The American Empire in Latin America: “Democracy” is a Threat to “National Security” by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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Dec. 14, 2011

NOTE: This is an excerpt from a chapter in a current book-in-progress being funded through The People’s Book Project. The chapter is on the American Empire’s early implementation of its “Grand Area” designs in Latin America, as defined by the Council on Foreign Relations during World War II. The Project is currently in dire need of funding, so please donate if possible to allow progress on this book to continue.

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Celac: Is This the Mayan Prophecy? by Sean Fenley

by Sean Fenley
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The Anything and Everything
December 17, 2011

“Celac is the greatest event in the last 200 years.” – Raul Castro, President of the Council of State Cuba

“The OAS is the meeting of the colonies with their empire, while the CELAC is the summit of peer countries in search of joint development, through the value of solidarity.” – Nicmer Evans, International Affairs Analyst

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Noam Chomsky: Changing Contours of Global Order + Q&A

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on Nov 9, 2011

Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture ‘Changing Contours of Global Order’ a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011.

This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomsky’s only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Chomsky was an invited guest of Deakin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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“Yankees, Go Home!” by Cindy Sheehan + Zelaya Returns to Honduras

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
May 30, 2011

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“Yankees, Go Home”

“Nobody messes with Venezuela. Venezuela must be respected.”

— Rafael Ramirez, Venezuelan Energy Minister

I am in Caracas, Vz today (May 29th–Casey’s birthday)—a country I love and a people that I support with all my heart in their struggle against US imperialism and corporate interests so they can make their own lives better.

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Capitalism and Class Struggle by Prof. James Petras

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by Prof. James Petras
Global Research
April 25, 2011

Workers Of The World Unite!

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Introduction

The class struggle continues to play a central role in the process of capitalist accumulation, albeit it takes different forms depending on the socio-economic context. In order to map out the unfolding of the class struggle it is necessary to specify key concepts related to the (a) varied conditions and dominant sectors of capital in the global economy (b) nature of the class struggle (c) the principle protagonists of class struggles (d) character of the demands (e) mass struggles.

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Economic Hitman John Perkins, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
April 10, 2011

(SOAPBOX #94) – Cindy’s first guest is activist Karen Tostado.  Her main website is United We Strike.  She’s also developing another web site, Taxfree15.com.  She contributes many worthwhile & cogent insights […] and ideas.  Check it out!

Cindy’s next guest is former Economic Hitman John Perkins, who discusses events in Libya plus the Shamanic movement and its influence of Shamanic spirituality on the non-violent popular revolution in Latin America – and on the Robber class’ (= corporatocracy’s) profound FEAR of the emergence of a “Good Example” there (i.e., any form of social organization that doesn’t concentrate the wealth in the hands of the upper 0.1% of the population and thus all the real power in society).

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Latin America’s Twenty First Century Capitalism and the US Empire by Prof. James Petras

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by Prof. James Petras
Global Research
December 2, 2010

Political Power and the World Market

The twin nemesis of Latin America’s quest for more equitable and dynamic development, US imperial and local oligarchic power have been subject to profound changes over the past decade. New capitalist classes both at home and abroad have redefined Latin America’s relation to world markets, seized opportunities to stimulate growth and forged cross class coalitions linking overseas investors, agro-mineral exporters, national industrialists with a broad array of trade unions, and in some countries peasant and Indian social movements. Parallel to these changes in Latin America, a new militarist and financial political configuration engaged in prolonged wars, colonial occupations and widespread speculation has weakened the structural economic links – dominance – between US imperial economic interests and Latin America’s dynamic socio-economic classes.

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The Latin American Revolution, Part 4: Integration: Towards a United Latin America

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Written by Asad Ismi and produced by Kristin Schwartz
http://radio4all.net
2010-07-11

Many Latin American countries are coming together to create a continental community based on socialism and taking care of human needs. The last episode examines this inspiring integration and its importance as a model for global development. With Presidents Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez and Joao Batista Lemos, Sonia Fleury, Rosemary Irusta, Sabina Gonzalez, Lilian Celiberti, Ramon Cardona, Julio Chavez and Doris Miranda.

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The Latin American Revolution, Part 3: Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador

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Written by Asad Ismi and produced by Kristin Schwartz
http://radio4all.net
2010-07-11

Cuba has inspired the Latin American Revolution while Nicaragua recently celebrated 30 years of the Sandinista Revolution. In 2009, El Salvador elected the first left-wing government in its history. This episode looks at the revolutionary process in all three countries. With Dr. Aleida Guevara, Professor Luis Rene Fernandes Tabio, Doris Miranda and Mercedes Umana.

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The Latin American Revolution, Part 2: The Indigenous Revolution

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Written by Asad Ismi and produced by Kristin Schwartz
http://radio4all.net
2010-07-11

Bolivians have elected Latin America’s first indigenous President, Evo Morales who has brought profound social changes to his country. This episode describes the Bolivian Revolution. With President Evo Morales, Cynthia Cisneros, Rosemary Irusta, Sabina Gonzalez and Tomas Huanacu.

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The Latin American Revolution, Part 1: Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution

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Written by Asad Ismi and produced by Kristin Schwartz
http://radio4all.net
2010-07-11

Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez has been a leader of the Latin American Revolution. This episode focuses on how the Chavez government has transformed Venezuela through its Bolivarian Revolution. With President Hugo Chavez, Clara Herrera, America Maldonado, Santiago Arconada Rodriguez, Adedue Kawa and Julio Chavez.

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All the Colonel’s Men – Who was behind Ecuador’s coup?

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http://therealnews.com transcript

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On September 30th Rafael Correa was held by a group of angry policemen for about 10 hours creating a political scar in this Andean republic that would not be easily healed. In the days that followed the idea that there could have been a mastermind coordinating the actions of those who took such radical measures takes shape. There are reported facts that cannot been ignored: all the Colonels men were very active that day, having secret meetings in hotels, speaking on TV and allegedly coordinating what was taking place in a number of scenarios. The Colonel himself was conveniently in Brazil; but it seems like fate has a weird way to put the Colonel’s name in the last 4 Coups in Ecuador, even when he is not there. Who is behind all of this? Was this Lucio’s coup? To best understand what toke place that day, let us review some historical context in Latin American’s revolts and regime changes. Oscar Leon reports for The Real News.

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Obama Administration Should Oppose Any Attempted Coup in Ecuador: CEPR Co-Director + Eva Golinger: Coup D’état in Ecuador

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www.cepr.net
September 30, 2010

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2010
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

Washington, D.C. – There are currently reports of a possible attempted coup d’etat underway in Ecuador. There have been violent protests by police and some elements of the military, reports that President Correa has been injured, and reports that the air force has closed down a number of airports.

The Organization of American States will convene an emergency meeting at 2:30 Eastern Standard Time in Washington D.C., to consider the situation.

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The War On Democracy by John Pilger (2007; must-see)

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In case you missed seeing this, I’m reposting.

Dandelion Salad ICH 1 hr 33 min 36 sec – Aug 22, 2007 ‘The War on Democracy’ is John Pilger’s first major film for the cinema – in a career that has produced more than 55 television documentaries. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. “The film tells a universal story,” says Pilger, “analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the … Read More

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American Designs in Latin America By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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liberalpro.blogspot.com
July 28, 2010

The United States has many fences in Latin America that need mending.  You can see by the attention the U.S. is paying to Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama that the government in Washington is keenly aware of this and is responding in the only way it knows how to respond…militarily. This is the only response that America knows. Not that it hasn’t worked, since the end of World War II, the United States has been involved in overthrowing a government in every nation in Latin America, some more than once. There has been more than one career spent in American clandestine organizations participating in regime changes from start to finish. By now the United States should have it down to a fine art. In fact, Americans thought that they had the formula for regime change down to a fine science until 2002 when they attempted to overthrow Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, there things went horribly wrong. The people there suddenly decided for themselves that they didn’t want any part of the right-wing government about to be forced upon them and marched Chavez back to the Palace and reinstalled him.

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