August 14, 2010
Forrest Hylton: Is Colombia’s new leader stepping back from U.S. plan to isolate Chavez?
Forrest Hylton teaches history and politics at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota). He is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso, 2006), and with Sinclair Thomson, co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (Verso, 2007). He has contributed to New Left Review, NACLA Report on the Americas, and CounterPunch, and his short fiction and translations have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail. His first novel, Vanishing Acts: A Tragedy, which won the Ben Reitman Award from CityWorks Press, is forthcoming in 2010.
By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
August 09, 2010
It’s no fun being on Washington’s enemies list. Just ask Hugo Chavez. Last week, the Venezuelan president had to cancel a trip to Cuba after he was told that a coup was underway and his life was in danger. The information came from an anonymous source who had delivered a similar warning prior to the failed coup in 2002. The letter said: “The execution phase is accelerating..… There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government.… They will hunt down ‘Mauricio’ (and) try to neutralize part of the Armed Forces.” (“Venezuela Pushes for Peace”, Coral Wynter, Green Left News)
“Mauricio” is Chavez’s codename. Whoever is behind the coup, wants to kill Chavez.
Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly
By Coral Wynter, Caracas
Green Left Weekly
Sunday, August 1, 2010
On July 29, the leaders of the 12 countries belonging to the Union of the Southern Nations (Unasur) held an emergency meeting in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss the crisis between Venezuela and Colombia.
This was due to the actions of the Colombian ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Luis Alfonso Hoyes. He called an urgent meeting of the member countries in Washington on July 22 to complain that Venezuela was harbouring terrorists and terrorist training camps on Venezuelan territory for the Colombian rebel groups the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe maintained that because of this, the terrorists were kidnapping and killing Colombian citizens.