Edward Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World by Finian Cunningham

War Is A Racket

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
July 17, 2013

One of America’s genuine heroes, Major General Smedley D Butler revealed in his memoirs the true, abhorrent nature of Washington’s foreign policy. Butler had led countless military operations in Central America and the Caribbean as a US Marines Corp commander in the era of “gunboat diplomacy” during the early 1900s. Years after his retirement, he spoke out candidly and ruefully of his highly decorated military service in a book entitled War is a Racket. Here is how Butler characterized with unsparing words his service for country in 1935, five years before his death:

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Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was An Act of Piracy by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
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4 July 2013

ARRIBÓ DE PRESIDENTE RAFAEL CORREA A COCHABAMBA

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Imagine the aircraft of the President of France being forced down in Latin America on “suspicion” that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.

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Europe Cravenly Colluding with US in Criminality by Finian Cunningham + Escobar: ‘Imperial Hijack’ Opens Asylum Bid for Snowden in Latin America

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
July 4, 2013

It is hard to know which is the more outrageous: the US government’s forced landing this week of the Bolivian President Evo Morales’ official jet in Europe; or the European authorities’ compliance with the Americans in their act of international piracy.

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Celac: Is This the Mayan Prophecy? 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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Evo Morales: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Diplomacy of Empire” + Bolivia’s thirst for change

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English: President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, December 2009. Dansk: Bolivias præsident, Evo Morales, december 2009. Español: Presidente de Bolivia Evo Morales, diciembre de 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Dec. 10, 2010

Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, Bolivian President Evo Morales warned against throwing out the Kyoto Protocol, saying such a move could result in ecocide or genocide. Bolivia has become a leading critic of how the climate talks have developed and of last year’s U.S.-backed Copenhagen Accord. At a news conference, Morales also talked about U.S. dispatches on Bolivia unearthed by WikiLeaks and his response to recent criticism from Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. [includes rush transcript]

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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
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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 2: The Indigenous Revolution

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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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Free Gas in Pennsylvania? Part 2

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Pennsylvania to Become ‘Gasland’? (Pt. 2): Trillions of dollars in revenues expected to be made, yet new Governor pledges not to tax the companies.

Produced by Jesse Freeston and Malak Behrouznami.

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Latin America’s New Middle Class Rulers: Stabilization, Growth and Inequality by Prof James Petras

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Global Research, May 22, 2010

Introduction

Latin America’s current relations with the US as well as its present political and economic configuration can best be understood in the context of large scale changes over the past twenty years and the relative stability of the past five years.

We will proceed by schematically highlighting the salient features leading to the rise and crises of neo-liberal regimes and policies and the emergence of diverse “post neo-liberal” regimes in the present period.  We will analyze the nature and performance of the ‘post neo-liberal regimes’ to bring out their strengths and weaknesses in the context of world market conditions, as well  as the emerging political and social contradictions and alternatives.

US Imperial Power and the Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Regimes

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Stimulator: How to overthrow the Government + 500 Years of Resistance!

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April 25, 2010

This week:
1. Kyrgyzstan: It’s Nice!
2. Red Shirt Valet
3. Capitalism must die!
4. Evo’s inconveniences
5. It’s not Mine
6. Taseko’s dirt lake
6. The Coup
7. 500 Years of indigenous resistance times two

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Evo Morales: I Can’t Believe a Black President Can Hold So Much Vengeance Against an Indian President

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Capitalism lives from war. Capitalism needs wars in order to sell its weaponry.  — Evo Morales

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April 23, 2010

Bolivian President Evo Morales on President Obama: “I Can’t Believe a Black President Can Hold So Much Vengeance Against an Indian President”

As the World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change in Cochabamba closes, we speak to Bolivian President Evo Morales about the US decision to cut off climate aid to Bolivia; narcotrafficking; the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars in Cochabamba; the protest at the San Cristóbal silver mine; and the contradiction between promoting the environment and extractive industries—oil/natural gas exploration, mining.

On Thursday organizers of the peoples’ summit released an Agreement of the Peoples based on working group meetings. Key proposals include the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute polluters, passage of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, protection for climate migrants, and the full recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [includes rush transcript]

(starts at 15:17)

via Bolivian President Evo Morales on President Obama: “I Can’t Believe a Black President Can Hold So Much Vengeance Against an Indian President”.

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Transcript of Cindy Sheehan’s Interview with Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales

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March 26, 2010

Transcribed by Regina Freitag

Original Translation by Eva Golinger

Interviewer: Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan: Welcome to this video and audio audition of Cindy Sheehan’s SoapBox.

Presidente Chavez, thank you for being on the show, thank you for this interview and thank you for allowing me to bring the truth about Venezuela and about you and about your revolution to the people of the United States.

Before the revolution, Venezuela was a nation that was ruled and used up by the oligarchy, the elite. How did your revolution begin, how did it manage to remain relatively peaceful?

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We are ALL Americans! Cindy Sheehan interviews Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales

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by Cindy Sheehan
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March 14, 2010

Todos Somos Americanos – Those words mean “We are ALL Americans.”  Today is the day!  This Sunday (March 14th) Cindy says a warm “hello” to Pacifica Radio, starting with this interview with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, to honor exactly that sentiment!  Cindy’s request to interview President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela was finally granted on March 2nd, when Cindy and two photographers were down in Montevideo, Uruguay with President Chavez for the inauguration of the new left-ish president and freedom fighter, Jose Mujica.  Eva Golinger (Venezuelan-American attorney and author) was the translator.

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“We are not anti-American, we are anti-Imperialism” by Cindy Sheehan

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March 6, 2010

My request to interview President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela was finally granted on March 2nd while we were down in Montevideo, Uruguay with President Chavez for the inauguration of the new left-ish president and freedom fighter, Jose Mujica.

Cindy Sheehan in Venezuela

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The reasons I went down to Venezuela with my team of two cameramen were two-fold.

First of all, I just got tired of all the misinformation that is spread in the US about President Chavez and the people’s Bolivarian Revolution. In only one example, the National Endowment for Democracy (another Orwellian named agency that receives federal money to supplant democracy) spends millions of dollars every year in Venezuela trying to destabilize Chavez’s democratically elected government.

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Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius + Evo Morales: Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity

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Dec. 17, 2009

Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius

A leaked internal document from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change states that current targets on emissions reductions from countries around the world will cause global temperatures to rise above two degrees Celsius. According to the UNFCCC document, current emissions reduction targets could lead to a three degree Celsius rise. We speak to French journalist Jade Lindgaard. [includes rush transcript]

(starts at 46:35 minutes in on above audio)

Jade Lindgaard, journalist with the French news website Mediapart.

Naomi Klein, Author and journalist. She is blogging from Copenhagen for The Nation. Her recent articles include “Climate Rage.”

via EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Internal UNFCCC Document: Global Temperatures Will Rise by More than Two Degrees Celsius

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Bolivian President Evo Morales on Climate Debt, Capitalism, Why He Wants a Tribunal for Climate Justice and Much More

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