Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney and editor of the Correo del Orinoco International, a web- and print-based newspaper which is financed by the Venezuelan government. In a 2011 profile in The New York Times she was described as "one of the most prominent fixtures of Venezuela’s expanding state propaganda complex", and her newspaper as "Venezuela's equivalent of the Cuban newspaper Granma". "I'm a soldier for this revolution," she told The New York Times.
Golinger is the author of several books on Venezuela's relationship with the United States. She is an outspoken supporter of the former socialist president of Venezuela, the late Hugo Chávez. As of May 2011 she serves as a foreign policy advisor to the Venezuelan government. Chávez has called her La novia de Venezuela ("The Girlfriend of Venezuela"). Golinger is a writer at Venezuelanalysis.com, and according to the National Catholic Reporter in 2004 was "head of the pro-Chávez Venezuela Solidarity Committee in New York". Her website, venezuelafoia.info, aims to shed light on what she calls links between U.S. government agencies and Venezuelan organizations by publishing documents obtained using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Golinger is a weekly host for a television show on RT Network, a television channel financed by the government of Russia and a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society.
Golinger is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (1994). She initially studied music, before switching to political science and law, and developed an interest in what she says is the role of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in regime change around the world. She completed her Juris Doctorate (JD) in international human rights law in 2003 at City University of New York School of Law. In the interim she had spent nearly five years in Mérida from the mid-1990s on, discovering her Venezuelan roots.
Golinger is the author of several books on Venezuela's relationship with the United States, based on research using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act on what she describes as links between U.S. government agencies and Venezuelan organizations, particularly in relation to the 2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt. Her books are published by the Venezuelan government's information ministry and are both celebrated and launched at ministry events that often include the participation of high level Venezuelan government officials.
Her first book, The Chávez Code (2006), was presented in Havana at a government-sponsored event; its preface was co-authored by Rogelio Polanco, Cuban Ambassador to Venezuela since August 2009. It then arrived in Venezuela. It has been published in six languages, and a film is being made. This book was introduced by the Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel.
A review of her first book by Veneconomy, a political and economic research publication in Venezuela, claims that Golinger manipulated sources and states that the documents she cites in the text of the book do not correspond to the footnotes in the book: "In none of the cases where she makes a specific citation of an official [U.S. government] document is there a quote affirming what she states." Veneconomy claims that Golinger attributes quotations that do not exist. Veneconomy's review said it found dozens of instances of what they considered sloppy work, manipulation of sources, false and chronologically inaccurate claims, and amateur historiography.
Chavez and Venezuela activism
The Center for Public Integrity describes Golinger as "a writer at the pro-Chávez Web site, Venezuelanalysis.com" and says she was asked in 2003 by the Venezuela Information Office (VIO) to be the member of a "rapid response team to combat news articles and editorials critical of Chávez". According to Golinger, the "VIO's communications were not significant, and ... 'Long before that office came into existence ... I was writing articles about Venezuela and engaging in efforts to educate on Venezuelan current affairs'."
The New York Times described Golinger's website, Venezuelafoia.info as "pro-Chavez" and noted in 2004 that she uncovered " ... documents [that] form part of an offensive by pro-Chávez activists who aim to show that the United States has, at least tacitly, supported the opposition's unconstitutional efforts to remove the president. Golinger ... obtained reams of documents from the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit agency financed by the United States government, that show that $2.2 million was spent from 2000 to 2003 to train or finance anti-Chávez parties and organizations." According to The New York Times, "The documents do not show that the United States backed the coup, as Mr. Chávez has charged. Instead, the documents show that American officials issued 'repeated warnings that the United States will not support any extraconstitutional moves to oust Chávez.'" However, the documents also showed that American officials knew a coup attempt was brewing.
Views on foreign leaders
Golinger has traveled extensively with president Chavez on foreign trips, including a seven-country tour in 2010. She described Belarus's Aleksandr Lukashenko as “really nice”, and his government as "not a dictatorship". She dined with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and gave him a copy of her book describing him as "gentle" at their meeting. "Chávez presented me as his defender to Ahmadinejad", she told the New York Times.
- The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela, Pluto Press, 2006
- Bush Versus Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela, Monthly Review Press, 2008
- Bush Vs. Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela, Aakar Books, 2008,
- (Spanish) La Telaraña Imperial: Enciclopedia de Injerencia y Subversión (Empire's Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion), Caracas: Monte Ávila Editores, 2008
- (Spanish) (with Jean-Guy Allard), La Agresión Permanente: USAID, NED y CIA, Caracas: Ministerio del Poder Poder Popular para la Comunicación y la Información, 2009
- (Spanish) La Mirada del Imperio sobre el 4F: Los Documentos Desclasificados de Washington sobre la rebelión militar del 4 de febrero de 1992, Caracas: IDEA Fondo Editorial, 2009
- "Chávez advocate: Michael Moore should rectify statements". El Universal. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2009.
- Carroll, Rory (7 March 2010). "Why being a satirist is no joke in Hugo Chávez's Venezuela". Guardian online. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
- "Chavez in driver's seat as he silences his critics". The New Zealand Herald (via LexisNexis). 10 March 2010.
* (Spanish) "AN aprueba crédito para aumentar tiraje del Correo del Orinoco". Correo del Orinoco. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- Romero, Simon (4 February 2011). "In Venezuela, an American Has the President’s Ear". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- Romero, Simon, (26 October 2009). "Michael Moore Irks Supporters of Chávez". New York Times
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- Golinger, Eva (10 January 2010). Eva Golinger Describes Curacao as the Third Frontier of the United States. Salem-News.com. Retrieved 22 February 2010
- Bogardus, Keven (22 September 2004). Venezuela Head Polishes Image With Oil Dollars: President Hugo Chavez takes his case to America's streets. Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- About venezuelanalysis.com. Venezuelanalysis.com. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- Jones, Bart (2 April 2004). "U.S. funds aid Chavez opposition: National Endowment for Democracy at center of dispute in Venezuela". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- Forero, Juan (3 December 2004). "Documents Show C.I.A. Knew of a Coup Plot in Venezuela". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "International Organization for a Participatory Society: Consultative Committee". International Organization for a Participatory Society. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- (Spanish) Allard, Jean-Guy and Eva Golinger (2009), La Agresión Permanente: USAID, NED y CIA (PDF), Caracas: Ministerio del Poder Poder Popular para la Comunicación y la Información, p5
- Golinger, Eva (18 November 2008). My new book is out! The Empire's web: encyclopedia of interventionism and subversion. Postcards from the Revolution. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Eva Golinger. Axis of Logic. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
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- "Articulos" (pdf). Veneconomy.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- "Bienvenidos a Veneconomía". Veneconomy.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- (Spanish) Presentado libro "La agresión permanente" de Eva Golinger y Jean-Guy Allard en Feria del Libro de Venezuela. Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), 21 November 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Dinneen, Mark (2009), Bush Versus Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela - by Golinger, Eva", Bulletin of Latin American Research, 28(2):287–288. doi:10.1111/j.1470-9856.2008.0298_3.x
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