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Latin Waves is celebrating its 10th year on the air,  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.

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​​​​​Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson is interviewed by Charles Boylan from Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, she speaks about her new book Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education

Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves.

A Brief Book synopsis
What 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. Purchase Copy Now




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10th Year Anniversary of Honduras Coup and Migrant Caravan to the US

Host Sylvia Richardson interviews Grahame Russell

He is Co-Director of Rights Action, a Canadian/US organization which funds community struggles, build alliances and partnerships between groups, writes articles and reports, coordinates speaking tours and delegations, accompanies threatened activists, and identifies and pressures agencies responsible for human rights and environmental harms.

They speak about the 10th year anniversary of the Honduran Coup and the origins of the current migrant caravans coming to the US, what two things we can do to address this crisis and hold our governments and corporations accountable.

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Socialism of the 21st Century

Host Sylvia Richardson has a lively discussion about Socialism of the 21st Century, how right wing reactionary governments in the US , Brazil and Europe are being challenged by mass movements around the world. How their is a new consciousness in millions of people that the status quo no longer serves the people, even in the US socialism is no longer a dirty word.

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How the interest on the debt is unsustainable and the need to move to public banking

Ellen Hodgson Brown is an American author, attorney, public speaker, and advocate of alternative medicine and financial reform, most prominently public banking. Brown is the founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to the creation of publicly run banks.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Ellen about how the interest on the federal reserve debt is unsustainable and how the rules are written by the big banks, the public good that could be had by changing to a public banking system . How in the past the US prospered under such a system and how populist movements across the world are demanding change from the status quo.

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Left , Right Marching to the beat of Imperial Canada

Yves Engler has been described as “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today

Yves Engler is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to ten published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. Host Sylvia Richardson interviews Yves on his newest book, “Left, Right Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada” , they speak about the need to go beyond traditional leftist political parties and left leaning groups such as labor as the left is supposed to be opposed to colonialism and at least skeptical of nationalism.

However, Left, Right shows that, for decades now, this hasn’t been the case in Canada.

Music by Buffy St Mari

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David Bacon, Current Immigration under Trump

David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer who has focused on labor issues, particularly those related to immigrant labor. He has written several books and numerous articles on the subject.

His most recent book is In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte: , David Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farm workers who are responsible for making California Americas breadbasket. Combining haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farm workers.

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to David about how US foreign policies combined with regressive trade agreements have been responsible for displacing millions of people from countries like El Salvador, Haiti and Mexico, and how Trump is adding insult to injury by repealing the TPS Status (Temporary Protected Status) from people who have been living and contributing to American society for many decades. And how as citizens we must stand together and protect those most vulnerable despite who the president is.

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Venezuelan Civic Military Union

The United States’ history of invasions in Latin America is well documented. Over 100 invasions in the last century. The economic violence of: odious debts, economic sanctions, blockades to isolate Venezuela (and any country in their target) from other sources of commerce, including preventing access to food, fuel, and friendship.

The tactic of starvation is intended to punish the population of Venezuela, the aggression is intended to provoke an implosion, and turn people against their elected leader President Maduro who was elected on May 20 2019 by an undisputable majority. Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Sociologist Dr. Maria Paez about the savage economic war, the death toll of economic sanctions causing the death of 40000 people. The violations of the UN charter, the Geneva convention, and trade laws that have created a dangerous precedent for democratic rule. Despite ongoing aggression Venezuelans continue to defend their right to autonomy and their right to choose their own government.

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NeoLiberalism at work in Venezuela, Honduras and Canada

Host Sylvia Richardson interviews Raul Burbano from Common Frontiers, they speak about the historic role of neoliberalism in the dirty wars of Latin America and the current ongoing attempted coup in Venezuela, what is happening currently in Honduras and how the mainstream is supporting that oppressive government.

And how in Ontario under conservative rule neoliberalism is threatening health care and education. How we as citizens need to make the connections to fight back, what happens to Venezuela also happens to Canadians and workers worldwide.

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Conversation with Svend Robinson about his political return

During the more than 25 years that Svend Robinson represented the people of Burnaby in Parliament, he gained a reputation for being one of most hard working and effective MP’s in Canada’s history. After a 12 yr break Svend is going to run for a seat in Burnaby North Seymour representing the NDP. Host Stuart Richardson speaks to Svend about why he is returning, the NDP policies  on climate change, poverty and housing, electoral reform and foreign policies on Venezuela.

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Jorge Marti from HOV Post Coup attempt this week.

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson continues her discussion with Jorge Marti secretariat of Hands off Venezuela after an attempted Coup this week.

They speak about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and how the sanctions have had an impact, the courage of the Venezuelan people and why Venezuela is important to a global movement.

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The US and opposition plan a Coup against democratically elected Government in Venezuela

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Jorge Marti secretariat of Hands off Venezuela about recent events in Venezuela that can be seen as setting the stage for Coup in the near future. Venezuela has been under attack from the US since a socialist government was first elected in 1998, their was a failed Coup attempt in 2002, Venezuela has seen hard times due to the collapse in oil prices and severe sanctions by the US and EU that have frozen oversees assets.

Washington, Brussels, London and right wing Latin American governments are using this crisis calling for intervention based on humanitarian grounds while conveniently ignoring human rights violations in places like Honduras and Columbia.

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