Links to today’s show transcripts:
Venezuela in Crisis: As U.S. Pushes Regime Change, Fear Grows of Civil War & Famine
President Trump called for regime change in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua on Monday, in a major speech urging the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for President Nicolás Maduro and to support self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. During the speech, Trump said the U.S. seeks a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, but that all options remain on the table. This comes as a new book out by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reveals Trump privately discussed going to war with Venezuela in 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro responded to Trump’s speech in Miami by accusing him of engaging in Nazi-like discourse. Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodríguez is interviewed, who headed the Venezuelan National Assembly’s Economic and Financial Advisory Office under Hugo Chávez. Vijay Prashad is the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and chief editor of LeftWord Books. He is the author of several books, including “The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.”
Amazon’s Defeat in NYC Galvanizes Movement to End Billion-Dollar Corporate Welfaree
New York City is still reeling since Amazon announced last week that it was scrapping plans to build a major office facility in Queens. The decision came under mounting pressure from grassroots activists and local politicians who opposed the deal. Amazon had announced the project in November after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies to come to the city. But local politicians and community organizers rallied against the tech giant and won. The lawmakers who took down Amazon say their victory is just the beginning of a major fight against tax subsidies for huge companies—which they call “corporate welfare.” New York State Assembly member Ron Kim helped fight Amazon and introduced the End of Corporate Welfare Act to the state Legislature earlier this month.