Africa Now March 5, 2014 Tribute to Hugo Chavez & Raoul Peck on Aid

Topics and Guests: Tribute to Hugo Chavez; and Haitian Filmmaker Raoul Peck’s Critique of the International Humanitarian Aid System.  Africa Now!  aired portions of the panel discussion "The Legacy of Hugo Chavez At Home and Abroad." The panel featured Dr. Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR); Mr. Dan Kovalik, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh; and Ambassador Julio Escalona, the Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United Nations.  The moderator was Mr. James Early, Board member for the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.  A portion of this was played on March 4, 2014 on Voices with Vision on WPFW 89.3FM.

Raoul Peck (L) with Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali (R) Photo by Bruce Guthrie

Raoul Peck (L) with Africa Now! Host Mwiza Munthali (R) Photo by Bruce Guthrie

Also featured an interview with filmmaker Raoul Peck.  Peck has used the camera to document stories that need to be told such as his award-winning film Lumumba.  In his latest film (Fatal Assistance), the Haitian director delivers a critique of the international humanitarian aid system, by focusing on the supposed international aid accomplishments to Haiti, following the January 2010 earthquake.  Originally broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM, Washington, DC.  Tune into Africa Now! live on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or visit www.wpfwfm.org on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00PM (Eastern).