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 by Eva Golinger is from Venezuela Analysis. The article mainly is addressing U.S. intervention through ‘colored revolution’ in Venezuela, but it is important to note the similarities with the recent struggles over the elections in Iran:
In 1983, the strategy of overthrowing inconvenient governments and calling it “democracy promotion” was born.
Through the creation of a series of quasi-private “foundations”, such as Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Freedom House and later the International Center for Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC), Washington began to filter funding and strategic aid to political parties and groups abroad that promoted US agenda in nations with insubordinate governments.
Behind all these “foundations” and “institutes” is the US Agency for Inter- national Development (USAID), the financial branch of the Department of State. Today, USAID has become a critical part of the security, intelligence and defense axis in Washington. In 2009, the Interagency Counterinsurgency Initiative became official doctrine in the US. Now, USAID is the principal entity that promotes the economic and strategic interests of the US across the globe as part of counterinsurgency operations. Its departments dedicated to transition initiatives, reconstruction, conflict management, economic development, governance and democracy are the main venues through which millions of dollars are filtered from Washington to political parties, NGOs, student organizations and movements that promote US agenda worldwide. Wherever a coup d’etat, a colored revolution or a regime change favorable to US interests occurs, USAID and its flow of dollars is there.
Posted in Imperialism, Venezuela
Tagged AEI, astroturf, Colored Revolutions, counter-revolution, counterinsurgency, Eva Golinger, Freedom House, Hugo Chavez, ICNC, Iran, IRI, National Endowment for Democracy, NDI, NED, NGOs, OTPOR, RCTV, Serbia, Slobodan Milosovic, USAID, Venezuela Analysis, Venezuelan Student Movement, video, White Hand
Millions demonstrate in Tehran to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the revolution that ousted the U.S.-backed monarchy.
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
Iran celebrates 31 years of sovereignty
By Kosta Harlan February 12, 2010
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Tehran, Iran – Millions of Iranians rallied on Feb. 11 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the hated U.S.-backed Pahlavi monarchy. In Tehran a massive crowd of 5 million took to the streets, while rallies were held in 800 other cities around the country.
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, commented that the enormous demonstrations showed “the nation’s determination in maintaining national unity…in the realization of political, economic and social developments and particularly in advancing civilian nuclear technology.” Addressing the propaganda in Western media that attempts to show the Iranian government as unpopular or weakened by the opposition movement, Khazaee said, “The Islamic Republic has now become a powerful and strategic country, where people enjoy a strong sense of unity and solidarity. It is a fact that Western powers must learn to deal with.”
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Tagged Ahmadinejad, Fight Back!, Hugo Chavez, independence, Iranian Revolution, Kosta Harlan, Lebanon, Mohammad Khazaee, national sovereignty, Palestine, self-determination, Tehran, Venezuela
The following article, originally from The Rag Blog, is being re-posted here from the website of the Colombia Action Network:
A rumor of war:
Shadows of Vietnam in Colombia
By Marion Delgado / The Rag Blog / January 22, 2010
CARTAGENA DE INDIES, Colombia — I borrowed the title of this post from Lt. Philip Caputo’s excellent book covering the U.S. Marines’ first six months in Vietnam, not only because I like the title, but I also see some correlation between his story and the story of our troops now being written in the jungles of Colombia.
As in Caputo’s war, death, destruction, and mayhem were preceded by, first, a troop build-up, and then, small skirmishes which were the precursors to all-out war.
Posted in Colombia, Imperialism, Latin America, Venezuela
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Armed Struggle, Barack Obama, Buyssi Semidy Segnini Lopez, CIA, Colombia Action Network, counterinsurgency, DAS, Ecuador, ELN, FARC-EP, Gerardo Zambrano, Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, National Liberation Army, Oscar Gonzalez Pena, Panama, paramilitarism, Plan Colombia, Ramon Carrizales, Revolution, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Tarek El Aissami
The following is being reposted here from the website of the Colombia Action Network:
U.S. Military Aggression Against Venezuela Escalating
By Eva Golinger
The Chavez Code
Sunday, Dec 20, 2009
Caracas, 20 December – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez revealed today on his Sunday television and radio program, Aló Presidente, that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have illegally entered Venezuela’s airspace during the past several days. “A few days ago, one of these military planes penetrated Venezuela as far as Fort Mara,” a Venezuelan military fort in the State of Zulia, bordering Colombia. The drone was seen by several Venezuelan soldiers who immediately reported the aerial violation to their superiors. President Chávez gave the order today to shoot down any drones detected in Venezuelan territory. Chávez also directly implicated Washington in this latest threat against regional stability by confirming that the drones were of US origen.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Venezuela
Tagged Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Bolivarianismo, Colombia, Colombia Action Network, drones, Eva Golinger, Hugo Chavez, Latin America, unmanned aerial vehicles, Venezuela