The following article from VoltaireNet is by James Petras:
With just a 30 percent turnout, the election of new Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was celebrated as a “victory for democracy” by major western media outlets. However, they blithely omitted to report on Santos’ role in the killings of over two thousand people presumably by the security forces while he was Defence Minister and his close involvement with death squads and narco traffickers. As one of Washington’s staunchest allies in Latin America and enthusiastic free-market champion, Colombia’s appalling human rights record and model of brutal political and social repression is news that doesn’t make the news.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, death squads, false positives, FARC-EP, Hugo Chavez, human rights, James Petras, Juan Manuel Santos, narco-trafficing, paramilitarism, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Venezuela, war crimes
The following article is from Venezuela Analysis:
October 30th 2008, by James Petras
Latin America is entering a period of profound economic recession, financial crises, collapsing stock market quotations, prices, deep devaluation of its currencies, growing unemployment, declining revenues and the prospect of a prolonged socio-economic recession. The economic breakdown, which is still unfolding, affects the entire political spectrum, extending from the far-right Uribe regime in Colombia to the social-liberal Chilean and Brazilian governments of Bachelet and Lula da Silva to the ‘center-left’ regimes of Evo Morales in Bolivia and Rafael Correa in Ecuador and even to the leftist government of Hugo Chavez.
It is not surprising to see that rightist regimes , embracing neo-liberal doctrines and deeply enmeshed in free trade agreements with the US, following its path to economic collapse. The deepening crisis has affected, with equal or greater force, the so-called ‘center-left’ regimes of Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
The uniformity of the collapse of Latin American economies raises important questions about the changes and claims of independence, decoupling and post-liberal models, which many regime leaders, ideologues and progressive US-European Latin American writers made over the past several years.
Posted in National Liberation, Political Economy
Tagged Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, crisis, Ecuador, Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez, James Petras, Latin America, Lula da Silva, Nicaragua, political economy, Rafeal Correa, Venezuela
The very logic of bourgeois ‘human rights’ denies class struggle, opposes revolution, and props up the status quo. This article demonstrates that well. One might want to read the following article along with the French Marxist-Leninist philosopher, Louis Althusser, who in his essay Marxism and Humanism, explains how ‘humanism’ (and with it the discourse of ‘human rights’) is an ideology maintaining and reproducing the current capitalist mode of production. The following article is from Venezuela Analysis and serves as clear case in point of how this works. It is interesting in showing how the bourgeois discourse of ‘human rights’ serves to slander and attack anti-imperialist struggles such as in Venezuela’s progressive social-democratic movement led by Hugo Chavez. See also “Human Rights Watch and elections in Venezuela” by Francisco Domínguez.
Human Rights Watch in Venezuela: Lies, Crimes and Cover-ups
September 29th 2008, by James Petras
Human Rights Watch, a US-based group claiming to be a non-governmental organization, but which is in fact funded by government-linked quasi-private foundations and a Congressional funded political propaganda organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, has issued a report “A Decade Under Chavez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela” (9/21/2008 hrw.org). The publication of the “Report” directed by José Miguel Vivanco and sub-director Daniel Wilkinson led to their expulsion from Venezuela for repeated political-partisan intervention in the internal affairs of the country. Continue reading