Last January, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a weeklong tour of Latin America, visiting Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and finally Ecuador. In the U.S. media, where there are no two greater villains than Ahmadinejad and Chávez, it was not hard to predict that the coverage of the first stop on the tour would result in an onslaught of negative headlines filled with hysterics at what such a meeting could mean for U.S. national security.
In spite of surprises in the lead-up to the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 14–15, the results of the conference were predictable. The United States and Canada found themselves distanced from their neighbors to the south. The newly created regional organizations that exclude the United States were at least partially responsible for this shift.
On Wednesday the Venezuelan Foreign Minstry informed the international community that the founding meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) - an "OAS without the U.S. or Canada" as Ecuadorian President Rafael Correo once put it - has been suspended, citing the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the principal cause of the meeting's postponement.
By Chuck Kaufman - Upside Down World, Jun 3rd 2011
US Latin Americanist Cold Warriors and their far-right allies in the region kicked off a propaganda campaign in May to influence Congress and US citizens against Venezuela and fellow ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas) countries.
By Greg Grandin & Miguel Salas - The Guardian, May 12th 2011
Greg Grandin and Miguel Tinker Salas analyze the attempt by conservative thinktank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) to reheat widely discredited Colombian military claims about ties between Colombia's FARC rebels and the Chavez government, calling it "pure black propaganda."