Posted by: r.m. | April 22, 2009

Open Veins and the declaration of cumana

Brilliant. Brings a smile to my heart. First, Chavez gives Obama a copy of ‘Open Veins of Latin America’  – an excellent history book by the eloquent Eduardo Galeano.  Read on for how the US mainstream media reflected on that approrpriate gift. and here’s what Ken Silverstein said of the gift in Harpers: Open Veins and Closed Minds.  If you’re inclined (and I hope you are), go ahead and mail Obama a(n English language) copy of the book to the White House : – )

Chavez’s gift was a very wise way (if accidental) to get the book international attention and increases its sales and readership — and thus increase awareness on the centuries of colonization and theft of Latin America and thus increase understanding and, potentially, solidarity.  Chavez explained: “This book is a monument in our Latin American history. It allows us to learn history, and we have to build on this history.”  (here’s the BBC report on the sales.)  As Time Magazine explains:

On Saturday, April 18, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez publicly handed President Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s seminal left-leaning tome on the foreign exploitation of Latin America. By Monday, April 20, the book — first published in 1971 — had skyrocketed to #2 on’s bestseller list. It seems as though the Venezuelan leader, a shrewd showman, knew that his gift would draw attention not just to the book itself, but to the dramatic tale told within.

and then – there is this document. aH – how much more wonderful that this is written by governmental leaders.

more later.

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