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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Posted Oct. 10, 2012
Interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was re-elected to a fourth aix-year term in office in an Oct. 7 contest closely watched around the world. Chavez, who has been battling cancer over the past year, won the vote by 11 percent, his smallest margin of victory since he first ran for office in 1998. He had won his previous election by a margin of 26 percent in 2006. The 58-year-old president faced down his strongest opponent to date, Henrique Capriles Radonski, the young and energetic conservative governor of Miranda state. In his victory speech, Chavez talked about his goal to deepen his “21st century Bolivarian socialist revolution over the next six years.
Many observers attribute Chavez’s election win to his transformation of the Venezuelan economy funding major programs designed to help the Latin American nation’s poor majority to lift themselves out of poverty. The programs were largely made possible by his redistribution of profits from Venezuela’s nationalized oil company. Since Chavez took office in 1999, extreme poverty has declined from nearly 25 percent to 8.6 percent in 2011. Unemployment has been cut in half and GDP per capita has more than doubled.
While Washington and much of the West’s corporate media depict Chavez as a dictator, most international election observers who have monitored Venezuela’s recent votes have judged the results to have been clean and transparent. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who assesses the significance of Hugo Chavez’s re-election as president for the people of oil-rich Venezuela, and progressive movements across Latin America.
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