By Lisa Sullivan
School of the Americas Watch
This past Saturday, Fr. Roy Bourgeois and I accompanied President Manuel Zelaya back to his native Honduras, almost two years after a military coup led by SOA graduates removed him from his country at gunpoint. The short flight
we took with him, from Managua to Tegucigalpa, was a journey packed with laughter, tears, songs, nerves, hugs, and decades of history.
Above all, this was an epic Latin American journey, a brief Latin American freedom ride of sorts. It was a moment to display to a world that does not often look this way, a loosely woven cloth of Latin American sovereignty and integration. As the only U.S. citizens invited to be part of a small group of international accompaniment, Roy and I felt extraordinarily privileged to be sharing this moment with our Latin American sisters and brothers.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, colombia, coup, democracy, honduras, obama, venezuela, zelaya
Porfirio Lobo and Manuel Zelaya shake hands on May 23, 2011 (Guardian UK)
By Rady Ananda
Since Obama’s first coup on June 28, 2009, when Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and flown to a U.S. military base in Palmerola before being spirited out of the country in his pajamas, Honduras has endured lethal repression under the US-installed dictator, Porfirio Lobo. But today, May 28, 2011, Zelaya returned.
On May 23rd, Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela president Hugo Chavez brokered a deal that allowed Zelaya to return so that Honduras will be readmitted to the Organisation of American States, thus gaining access to international “aid” funds.
Posted in Land Grab, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, chavez, colombia, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, dictatorship, honduras coup, Juan Manuel Santos, OAS, obama, Organization of American States, us imperialism, venezuala, zelaya
By Mark Weisbrot
On Thursday, the United States expelled the ambassador from Ecuador, in retaliation for Wednesday’s expulsion of the US ambassador from Ecuador. This now leaves the United States without ambassadorial relations in three South American countries – Bolivia and Venezuela being the other two – thus surpassing the Bush administration in its diplomatic problems in the region.
US Ambassador Heather Hodges was declared “persona non grata” and asked to leave Ecuador “as soon as possible”, after a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks showed her saying some disparaging things about Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa. In the cable, she alleges that President Correa had knowledge of corruption by a former head of the national police.
Although the Bush administration intervened in the internal affairs of countries such as Bolivia and even Brazil, it was somewhat better at keeping its “eyes on the prize” and avoiding fights that would distract from its main goal. The prize, of course, is Venezuela – home to the largest oil reserves in the world, estimated by the US Geological Survey at 500bn barrels. Washington’s goal there for the last decade has been regime change. The Bush team understood that the more they fought with other countries in the region, the less credible would be their public relations story that Venezuela was the problem.
Posted in Land Grab, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Latin America
Tagged colombia, diplomatic cables, ecuador, obama, oil wars, regime change, venezuela, wikileaks
By Telegraph UK
President Hugo Chavez has ordered Venezuela’s military to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying his country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbours.
By Eva Golinger
An official document from the Department of the US Air Force reveals that the military base in Palanquero, Colombia will provide the Pentagon with “…an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America…” This information contradicts the explanations offered by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the US State Department regarding the military agreement signed between the two nations this past October 30th. Continue reading
Posted in Economy Economics, Military, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged colombia, democracy vs militarism, empire, imperialism, Neoliberalism, profits over people, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
By School of the Americas Watch
Latin America awoke yesterday to two extraordinary announcements that will impact the region for years to come; one in Honduras producing tentative hope, and the other in Colombia, sowing widespread concern and fear. Together they reflect the dual nature of the Obama Administration´s approach to Latin America.
Posted in Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged colombia, democracy, military coup, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, us imperialism, Us military expansion colombia, zelaya to be restored to power
By Hans Bennett
In her new book Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia, author Jasmin Hristov writes: “For roughly forty years, the Colombian state has been playing a double game: prohibiting the formation of paramilitary groups with one law and facilitating their existence with another; condemning their barbarities and at the same time assisting their operations; promising to bring perpetrators of crime to justice, while opening the door to perpetual immunity; convicting them of narco-trafficking, yet profiting from their drug deals; announcing to the world the government’s persecution of paramilitary organizations, even though in reality these ‘illegal armed groups’ have been carrying out the dirty work unseemly for a state that claims to be democratic and worthy of billions of dollars in US military aid.”
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Labor, Land Grab, Military, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Latin America, Resistance, Slavery, Torture, War and Peace
Tagged chemical warfare, colombia, criminalizing dissent, democracy, deregulation, economics, fake drug war, farmers rights, free trade, Land Grab, Land Rights, militarism, neocolonialism, Neoliberalism, politics, poverty, privatization, Region: Latin America, resource wars