[Marxism] NYT spinning the news from Venezuela

Jurriaan Bendien andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Tue Aug 17 04:15:26 MDT 2004


Brief bio of Bernard Mommer at
http://www.webster.edu/news/oldreleases/bernardmommer.html

There are reviews of Bernard Mommer's book at:
http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cepmlp/journal/html/Reviews/review80.html
http://www.politicalreviewnet.com/polrev/reviews/POQU/R_0032_3179_129_100281
0.asp

And a critical discussion of Mommer's policy at:
http://www.vcrisis.com/print.php?content=letters/ab10059

There is also an article by Bernard Mommer, "Oil Rent and Rent Capitalism:
The Example of Venezuela" in Review of the Fernand Braudel Centre, Vol.
XIII, No. 4, Fall, 1990. He briefly sketches the (neo-)liberal agenda for
oil policy at http://www.upmf-grenoble.fr/iepe/textes/MommerTxt.pdf

Quick backgrounder on Venezualan oil:
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1000

Greg Palast writes: "There's so much BS and baloney thrown around about
Venezuela that I may be violating some rule of US journalism by providing
some facts. Let's begin with this: 77% of Venezuela's farmland is owned by
3% of the population, the 'hacendados.' I met one of these farmlords in
Caracas at an anti-Chavez protest march. Oddest demonstration I've ever
seen: frosted blondes in high heels clutching designer bags, screeching,
"Chavez - dic-ta-dor!" The plantation owner griped about the "socialismo" of
Chavez, then jumped into his Jaguar convertible."
http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1251

J.





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