The following article is Nicaragua Network / Alliance for Global Justice’s response to the attention the possibility of a Nicaraguan coup has received in the media today.
Nicaragua Will Not Be Next
By Chuck Kaufman
Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice
While the facts in the Prensa Latina article, “After Honduras, Nicaragua?” on April 22, 2010, and some coverage by other international media, are correct about the current turmoil in Nicaragua, the implication that Nicaragua is ripe for a coup, like occurred in neighboring Honduras, is not. The Nicaraguan opposition, generously funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development, has worked to make the country ungovernable virtually since President Daniel Ortega took office in January 2007. One of the periodic escalations of those tactics is taking place now.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Nicaragua
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Chuck Kaufman, counter-revolution, Daniel Ortega, FSLN, Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, National Endowment for Democracy, NED, Nicaragua Network, Revolution, Sandinismo, Sandinista Front for National Liberation, Sandinistas, USAID
The following analysis is from the website of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. See also the article FMLN Takes Power in El Salvador from a year ago:
On Sunday, March 14, the streets of San Salvador once again filled with red t-shirts, hats, bandanas and FMLN flags to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the victory of the FMLN’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Mauricio Funes and Salvador Sánchez Cerén (March 15, 2009). In a speech before the crowd of 25,000, historic leader of the FMLN and current Deputy to the Central American Parliament Nidia Díaz declared, “Today we reassert the effort and the heroism of thousands of compatriots that continue fighting and those that gave their lives, without which this victory would not have been possible.”
Posted in El Salvador
Tagged ALBA, ARENA, CAFTA, Central America, CISPES, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, FMLN, GANA, Gerson Martinez, Humberto Centeno, IMF, Mauricio Funes, Medardo Gonzalez, National Endowment for Democracy, NED, Nidia Diaz, Revolution, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, USAID, World Bank
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
The following article is from Nicaragua Network:
by Chuck Kaufman
The first two acts in January 2007 of the new Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega were to end school fees, which restored free public education for the first time since Nicaragua fell under the sway of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank’s savage capitalism prescriptions in 1990, and to sign on as the fourth member of the Bolivarian Alternatives for Our Americas (ALBA) alternative trade framework.
Posted in Nicaragua
Tagged ALBA, Central America, Chuck Kaufman, contras, Daniel Ortega, FSLN, Latin America, MRS, NED, Nicaragua, Nicaragua Network, PLC, Sandinismo, USAID
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