Dr. Lee Artz at Open University of the Left

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday December 14 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago (cross street Sheffield), free parking, (Red Line: Fullerton, Bus route: #74 Fullerton)

Dr. Lee Artz presents: How to Stage a Coup! Media, Politics, and Interventions in Bolivia.

Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. Lee Artz. Historically whenever progressive, populist parties win democratic elections in Latin America, land reform and improvements in labor rights, health care, and education have followed. Such movements toward social justice and democracy threaten domestic and global capitalist interests, which invariably launch campaigns of sabotage, disruption, propaganda, and violence.

The November coup in Bolivia, following the re-election of President Evo Morales and other Movement for Socialism candidates. is the most recent collaboration between domestic elites and the US government subverting democracy and indigenous rights. This talk summarizes the gains under Morales government. US media framing of events will then be fact-checked to highlight how the coup was organized and justified to the public.

Lee Artz is Professor of Media Studies and the Director, Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Northwest.

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