By Federico Fuentes - Green Left Weekly, Aug 18th 2010
An August 10 summit between recently inaugurated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lowered tensions in a region that some believe was on the brink of armed confrontation.
We, the undersigned, wish to express our strong support for progress in the establishment of a constructive regional dialogue around the internal conflict in Colombia and its impact on neighboring countries.
It was clear a while ago that the “terrorist” message was going to be a very important part of Washington’s campaign. A process of South American diplomacy could resolve the Colombia-Venezuela dispute. The US should keep its distance.
At a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Caracas, foreign ministers and ambassadors from 24 nations debated Venezuela’s proposed integration plan. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Venezuela of threatening democracy.
By Grace Livingstone - Morning Star , Apr 22nd 2010
The military agreement between the United States and Colombia has caused outcry in Latin America. Many governments suspect that the US is trying to cement its military hegemony in the region and maintain its ability to intervene in the affairs of Latin American countries.
Over 30 Latin American and Caribbean leaders currently meeting at the Maya Riviera resort country for the Summit of the Group of Rio or the Summit of Unity have expressed their support to strengthen Latin American and Caribbean integration.
People in Latin America have frequently found themselves fighting regular forces and mercenary contractors coordinated ultimately by the United States Southern Command, the State Department and related US government bodies. Shortly, they may well find themselves fighting regular forces and mercenary contractors coordinated by NATO.
By Carlos A. Quiroz - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 12th 2010
Avatar is real: Pandora exists in our planet and it's located in South and Central America, and Africa. The Na'vi peoples, the Indigenous peoples in those regions are being displaced and killed right now, in order to extract the natural resources laying underground. The names of places and peoples may be different in the movie, but the reality is almost the same.
By James Petras - The People's Voice, Jan 7th 2010
Historically Latin America has been of great importance to the United States on numerous counts. We must reconceptualize US-Venezuelan relations in light of a declining US economic and rising military empire.