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Gregory Wilpert: teleSUR English Interview

Interview with Gregory Wilpert, Director of teleSUR English

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Gregory Wilpert: NYT Article Supports Railroading of Professor

It would be nice if the New York Times deemed it just as important to report on the larger context of the story as it did to the public besmirching of a respected professor’s name

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Gregory Wilpert: Blame it on Caracas

“Stepping up hostilities with the United States, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela expelled the top American diplomat,” reads the first sentence of the New York Times’s coverage of the three diplomats President Maduro expelled on Monday (“With Accusations of Sabotage, Venezuela Expels 3 U.S. Embassy Officials,” by William Neuman, NYT, Oct. 1, 2013, p.A6). After Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Unity and Succession

Things happened quickly after the death of Chávez. The vice president, Nicolás Maduro, was sworn into office as acting president. The National Electoral Council called a new election on 14 April, within the required 30 days. A week later, Maduro registered as the presidential candidate of Chávez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV); Henrique Capriles registered Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Chavez Democratized Venezuela Making it the Most Equal Country in Latin America

Gregory Wilpert a German-American sociologist who earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University in 1994. Between 2000 and 2008 he lived in Venezuela, where he taught at the Central University of Venezuela and then worked as a freelance journalist, writing on Venezuelan politics for a wide range of publications and also founded Venezuelanalysis.com, an Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Tackling Institutions One By One

1. If I am not mistaken you are from Germany, originally. Is that correct? Can you tell us a little about the trajectory that brought you to involvement in Venezuela and helping create, I believe, Venezuela Analysis? Yes, I grew up in Germany, but as a German-American, since my mom was from the U.S. and Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Colombia Gives Peace A Genuine Chance

Colombia’s government and one of its main rebel forces, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), have agreed to give peace another chance — after 50 years of civil war and failed negotiations. President Juan Manuel Santos announced on 27 August that his government would re-launch negotiations, with the governments of Venezuela, Chile, Norway and Cuba acting Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the USA?

Whether or not progressives should support Obama in 2012 is not only a matter of whether Obama would be better as president than his Republican opponent, but also a question of what are the other strategic choices that progressives have when confronted with the ballot and with the presidential campaign more generally. Obvious other possible Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: Support Obama in 2012? Part 1 The Policies So Far

Progressives are going to face a tough choice this coming November: should they vote for Barack Obama or not? Obama, who was a beacon of hope and change back in 2008, following the dark Bush era, seemed to hold out so much promise as the first African-American president of the USA. But time and again Read more…

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Gregory Wilpert: NYT Meets Venezuelan Opposition, and Smiles

It would seem that the New York Times has run out of substantive issues with which to present Venezuela in a negative light and has now decided to focus instead on a rather silly effort to tarnish Venezuela’s world-renown and highly acclaimed classical music education program known as “El Sistema” (“Music Meets Chávez Politics, and Read more…

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