Category Archives: Region: Latin America

About the Failed Coup in Ecuador

Correa supporters take to the streets (AP / Patricio Realpe)

By Atilio A. Boron 
Translation: David Brookbank 

Without this presence of the people in the streets and plazas, a fact that Machiavelli had pointed out 500 years ago, there is no nation that can resist the onslaught of the guardians of the old order.  Only the active and militant presence of the people in the streets can thwart the plans of the coup leaders, writes Atilio Boron.

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Photos of coup attempt in Ecuador

By Ultimate Notice (in Spanish)

Amazing pics from the coup in Ecuador

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Venezuela’s Elections: Socialists still dominate the seats


Paul Jay interviews Gregory Wilpert, founder of Venezuela Analysis, who explains how last week’s elections will impact the future of the Bolivarian Revolution. Rural representation still dominates over urban centers.

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In struggle with the American mind

By William Blum
Anti-Empire Report

Bombing a flooded Pakistan, CIA assassinations & military coups, Obama Lies, MSM mind control, the US war machine.

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Ecuador faces coup: News reports from around the web

By various sources
Reproduced in full below the fold

SOAW reports: On September 30, 2010, around 8am, 150 or more Ecuadoran troops took over the international airport in Quito in protest to congress cutting benefits to police and military. Thousands of Ecuadoran troops have been trained at the School of the Americas.

NarcoNews reports: Oh, crap. Another year, another coup in Latin America. But the military brass have sided with the democratic order – its top general went on TV right strongly backing the elected government. If it holds, this will be the first time in the history of the hemisphere that the Armed Forces of a country stood up against a coup d’etat from the first moment. 

TRNN reports that right wing factions are exploiting left-wing anger at President Rafael Correa for backing down on some of his promises to not exploit the lands for resources which they see as their homelands.

Venezuela Analysis reports: Ecuador is a close ally of Venezuela, and a fellow member of the progressive Bolivarian Alliance of the People of Our America (ALBA). Chavez called on the Ecuadoran military to “not allow them to massacre the Ecuadorian people” and to “rescue President Correa.”

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Tribal victories against corporate ecoterrorism a model for us all

Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling

By John Perkins
Yes! Magazine

Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths

It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.

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NAFTA exchanged farmers for drug lords in Mexico

By Jesse Freeston
Real News Network

After free trade wiped out Mexico’s traditional agriculture, the drug cartels moved in. Flourishing drug demand in the U.S. and Canada has combined with the destruction of Mexico’s traditional economy to increase the power of the Mexican drug cartels. At the same time, the cartels are at war over the drug market in Mexico, with drastic results including the recent massacre of 72 undocumented migrants in Northern Mexico.

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US policy to Venezuela: Combining military and electoral tactics

By James Petras
Correo del Orinoco

US efforts to overthrow President Chavez’s democratic government borrow many of the tactics applied against previous democratic adversaries. These include border incursions by Colombian paramilitary and military forces similar to cross border attacks by the US sponsored “contras” against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua during the 1980s. The attempt to encircle and isolate Venezuela is similar to Washington’s policy over the past half century against Cuba. The funneling of funds to opposition groups, parties, media and NGO’s via US agencies and “dummy” foundations is a repeat of the tactics applied to destabilize the democratic government of Salvador Allende of Chile 1970-73, Evo Morales in Bolivia 2006-2010 and numerous other governments in the region.

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Colombian Court declares military agreement with US unconstitutional

By Correo del Oronico

Colombia’s constitutional court Tuesday declared a US-Colombian accord that gave the US military access to at least seven Colombian bases to be unconstitutional. The court ordered the government to submit the agreement to the Colombian Congress, arguing that it should be executed in the form of an international treaty that would be subject to congressional approval in order to comply with constitutional norms. The court did not address whether the agreement itself was appropriate.

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Demilitarized Costa Rica welcomes US troops, warships and planes

By Knight Ridder

Costa Rica has granted the U.S. military a six-month window to bring 7,000 Marines, five planes and 46 warships into its territory to help stem [facilitate] the flow of drugs northward.

The Central American country has increasingly become a target for drug traffickers as intelligence and law enforcement agencies have cut off other routes through Mexico. Without an army and with long coastlines and poorly guarded borders, Costa Rica is vulnerable to drug cartels using well-refined transportation mechanisms and the latest technological equipment, security experts say.

Some Costa Rican legislators voiced concern about the authorization, saying it gives the United States a “blank check” to use its territory and threatens the nation’s sovereignty.

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Mexico’s July 4 Election – Has the Narco State Arrived?

Michael Collins

Nearly 50 candidates and public figures have been assassinated in the run up to Mexico’s 2010 state elections. Former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos, major leader of the ruling PAN party, was kidnapped on May 16 and has not been heard from since. Three days ago, Rodolfo Torre, the odds on winner for governor in the state of Tamaulipas, was murdered in a highway ambush. Torre’s murder represents the highest ranking politician of the 50 assassinations this election cycle.

The political murders by the drug cartels are not focused on one party. The Los Angeles Times suggested that the goal may be to create chaos and elevate the drug cartel control over the entire Mexican political system. Continue reading

USA-Cuba: Drilling the embargo

By Bob Row

One side-effect of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf may be a more pragmatic approach to Cuba by the Obama administration. As this article points out, American officials are yet in “working-level discussions” with the Cuban government about the oil spill.

But, beyond the present hour urgencies, there are long term issues at stake. Cuba is about to explore its off-shore oil reserves in the North Basin right in front of the Florida coastal shores with the help of Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian and Norwegian technologies. Suddenly, the American government realizes that they are isolated by virtue of the embargo policy and lack a word in a risky ongoing development concerning a mayor economic place.

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Colombia Challenging ‘Killer Coke’

By Paul Benedek & Marcela Escauriaza
Green Left


The life of a trade unionist in Colombia is very difficult and complex”, visiting union leader Edgar Paez told Green Left Weekly.

Paez said 4000 unionists have been murdered in Colombia in 28 years. “Last year, 47 unionists were killed, 48 the year before. Union leaders need armed guards, bulletproof cars, camera surveillance and bulletproof windows on their offices.

“They lose the possibility of a normal family life.”

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Chavez and the opposition battle over control of the Internet

By Reese Erlich
Deutsche Welle

The Internet war is heating up in Venezuela. Just weeks after its launch, President Chavez’ Twitter account is the country’s most popular with 240,000 followers. But his opponents aren’t just standing by idly.

The Internet war erupted against a background of severe economic problems in Venezuela. Inflation has hit an annual rate of 30 percent and the country’s currency, the Venezuelan Bolivar, lost almost half its value against the US dollar. Opponents argue that Hugo Chavez is mismanaging the economy and cracking down on critics. Supporters of the president say right-wing businessmen are engaging in illegal currency speculation, and using the media to spread propaganda.

Those sharp differences are reflected in how both sides use the Internet. So far even Chavez supporters concede that the opposition has produced more sophisticated websites. For example, El Chiguirre Bipolar, named after an indigenous Venezuelan rodent, regularly satirizes President Chavez.

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Paraguay: Controversy Over Troop Deployment

by Natalia Ruiz Díaz

School of the America’s Watch

(IPS) – Military troops and extra police are being deployed in northern Paraguay after a state of emergency was declared to crack down on an armed rebel group that calls itself the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP).

As part of Operation Py’a Guapy — “tranquility” in the Guaraní indigenous language — 3,300 Paraguayan army, navy and air force troops along with 300 national police officers have been sent to the northern provinces of Concepción, San Pedro, Amambay, Presidente Hayes and Alto Paraguay. On Sunday, Apr. 25, President Fernando Lugo signed into law a bill declaring a state of emergency in the conflict zone, which encompasses five of the country’s 17 provinces.

According to government security agencies, these are the provinces where the EPP is active. Its roughly 100 members operate in remote, inaccessible forested areas, with the support of high technology equipment, where there is little or no police protection.

The emergency measures have been condemned by civil society organisations and met with reticence by the political opposition, but Lugo insists that they are needed to restore peace and security to the area of the country affected.

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Chavez Fuels the South Bronx

By Lainie Cassel
Upside Down World

In 2005, during a visit to the South Bronx in New York City, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a lofty promise to help active community members cope with local issues. A half-decade and a few million dollars later, Chavez’s promise has become a reality and residents from the community are reaping the benefits.

The program, which officially took off in 2007, is controlled by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil company. With a three-year agreement to provide $1 million annually, CITGO’s profits have now funded numerous social projects in what is one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States.

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Kissinger Overruled Aides who Wanted to “Head Off” a “Series of International Murders”


Overruled Aides who Wanted to “Head Off” a “Series of International Murders”

“We now know that it was Kissinger himself who was responsible,” stated John Dinges, author of The Condor Years, and a National Security Archive associate fellow. “He canceled his own order; and Chile went ahead with the assassination in Washington.”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 312
Edited by Peter Kornbluh
202/994-7116 office – 202/374-7281 cell –
Posted – April 10, 2010
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Shocking New Revelations: Chevron’s ‘Dirty Tricks Guy’ Says Company “Cooked” Evidence in Ecuador Trial

By Han
The Campaign for Justice in Ecuador

Chevron’s ‘Dirty Tricks Guy’ in Ecuador, Diego Borja: “Crime Does Pay”

There are shocking new revelations about Chevron’s attempts to corrupt the trial in Ecuador over the company’s massive contamination of the Amazon rainforest.

In recorded conversations released today, longtime Chevron contractor Diego Borja threatened to reveal damaging evidence “cooked” by Chevron in the environmental  trial in Ecuador unless he received enough money for turning over secret videotapes to high-ranking Chevron executives. The revelations are contained in a report authored by San Francisco Bay Area-based attorney and Private Investigator, Grant Fine.

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A tale of two earthquakes

By Ashley Smith
Socialist Worker

THE WORLD’S tectonic plates are always in motion, but in the past two months, they seem to have struck more dramatically than usual.

On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing as many as 300,000 people and leaving more than 1.5 million people homeless. Then, on February 27, another quake hit southwestern Chile, killing hundreds and leaving more than 2 million people homeless.

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Permanent Agression: War on the Horizon in Latin America

At President Obama's April 2009 meeting with the heads of South American countries, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stood, walked over to him, and presented him with a copy of "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. Guess Obama didn't read it or doesn't care.

By Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution

The Empire will stop at nothing to find mechanisms and techniques to achieve its final objective, and we cannot disregard the possibility of a military conflict in the near future. If the US places Venezuela on the “terrorist list” this year, we could be on the verge of a regional war.

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