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It never ceases to amaze me how little attention North American’s pay to the CIA-backed gunboat diplomacy attacks on our South American neighbor’s Democracies.
“Another year, another South American coup!” Are we naive enough here to just think “those people are violent and unable to govern themselves peacefully…”?
Sorry, not so. It is our neo-liberals attacking people who want the best for themselves, so that our businesses can exploit them unencumbered by a government that has their People’s interests at heart.
The latest attack was on Ecuador. Remember last years Honduran Coup, where the US backed a right-wing ousting of an ELECTED leftist President? No worries, I will remind you below the fold.
Forgive me for taking it down to basics here, but I fear half of the US is not even aware what the acronym ALBA stands for. This coalition of self-determination, people’s power against US hegemony and imperialist exploitation is always our targets.
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Spanish: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, or ALBA) is an international cooperation organization based on the idea of social, political, and economic integration between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is associated with socialist and social democratic governments and is an attempt at regional economic integration based on a vision of social welfare, bartering and mutual economic aid, rather than trade liberalization as with free trade agreements. ALBA nations are in the process of introducing a new regional currency, the SUCRE. It is intended to be the common virtual currency by 2010 and eventually a hard currency. On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, Venezuela and Ecuador conducted the first bilateral trade deal between two ALBA countries using the new trading currency, the Sucre, instead of the US dollar.
Members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuala. Observer states of the organisation are Grenada, Haiti, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The membership reads like a who’s who of unrest, doesn’t it?
Except. It is not unrest, it is infiltration, subversion and coup attempts by US backing, direct bribery and CIA interference.
On June 28th, 2009, elected Honduran President Zelaya was attacked in his home at gunpoint, removed from office and thrown out of the country by right-wing extremists opposed to his proposal to expand the people’s voices in direct democracy. When he returned and hid in the Brazillian Embassy, that too was attacked.
Roberto Micheletti, a right winger who lived and trained for some time in the US became the temporary President.
The US did nothing, officially, but offer weak “negotiations” between Micheletti (who wanted to bring the Honduras back into the US-friendly OAS) and Zelaya. (who wanted the Honduras to enter into ALBA)
In an official press release published in their website, the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa stated that “Before the June 28, 2009 coup d’état, Honduras faced substantial challenges in the protection of human rights, had one of the Western Hemisphere’s highest homicide rates, and some killings appearing to be politically motivated. The human rights climate deteriorated significantly following the coup, especially with regard to respect for the rights of women, members of ethnic communities and sexual minorities and other vulnerable groups. While the de facto regime was in power, there were incidents resulting in loss of life, disproportionate use of force, including beatings by security forces of protestors, sexual assaults, as well as other serious human rights abuses. The de facto regime engaged in substantial interference with freedom of movement, association, expression, and assembly.” According to the US Embassy’s website, they “expressed to the Honduran Attorney General, members of the security forces, and the Human Rights Ombudsman, among others, their serious concerns about reported human rights abuses.”
Amazingly, the election that followed saw only a 49% turnout, complaints of stolen ballot boxes, and a conservative elected President in Porfirio Lobo.
Under Lobo’s Presidency, Human rights in Honduras have continued to suffer. According to Human Rights Watch, “at least eight journalists and ten members of the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP)-a political group that opposed the 2009 coup and advocated the reinstatement of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya-have been killed since President Lobo assumed power on January 27, 2010
And out Secretary of State Clinton was ass-deep in it. From The Field:
It was this newspaper, through reporter Bill Conroy’s investigations, that broke the story last August that the State Department-controlled Millennium Challenge Corporation had poured extraordinary amounts of money into Honduras in the months leading up to the June 29, 2009 coup d’etat. And in story after story, we demonstrated with documented fact how Clinton’s Millennium Challenge Corporation went so far as to violate the ban on US aid to the Honduran coup regime. Clinton’s later endorsement of farcical presidential elections and her over-reaching attempts to pretend nothing had happened in Honduras are precisely the signals that were received by today’s coup plotters in Ecuador when they made a run at toppling the democratic government there.
Fast-forward to last Thursday:
Thursday, September 30th, was the dawn of a coup d’etat in Ecuador. Insubordinate police took over a number of facilities in the capital of Quito, creating chaos and panic in the country. Supposedly, they were protesting against a new law approved by the National Assembly on Wednesday, which according to them reduced labor benefits.
In an attempt to resolve the situation, President Rafael Correa went to meet with the rebellious police but was attacked with heavy objects and teargas, causing a wound on his leg and teargas asphyxiation. He was taken to a military hospital in Quito, where he was later kidnapped and held against his will, prevented from leaving.
According to journalist Jean-Guy Allard, an official report from Ecuador’s Defense Minister, Javier Ponce, distributed in October of 2008 revealed “how US diplomats dedicated themselves to corrupting the police and the Armed Forces.”
The report confirmed that police units “maintain an informal economic dependence on the United States, for the payment of informants, training, equipment and operations.”
In response to the report, US Ambassador in Ecuador, Heather Hodges, justified the collaboration, saying “We work with the government of Ecuador, with the military and with the police, on objectives that are very important for security.” According to Hodges, the work with Ecuador’s security forces is related to the “fight against drug trafficking.”
Do not forget that the US has sent troops, allowed in an unprecedented policy change to Costa Rica, targeting Venezuela and Chavez under the premise of the “Drug War” a term as ridiculous as the “War on Terror.”
Venezuala just had elections. Again, from Postcards…
President Hugo Chavez’s party, PSUV, achieved a landslide victory this past Sunday, September 26 in the nation’s legislative elections, winning 98 seats out of 165 in the parliament. The coalition of opposition parties, grouped under the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), won 65 seats, while a third party, PPT, took two.
But the opposition gained 65 seats:
Another important factor influencing these elections was the multimillion-dollar support the opposition campaign received from US agencies, such as USAID, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI). These agencies, backing the opposition to Chavez for years, achieved a major result; their most loyal agents won top seats in parliament.
During the past eight years, US agencies have been working hard to strengthen opposition forces and help them return to power in Venezuela. The result of Sunday’s elections is their most important victory to date.
So why, dear readers is this a War on You?
It proves, beyond any reasonable doubt that American Corporate Interests not only run OUR COUNTRY but attempt to smash any People’s Movement in the World.
It shows the PTB cannot and WILL NOT abide any power structure that does not allow Business Interests to run roughshod over a people, the Unity of the Elite Class, and the provision of a demoralized working class that will never rise and ask for more.
And it does it at the end of a barrel.
Our elections here have been stolen. Our elections here have been rigged by “redistricting.”
Our elections have been false-promise shams that seek to placate us while the Class War on us continues.
We punish economically any country that does not allow our “investment” (read hegemony) and sanction and vilify with false charges any country that wants AUTONOMY, and has any success at all in operating outside US influence.
The Rightists in this country are all set to try and imprison and trump up charges on any left-leaning Politician left standing after the Mid-terms.
They are spying on us right now, busting down our doors and disappearing people in America. And its only just begun.
If you are reading this blog?
ALBA is YOU.
The Shock Doctrine against the US is NOW.
And our only hope as a people is to side with, learn from and revere the principles of our Southern Brothers and Sisters against the Elitist Oligarchy that is attempting to enslave us all.
Viva la Revolucion!
V for Vendetta!