A Letter to Danny Glover
By Gustavo Coronel
Dear Danny:I see that you have accepted an $18 million grant from the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to produce a film in Venezuela about Toussaint L'Overture, a Haitian hero. As Chairman of TransAfrica Forum, you are opening yourself to criticism, since Dictator Chavez is a close ally of Zimbabwean butcher Robert Mugabe, a despicable tyrant whom your organization now opposes -- though you yourself supported him for some time.
Taking money from an ally of Mugabe is not consistent with the professed ethics of your organization. But, as an individual, you are in even more dubious ethical territory since you are taking money from a dictator who has violated the Venezuelan Constitution and the laws of his country on a continual basis. In only seven years, Chavez has destroyed the rule of law in our country.
In his most recent act of aggression against Venezuelan freedom, Chavez shut down Radio Caracas TV and -- with the help of the armed forces -- confiscated its assets. This act has produced righteous indignation and protest all over the free world. How can you claim to side with the poor and the oppressed of the earth while accepting money and favors from corrupt dictators like Chavez, and idolizing butchers like Fidel Castro?