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U.S. Interference and Troubles In the Americas

by Oui Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 05:22:03 AM EST

So the U.S. stops refugees from Honduras at the border with Mexico ... president Trumnp called in the military for protection?

Berta Cáceres murder trial plagued by allegations of cover-ups set to end | The Guardian |

She died in the arms of her friend Gustavo Castro, a Mexican environmentalist, who was shot by a second gunman in the attack, but survived by pretending to be dead.

Cáceres had led numerous campaigns to protect indigenous territories from environmentally destructive mega-projects, as general coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh).

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Her murder sparked international outrage and affirmed Honduras's ranking as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for defenders of land rights and natural resources. It was a bitter blow for the country's social movements battling against a toxic mix of poverty, violence, corruption and impunity that has forced thousands to flee since a military coup in 2009.

Cáceres's family and colleagues have attempted to expose the criminal networks responsible for the smear campaigns, surveillance, sexual harassment, false criminal charges, threats and ultimately her murder. But their quest for justice has been frustrated by restricted access to crucial evidence controlled by the public prosecutors.

Even before the trial opened, hopes that it would uncover the truth were dealt a blow when the judges excluded the family's lawyers from proceedings.


The verdict against eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres will be handed down on Thursday after a controversial five-week trial plagued by allegations of negligence and cover-ups.

Cáceres - who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize - was shot dead in March 2016, after a long battle against the internationally financed Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project on the Gualcarque river, territory sacred to the indigenous Lenca people.

US Policy Failure on Honduras, Zelaya Returns!

What Manuel Zelaya's return means for Honduras

(Guardian) - Zelaya was ousted from the presidency when he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the military on 28 June 2009. Although no hard evidence has yet emerged that the US government was directly involved in his overthrow, the Obama administration did everything it could to help the coup government to survive and then legitimate itself through elections that most of the rest of the hemisphere, and the world, rejected as neither free nor fair.

Zelaya's return represents a partial reversal of that coup d'etat and Washington's efforts to consolidate it, just as President Aristide's return to Haiti after seven years in exile, on 18 March - despite furious efforts by the Obama administration, and even President Obama himself, to prevent it - is a partial reversal of the 2004 US-organised coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti. And it is another demonstration of how the western hemisphere has changed: the agreement for Zelaya's return was mediated through the governments of Venezuela and Colombia, with no US involvement or even lip-service support until it was over.

Honduras Military Coup to Preserve 1982 Constitution
Honduras on Slippery Slope by ask @BooMan on Sept. 22, 2009

GOP Meddling Over Honduras

Right-wingers in our country, however, do not like President Manuel Zelaya because he is an ally of Hugo Chavez and his politics are leftist. They are upset that the State Department has withdrawn foreign aid to the military junta there.

¡Ese negrito que no sabe nada de nada!

***Media's Aggression towards López Obrador by XicanoPwr @EuroTrib on July 30, 2006

Beginning in March 2006, the Wall Street Journal published an anti-AMLO column by Mary Anastasia O'Grady - who also vehemently attacked Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez - who argued that AMLO's opposition to President Vicente Fox's pro-corporate economic policy should signal "a worrying authoritarianism with moralistic overtones" and suggested that an alternative path for development would qualify as "wild populist experimentation."

In April 2006, Conservative Felipe Calderón - although denied by the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) - informally hired two American consultants political advisor and Fox News commentator Dick Morris and Republican strategist Rob Allyn to help him in his failing campaign. In June, El Universal report how Juan Camilo Mourino, Calderón's campaign manager, suddenly started running campaign ads that resembled those of the United States, electoral techniques evidently imported from the United States.

Peacekeeping, Politics, and the 1994 US Intervention in Haiti

One of a primary mistakes made by the young Barack Obama … lacking experience he asked Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, it ruined his presidency on foreign policy. It became right-wing and in his second term it was insufficient for John Kerry to readjust. Wrong people in the CIA and 26 other intelligence branches and in the leadership of the Pentagon. A lost cause for “Democrats”. Again it opened an opportunity for goofball like Republican Trump to “upset” an expected crowning of Mrs. Hillary Rodham. The name “Clinton” was aleady coupled on corruption and bribery in high places. Living in North America with impunity … the power of filthy wealth.

Key power brokers | Dick Morris – Lanny Davis – Paul Manafort – Roger Stone – Mchael Cohen – all the same making of corrupt politicians and failed policy |

All the President's broken men | CNN – today |
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba … and Then Lost It to the Revolution | The Smitsonian |

The coup in Honduras has exposed divisions between Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton …

Who's in charge of US foreign policy? | The Guardian Opinion – July 2009 |

The current stand-off in Honduras, in which the coup government headed by Roberto Micheletti is refusing to allow the return of elected president Manuel Zelaya, is raising questions about who is in charge of US foreign policy for the hemisphere.

Divisions have been noticeable from early on in this administration, for example at the summit of the Americas in Trinidad last April. Obama went to the summit with the idea of presenting a new face to the rest of the hemisphere and was immediately undermined by his adviser and director for the summit, Jeffrey Davidow. Fortunately, Obama ignored his advisers and proceeded along a diplomatic path.

When the coup occurred on 28 June, the first statement that came out of the White House was a major blunder. Although the US and international press gave Obama a pass, the diplomatic community could hardly help noticing that the White House issued the only official statement in the world that didn't have a bad word to say about the coup when it happened.

A Labyrinth of Deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduran Coup
During Honduras Crisis, Clinton Suggested Back Channel With Lobbyist Lanny Davis

That’s why I couldn’t muster support for HRC in 2016 … if there is to be corruption in high office, let it be a Republican President to go down, not a Democrat. Thinking Tricky Dick Nixon in 1973 after Watergate. Nothing, nothing has changed … but it got worse, much worse.

How can someone who supported Barry Goldwater in 1964 become a progressive Democrat? It just cannot be done …

It's time to be done with euphemism and oxymoron for want of a precise "term of art," employed with confidence by professionals in each of their disciplines, that will definitively disturb popular imagination of safety.

Historically and regardless of partisan domination, US fed gov enterprises can be characterized in a word, violent, at "home" and abroad. That truth will out in the culture and dysphoria of the polity.

So I protest this remark: One of a primary mistakes made by the young Barack Obama ... lacking experience he asked Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, it ruined his presidency on foreign policy. I do so to emphasize that Obama did not make "mistakes". Obama was not "young" (but 47). And more likely that not he did not even chose to appoint HRC SOS for his first term.

Obama accomplished political goals he set for himself, not you or "us" who were not his true constituents in any event. Obama is not, was never, the person or "leader" you (pl.) wished he was.

Aside from little known facts about his "grooming" (to barrow a newly re-purposed phrase for indoctrination) before his inexplicable debut at the 2004 DNC and election to US Senate, it was in that half-assed first term that Obama established his coterie of "foreign policy" mentors. Remember? HRC was not among them. Nor was she ever assigned to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The cyphers Lieberman and Brzezinski, Committee members Biden and Dick Lugar were his most conspicuous travel companions, or docents, besides Reagan's biography. That was no "mistake."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 05:19:58 PM EST
All very true ... I'm a hopeless romantic and a hopeful optimist.

The "grooming" by Lieberman hurt quite a lot. Furthermore on the financial end he hired the Wall Street gang of big guns.

Remember Hillary learned foreign policy when Bill was chasing interns in the hallways of the White House. Well Bill send the cruise missiles into the Sudan pharmaceutical factory wagging the dog in Dec. '98 and failed to do so to kill OBL due to some Abu Dhabi prince falconing in Afghanistan.

Obama did manage to get rid of OBL, but this hurt the feelings of the Saudis and Pakistanis. It helped to seal the new alliance between KSA and Israel.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 06:43:48 PM EST
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Exactly so, Cat.  He made mistakes, unless you look from the viewpoint of those who voted for him, and that viewpoint counted about as much as a fart in an F5 tornado.  He spent eight years doing exactly what his DLC/DNC handlers and their corporate owners told him to do.
by rifek on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 03:20:50 AM EST
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I mean to be constructive. I so enjoy your "executive summaries" on current events. I learn a lot about myself (my attitude to known and unknown worlds) as well as the intricate, hardly fragile, relationships between "elites" from these selections.

Unfortunately, I have all too much time to give reflection to these retrospective view. In a way I fear that resignation will overcome my impulse to trust. I'd rather not awake each day with a conviction, nothing is to be trusted. Do you understand what I mean?

So at the moment I'm considering the Merco Press (2011. Merco has tacked radically center right liberal since then, which successive conquests of left-ish presidents. I can scarcely read it anymore!) and Institute of Policy Studies (2009) articles and wondering -- How does this perspective on the impotence of the Honduran peoples inform my duty as discussion "facilitator" at the next Poor People's Campaingn meeting? The prompt is "Poverty is Violence", quoting Coretta Scott King.

I honestly don't know. Rather, I'm uncertain and ambivalent that is a fruitful premise --either "morally" or "politically" speaking-- from which to foment an equitable government. The people I've met seem thoroughly indoctrinated in the belief that $ is "power." This fallacy is an international dilemma.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 07:48:20 PM EST
tl;dr US foreign policy:

Do what we tell you to do or we'll bring democracy to your country.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Feb 24th, 2019 at 10:14:21 PM EST
"A Civil-Military Alliance": The Venezuelan Armed Forces before and during the Chávez era (201)
In order to understand why the Venezuelan Armed Forces aligned with the Chavez government's anti-imperial, leftist political position, it is necessary to go back in history. Harnecker (2003) has argued that the Venezuelan military had seven distinct traits that distinguished it from its counterparts in neighboring countries, making it receptive to supporting Chávez. First, it was deeply influenced by the teaching of Simón Bolivar and his ideas about national and popular sovereignty. Second, the military generation beginning with Chávez was not trained in the US School of the Americas, but in the Venezuelan Military Academy. Third, they had to a very limited extent faced guerilla insurgency, and thereby an indoctrination of Cold War "anti-communist" ideology, as had happened in many other countries. Indeed, by the time the Chávez generation entered the academy in the 1970s, guerilla activity had by and large been rooted out. Fourth, the Venezuelan military was not controlled by an elite military cast, but was rather an inroad for potential social mobility. Fifth, a popular uprising--the so-called Caracazo--in 1989 politicized many of the junior officers, making them sympathetic to leftist-leaning, anti-elite politics. Sixth, the decade prior to the Caracazo, which was characterized by a steep growth in socio-economic inequalities, had already started to radicalize junior officers. And seven, Chávez bid for reshaping the armed forces once elected in 1998 gave them a new purpose and a venue for channeling accumulated frustration throughout the preceding decades (Harnecker 2003, 15-18).

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 25th, 2019 at 12:02:55 AM EST
Peter Fischer-Bollin et al., VII Conference of Forte de Copacabana : International security, a European-South American dialogue : Current challenges for disarmament and peace operations on the political agenda, 2011 (EN)

collection excerpt by Rocio San Miguel, "Venezuela: The Chosen Path to National Defense. A Critical Perspective of Its Domestic and Regional Impact"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 26th, 2019 at 02:20:27 AM EST
Just got to "Honduran Rivals See U.S. Intervention as Crucial in Resolving Political Crisis" (July 12, 2009) in your link "Ese negrito ..."

#!$!%@s and LANNY #!$!%@ DAVIS!

See. See?! These retrospective views from current events are so painful, so agitating, so insulting, soooooooo unbecoming, they keep me frosty.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 27th, 2019 at 05:31:20 PM EST
The United States Revokes U.S. Entry of Maduro-Aligned Individuals and Family, 1 Mar 2019
As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela's democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families. On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals.

Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal from the Venezuelan people, or undermine Venezuela's democracy are not welcome in the United States. Neither are their family members who enjoy a privileged lifestyle [BWAH!] at the expense of the liberty and prosperity of millions of Venezuelans.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 at 06:13:55 AM EST
Cameo appearances of USAID supplies in part (itemized above) and Jane Harman, former California House representative, House Intelligence "Gang of 8" member
in recent US broadcast news reporting ("propaganda").

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 at 09:55:49 PM EST
Sputnik | Guaido Arrives in Venezuela After Warning Maduro Against 'Kidnapping', sedition
Guaido also called for the Venezuelan people to mobilise against Maduro's government upon his return to the country.
or 'arrest'
[Guaido's] warnings have been supported by Washington with US National Security Advisor John Bolton promising that Caracas will face "a strong and significant response from the US and the international community" if Guaido's safe return to Venezuela is hindered.
Guaido left Venezuela for a Latin American tour on 22 February disobeying a travel ban imposed on him by the Venezuelan Supreme Court. According to Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice, Juan Carlos Valdez, Guaido may face up to 30 years in jail for breaching the travel ban.
NPR | Juan Guaidó Returns To Venezuela, Risking Arrest
"The two of them are between a rock and a hard place"

sort of like Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Manuel Zelaya?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 08:36:59 PM EST
HRC is not, has never been, never will be, and is in fact incapable of being even remotely progressive.  She left the Rethuglican Party out of mere expedience, not because (such as in the case of yours truly) she was "excommunicated" by the proto-fascist takeover in 1980.
by rifek on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 03:33:37 AM EST
But...but...reducing Latin American and Caribbean countries, to post-apocalyptic Hellscapes for the greater glory of terrorist corporations is one of our cherished traditions.
by rifek on Sat Mar 9th, 2019 at 03:43:50 AM EST

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