Rising Up With Sonali

Venezuela Govt Faces Major Challenges, Mass Protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the seventh anniversary of the Bolivarian Militia in Caracas on April 17, 2017. Venezuela’s defence minister on Monday declared the army’s loyalty to Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him. Venezuela is bracing for what Maduro’s opponents vow will be the “mother of all protests” Wednesday, after two weeks of violent demos against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power.
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The Venezuelan government continues to face mass opposition protests in the streets as its economy falls amid reports of GM pulling out. But there is so much distortion about Venezuela in the US media that it’s hard to make sense of what is really happening. On today’s show we’ll turn to Miguel Tinker Salas, a professor of Latin American History, who closes follows Venezuela politics. And, in time for the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, a new feature film called The Promise, starring Christian Bale and others, hits theaters. Our film critic and pop culture correspondent Stephanie Abraham will review the film. Finally, as activists all over the US begin a week of action from Earth Day to May Day, we’ll play a Climate Teach-in, an online educational tool created by the environmental organization 350.org. The video of the teach-in is one of the most effective tools I’ve come across in helping understand what climate change is and why it’s so important.

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