South America: NATO's Sixth Continent

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South America: NATO's Sixth Continent

US Escalates War Plans In Latin America

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14503

"plans for the direct US military aggression in Latin America, dormant since the invasion of Panama in 1989, may be slated for revival.."

Frmrsldr

I find how the "War on of Drugs" in Columbia is connected to Afghanistan and Kosovo very interesting.

NDPP

Yes. Interesting also to remember that  narco wars were an earlier pretext before "humanitarian intervention" or TWOT

Frmrsldr

Narco wars are the means the Pentagon has used to fund wars and its "black operations" since Vietnam. In fact, America learned this game from the French.

NDPP

whatever works..

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Chavez 'Ready for Combat' with Columbia:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=103004&sectionid=351020704

"Venezuela's military will respond if there's an attack against Venezuela," he added. Chavez further said he would call on his allies in this week's Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Quito, Ecuador, to pressure the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe into reconsidering the military deal with the US.."

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US Builds Up Bases in Oil Rich South America:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-builds-up-its-bases-...

"From the Caribbean to Brazil, political opposition to US plans for 'full spectrum operations' is escalating rapidly.."

remind remind's picture

So PNAC continues even with a USA regime change....

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Venezuela Surrounded

http://www.ipsnews.net/columns.asp?idnews=49888

"Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution find themselves surrounded by no less than thirteen US military bases in Columbia, Panama, Aruba, and Curacao, as well as the aircraft carriers and warships of the Fourth Fleet.

President Obama seems to have given the Pentagon a free hand.

Would the people of the world allow a new crime against democracy to be carried out in Latin America...?"

US - Venezuelan Relations: Imperialism and Revolution

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5055

"If Washington proceeds toward a proxy war with Venezuela using Honduras as a dress rehearsal, (in addition to its overstretch today in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen) can it win a prolonged  offensive war?

A highly dubious proposition. More likely  it will re-radicalize the continent..."

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Canada, Honduras and the Coup d'Etat:

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/3080

"Honduras is one of the CIDA target countries, and the top recipient of Canadian development funds in Central America. In addition the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade disburses part of their Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Fund...and the Department of Defence runs a Military Training Program that includes the participation of Honduran soldiers.

Canadian corporations such as Montreal based Guildan Activewear and Scarborough based label maker Mayfair Canada are members of the Honduran Manufacturing Association. They are joined by Calgary's Merendon, a jewelry company whose directors are charged wtih defrauding shareholders in what the RCMP has called one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history.

On the financial front it is possible that Canadian companies active in Honduras will see an upward investment climate..."

conrad yablonski

Aruba and Curacao especially are Hot Spots of anti-revolutionary zeal.

j.m.

For those interested there is some interesting coverage on this topic as it relates to the presence of US military bases in Peru:

http://peruanista.blogspot.com/2009/04/united-states-has-secret-military...

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture
Fidel

[quote=conrad yablonski]

Aruba and Curacao especially are Hot Spots of anti-revolutionary zeal.[/quote]

We met a dive guide on one of those three islands who told us one night at the bar he was paid $2000 USD a month to be a mercenary in Central America in the 1980's. His side-kick confirmed it. He looked the type, too - body builder type and liked carrying a pistol and big knife. I had a bad feeling about the asshole when I first met him, and I was right. 

 

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Mondo Hondo : Obama Goes Traditional in Latin America

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1898-...

"For almost 200 years, since the proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine, the United States has continually asserted - and often physically exerted - its self-awarded right of dominion over all the lands south of its border.."

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Mexico Is On the Brink of Its Third Revolution:

http://www.narconews.com/Issue63/article4002.html

"The question is if that revolution will be peaceful or violent..."

even though Mexico is not in SA..

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Venezuela to Reinforce Troops on Colombia Border

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16897

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced plans for the deployment of new Russian-made tanks and combat helicopters on the border with Colombia.."

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Colombia is the Israel of Latin America. It's the intermediary through which the United States attacks ____, ______, and _______. Hence the "free trade" agreements with the Colombian narco-state by the poodle regime in .... Canada.

Frmrsldr

[quote=N.Beltov]

Colombia is the Israel of Latin America. It's the intermediary through which the United States attacks ____, ______, and _______. Hence the "free trade" agreements with the Colombian narco-state by the poodle regime in .... Canada.

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That, and like Honduras, Canada has a number of mining interests there as well.

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Supercriminals: Chiquita Lauded for Human Rights Abuses

http://www.counterpunch.org/kovalik01122010.html

In its most recent edition, the magazine, 'Super Lawyers' gave its cover story to the General Counsel of Chiquita Brands International, praising him for navigating the complex and difficult [legal] waters of Colombia. What it failed to mention is the trail of tears in Latin America left b Chiquita (formerly United Fruit)..."

Doug
Fidel

That's insane. What a dull and grey socialist heck hole it is. Phat Robertson should put out another Patwa on Chavez.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Business Week, a history professor once told me, is very good for providing the virtually unadulterated bourgeois view of things. For that reason, he suggested to me and all of my classmates that we make a habit of reading it. Know the enemy.

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A Coup in Honduras

http://www.counterpunch.org/landau01152010.html

"Hey," said a supporter in Tegucigalpa, "the election was as legitimate as the Afghanistan farce."

Success took longer than its plotters desired, but official Washington has defined last year as ancient history. The kidnapping of Zelaya - for offering legal steps to reform--and subsequent death squad murders, well, 'let auld acquaintance be forgot.'

So thanks to amnesia (was there a coup there?) Honduras is again safe for Chiquita Banana, US banks and local artistocrats.."

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Year of Resistance: Interview with Eva Golinger

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5074

"My opinion is that Obama's administration is much more dangerous towards Latin America than Bush was..."

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Latin American Peace Initiative (LAPI) Special Event in Toronto - Saturday March 30

http://latinamericanpeaceiniciativelapi.blogspot.com

"At this special event in LAPI will provide information that is not reported in the mainstream media and to raise awareness of the threats to peace in our hemisphere.."

Pentagon Bracing For A Snap Offensive Against Venezuela

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17689

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Britain May Provoke New Conflict with Argentina by Rick Rozoff

http://canada.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/72091

"If the UK succeeds in provoking a new war, it in turn will appeal to its NATO allies. Britain is playing with fire and if it ignites a new conflict it could spread rapidly far beyond the waters of the southern tip of South America.."

Frmrsldr

[quote=NoDifferencePartyPooper]

Britain May Provoke New Conflict with Argentina by Rick Rozoff

http://canada.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/72091

"If the UK succeeds in provoking a new war, it in turn will appeal to its NATO allies. Britain is playing with fire and if it ignites a new conflict it could spread rapidly far beyond the waters of the southern tip of South America.."

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There's some problems with that theory:

1. The reason why the British pulled out of Iraq is that the U.K. could not afford economically, militarily and politically to fight two wars at once.

2. Both the U.K. and the other EU NATO countries are war weary and don't have the stomach for another war, even if NATO wants it to justify its continued existence if the Afghan war fails.

The reason why U.S. and U.K. chicken hawks want Falklands/Malvines War II is because of the offshore oil there. It's all about the crude dude.

My apologies to Linda McQuaig for the ripoff.

NDPP

for whatever it's worth I hope you're right and not RR. As for 'war-weary', not quite yet I don't think...

Frmrsldr

[quote=NoDifferencePartyPooper]

As for 'war-weary', not quite yet I don't think...

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Look at the Netherlands. The funny thing is in all countries like Canada, the U.K., France, Germany  and even the U.S.A., etc., the majority of people polled expressed that they wanted the troops out now. Yet they have center right governments (except the U.K., which has a pro war Labor government - go figure) and even though they are democracies, the governments don't listen to the people and often either escalate the number of troops or escalate the length of military engagement.

Something is going to give sooner or later.

NDPP

Governmnents DO listen but what they 'hear' is that there is insufficient organized or motivated resistance capable of dislodging their  elite agendas - so they continue. Why has not every single anti-war MP not been screaming incessantly and without pause against this war since it started? The answer is that there has not been any significant  public pressure upon them to force this and plenty from the other side to keep them going along with it. Unless and until 'the majority of people polled' escalate the pressure considerably upon the PTB it will give later rather than sooner, if at all.

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Stop Killings and Harassment Against the Revolutionary Movement in Honduras

http://www.marxist.com/stop-killings-harassment-against-revolutionary-mo...

"We have received the following message from the Honduran activists of the National Front of People's Resistance against the repression of the Porfirio Lobo government.."

here's another one where the international solidarity movement wasn't...

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War on the Horizon in Latin America

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24978.htm

"a US airforce document justifying the need to increase military presence in Colombia affirmed that Washington is preparing for 'expeditionary warfare' in South America.."

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War on the Horizon in Latin America

http://www.chavezcode.com/2010/03/permanent-aggression-war-on-horizon-in...

"soon Washington will publish its annual list of 'state sponsors of terrorism', and if Venezuela is placed on the list this year, the region could be on the brink of an unprecedented military conflict.."

 

conrad yablonski

[quote=NoDifferencePartyPooper].......usual list of 'state sponsors of terrorism', and if Venezuela is placed on the list this year, the region could be on the brink of an unprecedented military conflict.."[/quote]

I could be having soft boiled eggs fro brekkie tomorrow, or not, depending.

As to Venezuela they have so many problems with the drought reducing their hydro-electric power generating capacity they're not a threat to anyone but themselves.

Frmrsldr

[quote=conrad yablonski]

As to Venezuela they have so many problems with the drought reducing their hydro-electric power generating capacity they're not a threat to anyone but themselves.

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You wouldn't get that idea listening to the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Defense.

It seems there's no such thing as too many wars.

Great Recession, what Great Recession? Hell our budget for 2010 is $907 billion.

NDPP

Canada's Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship

http://www.counterpunch.com/gordon03192010.html

"Canada's imperial role in the region has taken on a similar guise as the US, although shaped more specifically around Canada's mining interests in the area.."

Noah_Scape

[quote=Frmrsldr]

Narco wars are the means the Pentagon has used to fund wars and its "black operations" since Vietnam. In fact, America learned this game from the French.

[/quote]

 

YA!!!  You know it FM. The French resistance was funded with heroin money. Vietnam intelligence operations by the CIA was funded with heroin money. South America, Afghanistan, etc etc etc - the CIA has "allowed" illegal drug trafficing to the USA for decades now. It is how they fund their illegal operations that Congress cannot fund.

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Manuel Rozental on Resistance and the Consolidation of Fascism in Colombia

http://www.mediacoop.ca/audio/3096

"The situation in Colombia now is that we will have another four years of delivering the country to transnational corporations, of rampant corruption and delivering the natural resources to private hands...

Finally, we will have, most likely and this is the most frightening scenario, we're going to get closer and closer to an armed conflict in the region, an armed conflict from Colombia against Venezuela and Ecuador. Colombia has become a threat for the whole region.

The project of social movements will be to change the entire system, before the earth can no longer support us..

We have to find the cracks in the system"

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US Plunges Central America Back to Era of Coups and Deaths

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18356

"On March 22 Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullens accompanied Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Mexico and upon returning top US military commander Mullen spoke of Mexico's 'own version of counterinsurgency' and said, 'We're working with them to generate as much capability as they can in that fight.'  In speaking as he did Mullens reiterated his statements in January of 2009 that the US military was prepared to employ the same counterinsurgency tactics used in Afghanistan and Iraq for Mexico, and that the infamous Plan Colombia could be the 'overarching' model for the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.."

Anti-Coup Resistance a Target of Extra-judicial Killings

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18338

"The Honduran Professor Jose Manuel Flores, member of the anti-coup resistance movement was murdered at the school where he worked..According to social organizations, since the coup of June 28 Honduras reported 4,200 human rights violations among them more than 130 murders of resistance and about 3,000 arrests.."

conrad yablonski

[url=http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=20100326... journalsi given 3 year prison term for criticing Correa Govt[/url]

Although I like the place and the people Ecuador has always been a messy place politcally, the present President is just the latest in a long line of corrupt autocrats.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Hmm. That article is accompanied by a general effort to smear pretty well every left of centre government in South America. Special attention is paid to the Chavez government in Venezuela; is military action in the offing by Uncle Sam?

Perhaps a source other than a stock market website might be more appropriate for a left wing site like this one?

conrad yablonski

[url=http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g7GlUbnIYvpfbV82qo9qqj...'s the article from the Associated Press- do you believe someone is going to prison for what they wrote now?[/url]

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

You should have read that AP link before posting it. They do the same shit as the NASDAQ link does. 

conrad yablonski

I read those links and the Spanish language ones as well-they all say the same thing-someone was sentenced to jail for what they wrote-this in a country that purports to be a democracy.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Ok, so you're not interested in addressing the drive-by smear unrelated to the charges against Palacio?

I thought so.

 

Incidently, while the $10,000 fine is by no means excessive in defamatory libel cases - like this one - the three year prison term handed down by the judge does seem excessive.

Here is the data for some other countries that also "purport to be a democracy"

Azerbaijan - max sentence up to 3 years in jail

Belgium - up to 1 year and can be doubled if it is considered a hate crime

Finland - up to 2 years in prison

But how about we just cut to the chase, shall we:

 

[quote]In Canada, the so-called « blasphemous libel» is a crime punished with a maximum term of two years in prison, according to Article 296-1 of the Canadian Criminal Code, as well as the crime of « defamatory libel » (Article 298), which receives the same penalty (see Article 301). In the specific case of a "libel known to be false" (Article 300), the prison term increases to a maximum of five years. According to Article 298, a defamatory libel "is matter published, without lawful justification or excuse, that is likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or that is designed to insult the person of or concerning whom it is published"[74].

The criminal portion of the law has been rarely applied. In the most recent case, in 1994 Bradley Waugh and Ravin Gill were charged with criminal libel for publicly accusing six prison guards of the racially motivated murder of a black inmate.[75]

According to a OSCE official report on defamation laws[when?], 57 persons in Canada were accused of defamation, libel and insult, among which 23 were convicted - 9 to prison sentences, 19 to probation and one to a fine. The average period in prison was 270 days, and the maximum sentence was 1460 days of imprisonment. [/quote]

 

Canada, last time I checked, also "purported" to be a democracy.

 

ha ha ha ha. HA ha ha ha. Thanks for showing up.

 

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Libel humour: Perhaps Palacio should have accused the official of having a small penis? He might have avoided the litigation entirely.

conrad yablonski

Surprising to see someone here  sneering @ press freedom-is that what progressive means?

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Conrad, it's hard not to laugh at you when you're such a sitting duck on this one. Every country has libel laws. (Well, maybe except the USA which absolutizes free speech to the point of allowing anyone to yell "Fire" in a crowded theatre.) And the libel laws in Ecuador aren't more draconian than the same laws in other "purported" democracies.

Give it a rest. You crashed and burned. Maybe next time don't be so quick to re-gurgitate the papal missives of the stock market without doing a little homework. Like I did.

 

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