By Tamara Pearson – Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 7th 2011
Reuters may have dismissed the CELAC as more “initials” but many Venezuelans, both in the government and in the organised grassroots, see it as an important step towards Latin American integration, and as an organisation that is profoundly different to the OAS, EU, APEC and other regional blocs. This Venezuelanalysis.com eyewitness report explores how and why.
Latin America has been indispensable in the evolution of U.S. diplomacy. The
region is often referred to as America's "backyard," but a better
metaphor might be Washington's "strategic reserve," the place where
ascendant foreign-policy coalitions regroup and redraw the outlines of
U.S. power, following moments of global crisis.
beginning of his presidency, Chávez has advocated a "multipolar world" as a
corrective to the "unipolar world," a euphemism for U.S. hegemony. By "multipolar world," the Venezuelan president envisions the
transformation of nations of the South into blocs, bound together
geographically or economically, with political and economic clout.
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com, May 13th 2007
First used in Serbia in 2000, Washington has now perfected a new imperial strategy to maintain its supremacy around the globe. Whereas military invasions and installing dictatorships have traditionally been the way to control foreign populations and keep them out of the way of business, the U.S. government has now developed a new strategy that is not so messy or brutal, and much sleeker; so sleek, in fact, that it’s almost invisible.
Anyone following the news in recent times cannot be unaware of the wave of progressive change sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean. For many lonely years Cuba held high the torch. Then in 1999 came Hugo Chavez, the U.S.’s latest worst nightmare in the region.
By Sameer Dossani and Noam Chomski - CounterPunch, Mar 21st 2007
Venezuela has helped countries of the region free themselves from U.S. controls, exercised in part through the traditional threat of violence, which has been much weakened, and in part through economic controls. That's why country after country is kicking out the IMF...
Because of the apparent connection between the oil workers' union and the coup attempt, and the long-standing ties between the CTV and the US labor center, the AFL-CIO, questions have risen about possible involvement of the AFL-CIO in the coup attempt. This article addresses the question of possible AFL-CIO involvement in the coup attempt, trying to confirm or deny any possible involvement.
By Michael Fox – Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 24th 2006
Felix Jose Espinoza Ledesma is a cab driver in Caracas. If not for his large print and the way his eyes squint slightly when he reads an address or a phone number, you would never guess that just over a year and a half ago, he was on his deathbed, his vision nearly completely gone, and barely struggling to stay alive.
By Michael Fox – Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 4th 2006
Much has been written and theorized about the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) since President Chavez first proposed the idea, but many questions remain, as Latin America makes its first steps towards integration.
By Diana Barahona and Jeb Sprague - CounterPunch, Aug 2nd 2006
Reporters without Borders' funding from the International Republican Institute presents a major problem for RSF's credibility as a "press freedom" organization because the group manufactured propaganda against the popular democratic governments of Venezuela and Haiti at the same time that its patron, the I.R.I., was deeply involved in efforts to overthrow them.
By Marie Trigona - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jul 26th 2006
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dominated the spotlight with the oil-rich nation making its formal entry into Mercosur during the summit, boosting the regional trade bloc. Fidel Castro made a surprise visit to Cordoba for the regional meeting, signing several trade agreements and encouraging his left-leaning sympathizers to fight against US hegemony.
Cuba calls the shots; and Venezuela pays the bills. That is the major premise underlying the Report made public last Monday by the U.S. State Department concerning Cuba. Its findings are as much about the Bush Administration's plans for regime change in Cuba, as they are about the alleged threat that Venezuela poses to U.S. national security interests.
By Steven Mather – Venezuelanalysis.com, Jun 22nd 2006
Many say Venezuela's entry into Mercosur is a significant step in achieving Latin American unity. While Chavez insists Mercosur must become more political and social, this would be complete re-direction of its current purpose. It will happen if unity also comes from below.
The Montreal Convention's Article 7 gives the US no discretion. It must either extradite or prosecute Posada Carriles for 73 counts of first degree murder in relation to the downing of the airliner. Deporting him to a third country is not an option and neither is releasing him to the community.