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Latin Waves was born in 2005 when Sylvia Richardson’s passion for social change hit the radio air waves. The show was started as a resource to educate the public about the extraordinary changes and social movements that are happening in Latin America, there is a literal blackout in the Canadian main stream media around these historic changes.

Shortly after the show started Stuart Richardson joined as co-producer channeling his passion into journalism and research, with such an overwhelming amount of critical news not being covered properly in the main stream media Latin Waves decided to open its spectrum.

Our original mandate to cover Latin America still stands but we have expanded our coverage into local/national and international issues making those critical political connections, we bring our listeners in-depth coverage of issues with a focus on the history of an issue and what that history means for us today and most importantly what we can do to move society forward in a healthy way.

In short our show is focused on building community across borders, positive social change has only come through communities of interest working together. 

Sylvia’s Book Is Now Available

Book Synopsis

Charles Boylan from Co-op Radio’s (Discussion Program) interviews Sylvia Richardson host of Latin Waves on her new book.

fleshmapping2What can be learned from a story woven out of fragmented moments of joy, pain, horror, and blissful awareness? Flesh Mapping is an attempt to create a pedagogy of shared narrative, place, and politics; to narratively map the injuries of the material, emotional, and spiritual impact of poverty, displacement, hunger and war on an individual life.

The book is an invitation to instructors in education, anthropology, women’s studies, and labor studies to re-imagine education as the praxis for liberation, renewal, and hope. It serves as a process of naming the injuries inflicted on real bodies by privilege and power, like sites on a map. The goal is not simply to name and make visible privilege but to simultaneously create emergent spaces of dissonance in education that can challenge and transform power at the site where the personal is political.

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Grahame on his new book Code ”59.5 There is Only One People Here’

RightsFGrahame Russell is a lawyer and director of Rights Action, he is the author of “Code Z59.5″ & “The Never Ending”. In this segment we speak to Russell about his book Code Z59.5 There is Only One People Here. In which he exposes the systemic root causes of poverty, the link between mining and repression in Indigenous People’s land in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Why inequity affects us all.

 

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FRANCES MOORE LAPPE on her book “Getting a Grip”

GRIPFMusical intro by Normadic Massive followed by Francis on her book “Getting a Grip” Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want. This fresh, original work affirms readers basic sanity their intuition that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and to grasp instead the real roots of todays crises. Drawing on the latest findings in psychology and anthropology, it provides a new framework for thinking about fear, power, democracy and hope itself.

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Linda McQuaig on her book The trouble with billionaires

BillionairesFLinda gives an thorough interview about her new book The trouble with billionaires She touches on issues off philanthropy and academic freedom around controversial donations from corporations like Gold Corp, she offers alternatives to help us implement a more equitable tax system instead of the discredited neo liberal agenda currently in place.

 

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- March 17 – Suzanne Kyra on her book “Welcome Home to Yourself”

SuzanneFSuzanne Kyra is a registered clinical counselor and has been a therapist in Vancouver for over 30 years, Suzanne Kyra is a Gold Benjamin Franklin award recipient for the book Welcome Home To Yourself which she co-created with her son.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Suzanne Kyra, How do we motivate ourselves to risk again when wounded by failure and betrayal ? Getting started on a journey of self discovery about the emotional triggers and what we can do to live a more fulfilled and fruitful life.

 

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- March 10 – Jorge Martin “The anniversary of the death of Comandante Hugo Chavez and events in Venezuela and Crimea”

hovFLatin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Jorge Martin, international secretary of Hands Off Venezuela on the anniversary of the death of Comandante Hugo Chavez, the current attempts by US backed elite in Venezuela to instigate a coup. The discursive power of the mass media internationally who are owned and controlled by a few monopoly groups share a selective memory of the facts that poverty is not a natural condition but rather impoverishment is a process of exploitation and domination of the working class. Jorge point out that in the race against hunger Venezuela has led and proved that a revolution that makes worker’s autonomy a reality is a bad example for the Capitalist world wide he says “They have chosen their side in this battle. We the people have also chosen ours”.

He also speaks about the hypocrisy of the main stream media in how they portray the conflict in Crimea compared to how they are covering events in Venezuela.

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- Mar 3 – Bruce Gagnon speaks about growing tension in the Ukraine

CrimeaFBruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 30 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile.Bruce speaks to Stuart Richardson about growing tension in what is becoming a dangerous standoff between Russia in the Crimea region of Ukraine which has the potential to become a much bigger conflict. Bruce gives us some history and speaks of Nato’s bigger agenda in the region,
Of course the Obama administration is saying that Russia is violating international law by moving more troops into Crimea. Obama is threatening Russia with “severe consequences”. And now you can be sure that NATO is indeed preparing ‘contingency plans’.The open question is how will the American people react to all of this? They rightly opposed Obama’s desired cruise missile attack on Syria. Will they be as wise about planting the cancerous NATO flag on Crimean soil?Now is the time for all peaceful people to speak out. Before the real shooting starts.
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- Feb 24 – Parenti on his Book “God and His Demons”

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Dr Michael Parenti , internationally known award-winning author and lecturer and one of the nations leading progressive political analysts speaks about his new book “God and His Demons”, a critical look at contemporary religion and his current and historic hypocrisies.

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- Feb 17 – David Bacon – The Right To Stay Home, How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration

DavidB_FDavid Bacon is an  Award-winning photojournalist, author, and immigrant rights activist he has spent over twenty years as a labor organizer. For the past two decades he has been a reporter and documentary photographer, shooting for many national publications and independent projects, and exhibiting his work internationally. Bacon’s books include The Children of NAFTA, Communities without Borders, Illegal People (Beacon, 2008), and The Right to Stay Home (Beacon, 2013)

Sylvia interviews David on this newest book “The Right to Stay Home” journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting back—envisioning a world in which migration isn’t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the “right to stay home.” This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders.

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- Feb 10 – Robin Hahnel on global economic crisis, the sustainability of struggles against austerity

LoveFRobin Hahnel is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and has traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert.

Hahnel is a radical economist and political activist. Politically he considers himself a product of the New Left and is sympathetic to libertarian socialism. He has been active in many social movements and organizations for forty years.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with economist Dr. Robin Hanhel about global economic crisis, the sustainability of struggles against privatization (austerity), unjust trade policies and wars. The victories and loses of our struggle for dignity. And why mass solidarity movements are afoot, the revolutionary victories of the 21st century and the opportunities ahead.

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- Feb 3 – John Holloway on his latest book “Crack Capitalism”

AntiCapFJohn Holloway (born 1947) is a lawyer, Marxist-oriented sociologist and philosopher, whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico, his home since 1991. It has also been taken up by some intellectuals associated with the piqueteros in Argentina; the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa and the Anti-Globalization Movement in Europe and North America. He is currently a teacher at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Puebla.

John Holloway author of “Crack Capitalism” and “Changing the world without Taking Power” speaks of the role of the individual in perpetuating a system based on capital and consumption. As John puts it, the question we should be asking is Not how do we defeat capitalism but Why do we keep reproducing it everyday.

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