SouthCom: Control of Latin America
Since the 19th century the United States have considered Latin America as their zone of influence (Monroe Doctrine), but it wasn’t until 1903 that SouthCom was created. The aim was to secure the railway strip connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific in order to build a canal. Washington secretly encouraged the secession of the Department of Panama from the Republic of Colombia and sent troops to "guarantee the security of the new State"!
During the Cold War, SouthCom at first overtly supported right-wing military dictatorships, then switched discreetly to orchestrating the repression of marxist guerrilla mouvements under the guise of the ’war on drugs’. This development generated a progressive structural reform. At present, SouthCom operates in close collaboration with numerous US agencies and not simply under the umbrella of the Defense Department.
In the future, SouthCom is expected to expand as and when US forces are withdrawn from the Great Middle East and to concentrate its efforts on controlling the oil fields in the Caribbean region. In the event of a showdown with Venezuela and Cuba, Washington has reactivated its Fourth Fleet (2008), has toppled the Government of Honduras which intended to shut down the surveillance base at Soto Cano (2009) and rented seven military bases in Colombia (2009).
Even before he got to Mar de Plata, known as the “happy city” by Argentines, US President George Bush knew his time was going to be anything but happy at the Summit of the Americas meeting. He arrived with more than 2000 US agents, and a plan to use one puppet president to avoid stirring another president. Instead, he was forced to leave with his tail between his legs.
On October 14-15, 2005, the city of Salamanca hosted the 15th Ibero-American Summit with the participation of all Latina American countries, Spain, Portugal and Andorra. This summit, organized several weeks ahead of the Summit of Mar del Plata, which represented a failure for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), showed Washington’s isolation in the region. The US double speech regarding the issues of terrorism, human rights and development projects has finally tired the most loyal mainstays of the Bush administration in the region.
By letting the poor and mainly black population of New Orleans that was affected by Hurricane Katrina die, the US administration showed the disastrous consequences of its racial and social elitism. To top it off, Washington turned down the precious help of Cuban doctors and took the opportunity to suspend the minimum wage in the region, so that Halliburton and its cronies can get richer thanks to the natural disaster. At the same time, Cuba’s antiterrorist fighters are illegally held in US prisons while notorious CIA-trained criminals, like Luis Posada Carriles, are welcomed with open arms in the United States.
The largest British weapon manufacturer-BAE Systems- secretly paid Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet more than two million dollars for sales of weapons to Chile, and also to boost projects such as the development of the Rayo missile program. Payments began in 1997 according to the British daily The Guardian. Such a large flow of money was funnelled through fiscal secure ways or through the Miami branch of British bank Coutts, which has the honour of safeguarding the money of Queen Elizabeth (...)
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Completely unknown to European experts, the Colombian secret services were considerably developed to face up to the guerrillas and drug trafficking. Financed and supported by the United States, they have become a tool of the Plan Colombia instead of responding to national purposes. Hypertrophied, they extend their activities to neighboring States. However, their multiple mistakes have marred their success due to the lack of coordination and internal frictions between the police forces.
While the rallies crowded the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand his return, elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide granted an exceptional interview to writer Claude Ribbe, which we publish completely. Aristide was kidnapped on February 29, 2004 by American Special Forces after being threatened by French emissaries. First detained in the Central African Republic, he is currently exiled in South Africa. 67 African and Caribbean states recognize him as the only legitimate leader of Haiti and denounce the puppet government of Gerard Latortue.
In order to impose his order in Latin America, George W. Bush turned to an inflexible specialist of counterrevolution: Otto Reich. Despite protests by all Latin American countries and the Senate, he appointed Reich his special envoy in the continent. The past of Otto Reich is revealing: planner of destabilizations, propagandist, and protector of terrorists, as well as an organizer of coups d’état. Besides, for his own convenience, he promotes the interests of his personal clients, such as Bacardí and Lockheed.
Washington and Paris reconciled their colonial interests in the Caribbean by going on the attack with a cunning, well organized coup d’Etat in Haïti to overthrow elected president Aristide. After building an opposition that suited US interests, in the shape of former Duvalier regime financial handyman Andre Apaid, Washington then created armed opposition headed by former putschist officer Guy Philippe. Meanwhile, French powerbrokers Regis Debray and Veronique de Villepin-Albanel tried to force Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resign. Eventually, as the street remained loyal to Aristide, the "rebels" did not sweep into Port-au-Prince. It was left to US special forces to kidnap the president, in a dawn raid on the presidential palace.
The Summit of the Americas was convened by Washington to favor the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), agreement that will perpetuate once more Cuba’s isolation. The meeting was opened with clear arguments of some Latin American countries which are sick of the US control in the continent. The Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez praised cooperation with Fidel Castro. The Argentinian president, Nestor Kichner had stated earlier that he would knock out Bush. In the interim, the president Luis Ignacio da Silva “Lula” warned that he would impose visas to the US citizens as a response to the humiliating treatment towards his fellow countrymen.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
CONSIDERING that the Charter of the Organization of American States recognizes that representative democracy is indispensable for the stability, peace, and development of the region, and that one of the purposes of the OAS is to promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of nonintervention;
RECOGNIZING the contributions of the OAS and other regional and sub-regional mechanisms to the promotion and consolidation of (...)
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