PBS Newshour: Venezuelans suffer deadly scarcity of food and medicine

With the economy in freefall, Venezuelans face nationwide shortages of food at runaway inflation prices, and children are suffering the most: severe malnutrition among kids is rising at an alarming rate. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report for the PBS Newshour in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on the harmful shortages of food and medicine.

Dire conditions drive anti-government protest in Venezuela. PBS Newshour

Venezuela is in freefall after years of recession, skyrocketing inflation and a formidable food crisis, sparking outcry and protest. It’s pushed angry Venezuelans to take to the streets on a regular basis, demanding that President Nicolas Maduro step down, and inspired a fierce government crackdown. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report.

The Overseas Press Club Award for our PBS Newshour series “Fight for Peace.”

C7jHsv3WkAEJUS0.jpg_largeVery happy our series, with Nadja Drost, about Colombia`s peace process with the PBS NewsHour received the Overseas Press Club Award for best reporting on Latin America. Thank you to PBS for giving us the opportunity to tell this important story to the North American public and to join this super team of producers Morgan Till, Patti Parson, Sara Just.

Those are the reports awarded:

Can Colombia rework its FARC deal without jeopardizing peace? PBS NewsHour

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos joins PBS NewsHour

What peace in Colombia would mean for the drug trade and those who depend on it. PBS NewsHour

Inside Colombia’s jungles, how FARC rebels are preparing for peace. PBS NewsHour

 

Can Colombia rework its FARC deal without jeopardizing peace? PBS NewsHour

Colombia was on the verge of ending one of the most violent civil wars in Latin America just slightly more than a month ago, when the deal was narrowly rejected by a voter referendum. President Juan Manuel Santos now faces the challenge of re-writing the deal to make it favorable to those who voted against it while still keeping it agreeable to FARC. Special correspondent Nadja Drost reports.

What peace in Colombia would mean for the drug trade and those who depend on it. PBS NewsHour

As Colombian officials negotiate with FARC rebels to end the country’s 50-year civil war, the illegal drug trade — used by the rebels to help finance their insurgency — has become a major point of debate. Special correspondents Bruno Federico and Nadja Drost travel to the heart of coca production in Colombia to examine how the drug market works and the impact of a potential peace deal.

Inside Colombia’s jungles, how FARC rebels are preparing for peace. PBS NewsHour

After decades of evading the Colombian military, FARC rebels are emerging from the jungle. Special correspondents Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico offer an exclusive look at the FARC perspective amid peace talks to end the world’s longest-running conflict.

Aiming at the heart – Apuntando al Corazón. English version

Heroes Do Exist in Colombia was the name of the first major military propaganda campaign rolled out during ex-president Alvaro Uribe’s (2002-2010) Democratic Security Policy.
The government’s publicists reached for the hearts and minds of Colombians using emotional narratives of war and by constructing an image of the military based on the figure of hero and protector of a population vulnerable in the face of a guerrilla insurgency.
Aimed at convincing Colombians of the need for a security policy at any cost, the propaganda strategy also served as a way to conceal the reproachable role of the government during one of the cruelest periods of the armed conflict marked by paramilitary violence, political corruption and the military practice of inflating body counts by killing innocent civilians.
Aiming for the Heart shows how publicity campaigns become yet another battle ground in the armed conflict, trying to legitimize a war through propaganda and win the support of a divided society.
Direction: Claudia Gordillo and Bruno Federico
Original Idea: Claudia Gordillo
Research Assistant: Camilo Medina
Photography and editing: Bruno Federico
Production: Dance Stationary
Music: Music Multimedia
Illustrations: Snif
Duration: 52 minutes
Country: Colombia
Year: 2013

107 Segundos – obreros del sur

Narra el viaje de tres obreros de la Fiat en el sur de Italia despedidos por protestar contra el aumento de la producción en la fábrica, que ya era insostenible. Es un viaje entre el chantaje de la Fiat que pretende retroceder las condiciones de trabajo de hace 40 años, con la amenaza del cierre de las plantas. Giovanni, Antonio y Marco, visitan diversas fábricas del grupo Fiat dándose cuenta que su condición es compartida por miles de trabajadoras-es. Es la misma fábrica de Pomigliano, objeto inicial del chantaje, la que indica la salida: la lucha de clase es la union de todos los oprimidos.