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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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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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The USA and Canada’s shameful role in Venezuela

Host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Dr Paez about the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, how the US and Canada continue to break international law with illegal sanctions against a sovereign nation. How the resistance and history of the Venezuelan people is strong. A recent 5 days without power made the people come together stronger. And how if we care about a country we should help them not follow trump into illegal regime change wars. How Canadians are allowing this to happen in our name and how we need to hold our politicians accountable.

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Dr Cajete speaks about the ecology of Indigenous education

Sylvia speaks to author, artist and educator Dr. Gregory Cajete, an elder with of the Tewa Peoples, about the ecology of Indigenous education. Faced with the affects of colonization on the lives of indigenous people, a dominant Euro-centric education system can no longer be called neutral. How do we build bridges to the many ways of knowing how we come to know what we know.

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Venezuela Crisis, Global Insecurity and how climate change can bring us together

Latin Waves host Stuart Richardson interviews Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and publisher of a blog called Organizing Notes. We speak about the ongoing US coup attempts in Venezuela and how this is causing global insecurity with Russia, how many nations and the corporate media are red baiting to demonize the public towards Russia.

How this may be connected to resources now becoming available in the Arctic due to climate change, this maybe the area of future conflicts. We speak about how the Global Network is sending a peace delegation to Russia to try and calm tensions. And most importantly how we can come together regarding climate change.

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David Bacon on his Book “Illegal People”

David Bacon explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people driving them to migrate. He also speaks about how immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in the United States. Illegal People explains why current immigration policy produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids, and a more divided, polarized society.

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Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully

Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical, Living, Loving and learning to leave the Planet Gracefully. Its hard to have hopeWhat will you tell the generations that come after youre gone? The young ask the old to hope.what will you tell them? Tell them at least what you say to yourself. Tell them we lived in a world face with many challenges and also amazing opportunities to create a new path grounded in local focus, fierce intelligence and deep connection with one another.

Tell them the path is made by walking, by engaging with open hearted-ness and wide-awakeness that provide for a meaningful and radical engagement with the world.

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