, his presidency was seen as a part of the socialist tide sweeping Latin America. Along with these governments, Chávez described his policies as anti-imperialist, being a prominent adversary of the United States’ foreign policy as well as a vocal critic of the US-supported neoliberalism and laissez-faire capitalism. He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and was instrumental in setting up the pan-regional Union of South American Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, as well as the Bank of the South.
Pan Americanism, “pan-whatever-ism” is not smelling good, but he seems well motivated. Thing is that the Grand Master Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), Leader of South American independence was the model and the keyword for his politics. Maybe he was another wild card, the controlled alternative, the joker named “The Red Devil” by no other than former 9/11 President, George W. Bush.
Here you have a promo for Pilger’s film distributed first in UK, in 2007. I was deeply impressed and venerated the guy ever since. It is called The War on Democracy.
Another documentary made by Oliver Stone, named South of the Border.
I found a lot of films about the former President of Venezuela. The above one is by far my favorite, even after I’ve started to question John Pilger’s integrity. Hugo Chávez was no saint either, but… see for yourself. People loved him and that’s what counts. Populist and bombastic, but really nice. If you override John Pilger’s blurbs, you’ll like the first documentary. It’s too gratuitously anti-American. America is on one side of the coin, only the coin’s owner is the same, no matter if Chavez was on the other side.
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