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In the future, SouthCom is expected to expand as and when US forces are withdrawn from the Great Middle East and to concentrate its efforts on controlling the oil fields in the Caribbean region.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).
President Chavez’s election in 1998 marked a decline of US hegemony in Venezuela and throughout Latin America. In this study, James Petras reminds us that Washington’s chief interest in overthrowing Chavez was political, not economic, and revolved around his steadfast opposition to the Bush administration’s "War on Terror" doctrine. Washington feared that Chavez’s dissent might provide an alternative pole for the newly emerging ‘center-left’ regimes on the continent. Today, Petras reconceptualizes US-Venezuelan relations in light of declining US economic power and rising militarism.
Five years ago in Cuba’s capital, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez gave birth to what was then known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the People of Our America (ALBA). Perhaps at that time many paid greater attention to the political effect of this event, than to its real and tangible importance on the economy, society and integration.
The United States is back in Latin America. The military coup in Honduras marked the beginning of Washington’s renewed grip on that continent. While another coup was thwarted in Paraguay, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have been deploying new forces to encircle the ALBA countries with a view to attacking Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela. Readying for the gathering storm, Chile has embraced the North-American camp and stockpiled a powerful arsenal.
Over three months since the Honduran military coup, ousted President Manuel Zelaya has yet to be reinstated. Having secretly organized the coup, the Obama administration on the surface continues to emit an emollient discourse. In particular, it obstinately refuses to qualify it as a "military" coup to avoid severing ties with the regime, as U.S. legislation would have it. Washington wants elections that will paste a democratic face on the new regime, but the population and its principal leaders will not go for a sham vote overseen by the putschists. The Honduran people will no longer be satisfied with a simple return to the constitutional order. They have repudiated the local oligarchy and now demand a new republic, free of Washington’s (...)
Preparations by the United States are underway for a war against the ALBA countries. Following the coup in Honduras and the installation of military bases in Colombia, they have launched a press campaign to justify their sinister plans. The U.S. and Colombian media are inverting the roles by portraying Venezuela as the aggressor, Colombia as the prey and the U.S. as the saviour. A classic scenario denounced here by Fidel Castro.
Almost $11 million were paid to US lawmakers – Republicans and Democrats – to support Washington’s aggressive policy against Cuba in the US Congress.
It didn’t take long for Obama to disappoint Latin America with his vacuous promises of change. But mostly, he reneged on his spectacular announcement to overhaul Washington’s policy regarding Cuba, of which the most emblematic example is the recent U.S. vote at the UN Secretary General renewing the Cuba trade embargo that has been in effect since 1962. On this and many other aspects, Barack Obama has smoothed over George W. Bush’s baneful brashness only to revert to the classic imperial policy of his predecessors.
The coup d’état in Honduras - instigated, executed and supported by the United States - offers a clear illustration of the new US foreign policy. Underneath, nothing has changed. Washington continues to " do and undo" governments in many parts of the world, if necessary through the use of violence. But what indeed has changed is the window dressing. Washington seeks to cloud its crimes by paying lip service to human rights principles - which the US is the first to violate. It is referred to as the "Smart Power" method!
While the Honduran people were not seen as being particularly politicized, and US experts had not anticipated a lasting reaction against the coup, the direct opposite has taken place. The population has suddenly arisen, joining activist organisations in a united stance against the putchists. According to Arnold August, this phenomenon is evocative of the popular movements that rattled other states in the region in recent years bringing, without exception, revolutionary leaders to power. In his view, and barring an event that could thwart the mobilization, the retreat of the Honduran putchists is inexorable. But, in any event, US interventionism is once again backfiring against Washington.
Global CST has signed a 10 million US dollar contract with the Peruvian Government of Alan Garcia to train and oversee the Peruvian army against "Shining Path". In addition, Global CST has already sold to the Peruvian army 3 million US dollars worth of night vision materials.
Despite denying any type of subordination to the Government of Tel-Aviv, Global CST is an essential piece of the Israeli military-industrial complex. It constitutes a lean structure which employs only a handful of (...)
SPEECH BY FOREIGN MINISTER BRUNO RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY UNDER THE ITEM "NECESSITY OF ENDING THE ECONOMIC, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL EMBARGO IMPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST CUBA".
NEW YORK, OCTOBER 28, 2009
Permanent Representatives and Delegates,
Alexis García Iribar was born in Cuba, in the province of Guantánamo. He suffered from a congenital cardiopathy known as persistent arterial duct. At the age of 6 and after (...)
The Heads of State and Government of countries belonging to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, ALBA, met in Cochabamba (Bolivia) where they signed a treaty creating a new virtual currency, dubbed the Sucre.
The currency - named after General Antonio José de Sucre, Simón Bolivar’s companion and hero of the Latin American liberation struggle against Spanish imperialism - is slated to replaced the dollar in all commercial exchanges between ALBA countries.
Indeed, as explained (...)
Relations between the US and Bolivia have been tense ever since Evo Morales became president in December 2005, pledging to nationalize his country’s vast gas reserves. They hit a critical point in September 2008 when Morales ordered the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador, accusing him of fomenting the civil unrest that threatened not only the country’s first indigenous Indian president but the unity of the nation itself. The latest news report that Russia will sign an agreement with the Bolivian government to explore and produce natural gas is a significant setback for US domination of its traditional Latin American sphere of influence.
Coinciding with Thierry Meyssan’s earlier conclusions and with those of other Argentinian investigators [*], economist and globalization expert Adrian Salbuchi chronicles the events that shook Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994, contouring their flagrant false-flag characteristics and irrefutable Israeli footprint, and connecting them to a wider pattern of similar "terrorist attacks". Far from being fortuitous, Salbuchi offers a coherent picture in which all these events tie in with a broader scheme for global economic and military domination.
The electoral victory of center left regimes in at least three Latin American countries, and the search for a new ideological identity to justify their rule, led ideologues and the incumbent presidents to embrace the notion that they represent a new 21st century version of socialism (21cs). Petras undertakes a verification and comparative-historical analysis of this tenet by putting Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador under the loop.
The economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for half a century now is rejected every year by the vast majority of the 192 UN member countries, a fact that should motivate the US government to ask itself: why do these nations run the risk of opposing the most powerful country on Earth?
WE, the Heads of State and Government of Africa and South America, meeting in the Second Africa-South America Summit (II ASA) in Nueva Esparta State, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela on 26 and 27 September of 2009;
1. EXPRESSING our appreciation to His Excellency Commander Hugo Chávez Frίas, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Government and the People of Venezuela for their warm reception and generous hospitality and for hosting, conducting and organizing the Second (...)
President Manuel Zelaya at Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has accused the coup regime of hiring Israeli mercenaries to flush him out of the Brazilian embassy with ultrasonic weapons.
Mr Zelaya said on Thursday he feared they may enter the building and assassinate him.
"They are threatening to kill us," he said, adding that he has begun to suffer from throat pains resulting from poisonous gases being leaked into the embassy in (...)
September 22nd, 2009
Meeting in Washington DC, as representatives to the Organisation of American States (OAS) from member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Americas (ALBA), we express our condemnation of the massive violation of human rights of the people of Honduras, who, throughout that country are showing their support for the constitutional president of the Republic of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and his return to Tegucigalpa.
The continued aggression (...)
Cuban President Raul Castro, accompanied by Cuban Army Corps General and Minister of the Cuban Armed Forces (FAR) Julio Casas Regueiro, met on Friday afternoon with Army General Nikolai Egorevich Makarov, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff who arrived earlier this week in the Caribbean nation for a working visit.
With the highly anticipated summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) three days away, the debate over the U.S.’s increased presence on Colombian military bases continues. Venezuela vowed to defend its natural resources, Colombia accused Venezuela of expansionism, and Noam Chomsky analyzed the conflict during a visit to Caracas.
Obama should not miss the chance to normalize relations with Cuba, said US Catholic Bishops, who considered that the US President is acting quite slowly in meeting his promise about a new beginning of bilateral relations with the island.
The opportunities offered by current circumstances must not be missed, the Bishop of Orlando City Thomas Wenski told reporters in Havana. Last April Barack Obama said he would lift current restrictions on Cuban Americans so that they travel to the island (...)
Continental angst . . . a woman in Brazil wears a mask that reads "Get out, Uribe" at a protest against the US military presence in Colombia
A military agreement between the United States and Colombia has led to widespread concern in South America. Leaders want to know why the United States is trying to increase its military presence in the region.
The Colombian government says that having more US troops in the country will help fight drug trafficking and combat terrorism. Venezuela’s Hugo (...)
In his article of June, 29, 2009, Thierry Meyssan submitted that the overthrow of President Zelaya in Honduras had been orchestrated by SouthCom. Moreover, the French edition of his article, in one of the photo captions, underscored the fact that the commander of the US military base at Soto Cano is none other than Colonel Richard A. Juergens, who had already supervised the "kidnapping" of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide according to a similar scenario.
Despite widespread (...)
Soldiers and firefighters remove the body of Salvador Allende from the destroyed presidential palace in 1973. (Associated Press / September 11, 1973)
New documents reveal former presidents Richard Nixon of the US and Emilio Medici of Brazil discussed a cooperative effort to topple leftists in Latin America during the cold war.
The formerly secret memos, published by the National Security Archive in Washington on Sunday, showed a desire by the US and Brazil to overthrow leftist (...)
What is Washington’s position with regard to the events in Honduras? At first, in the name of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the United States vigorously denounced the ousting of President Zelaya. But a closer look shows that they condemned the coup d’état while at the same time supporting their putschist friends. Arnold August analyses the pageant of awkward hypocrisy emanating from the Department of State and the White House.
Eva Golinger presenting her book: El Código Chávez
The Venezuelan-American researcher Eva Golinger said that several US agencies are investing on the destabilization of the Cuban Revolution through two types of operations.
The analyst explained that these actions are undertaken through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Golinger, who has devoted herself for many years to studying US harassment against Cuba, said that the (...)
While Barack Obama was enchanting his Latin American listeners at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad earlier this year, with promises of "equal partnership" and "mutual respect", plans to establish a base in South America that could be used "as a location from which mobility operations could be executed” were already in full swing. Recent developments in Honduras and, now, in Colombia have exposed Obama’s deceptive rhetoric, making it clear that Latin America is still regarded by Washington as its "own backyard" and that this president, too, is determined to keep it that way, albeit under a smoother veneer.
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