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The US Game in Latin America

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: US foreign policy, manipulations, Haiti, CIA, Aristide, coup, Latin America, democratic, elections )

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US interference in the politics of Haiti and Honduras is only the latest example of its long-term manipulations in Latin America.


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Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 7:51 am
From the article...

"Why do they care so much about who runs these poor countries? As any good chess player knows, pawns matter. The loss of a couple of pawns at the beginning of the game can often make a difference between a win or a loss. They are looking at these countries mostly in straight power terms. Governments that are in agreement with maximising US power in the world, they like. Those who have other goals – not necessarily antagonistic to the United States – they don't like.

In October 1970, President Richard Nixon was cursing in the Oval Office about the Social Democratic president of Chile, Salvador Allende. "That son of a bitch!" said Richard Nixon on 15 October. "That son of a bitch Allende – we're going to smash him." A few weeks later he explained why:

The main concern in Chile is that [Allende] can consolidate himself, and the picture projected to the world will be his success ... If we let the potential leaders in South America think they can move like Chile and have it both ways, we will be in trouble.

That is another reason that pawns matter, and Nixon's nightmare did in fact come true a quarter-century later, as one country after another elected independent left governments that Washington did not want. The United States ended up "losing" most of the region. But they are trying to get it back, one country at a time. The smaller, poorer countries that are closer to the United States are the most at risk. Honduras and Haiti will have democratic elections some day, but only when Washington's influence over their politics is further reduced."

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 7:53 am
Why did U.S. aid focus on securing Haiti first rather than helping Haiti? Many people find it difficult to believe that the US government would care enough about these countries to try and control or topple their governments.

Here are two possibilities, neither of them flattering

. (0)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 8:18 am
Maybe there needs to be Security,considering the violence that is happening,people trying to smuggle kids across borders,remainents of gangs stealing food 7 water from people and raping women!!!
You canot possible get supplies to people before making sure that they have a secure place to aquire them.
What is the point of giving people water & food if the second you hand it to them they are robbed and there is nothing you can do about it?
There is no point to that.
Let them do what they need to do to try to get it together for the safety of the people and the AID workers that have gone there to help.
And lets ocncentrate on critizing the REAL problem areas of the Haitian AID relief.Like Politcians using this tradegy as a photo opt and shutting down viltal airports for days on Hillary Clinton.and lets concentrate on monitoring where ALL this AID money is actually going so that it truly benefits the HAitian people.

Dalia H (1280)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 8:35 am
Good morning! Noted with many thanks my Beloved Marion.
Much Love,
Black Dalia:)

Lady X (48)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 8:48 am
I think Lady Libertarian makes a good point & overall I am baffled as to what the political agendas may or may not be.

Jennifer Martino (70)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 9:12 am
Very interesting and very true. good information and simple to understand. Thank you Marion

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 12:29 pm
"Why would the military 'secure' Haiti before rendereing aid?"
It's an excellent question, Marion, and he first thing that pops
to mind is, that for the military, it's always about control,
first and foremost.
Secondly, knowing "our" military as I do,
and there I go with the inclusives again,
it would not surprise me in the least to know
that they saw the disaster in Haiti as a golden oppportunity
to set themselves up on that side of Hispaniola, having no intention
of ever leaving. The U.S. military, which should go back to it's pre-World War 2
name of "The Department of War", seems to believe that every square inch of the globe
is theirs for the taking.

Oh, and by the way?
And then Emmanuel Constant, the leader of the most notorious death squad there – which killed thousands of Aristide's supporters after the coup – told CBS News that he, too, was funded by the CIA.

Too many people don't know,
but "Al-Qaeda" was/is funded by the CIA.
Founded by them, too.
The idea is to have a "seen enemy".

Marion, thank you for counting an old galumph
like me to be among your "intellectual friends".
That warms my heart, and so do you.


Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 12:31 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Marion because you have done so within the last week.

. (0)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 12:55 pm
The UN reports how voaltile Haiti really is!!!

"Haiti On Alert After Armed Men Attack Food Convoy"

Sorry Rev but it is perfectly valid for our troops or any others to be there in order to secure a safe enviroment for those suffering.
Granted we need to keep an eye on these events so that we DONT become an occupying force!

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 12:57 pm
"Too many people don't know,
but "Al-Qaeda" was/is funded by the CIA. "

Tim ~ The implications of this are far-reaching - Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, manipulating world affairs, killing off democratically elected foreign leaders, assassinations, you name it. We must remember that Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney held a tight rein over the CIA during his term, and I suspect the ripple effects are still there.

So yes, Haiti could be a golden opportunity as a stepping stone to eliminate the leaders the US government loves to hate...Castro, Chavez and others in Latin America.

While I am grateful to see so many Americans open their hearts and wallets to help the Haitians, I question our government's motives. Americans need to give with their minds engaged as well. Hold our government accountable for the aid we give to Haiti, and question how long and why they plan to occupy that country.

Thank you so much for your comment, Tim. I appreciate that you read the article before responding.

. (0)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 3:31 pm
Salaam Marion..thank you for inviting me. This is one reason I so like Hugo Chavez! Caving in is not his style. The US went there once and threw him out of the Statehouse and within a short time of maybe a day, the people threw us out and put him back! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! I'm for letting him run his country. And that includes all of the places mentioned in this article. Poor Haiti. So small and weak. It's sad. ani

Casey Reed (44)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 6:54 pm
It isn't our government directly that sends mass murderers=our troops to topple governments, intimidate, or control population and resources with war materials used by citizens of Latin American countries, it is Corporate America-cheney types, the rich and powerful who have economic interests or labor or desire resources who manipulate and obligate our "elected" officials with lobbies, campaign contributions, ads in the media and legislation that have their vampire based greed and avarice blood sucking ethics corrupting other Latin American countries.

. (0)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 8:16 pm
I am not ignoring the need for security within that a country whose infrastructure was scarce to begin with and then completely destroyed would need a level of security in order to have functioning hospitals,in order for food to reach people etc.
The question is,was the US military there purely for creating an environment,wherin help could be given..and aid reach people? Even a remarkable (for it's unique Fox and indeed any news channels coverage) Fox news report said that violence was Bill Clinton emphasised at one point too..the idea that naked savagery has been the norm been spread across the world ? why has the focus of military intervention been on creating a situation wherin a suitable pax-Americana can a country whose political and economic situation suits US foreign interests?
I am still watching the situation unfold and don't wish to condemn American actions automatically and in a knee jerk fashion..but so far I would say that much of the emphasis of the intervention has been far less helpful as regards the Haitian people,than it should have been.
American foreign policy of creating and sustaining sympathetic and puppet regimes,(whose policies suit US oligarchal interests) has not been consistent with humanistic values.However not all that Clinton did for example was negative in foreign policy terms.
I will watch and wait and in the meantime organise a donation to Oxfam via my workplace..I hope but don't hold my breathe..the weight of history is against this intervention being wholly or even mostly altruistic.

Simon W (207)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 9:19 pm
I will forward this to my friends, Marion ; )

Simon W (207)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 9:32 pm
Any violence in Haiti is mainly done by the U.S.-supported, CIA-trained and U.S.-military-(Special Forces)-trained death squads who particpated in the 2004 coup against the Haitian people's democratically-elected President Aristide.

Simon W (207)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 9:37 pm
Let the people of Haiti have their elected president back, and have free and fair elections, so that they can elected their president and government!!!

Stop foreign corporations and foreign banks from exploiting the workers of Haiti!!!

Simon W (207)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 9:49 pm
Lady Libertarian wrote: "Maybe there needs to be Security,considering the violence that is happening,people trying to smuggle kids across borders,remainents of gangs stealing food 7 water from people and raping women!!!
You canot possible get supplies to people before making sure that they have a secure place to aquire them.
What is the point of giving people water & food if the second you hand it to them they are robbed and there is nothing you can do about it?
There is no point to that.
Let them do what they need to do to try to get it together for the safety of the people and the AID workers that have gone there to help.
And lets ocncentrate on critizing the REAL problem areas of the Haitian AID relief.Like Politcians using this tradegy as a photo opt and shutting down viltal airports for days on Hillary Clinton.and lets concentrate on monitoring where ALL this AID money is actually going so that it truly benefits the HAitian people."

Speak for yourself! The people of Haiti are not like that!

Of the few dangerous ones, most are those who the USA trained to act as death squads, to oppress the people. Why would the USA want to stop them now? They are doing their job for the U.S. capitalist ruling class, and their puppet government in Haiti... the U.S. military won't stop them, I bet! The best that would happen is that they would stop killing temporarily to give U.S. imperialism some positive P.R. while the world is focussed on Haiti, to make the U.S. military appear to be helping the people of Haiti.

The few other dangerous types can be kept in line by the few guards that countries have sent with their aid-shipments and aid-workers.

Ha! "Lady Libertarian" is a libertarian? What a LIE! Libertarianism is the philosophical and political belief that people can and do cooperate peacefully when there is no state oppressing them! : P

The people of Haiti have recently shown that they cooperate peacefully and achieve more to save each other and help each other, more than the U.S. military achieved, for the first few days, when the U.S. military was invading airports, etc., and not helping the people!!!

. (0)
Tuesday February 2, 2010, 10:47 pm
Simon is spot on here,re the machinations of capitalism..and in his analysis of libertarianism.I do find that a large number of contradictions within right wing libertarianism.The whole philosophy of libertarianism seems to have been hi-jacked and misrepresented by those who would gladly see the majority sacrifice their liberties for the tiny minority.I find no such contradiction between democratic socialism and libertarianism. One of the finest writers on liberty was John Stuart Mill who opposed any and all inheritance by birthright.What the right really favour is domination by the few..who really can act as they want.
Micheal Moore stated in his latest production, that the real choice for the world is between capitalism and democracy.
From my perspective,not all of the impulses of the US in Haiti are's just that the better reasons for US involvement in Haiti ,will be sidelined..and all of that vital aid money that citizens have given (proportionately poorer people give more to such charities than the wealthy)..may be wasted.I really hope not..At present it feels like the US intervention is falling very much short of what any humanitarian would wish for.

As a last point here I wish to give due credit to the Haittian people who have acted with natural co-operative and caring impulses in this tragic situation.This defies so many myths.

Tim Redfern (581)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 4:21 am
Every great nation and empire that has collapsed
has done so from within.
The United States is on the verge of such a collapse,
and it will be beneath the weight of our immmorality,
greed and debt.
But, once the American Empire DOES collapse,
the American Military monster will collapse as well.
May God in His mercy speed that day, in spite of the
VERY bad road those of us in the States will experience as a result.

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 6:12 am

U.S. Interventions in Latin America
The following are the historical antecedents of United States Gun Boat Diplomacy and intervensionism and hegemony in Latin America.

Covert or indirect operations
! Other events of note

The U.S., fulfilling the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, goes to war with Mexico and ends up with a third of Mexico's territory.
1850, 1853, 1854, 1857
U.S. interventions in Nicaragua.
Tennessee adventurer William Walker and his mercenaries take over Nicaragua, institute forced labor, and legalize slavery.
"Los yankis... have burst their way like a fertilizing torrent through the barriers of barbarism." --N.Y. Daily News
He's ousted two years later by a Central American coalition largely inspired by Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose trade Walker was infringing.
"The enemies of American civilization-- for such are the enemies of slavery-- seem to be more on the alert than its friends." --William Walker
First of five U.S. interventions in Panama to protect the Atlantic-Pacific railroad from Panamanian nationalists.
U.S. declares war on Spain, blaming it for destruction of the Maine. (In 1976, a U.S. Navy commission will conclude that the explosion was probably an accident.) The war enables the U.S. to occupy Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
The Platt Amendment inserted into the Cuban constitution grants the U.S. the right to intervene when it sees fit.
When negotiations with Colombia break down, the U.S. sends ten warships to back a rebellion in Panama in order to acquire the land for the Panama Canal. The Frenchman Philippe Bunau-Varilla negotiates the Canal Treaty and writes Panama's constitution.
U.S. sends customs agents to take over finances of the Dominican Republic to assure payment of its external debt.
U.S. Marines help Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz crush a strike in Sonora.
U.S. troops land in Honduras for the first of 5 times in next 20 years.
Marines occupy Cuba for two years in order to prevent a civil war.
Marines intervene in Honduras to settle a war with Nicaragua.
U.S. troops intervene in Panama for first of 4 times in next decade.
Liberal President José Santos Zelaya of Nicaragua proposes that American mining and banana companies pay taxes; he has also appropriated church lands and legalized divorce, done business with European firms, and executed two Americans for participating in a rebellion. Forced to resign through U.S. pressure. The new president, Adolfo Díaz, is the former treasurer of an American mining company.
U.S. Marines occupy Nicaragua to help support the Díaz regime.
The Liberal regime of Miguel Dávila in Honduras has irked the State Department by being too friendly with Zelaya and by getting into debt with Britain. He is overthrown by former president Manuel Bonilla, aided by American banana tycoon Sam Zemurray and American mercenary Lee Christmas, who becomes commander-in-chief of the Honduran army.
U.S. Marines intervene in Cuba to put down a rebellion of sugar workers.
Nicaragua occupied again by the U.S., to shore up the inept Díaz government. An election is called to resolve the crisis: there are 4000 eligible voters, and one candidate, Díaz. The U.S. maintains troops and advisors in the country until 1925.
U.S. bombs and then occupies Vera Cruz, in a conflict arising out of a dispute with Mexico's new government. President Victoriano Huerta resigns.
U.S. Marines occupy Haiti to restore order, and establish a protectorate which lasts till 1934. The president of Haiti is barred from the U.S. Officers' Club in Port-au-Prince, because he is black.
"Think of it-- niggers speaking French!" --secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, briefed on the Haitian situation
Marines occupy the Dominican Republic, staying till 1924.
! 1916
Pancho Villa, in the sole act of Latin American aggression against the U.S, raids the city of Columbus, New Mexico, killing 17 Americans.
"Am sure Villa's attacks are made in Germany." --James Gerard, U.S. ambassador to Berlin
U.S. troops enter Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa. They can't catch him.
Marines intervene again in Cuba, to guarantee sugar exports during WWI.
U.S. Marines occupy Panamanian province of Chiriqui for two years to maintain public order.
President Coolidge strongly suggests the overthrow of Guatemalan President Carlos Herrera, in the interests of United Fruit. The Guatemalans comply.
U.S. Army troops occupy Panama City to break a rent strike and keep order.
Marines, out of Nicaragua for less than a year, occupy the country again, to settle a volatile political situation. Secretary of State Kellogg describes a "Nicaraguan-Mexican-Soviet" conspiracy to inspire a "Mexican-Bolshevist hegemony" within striking distance of the Canal.
"That intervention is not now, never was, and never will be a set policy of the United States is one of the most important facts President-elect Hoover has made clear." --NYT, 1928
U.S. establishes a military academy in Nicaragua to train a National Guard as the country's army. Similar forces are trained in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
"There is no room for any outside influence other than ours in this region. We could not tolerate such a thing without incurring grave risks... Until now Central America has always understood that governments which we recognize and support stay in power, while those which we do not recognize and support fall. Nicaragua has become a test case. It is difficult to see how we can afford to be defeated." --Undersecretary of State Robert Olds
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo emerges from the U.S.-trained National Guard to become dictator of the Dominican Republic.
The U.S. rushes warships to El Salvador in response to a communist-led uprising. President Martínez, however, prefers to put down the rebellion with his own forces, killing over 8000 people (the rebels had killed about 100).
! 1933
President Roosevelt announces the Good Neighbor policy.
Marines finally leave Nicaragua, unable to suppress the guerrilla warfare of General Augusto César Sandino. Anastasio Somoza García becomes the first Nicaraguan commander of the National Guard.
"The Nicaraguans are better fighters than the Haitians, being of Indian blood, and as warriors similar to the aborigines who resisted the advance of civilization in this country." --NYT correspondent Harold Denny
Roosevelt sends warships to Cuba to intimidate Gerardo Machado y Morales, who is massacring the people to put down nationwide strikes and riots. Machado resigns. The first provisional government lasts only 17 days; the second Roosevelt finds too left-wing and refuses to recognize. A pro-Machado counter-coup is put down by Fulgencio Batista, who with Roosevelt's blessing becomes Cuba's new strongman.
! 1934
Platt Amendment repealed.
Sandino assassinated by agents of Somoza, with U.S. approval. Somoza assumes the presidency of Nicaragua two years later. To block his ascent, Secretary of State Cordell Hull explains, would be to intervene in the internal affairs of Nicaragua.
! 1936
U.S. relinquishes rights to unilateral intervention in Panama.
Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia deposes Panamanian president Arias in a military coup-- first clearing it with the U.S. Ambassador.
It was "a great relief to us, because Arias had been very troublesome and very pro-Nazi." --Secretary of War Henry Stimson
The editor of the Honduran opposition paper El Cronista is summoned to the U.S. embassy and told that criticism of the dictator Tiburcio Carías Andino is damaging to the war effort. Shortly afterward, the paper is shut down by the government.
The dictator Maximiliano Hernández Martínez of El Salvador is ousted by a revolution; the interim government is overthrown five months later by the dictator's former chief of police. The U.S.'s immediate recognition of the new dictator does much to tarnish Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy in the eyes of Latin Americans.
U.S. Army School of the Americas opens in Panama as a hemisphere-wide military academy. Its linchpin is the doctrine of National Security, by which the chief threat to a nation is internal subversion; this will be the guiding principle behind dictatorships in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Central America, and elsewhere.
José Figueres Ferrer wins a short civil war to become President of Costa Rica. Figueres is supported by the U.S., which has informed San José that its forces in the Panama Canal are ready to come to the capital to end "communist control" of Costa Rica.
Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, elected president of Guatemala, introduces land reform and seizes some idle lands of United Fruit-- proposing to pay for them the value United Fruit claimed on its tax returns. The CIA organizes a small force to overthrow him and begins training it in Honduras. When Arbenz naively asks for U.S. military help to meet this threat, he is refused; when he buys arms from Czechoslovakia it only proves he's a Red.
Guatemala is "openly and diligently toiling to create a Communist state in Central America... only two hours' bombing time from the Panama Canal." --Life
The CIA broadcasts reports detailing the imaginary advance of the "rebel army," and provides planes to strafe the capital. The army refuses to defend Arbenz, who resigns. The U.S.'s hand-picked dictator, Carlos Castillo Armas, outlaws political parties, reduces the franchise, and establishes the death penalty for strikers, as well as undoing Arbenz's land reform. Over 100,000 citizens are killed in the next 30 years of military rule.
"This is the first instance in history where a Communist government has been replaced by a free one." --Richard Nixon
Eisenhower establishes Office of Public Safety to train Latin American police forces.
! 1959
Fidel Castro takes power in Cuba. Several months earlier he had undertaken a triumphal tour through the U.S., which included a CIA briefing on the Red menace.
"Castro's continued tawdry little melodrama of invasion." --Time, of Castro's warnings of an imminent U.S. invasion
Eisenhower authorizes covert actions to get rid of Castro. Among other things, the CIA tries assassinating him with exploding cigars and poisoned milkshakes. Other covert actions against Cuba include burning sugar fields, blowing up boats in Cuban harbors, and sabotaging industrial equipment.
The Canal Zone becomes the focus of U.S. counterinsurgency training.
A new junta in El Salvador promises free elections; Eisenhower, fearing leftist tendencies, withholds recognition. A more attractive right-wing counter-coup comes along in three months.
"Governments of the civil-military type of El Salvador are the most effective in containing communist penetration in Latin America." --John F. Kennedy, after the coup
Guatemalan officers attempt to overthrow the regime of Presidente Fuentes; Eisenhower stations warships and 2000 Marines offshore while Fuentes puts down the revolt. [Another source says that the U.S. provided air support for Fuentes.]
U.S. Green Berets train Guatemalan army in counterinsurgency techniques. Guatemalan efforts against its insurgents include aerial bombing, scorched-earth assaults on towns suspected of aiding the rebels, and death squads, which killed 20,000 people between 1966 and 1976. U.S. Army Col. John Webber claims that it was at his instigation that "the technique of counter-terror had been implemented by the army."
"If it is necessary to turn the country into a cemetary in order to pacify it, I will not hesitate to do so." --President Carlos Arana Osorio
U.S. organizes force of 1400 anti-Castro Cubans, ships it to the Bahía de los Cochinos. Castro's army routs it.
CIA-backed coup overthrows elected Pres. J. M. Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador, who has been too friendly with Cuba.
CIA engages in campaign in Brazil to keep João Goulart from achieving control of Congress.
CIA-backed coup overthrows elected social democrat Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic.
A far-right-wing coup in Guatemala, apparently U.S.-supported, forestalls elections in which "extreme leftist" Juan José Arévalo was favored to win.
"It is difficult to develop stable and democratic government [in Guatemala], because so many of the nation's Indians are illiterate and superstitious." --School textbook, 1964
João Goulart of Brazil proposes agrarian reform, nationalization of oil. Ousted by U.S.-supported military coup.
! 1964
The free market in Nicaragua:
The Somoza family controls "about one-tenth of the cultivable land in Nicaragua, and just about everything else worth owning, the country's only airline, one television station, a newspaper, a cement plant, textile mill, several sugar refineries, half-a-dozen breweries and distilleries, and a Mercedes-Benz agency." --Life World Library
A coup in the Dominican Republic attempts to restore Bosch's government. The U.S. invades and occupies the country to stop this "Communist rebellion," with the help of the dictators of Brazil, Paraguay, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
"Representative democracy cannot work in a country such as the Dominican Republic," Bosch declares later. Now why would he say that?
U.S. sends arms, advisors, and Green Berets to Guatemala to implement a counterinsurgency campaign.
"To eliminate a few hundred guerrillas, the government killed perhaps 10,000 Guatemalan peasants." --State Dept. report on the program
A team of Green Berets is sent to Bolivia to help find and assassinate Che Guevara.
Gen. José Alberto Medrano, who is on the payroll of the CIA, organizes the ORDEN paramilitary force, considered the precursor of El Salvador's death squads.
! 1970
In this year (just as an example), U.S. investments in Latin America earn $1.3 billion; while new investments total $302 million.
Salvador Allende Gossens elected in Chile. Suspends foreign loans, nationalizes foreign companies. For the phone system, pays ITT the company's minimized valuation for tax purposes. The CIA provides covert financial support for Allende's opponents, both during and after his election.
U.S. stands by as military suspends an election in El Salvador in which centrist José Napoleón Duarte was favored to win. (Compare with the emphasis placed on the 1982 elections.)
U.S.-supported military coup kills Allende and brings Augusto Pinochet Ugarte to power. Pinochet imprisons well over a hundred thousand Chileans (torture and rape are the usual methods of interrogation), terminates civil liberties, abolishes unions, extends the work week to 48 hours, and reverses Allende's land reforms.
Military takes power in Uruguay, supported by U.S. The subsequent repression reportedly features the world's highest percentage of the population imprisoned for political reasons.
Office of Public Safety is abolished when it is revealed that police are being taught torture techniques.
! 1976
Election of Jimmy Carter leads to a new emphasis on human rights in Central America. Carter cuts off aid to the Guatemalan military (or tries to; some slips through) and reduces aid to El Salvador.
Ratification of the Panama Canal treaty which is to return the Canal to Panama by 1999.
"Once again, Uncle Sam put his tail between his legs and crept away rather than face trouble." -- Ronald Reagan
A right-wing junta takes over in El Salvador. U.S. begins massively supporting El Salvador, assisting the military in its fight against FMLN guerrillas. Death squads proliferate; Archbishop Romero is assassinated by right-wing terrorists; 35,000 civilians are killed in 1978-81. The rape and murder of four U.S. churchwomen results in the suspension of U.S. military aid for one month.
The U.S. demands that the junta undertake land reform. Within 3 years, however, the reform program is halted by the oligarchy.
"The Soviet Union underlies all the unrest that is going on." --Ronald Reagan
U.S., seeking a stable base for its actions in El Salvador and Nicaragua, tells the Honduran military to clean up its act and hold elections. The U.S. starts pouring in $100 million of aid a year and basing the contras on Honduran territory.
Death squads are also active in Honduras, and the contras tend to act as a state within a state.
The CIA steps in to organize the contras in Nicaragua, who started the previous year as a group of 60 ex-National Guardsmen; by 1985 there are about 12,000 of them. 46 of the 48 top military leaders are ex-Guardsmen. The U.S. also sets up an economic embargo of Nicaragua and pressures the IMF and the World Bank to limit or halt loans to Nicaragua.
Gen. Torrijos of Panama is killed in a plane crash. There is a suspicion of CIA involvement, due to Torrijos' nationalism and friendly relations with Cuba.
A coup brings Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt to power in Guatemala, and gives the Reagan administration the opportunity to increase military aid. Ríos Montt's evangelical beliefs do not prevent him from accelerating the counterinsurgency campaign.
Another coup in Guatemala replaces Ríos Montt. The new President, Oscar Mejía Víctores, was trained by the U.S. and seems to have cleared his coup beforehand with U.S. authorities.
U.S. troops take over tiny Granada. Rather oddly, it intervenes shortly after a coup has overthrown the previous, socialist leader. One of the justifications for the action is the building of a new airport with Cuban help, which Granada claimed was for tourism and Reagan argued was for Soviet use. Later the U.S. announces plans to finish the airport... to develop tourism.
Boland Amendment prohibits CIA and Defense Dept. from spending money to overthrow the government of Nicaragua-- a law the Reagan administration cheerfully violates.
CIA mines three Nicaraguan harbors. Nicaragua takes this action to the World Court, which brings an $18 billion judgment against the U.S. The U.S. refuses to recognize the Court's jurisdiction in the case.
U.S. spends $10 million to orchestrate elections in El Salvador-- something of a farce, since left-wing parties are under heavy repression, and the military has already declared that it will not answer to the elected president.
U.S. invades Panama to dislodge CIA boy gone wrong Manuel Noriega, an event which marks the evolution of the U.S.'s favorite excuse from Communism to drugs.
The U.S. battles global Communism by extending most-favored-nation trading status for China, and tightening the trade embargo on Castro's Cuba.


Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:21 am
Casey ~ I agree it is the Corporate America and powerful who manipulate our elected officials. However, we must still hold our corrupt officials responsible for US interference because if they themselves weren't corrupt, how could this happen? These officials create and enforce the rules.

Pandas ~ Yes, some security is needed, but it should be provided in a nonaggressive, sensitive, nonthreatening manner, preferably without showing weapons. Surprisingly, The UN troops are particularly unsensitive to the Haitians.

"The people of Haiti have recently shown that they cooperate peacefully and achieve more to save each other and help each other, more than the U.S. military achieved, for the first few days, when the U.S. military was invading airports, etc., and not helping the people!!!"

Good point, Simon. The Haitians acted in a predictable and natural way to the disaster. If this had happened in the USA, I can only imagine it would be...grannie gets her guns, people fighting over everything, desperation and chaos beyond belief, privileged citizens outraged that help is not coming and demanding preferential treatment, military deployment to all major cities, violence out of control and lockdown of the major cities within 3 days of the disaster. We cannot assume others conduct themselves as we would.

Pastor Tim ~ You said a mouthful. The US experiment of capitalism has failed miserably.

Luisa ~ Thank you for this laundry list of US interventions in Latin America. I hope we don't have to add "2010 The US occupation in Haiti after the big earthquake"...


True charity is given regardless of the expectation of something in return. How many people would give if they knew that they would get absolutely nothing back? Very few, but these would be the ones showing true charity. It is always difficult to determine people's motives. Sometimes the best way to see if something is truly charity is to look at the results. The result of true charity is that the recipient is built up. They aren't just given a handout which will meet their needs for a short period, but they actually become better people by having received the charity. In that sense, the giver is rewarded. We are all uplifted as a result.

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:29 am
Maron wrote:
Luisa ~ Thank you for this laundry list of US interventions in Latin America. I hope we don't have to add "2010 The US occupation in Haiti after the big earthquake"...


While I realize the laundry list of US intervensionism in Latin American is lengthy, I posted because I think it's important we all be aware of the history of intervensionism and hegemony by the US in Latin America. If you will note, Haiti has not been spared in the past which means it doesn't mean they could not be in the future.

In the meantime, adelante compa~nera!!!


Casey Reed (44)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:39 am
We are in a human condition recycle mode. When we broke away from the tyranny and oppression of kings and formed new democracy in the U.S., we were starting a socialist state compared to the fascist kingdom of England and other European governments.

Democracy is socialism compared to kingdoms in terms of individual rights. It is the Constitution, that has been bastardized and corrupted by corporate or rich and powerful special interests, that guides government. With Constitutional guidance law socialism works very well through elections, checks and balances, and accountability.

Today's Corporate American government is raping the government because "elected officials" can not represent the people and have to do corporate bidding or what they want to survive politically. The media, lobbies, and courts are dominated by the rich and powerful special interests.

You want to hold your "elected officials" accountable, then remove corporate influence. No campaign contributions, no corporate owned media, no corporate lobbies, no corporate employed people in government after employment, during employment or connected to corporations before holding office to start.

Separate Corporate from State, then hold your socialist not capitalist representative government officials accountable, because then they could be. Corrupt Capitalist Corporate American representatives are never accountable to the people by definition and historical practice, i.e. what is the motivation for the CIA in Iran, Vietnam, Peru to Mexico and Iraq to Israel to control populations, politics, and resources with coups, wars, and assassinations? Corporate greed and avarice: more, more, more...

Now we need less, less, less corporate involvement in government. Separate Corporate from State and impeach the Supreme Court Justices, or adapt a Constitutional Amendment declaring corporations are not people or individuals and do not have Constitutional rights, nor can corporations violate individual's Constitutional Rights.

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:40 am
Luisa ~ I'm glad you posted the entire list. It needs to be seen in all its shocking reality. Muchas gracias!

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:41 am
Por nada Marion.

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 11:55 am
"You want to hold your "elected officials" accountable, then remove corporate influence. No campaign contributions, no corporate owned media, no corporate lobbies, no corporate employed people in government after employment, during employment or connected to corporations before holding office to start. "

Casey ~ Your entire post needs to be read and understood by all. We are so far removed from a democracy, it's unreal. The USA is more like a slave state, with 1% controlling the wealth of this nation, and the remainder scrambling for daily survival. Don't lose your job and don't have a serious health problem or you become one of the forgotten ones in this society. Most are one paycheck away from disaster.

I think many Americans have been brainwashed to fear socialism. When we look at the devastating effects of capitalism, socialism has a greater chance for survival of the majority.

And this is what our taxes pay for...US games around the world for power and control.

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 1:14 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Marion or Simon or Pastor Tim or Pandas because you have done so within the last week!

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 2:38 pm
Why is the relief effort in Haiti a military operation?

"It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

War Resisters League stands in support of the grieving families left in
the wake of the disaster in Haiti. We celebrate the efforts of Haitian
organizations currently working on the ground, including Haiti Action,
Haitian Platform to Advocate Alternative Development (PAPDA), the
National Congress of Papaye Peasant Movement (MPNKP), the Kordinasyon
Rejyonal Oganysasyon Sides (KROS), Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (TK),
and the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP). We also honor the work of
outside organizations, including many from the United States, such as
Doctors without Borders, Partners in Health, and Grassroots
International, supporting the relief effort with respect for the
self-determination of the Haitian people during the long process of
healing and recovery.

We are gravely concerned about the
growing U.S. military presence in Haiti and the lack of a clear
timetable for the withdrawal of troops. The U.S. military is a central
conduit for the distribution of aid in Haiti and has been given
temporary control of the airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has called the work ahead "a
long-term undertaking" for the United States, stating that "the length
of time that we will have thousands of troops in Haiti or off-shore,
frankly, is impossible to predict right now." The top U.S. commander in
Haiti, Army Lt. General P.K. Keen, has said that the security side of
U.S. humanitarian relief operations in Haiti will take on a larger role
in the days and weeks following the quake. As of January 21, 2010,
4,000 additional sailors and marines were deployed to Haiti, bringing
the total number of U.S. troops in the country to 16,000.

Many have cited the inefficiency of aid operations in Haiti, which have left over five-sixths
of those directly affected by the quake without food and little access
to water while stores of food and medical supplies continue to sit on
the ground at the airport. Reasons for this inefficiency have included
the U.S. military's exaggerated and racist concerns about violence in Haiti, in spite of multiple reports
that violence has been minimal and people have been helping their
friends, families, and neighbors in a spirit of cooperation.

The fundamental question raised and often overlooked in the news coverage of the aid effort is--why is the relief effort in Haiti a military operation? Rebecca Solnit has documented
the extraordinary degree of mutual aid that arises after major
disasters, and Haitians are building on this tradition. Instead of
re-militarizing and occupying the country, we need to support these

TIME magazine online, four days after the earthquake, called the U.S. relief effort in Haiti a "compassionate invasion."
The article stated that "only the U.S. military has enough aluminum
matting to boost the runway capacity of Port-au-Prince airport. Only
the U.S. military has the surveillance capability to quickly assess
additional Haitian airfields and seaports for use in rescue relief
operations. Only the U.S. military has the wide variety of vessels and
aircraft to utilize those fields and ports, including air-cushioned
vehicles capable of ferrying 60 tons of supplies from ship to shore at
40 knots." But why does "only the U.S. military" have control over these resources and this technology?

February 1, the White House will present a federal budget that will
include $708 billion for "defense," including the ongoing wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan--close to what the rest of the world combined spends on
the military. With the highest military budget since World War II, the
U.S. under the Obama administration has pledged a record-shattering
amount of money to continue a long history
of wars and occupations abroad. A small portion of those funds could be
used to build international civilian capacity to respond to the natural
and other disasters, like Haiti's earthquake, that will inevitably
occur and will worsen with climate change. A small portion of those
funds could have been used to strengthen homes and other buildings in
earthquake-prone areas throughout the world.

Considering the
long history of U.S. invasion and intervention in Haiti, any discussion
about the U.S. government's involvement in the relief effort must
acknowledge that, for many, the U.S. military is an unwelcome
occupation force in the nation (see Marine Corps General Smedley
Butler's regretful summary of his career invading Haiti
and other places between 1915 and 1934 ). We must highlight Haitian
concerns over the militarization of aid to the country. As Patrick
Elie, former Defense Minister in the government of Jean-Bertrand
Aristide--twice overthrown with U.S. support--stated, "We don't need soldiers, there's no war here."

What Haiti does need is the cancellation, not intensification, of its burdensome external debt
to global financial institutions led by the United States and other
rich countries. Haiti currently owes hundreds of millions of dollars in
foreign debt. Richard Kim has noted
that "Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters, its food shortages,
poverty, deforestation and lack of infrastructure, are not accidental.
To say that it is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere is to
miss the point; Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States,
Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank."

join the War Resisters League in supporting the self-determination of
Haiti in the months to come and the creation of a comprehensive,
sustainable, and accountable transnational response to the crisis.

get involved in organizing with the War Resisters League, contact
Kimber Heinz, National Organizing Coordinator at

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 2:56 pm
Bridgitte wrote:
"We are gravely concerned about the growing U.S. military presence in Haiti and the lack of a clear
timetable for the withdrawal of troops. "

Given the history of the US occupying Latin American countries I second your concern Bridgitte. It would not be the first time the US has intervened in Haiti.

Excellent post. Adelante!

. (0)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 3:21 pm
Simon if you got your a OSicalist Libertarian???!!!
And you believe in Decromacy...who is really confused here...not I!

All I have to say is that unlike YOU I have spoken with Haitians who live here and I have family members and friends who are either over in Haiti previous to this tradgey or are there now helping in the AID effort.
And I can assure you without a reasonable dooubt that everything that you have posted is not only false but blantantly arrogant and ignorant of the situation.
Thats why when on the other thread where you posted INCORRECT information aconcerning the amount of AID accuately being giving by the American people ......which is upwards of 300 MILLION... you had not rebuttal to the statement.
You post incorrect and basis information based on your Anti-Americanism.
Nothing more nothing less.Period.
If you had any real concern as I posted there and as someone else posted here you would be complaining about such entities as the IMF who are a far greater danger to the poor of the World then REAL Democracy.
You support Dictators and murders. I.e. Fidel,Chavez...etc..

Here's that lesson once again for ya on TRUE..not Right or LEFT wing anything...Libertarianism...

What is a Libertarian?
Let's start with Webster's definition:

libertarian: A person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action.
Libertarian: a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles.

Libertarians believe in, and pursue, personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. The Libertarian Party itself serves a much larger pro-liberty community with the specific mission of electing Libertarians to public office.

Libertarians strongly oppose any government interfering in their personal, family and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.

It is the idea of PERSONAL and INDIVIDUAL liberty and freedoms.
Socialism TAKES those things away in order to sevice the supposed greater good, at the expense of true freedoms and liberty.
When you take away any such individuals freedom and liberities you destroy Democracy.Hence Socialisma or Socialist Democracies are NOT true Democracies and thus fail as Socialist Country fail time and time again.
You should do some kind of soul searching and figure out what it is YOU actually satnd for cuz it aint Democracy buddy.
So please tell me again how your FOR Libertarianism and a straight out Socialist?!
Because the two DO NOT mix at ALL on any level.
And Micheal Moore is a moron!Who uses his Celebrity status to do absolutely..nothing for nobody but himself.
He rants about Capitalism and yet is uses it the free market to make his Millions.
Right wing is being flung around to label ANYONE Conservatives,Libertarians and even TRUE Democrats that DONOT adhere to Socialistic beliefs or the beliefs and agenda of the EXTREME far LEft\Liberals.
Thats why so many of Recovering Liberals like myself are attacked as being Right Wing,because we onced believed whole heartedly in the same things you are spewing.
Difference is Ive never been a Socialist.If you take away individual rights then you take away the righhts and liberties of an entire populations with that 1% in control for good like Cuba.It becomes a Monarchy/Dictarorship.
Human rights are indiviual rights,when you take away Human rights...whether agree with them or not you take away human rights.
And that is WHY people need to fear Sociallism,because that is what Socialism does.
Also I see you fail to acknowledge the Death Squads of Che and Castro who killed hundreds during their coue.
Scoialism under stalin killed MILLIONS,either by Death squads in the Gouglog or by starvation for the good of the WHole country.
Try talking to people that have had to live through this HAITI maybe you'll learn something.
Pint is people ARE NOT taight to fear Socialism, my generation has been taught to accept it and even embrace it by the school systems.
I learned the truth by actually talking to people from these countries like Cuba, Russia, China, Venezula and NOW Haiti.
Haitians want our troops there to keep their family members safe and to help in the AID relief.

say whatever you guys want thats the truth.Not a political statement.
This will be the last comment I make on this thread as it is useless to take to brick walls.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 3:27 pm
Yes, I have heard that sporadic reports of violence in Haiti are GREATLY EXAGGERATED and don't represent the country or the cities as a whole.

People after catastrophes tend to HELP EACH OTHER, GET TOGETHER and CO-OPERATE; studies have shown this; the Haitians did that, there was little choice as aid of any sort was delayed in reaching them {by the U.S. military!}.

These are reports I have been reading from journalists and others WHO WERE THERE AT THE TIME. Time and Newsweek had reporters there.

The U.S. Military just control the Airport and the Port, hmmmmmm????????

The journalists are being asked, urgently, by individuals for help, BUT THE REPORTERS ARE NOT FEELING UNDER ANY KIND OF THREAT. From either individuals, or groups.
Where there are human beings, there can be and is, violence; BUT IT IS NOT WIDESPREAD IN HAITI; Haitians, according to these journalists, some of whom were in hotels when the earthquake started, from the very beginning helped each other out with what little they had; and are now standing in long, long lines for aid, in the hot sun with no complaint.

There were a few pictures of the sporadic, random violence; and these ran over & over. THE PURPOSE IS TO DEPICT BLACK PEOPLE ACCORDING TO OUR STEREOTYPES; vicious wild animals with machetes, primitively-emotional and not-very-bright, running out-of-control at the slightest excuse.


There was also the ploy in some newspapers, of saying that these people "might" erupt, "may" resort to violence, etc. etc. THESE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISTIC STATEMENTS OF FACT. {But they sure leave an impression in your MIND -- which is what is intended!}

Face it, your stereotype of an under-class Black Person is of a berserk uncontrollable lunatic with a weapon; razor, machete, Michelle Obama {"an Angry Black Woman"} with a machine gun. FACE YOUR OWN PRE-JUDGEMENTS; YOUR OWN PREJUDICES. {I am not addressing anyone in particular here! We ALL in this society, to some extent participate in the "common language" or "common mythology"!!!!!}
{I bet even Black People exposed to our over-flowing Dis-information Society, unconsciously may internalize these kinds of stereotypes, UNCONSCIOUSLY I say!}

. (0)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 3:38 pm
Who said anything about Black people!!!
Haiti as a whole has been run by Gangs for decades now.
ask a Haitian that actually comes from there and who was not of the upper class there and theyll say its true.
The violence that has occurred there after the quake has NOTHING to do with them being Black.
ANY race, culture, group of people will have these types of issues with such a horrible occurrence.
I find it racist to say that in general.
And NO ONE is saying ITS ALL the Hiatians doing it. No body is saying and you would be an idiot to believe that it was the whole population to begin with.
But people need to acknowledge that there are GROUPS OF PEOPLE that are taking total advantage of this crisis to commit violence against the majority of the people.

Sterotyping Black people.....OMG!!Seriously!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 4:15 pm
Lady Libertarian:
"People trying to smuggle kids across borders" turned out to be 10 members of an American Baptist Church group. They were stopped at the border {which the American Military is NOWHERE NEAR}, by the Dominican border guards. Turned out they were Bible-toting AMERICANS, NOT "violent lawless Haitians".

PLEASE GO TO THE LINK FOR THIS ARTICLE: it's in the second posting way up there.
Why did U.S. aid focus on securing Haiti first rather than helping Haiti?

"Here are two possibilities, neither of them flattering"
Here is part of that article, which CONFIRMS everything I was saying:

"By the weekend, it was clear that something perverse was going on in Haiti, something savage and bestial in its lack of concern for human life. I'm not talking about the earthquake, and certainly not about the so-called "looting," which I prefer to think of as the autonomously organized distribution of unjustly hoarded goods. I'm talking about the U.S. relief effort.

For two days after the quake, despite almost unimaginable destruction, there were reasons to be optimistic. With a few notable exceptions—Pat Robertson and David Brooks among them—Americans reacted with extraordinary and unhesitating generosity of spirit and of purse. Port-au-Prince is not much farther from Washington, D.C., than, say, New Orleans, and the current president of the United States, unlike his predecessor, was quick to react to catastrophe. Taking advantage of "our unique capacity to project power around the world," President Barack Obama pledged abundant aid and 10,000 troops.

Troops? Port-au-Prince had been leveled by an earthquake, not a barbarian invasion, but, OK, troops. Maybe they could put down their rifles and, you know, carry stuff, make themselves useful. At least they could get there soon: The naval base at Guantanamo was barely 200 miles away.

The Cubans, at least, would show up quickly. It wasn't until Friday, three days after the quake, that the "supercarrier" USS Carl Vinson, arrived—and promptly ran out of supplies. "We have communications, we have some command and control, but we don't have much relief supplies to offer," admitted Rear Adm. Ted Branch. So what were they doing there?

"Command and control" turned out to be the key words. The U.S. military did what the U.S. military does. Like a slow-witted, fearful giant, it built a wall around itself, commandeering the Port-au-Prince airport and constructing a mini-Green Zone. As thousands of tons of desperately needed food, water, and medical supplies piled up behind the airport fences—and thousands of corpses piled up outside them—Defense Secretary Robert Gates ruled out the possibility of using American aircraft to airdrop supplies: "An airdrop is simply going to lead to riots," he said. The military's first priority was to build a "structure for distribution" and "to provide security." (Four days and many deaths later, the United States began airdropping aid.)

The TV networks and major papers gamely played along. Forget hunger, dehydration, gangrene, septicemia—the real concern was "the security situation," the possibility of chaos, violence, looting.

Never mind that the overwhelming majority of on-the-ground accounts from people who did not have to answer to editors described Haitians taking care of one another, digging through rubble with their bare hands, caring for injured loved ones—and strangers—in the absence of outside help. Even the evidence of "looting" documented something that looked more like mutual aid: The photograph that accompanied a Sunday New York Times article reporting "pockets of violence and anarchy" showed men standing atop the ruins of a store, tossing supplies to the gathered crowd.

The guiding assumption, though, was that Haitian society was on the very edge of dissolving into savagery.

Suffering from "progress-resistant cultural influences" (that's David Brooks finding a polite way to call black people primitive),

Haitians were expected to devour one another and, like wounded dogs, to snap at the hands that fed them.

As much as any logistical bottleneck, the mania for security slowed the distribution of aid.

Air-traffic control in the Haitian capital was outsourced to an Air Force base in Florida, which, not surprisingly, gave priority to its own pilots. While the military flew in troops and equipment, planes bearing supplies for the Red Cross, the World Food Program, and Doctors Without Borders were rerouted to Santo Domingo in neighboring Dominican Republic. Aid flights from Mexico, Russia, and France were refused permission to land. On Monday, the British Daily Telegraph reported, the French minister in charge of humanitarian aid admitted he had been involved in a "scuffle" with a U.S. commander in the airport's control tower. According to the Telegraph, it took the intervention of the United Nations for the United States to agree to prioritize humanitarian flights over military deliveries.

Meanwhile, much of the aid that was arriving remained at the airport.

Haitians watched American helicopters fly over the capital, commanding and controlling, but no aid at all was being distributed in most of the city.

"Haitians watched American helicopters fly over the capital, commanding and controlling, but no aid at all was being distributed in most of the city."

"Haitians watched American helicopters fly over the capital, commanding and controlling, but no aid at all was being distributed in most of the city."

"Haitians watched American helicopters fly over the capital, commanding and controlling, but no aid at all was being distributed in most of the city."

On Tuesday, a doctor at a field hospital within site of the runways complained that five to 10 patients were dying each day for lack of the most basic medical necessities. "We can look at the supplies sitting there," Alphonse Edward told Britain's Channel 4 News.

The much-feared descent into anarchy stubbornly refused to materialize.

"It is calm at this time," Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command, admitted to the AP on Monday. "Those who live and work here … tell me that the level of violence that we see right now is below pre-earthquake levels." He announced that four—four, in a city of more than 2 million—aid-distribution points had been set up on the sixth day of the crisis.

So what happened? Why the mad rush to command and control, with all its ultimately murderous consequences? Why the paranoid focus on security above saving lives?

Not what "might" happen, or what "could" happen, or even what was said to be "bound to" happen; but what really DID happen.

If I was an adolescent Haitian gang member, or an escapee from prison, MY FIRST CONCERN WOULD BE HELPING MY FAMILY, MY COMMUNITY, AND WHOEVER I CAME ACROSS, TO SURVIVE THE CATASTROPHE; not, to go on a killing spree just for the fun of it! just because I was "a naturally bad seed"!
In fact, during catastrophes, studies have shown, MURDER AND CRIME RATES ACTUALLY GO DOWN.

Haitians ARE NOT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PEOPLE. Just because they're Black!

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 4:50 pm
Brigette ~ This article is quite telling on the "compassionate invasion" of Haiti by the US as told by TIME. Clinton said we'll be in Haiti "for as long as it takes." With a collapsed infrastructure, that could be years. How convenient would it be to have corporations and banks over there running around creating low pay jobs and loans? This was the plan and what was done over the years - and still being done - in countries all over the world. Does McDonald's, Caterpillar and Starbucks ring a bell?

Last I heard, it is 20,000 troops in Haiti. Maybe they need all those troops because of the inefficiencies to distribute help so far. If the US is the only capable nation to provide surveillance, heavy equipment and supplies, why didn't they immediately start expanding the runway and rebuild the damaged port upon landing in Haiti? Aristide was right to say years ago, "We don't need soldiers, there's no war here." And yes, the cancellation of Haiti's debt is what is really needed to help this devastated nation. Some US bank wanted to "loan" Haiti money! This is after Haiti has been crippled over the years paying off its debt to France for its own freedom. If anything, France should have paid Haiti!! Yes, indeed...the US and other powerful nations have screwed Haiti and made it poor.


"There were a few pictures of the sporadic, random violence; and these ran over & over. THE PURPOSE IS TO DEPICT BLACK PEOPLE ACCORDING TO OUR STEREOTYPES; vicious wild animals with machetes, primitively-emotional and not-very-bright, running out-of-control at the slightest excuse."

BMutiny ~ Glad you brought this up. This is exactly what was done with Katrina. It is designed to disgust the sensibilities of Americans who would feel compassion towards the plight of the Haitians and want to help. As we can see, many Americans didn't buy it. The old racist tricks are no longer working. If anything, as I alluded to above, it would be Americans who would act berserk and uncontrollable should a disaster strike this country.


Simon ~ Thanks again for your input and sanity. I get so tired of the tea party folks who are afraid to call themselves republicans...aka neocon supporters. When you read what these people are angry about, you realize they're not operating with all cylinders. Yes, these Americans have a right to be angry, but their anger is misplaced and they are hurting themselves and the USA in the meantime.

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 4:59 pm

I checkout the link about the teagaggers whom I contend are republicans in drag. Good one.
I post on another local forum and the Libertarians aka Tea baggers aka neocons are the meanest zealots I have ever encountered. They display their deranged persons in every post. Really. Having said that, I haven't the article closely but it promises to yield a bit of understanding on these people.

What I have observed from the Libertarians I interact with politically, is that they look Libertarianism as fundamentalist look at the bible.The true believers are part of a cult of Know-Alls who have it All Figured Out. From their posting and writing in newpapers an observer from Mars would find it hard to believe they're part of a 1/2% political party.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 5:17 pm
Lady Libertarian:
"libertarian: A person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action."
So, you believe "That government governs best, which governs least."

There are Sociological Studies, by totally reputable university departments, that suggest that people really CAN get along with little or no government. People can ORGANIZE THEMSELVES in cases of emergency, when govt fails them and they have little choice, but to be ON THEIR OWN.
These studies, which can be looked up, cite MANY accounts of MANY disasters, starting with the great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire; up to more recent times. They cite newspaper and eye-witness accounts, diaries and letters, etc. [This is known as "primary source material".]

And Lt. Gen. Keen ADMITTED AS MUCH, to the AP. See the article above.

'"It is calm at this time,"
Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command, admitted to the AP on Monday.
"Those who live and work here … tell me that the level of violence that we see right now is below pre-earthquake levels."'

Then, WHY, TELL ME PLEASE, WHY, THE "CONTROLLING" PRESENCE OF THE U.S. MILITARY -- which, say journalists and reporters on-the-spot, is not even IN Port-Au-Prince?????????


You can't have it both ways! Either people ARE CAPABLE of self-government -- and people all over the world seem to be, I admit I am inclined to that view myself -- or, PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY NEED A FIRM HAND OVER THEM.

Either the Haitians are perfectly capable of getting along with each other, helping each other, distributing aid and co-operating with each other, like people in disasters everywhere seem to;

There is another way out of this dilemma.
The article speaks of the "Hobbesian" dog-eat-dog ethos of the Corporations; and that the elites {of the U.S. and other places} think that EVERYONE, all people everywhere, share that ruthless, selfish, me-first ethic.

Since it is proved, that ONLY THE CORPORATIONS have that me-first ethos, which they are PROJECTING onto others --

As far as the MASSES go, those whom the Corporations ruthlessly EXPLOIT, why, THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE.

Otherwise the Masses might become "unruly". And even dare think about TAKING BACK SOME OF THE WEALTH THAT THE ELITE HAS SWEATED OUT OF THEIR LABOR.


THAT is what is wrong with Libertarianism!!! It is NOT EQUALLY "LIBERTARIAN" FOR ALL.



Is "Libertarianism" for American Corporations upheld at the end of the barrel of a gun???
That form of "Libertarianism", a foot stomping on Haitians' faces?
HELL, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did Haiti ASK FOR this "Protection"???
Do they 1] want it, 2] NEED it?
Does it BENEFIT them in ANY way?
HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


[You can't weasel out of the "These Black Haitians are, uh, different" dilemma, by calling them "ignorant", "un-educated", "culturally-backwards", or other Code Words. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. The numerous studies have shown, that IT DOESN'T MATTER whether someone is "educated" or not; THE RESPONSES OF PEOPLE CAUGHT IN DISASTERS ARE PRETTY UNIFORMLY POSITIVE, UNSELFISH AND ALTRUISTIC. So don't go saying some "races" or "nationalities" or "cultures" are less capable of controlling, governing and organizing themselves, than others...... PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. Either you believe in their being able to function under "Liberty", or you don't..... No two ways, no two different standards.]


Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 6:15 pm
The Americans DID haul a huge amount of stuff to Haiti; food, water and medical equipment.

American troops are used to EATING WELL; to DRINKING LOTS OF WATER; and of course, they need clean water for showers, shaving, laundry, dish-washing..... and of course Medical Supplies set up and READY IN CASE of any illness, injury, etc.


It is a HUGE LOGISTICAL OPERATION, to set up 20,000 TWENTY-THOUSAND! troops to stay healthily and safely and adequately fed-and-cared-for, for MONTHS, probably longer!

UNLOADING ALL THAT STUFF FOR AMERICAN TROOPS, TOOK PRECEDENCE OVER SAVING LIVES IN HAITI. [I mean, can't scant the troops their showers! They get HOT, unloading all that stuff for themselves!}

EVERY BIT OF STUFF, EVERY SINGLE BIT, HAS TO BE SENT IN. {Unlike armies in the Middle Ages, ours don't "live off the land"!}
Whaddaya bet?

The American Military must be HATED MORE THAN EVEN THEY WERE BEFORE, in Haiti, after this. RIGHTLY SO.


If the American troops had STAYED HOME AND DONE NOTHING, OTHER aid workers would have distributed that aid, which did NOT come from the United States, but from other countries! and saved some of those Haitian lives that were KILLED BY AMERICAN SELFISHNESS.

REAL Aid Workers, actually only use a TINY FRACTION of what they bring into the country, to support themselves while administering it!


Oh, we're not interested in Haitian politics!!!!! Hah!


We can also make it "look like" all that aid is coming from the U.S. -- when it ISN'T. We can "take credit for it" or just DECIDE, it goes thru, or, it doesn't go thru.
Hope those nasty buggers are sufficiently GRATEFUL.


We don't have to worry about "the corrupt Haitian elite" siphoning off Aid to Haiti -- like the Aid that WE try to give thru the Red Cross, MSF, etc.


Army contractors, anyone? Halliburton, Blackwater, KBR, anyone?????

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 7:04 pm
During the first big U.S. East Coast blackout, there wasn't the "robbing and raping" that "pundits" expected; this was commented on at the time, there was almost a feeling of "holiday". People gave "candlelight parties" and "candlelight dinners" and invited strangers; people in emergency or difficult situations were helped by whoever was nearby.
The second big East Coast blackout there was, I've read, a bit more crime; but not nearly a "crime wave" or anything like that. And not violent crimes.

There is a recent book out about people's reactions to disaster situations. It includes the San Francisco Earthquake as an historical example; and more recently, the tsunamis.
Mostly people have a reaction to "pull together"; often an "exalted" sort of feeling, maybe our "better natures" {or "Buddha Nature"!} kicking in!

Think of yourself; how you'd react. If you had a grudge against your neighbor, or wanted and envied some of their possessions, if a disaster hit and their house fell down, would you take that opportunity to "take revenge" on your neighbor, or grab their possessions? or would your first thought be, to check on that neighbor's safety, perhaps even at the risk of your own safety?
Most people are like that, like you. Even "gang members", and petty crooks who aren't insane psychopaths. Even Americans..... Maybe there is something inside of us......

It is the CORPORATIONS who are CONSISTENTLY BAD AND WITHOUT CONSCIENCE OR SCRUPLE. And their "predictions" of real Human Beings imitating their terrible behavior, are so way-off-the-mark.....

BMutiny *TheCorporationsAreEvil*

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 8:48 pm
noted, thanks.

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 8:52 pm
Luisa...Exactly. Libertarians/tea baggers/neocon supporters are not only screwing themselves, their family and their children over, they're screwing over me, my family and my children. Not to mention the millions of poor Americans they're screwing over too. So when these people whose principles support the corporations who are screwing us right and left want to "enlighten" me on their insight, I'm glad when someone like BMutiny takes them to the shed for a lesson.


You nailed it, BMutiny!!! It makes sense then for libertarians/tea baggers/republicans to support the military occupation in Haiti, as well as try to deny the obvious. It's all about corporations, money, power and it's always been.

I had not thought about the troops needing all that "stuff" to support them while in Haiti. Having served in the military, I'm aware first hand how every need is met for service members and troops...not to mention the waste that is squandered as well. For the first few weeks, I guess lots of thought went into logistics, planning and deciding how the US would handle explaining the transition to a military occupation in Haiti to Americans and the world. Ah, make the Haitians appear as savages and uncontrollable and our presence is justified.

I wonder how many Haitian deaths could have been prevented had the troops stayed home or come in smaller numbers and actually done something to help? Hundreds? Thousands? For a country that is used to murdering millions in illegal, trumped up wars, I guess these deaths are considered minor in comparison.

Again, you're right about people's reactions in an emergency, including gang members. I've seen this first hand too. We get what we expect from people. Expect the best and human nature tends to surprise us beyond our hopes. Expect the worst, and you'll get that too.

BMutiny...thank you so much for your outstanding input!! You always make us think and teach us something new. Your new name is fitting!! There's not enough stars for you.

Yes, the corporations are evil!!

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 1:25 am
Muscling Latin America:

In recent years, Washington has experienced a fast erosion of its influence in South America, driven by the rise of Brazil, the region's left turn, the growing influence of China and Venezuela's use of oil revenue to promote a multipolar diplomacy.

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 1:27 am

Why Haiti? here you are....


The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti

by F. William Engdahl


Haiti, a new Saudi Arabia?

The remarkable geography of Haiti and Cuba and the discovery of world-class oil reserves in the waters off Cuba lend credence to anecdotal accounts of major oil discoveries in several parts of Haitian territory. It also could explain why two Bush Presidents and now special UN Haiti Envoy Bill Clinton have made Haiti such a priority. As well, it could explain why Washington and its NGOs moved so quickly to remove-- twice-- the democratically elected President Aristide, whose economic program for Haiti included, among other items, proposals for developing Haitian natural resources for the benefit of the Haitian people.

In March 2004, some months before the University of Texas and American Big Oil launched their ambitious mapping of the hydrocarbon potentials of the Caribbean, a Haitian writer, Dr. Georges Michel, published online an article titled ‘Oil in Haiti.’ In it, Michel wrote,

… .[I]t has been no secret that deep in the earthy bowels of the two states that share the island of Haiti and the surrounding waters that there are significant, still untapped deposits of oil. One knows not why they are still untapped. Since the early twentieth century, the physical and political map of the island of Haiti, erected in 1908 by Messrs. Alexander Poujol and Henry Thomasset, reported a major oil reservoir in Haiti near the source of the Rio Todo El Mondo, Tributary Right Artibonite River, better known today as the River Thomonde. [8]

According to a June 2008 article by Roberson Alphonse in the Haitian paper, Le Nouvelliste en Haiti, “The signs, (indicators), justifying the explorations of oil (black gold) in Haiti are encouraging. In the middle of the oil shock, some 4 companies want official licenses from the Haitian State to drill for oil.”


The Jan. 12 earthquake was on a fault line that passes near potential gas reserves, said Stephen Pierce, a geologist who worked in the region for 30 years for companies that included the former Mobil Corp. The quake may have cracked rock formations along the fault, allowing gas or oil to temporarily seep toward the surface, he said Monday in a telephone interview. ‘A geologist, callous as it may seem, tracing that fault zone from Port-au-Prince to the border looking for gas and oil seeps, may find a structure that hasn't been drilled,’ said Pierce, exploration manager at Zion Oil & Gas Inc., a Dallas-based company that's drilling in Israel. [14]

In an interview with a Santo Domingo online paper, Leopoldo Espaillat Nanita, former head of the Dominican Petroleum Refinery (REFIDOMSA) stated, “there is a multinational conspiracy to illegally take the mineral resources of the Haitian people.” [15] Haiti’s minerals include gold, the valuable strategic metal iridium and oil, apparently lots of it.


Now, in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, the United States military has taken control of Haiti’s four airports and presently has some 20,000 troops in the country. Journalists and international aid organizations have accused the US military of being more concerned with imposing military control, which it prefers to call “security,” than with bringing urgently needed water, food and medicine from the airport sites to the population.

A US military occupation of Haiti under the guise of earthquake disaster ‘relief’ would give Washington and private business interests tied to it a geopolitical prize of the first order. Prior to the January 12 quake, the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince was the fifth largest US embassy in the world, comparable to its embassies in such geopolitically strategic places as Berlin and Beijing.[17] With huge new oil finds off Cuba being exploited by Russian companies, with clear indications that Haiti contains similar vast untapped oil as well as gold, copper, uranium and iridium, with Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela as a neighbor to the south of Haiti, a return of Aristide or any popular leader committed to developing the resources for the people of Haiti, -- the poorest nation in the Americas -- would constitute a devastating blow to the world’s sole Superpower. The fact that in the aftermath of the earthquake, UN Haiti Special Envoy Bill Clinton joined forces with Aristide foe George W. Bush to create something called the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund ought to give everyone pause.

According to Marguerite Laurent ('Ezili Dantò') of the Haitian Lawyers’ Leadership Network, under the guise of emergency relief work, the US, France and Canada are engaged in a balkanization of the island for future mineral control. She reports rumors that Canada wants the North of Haiti where Canadian mining interests are already present. The US wants Port-au-Prince and the island of La Gonaive just offshore – an area identified in Aristide’s development book as having vast oil resources, and which is bitterly contested by France. She further states that China, with UN veto power over the de facto UN-occupied country, may have something to say against such a US-France-Canada carve up of the vast wealth of the nation. [18]

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 3:05 am
Considering that USA believes that Latin America is its back yard and remembering what happened in the early 1960's when USSR in cooperation with Cuba set a missiles system in Cuba, together with the USA previous interference in South and Latin America as shown here by my friend Luisa, raises a lot of question marks. If discipline is needed in a rescue operation like the one taking place in Haiti,there is always the concern of militarism and corporations interests that might turn the whole situation from just a rescue operation to a semi-permanent invasion. When reports talk about the potentials of oil discoveries in Haiti, The corporations will never miss the opportunity to drive the American administration to more than just a rescue operation from a deadly earthquake . All these rescue experts taking part of the job in Haiti,they should be able to estimate when can the rescue operation come to an end and in such case Clinton would say that USA will be there for such a period of time not as long as it takes. As I said there are a lot of big question marks and I think there will not be an answer at least for the time being.

. (0)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 8:57 am
Thannnxx for sharing... sometimes one has to see the good that a government does, imagine to what the world would say if the US did not aid Haiti there would be much criticism... the troops definitely need to be there... there needs to be security at the food control centres, and around the medical supplies and various other points... otherwise there would be more plundering going on and the real need would not get to the people that need it....

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 9:26 am
Haiti was hit with a 7.0 earthquake- massive quake.
WHY was port au prince the only small area affected with distruction.
Even on the other side of the same ROCK fealt nothing.
No other area was damaged.
It was a concentrated earth quake,

7.0 quake would bring sunamis too. nothing.
This was a threatened planned attack by the US.
They even had there troops there as it was happening.


Luisa Fox (144)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 9:48 am
Cary, no offense but do you have evidence to the effect that the devastation in Hait was a planned attack by the U.S?

I don't pretend to know anything about earth quakes or sunamis but surely do you really believe the devastation in Haiti was conspiracy?

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 10:00 am
"When reports talk about the potentials of oil discoveries in Haiti, The corporations will never miss the opportunity to drive the American administration to more than just a rescue operation from a deadly earthquake ."

There's the opportunity...OIL! Thanks for your input, Abdessalam.


Chaz ~ I agree there needs to be security. However, it should be done with concern and sensitivity for the welfare of the Haitians. As was mentioned above, 20,000 troops whose needs are met first and the slow distribution of food and help has put a question on the motives of this "aid" effort.


Cary ~ You raise an important question. Although we have no prove this was a man-made earthquake, the technology exists to manipulate weather, including causing earthquakes, as well as as be used for mind control. This is no longer conspiracy theory mumbo jumbo.

"Way back in 1966, Professor Gordon J.F. MacDonald, then associate director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UC, Los Angeles, was a member of President Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee and later a member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He actually wrote a chapter called “How to Wreck the Environment” in his book, Unless Peace Comes. Of course, this came at the height of the Vietnam brutality. Given the aura of violence similar to today’s, Gordon described in his chapter, among other things, “polar ice cap melting or destabilization, ozone depletion techniques, earthquake engineering [italics mine], ocean wave control and brain wave manipulation using the planet’s energy fields.”"

"In fact, HAARP’s potential for havoc drew the attention of none other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, former NSA adviser to Jimmy Carter, science advisor to President Johnson, and political advisor to President Obama.

More than 25 years ago, when Brzezinski was a professor at Columbia University, he wrote, “Political strategists are tempted to exploit research on the brain and human behavior [another strange purpose HAARP can be put to]. Geophysicist Gordon J.F. MacDonald, a specialist in problems of warfare, says accurately-timed, artificially-excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain legions of the earth . . . in this way one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period.”

He capped this statement with “no matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages, to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades.”"

Here's an important read on HAARP, Haiti, Brzezinski and the NWO.

Thank you!

Luisa Fox (144)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 10:18 am

Marion, thank you for posting the very important read on HAARP.

It will take a little while to wrap it around my head. In the meantime, carry on...


Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 11:41 am
Muscling Latin America

Brigette ~ A BIG thanks for these two important reads. Latin America poses no "terrorist threat" to the USA, but there's opportunity to be had in them thar' hills. Minerals, oil, agriculture, cheap labor and in particular, strategic locations to set up military installations are all reasons to set up shop there. However, with leftist governments, it hasn't been easy. Does anyone wonder that all that money squandered by our government might be going to finance coups in Latin America and beyond? I do so admire Chavez and Castro for protecting their land and the people from US capitalism and exploitation.

"As well, it could explain why Washington and its NGOs moved so quickly to remove-- twice-- the democratically elected President Aristide, whose economic program for Haiti included, among other items, proposals for developing Haitian natural resources for the benefit of the Haitian people. "

The 2nd article is telling as to why Bush and Clinton would have a particular interest in Haiti -- and are now in the prime job as "fundraisers" for Haiti. The two people with the most devilish motives for Latin America. We can now include Obama in this.

The earthquake may have unearthed a crack along the fault line exposing oil or gas. However, it would not be necessary for geologists to explore for oil and gas in the old way of drilling. There are far more advanced equipment used by geologists to identify where the oil and gas is -- from any location around the world. They already know there's vast reserves around Haiti. All they need are the rights to get it. Aristide was removed because he wanted these resources for the Haitians.

"With huge new oil finds off Cuba being exploited by Russian companies, with clear indications that Haiti contains similar vast untapped oil as well as gold, copper, uranium and iridium, with Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela as a neighbor to the south of Haiti, a return of Aristide or any popular leader committed to developing the resources for the people of Haiti, -- the poorest nation in the Americas -- would constitute a devastating blow to the world’s sole Superpower. The fact that in the aftermath of the earthquake, UN Haiti Special Envoy Bill Clinton joined forces with Aristide foe George W. Bush to create something called the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund ought to give everyone pause.

"...Journalists and international aid organizations have accused the US military of being more concerned with imposing military control, which it prefers to call “security,” than with bringing urgently needed water, food and medicine from the airport sites to the population."

Why would these dedicated aid organizations make an accusation like this? There is far more evidence to believe the US is up to its usual games with Haiti...than to believe they are there for altruistic reasons.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 11:53 am
Luisa ~ I encourage you to read up on HAARP. It will take you into areas of mind control, causing disease and generally playing with the planet and all living organisms. We already know scientists can seed the clouds to produce rain and stop hail from pelting animals and ruining crops. A good place to start your search on this is to search for "haarp" and "chem trails". There's lots of reputable references on this topic.

Luisa Fox (144)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 12:32 pm

Missionaries Accused of Kidnapping Haitian Children Head to Court

Patricia Herrick (54)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 1:21 pm
Has anyone considered the effect of just sending in the food and medical supplies that were so sorely needed by the people. I don't think they'd have ever had to send in "troops for security" had they tried the aid first. The Haitian people were organizing and getting things under control~~~ peacefully. The food and other aid were held back far too long, all in the name of security. America is pretty smart, but this was not a good example.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 2:32 pm
Good point, Patricia. I think the aid organizations were doing what they were supposed to do, until the US jumped in and took over. Truly sad.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 2:40 pm
Luisa ~For some reason I'm unable to access your link in this thread to the article about the kidnapped children, but I found my way over there and made a comment.

I don't know the innocence of or outcome for these missionaries, but it doesn't look good for them right now. This does highlight how victims of disasters can be exploited in a tragedy. I hope that's not the case here.

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 2:42 pm
Let's see if this link works...

Missionaries accused of kidnapping Haitian children head to court

Marion Y (322)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 3:39 pm
"This is one reason I so like Hugo Chavez! Caving in is not his style. The US went there once and threw him out of the Statehouse and within a short time of maybe a day, the people threw us out and put him back! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! I'm for letting him run his country. And that includes all of the places mentioned in this article. Poor Haiti. So small and weak. It's sad. ani"

Ani ~ Yes, yes, yes! Good for Chavez for not caving in. I apologize for just now responding. The message fell behind in my inbox.

Simon W (207)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 7:02 pm
Pandas Away No Post wrote:

"From my perspective,not all of the impulses of the US in Haiti are's just that the better reasons for US involvement in Haiti ,will be sidelined..and all of that vital aid money that citizens have given (proportionately poorer people give more to such charities than the wealthy)..may be wasted."

I agree. I mean, when I say "the USA", "U.S. foreign policy", "U.S. imperialism", and "the U.S. military", I mean the U.S. STATE. I mean the capitalist politicians who claim to represent the people of the USA in government (and who were elected with capitalist media support and corporate campaign funding, to do the bidding of the corporations, while fooling the people into thinking that what they do is "for everyone in the USA"). I also mean the U.S. state bureaucracy and military as a whole, which steamrolls any dissenters, to enact its policies for U.S. corporations (including U.S. banks) and trade that benefits the USA, to the detriment of the people of the world.

I don't mean people donating to NGOs/charities. However, many NGOs charities in Haiti have alot of power, but are unaccountable to the people of Haiti, and do abuse that power. E.g. some NGOs steal orphaned children from Haiti to get them adopted in first world countries, like Canada, when those children could live with their relatives in Haiti. Plus, like the U.N. did in the nations of the former Yugoslavia, NGO workers can get involved in prostitution, human trafficking, and other oppressive and exploitative practices.

And also, some NGOs receive funding from the U.S. government (representing U.S. corporations), through the N.E.D., I.R.I. and U.S.A.I.D., and those NGOs even participated in the coup against the very popular and democratically-elected government of President Aristide in 2004.

Because of those problems with NGOs, giving money to them can cause harm. Therefore, I recommend that you be careful who you give money to. I trust Oxfam, myself, and I give more than 10% of my income to Oxfam. Plus trust MSF, so I give $39 to MSF each month

Also, people who care about people are often the same people who elect the capitalist politicians who cause so much harm. Thus many caring people have contributed to the actions of the U.S. state, causing great harm and suffering in the Third World.

I ask that everyone look to non-capitalist media sources for information about politics and the world in general - especially for information about who to elect. If you do, you will find plenty of evidence for why to support the Greens Party and Socialist Workers Party - they are the politicians who are REALLY campaigning "for everyone in the USA". And better yet, you could join tjose parties and participate in them, and become a candidate in elections yourselves! ; )

Simon W (207)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 7:12 pm
Chaz Gaily Berlusconi wrote:

"Thannnxx for sharing... sometimes one has to see the good that a government does, imagine to what the world would say if the US did not aid Haiti there would be much criticism... the troops definitely need to be there... there needs to be security at the food control centres, and around the medical supplies and various other points... otherwise there would be more plundering going on and the real need would not get to the people that need it...."

That is based on the false assumption that: "the U.S. state is helping the people of Haiti and not doing harm in order to maintain or increase U.S. control of Haiti for U.S. economic exploitation". That assumption is proven INCORRECT by non-capitalist media reports of Haiti.

That is also based on the false rascist assumption that: "the people of Haiti are savages who don't care about each other and are not cooperating in helping each other to survive". That assumption is proven INCORRECT by non-capitalist media reports of Haiti.

In fact, many countries have CRITICISED what the U.S. government has done in Haiti - because it is a military occupation that prioritises U.S. control of Haiti, in order to maximise U.S. exploitation of the workers and resources of Haiti!!!

Chaz Gaily Berlusconi, when will you stop believing the capitalist media (owned and controlled by megarich people for their own wealth-hoarding agenda), and when will you start reading the non-capitalist media???

Simon W (207)
Thursday February 4, 2010, 7:35 pm
By the way, there is a huge difference between sending a few troops with alot of aid to Haiti (as Venezuela did), and doing what the USA is doing: sending a tiny bit of aid with huge troop numbers to Haiti that outnumber those sent to Afghanistan relative to population size!!! 20,000 foreign soldiers in Haiti??? Those are OCCUPATION FORCE NUMBERS, not AID SECURITY NUMBERS!!!

Those foreign troops are propping up the oppressive post-coup Preval regime in Haiti, protecting foreign corporate interets and preventing democracy in Haiti!!!

Let the people of Haiti have their democratically-elected president Aristide back!!!

Let the people of Haiti have free and fair elections!!!

Let the people of Haiti make laws for much higher wages than the $2-$3 per day that foreign corporations currently pay them!!!

Marion Y (322)
Friday February 5, 2010, 12:21 pm
"I ask that everyone look to non-capitalist media sources for information about politics and the world in general - especially for information about who to elect. If you do, you will find plenty of evidence for why to support the Greens Party and Socialist Workers Party - they are the politicians who are REALLY campaigning "for everyone in the USA". And better yet, you could join tjose parties and participate in them, and become a candidate in elections yourselves! ; )"

Excellent suggestion, Simon! However, I do look at some capitalist media to understand where they think they're going. I rely on non-capitalist sources for credible information. Yet, we still must be vigilant to discern truth from misinformation.

YES, let the people of Haiti have their dignity and self-respect back through proper elections and higher wages without foreign occupation. Thanks for your valuable input, Simon.


Haiti - Still Starving 23 Days Later

Marion Y (322)
Friday February 5, 2010, 12:23 pm
BREAKING NEWS: The United States Treasury Department has just announced U.S. government support for complete debt cancellation for Haiti and will work with our international partners to ensure that new assistance comes in the form of grants, not debt-incurring loans.


Marion Y (322)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:21 am
A great read...

Haiti after 5 centuries of genocide, slavery, isolation, colonization and globalization

"With the devastation of the Haitian earthquake of January 12, many Americans are literally learning of Haiti for the first time. The following is an attempt to present a very brief outline of Haiti’s history: first being dominated by Spain, then France and certainly for the last two centuries the United States."

"Professor Robinson demonstrates how U.S. foreign policy changed in the 1970s from supporting dictators across the globe to an official policy of “democracy promotion.” Unfortunately the democracy being promoted was not the small ‘d’ democracy that Lincoln defined as government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” It was polyarchy instead in which there is elite rule and the masses are given the illusion of democracy by participating in regular elections for pre-screened candidates. In polyarchy, the emphasis is on the forms and institutions of democracy such as regular elections, political parties and the rules and laws governing such. This is what passes for democracy in the U.S. There is no concern of what the results are. Whether these forms of democracy produce a government of, by and for the people is of no concern. While other sources are listed throughout the paper, it is Professor Robinson that is the source and my hope is that I have been able to do justice to a much needed understanding of the effects of U.S. foreign policy on our neighbors and ourselves."

"We witness nightly on our television screens the courage and independence of the Haitian people who won their freedom defeating Napoleon’s army and then dealt with isolation from the great powers. Especially the United States which ignored its neighbor for the first century and then invaded, occupied and manipulated the Haitian government in pursuit of its own agenda of neo-liberal globalization (free trade, free markets, no regulations and tax cuts for the wealthy)."


Clearly, Haiti needs an altruistic protector (at this time) to oversee the rebuilding and stability of their nation until they get on their feet. Any nation or organization that wants to help them should not be allowed to exploit these people for capitalistic purposes, push them into their religions, but simply help them rebuild their society and maintain their own culture and belief systems. The US government, corporations and "Christian" organizations are FILLED TO THE BRIM with corruption. Let's not force our own inadequacies and falsehoods on other nations and cultures, especially since the USA is a morally and economically deficient country itself.

Those organizations that have true altruistic motivations will be recognized immediately and embraced by the Haitians...and will also do a great service to their own nations...and the world.

. (0)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 2:11 pm
Haiti, Aristide, and ideology

It's a good thing the Haitian government did virtually nothing to help its people following the earthquake; otherwise it would have been condemned as "socialist" by Fox News, Sarah Palin, the teabaggers, and other right-thinking Americans. The last/only Haitian leader strongly committed to putting the welfare of the Haitian people before that of the domestic and international financial mafia was President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Being of a socialist persuasion, Aristide was, naturally, kept from power by the United States — twice; first by Bill Clinton, then by George W. Bush, the two men appointed by President Obama to head the earthquake relief effort. Naturally.

Aristide, a reformist priest, was elected to the presidency, then ousted in a military coup eight months later in 1991 by men on the CIA payroll. Ironically, the ousted president wound up in exile in the United States. In 1994 the Clinton White House found itself in the awkward position of having to pretend — because of all their rhetoric about "democracy" — that they supported the democratically-elected Aristide's return to power. After delaying his return for more than two years, Washington finally had its military restore Aristide to office, but only after obliging the priest to guarantee that after his term ended he would not remain in office to make up the time lost because of the coup; that he would not seek to help the poor at the expense of the rich, literally; and that he would stick closely to free-market economics. This meant that Haiti would continue to be the assembly plant of the Western Hemisphere, with its workers receiving starvation wages, literally. If Aristide had thoughts about breaking the agreement forced upon him, he had only to look out his window — US troops were stationed in Haiti for the remainder of his term. 3

On February 28, 2004, during the Bush administration, American military and diplomatic personnel arrived at the home of Aristide, who had been elected to the presidency once again in 2002, to inform him that his private American security agents must either leave immediately to return to the United States or fight and die; that the remaining 25 of the American security agents hired by the Haitian government, who were to arrive the next day, had been blocked by the United States from coming; that foreign and Haitian rebels were nearby, heavily armed, determined and ready to kill thousands of people in a bloodbath. Aristide was then pressured into signing a "letter of resignation" before being kidnaped and flown to exile in Africa by the United States. 4 The leaders and politicians of the world who pontificate endlessly about "democracy" and "self-determination" had virtually nothing to say about this breathtaking act of international thuggery. Indeed, France and Canada were active allies of the United States in pressing Aristide to leave. 5

And then US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the sincerest voice he could muster, told the world that Aristide "was not kidnaped. We did not force him onto the airplane. He went onto the airplane willingly. And that's the truth." 6 Powell sounded as sincere as he had sounded a year earlier when he gave the UN his now-famous detailed inventory of the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons that Saddam Hussein was preparing to use.

Howard Zinn is quoted above saying "The chief problem in historical honesty is not outright lying. It is omission or de-emphasis of important data." However, that doesn't mean the American mainstream media don't create or perpetuate myths. Here's the New York Times two months ago: "Mr. Aristide, who was overthrown during a 2004 rebellion ..." 7 Now what image does the word "rebellion" conjure up in your mind? The Haitian people rising up to throw off the shackles put on them by a dictatorship? Or something staged by the United States?

Aristide has stated that he was able to determine at that crucial moment that the "rebels" were white and foreign. 8 But even if they had been natives, why did Colin Powell not explain why the United States disbanded Aristide's personal security forces? Why did he not explain why the United States was not protecting Aristide from the rebels, which the US could have done with the greatest of ease, without so much as firing a single shot? Nor did he explain why Aristide would "willingly" give up his presidency.

The massive US military deployment to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake has been criticized in various quarters as more of an occupation than a relief mission, with the airport in the capital city now an American military base, and with American forces blocking various aid missions from entering the country in order, apparently, to serve Washington's own logistical agenda. But the large military presence can also serve to facilitate two items on Washington's political agenda — preventing Haitians from trying to emigrate by sea to the United States and keeping a lid on the numerous supporters of Aristide lest they threaten to take power once again.

Marion Y (322)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 3:01 pm
Vindiboy ~ That you for this excellent piece by William Blum! I guess the US government/CIA/elites are unable to change their ways of conquest, control and manipulation. Shameful.

Aristide should be allowed back to lead his people...if they want him.

On a side be only 21, you have quite a mature, knowledgeable mind. ;)

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Saturday February 6, 2010, 3:12 pm
invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments …
occupations … suppressing movements for social change …
assassinating political leaders … perverting elections …
manipulating labor unions … manufacturing "news" …
economic and political sanctions ... death squads …
torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium …
drug trafficking … mercenaries …

It's not a pretty picture.
It is enough to give imperialism a bad name

William Blum

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Saturday February 6, 2010, 7:36 pm
Obama’s Base Pact With Colombia Accelerates “Dangerous Trend”

By Sherwood Ross
The Public Record
Feb 2nd, 2010

The Obama administration’s pact to use seven Colombian military bases accelerates “a dangerous trend in U.S. hemispheric policy,” an article in The Nation magazine warns.

The White House claims the deal merely formalizes existing military cooperation but the Pentagon’s 2009 budget request said it needed funds to improve one of the bases in order to conduct “full spectrum operations throughout South America” and to “expand expeditionary warfare capability.”

“With a hodgepodge of treaties and projects, such as the International Law Enforcement Academy and the Merida Initiative, Obama is continuing the policies of his predecessors, spending millions to integrate the region’s military, policy, intelligence and even, through Patriot Act-like legislation, judicial systems,” writes historian Greg Grandin, a New York University professor.

Although much of Latin America is in the vanguard of the “anti-corporate and anti-militarist global democracy movement,” Grandin writes, the Obama administration is “disappointing potential regional allies by continuing to promote a volatile mix of militarism and free-trade orthodoxy in a corridor running from Mexico to Colombia.” Grandin’s article in The Nation’s February 8th issue is titled, “Muscling Latin America.”

The fountainhead of this effort is Plan Colombia, a multibillion-dollar U.S. aid package that over the past decade “has failed to stem the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States,” Grandin says, noting that more Andean coca was synthesized into cocaine in 2008 than in 1998.

Underlying the anti-drug fight, however, is a counterinsurgency struggle for control of “ungoverned spaces” via a “clear, hold and build” sequence urged by the U.S. military to weaken Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces(FARC). The Bush White House condoned the right-wing paramilitaries who, along with their narcotraficante allies “now control about 10 million acres, roughly half of the country’s most fertile land,” Grandin reports. They also spread terror in the countryside and are responsible for many killings and for driving peasants from their land.

Grandin reports that the paras “have taken control of hundreds of municipal governments, establishing what Colombian social scientist Leon Valencia calls ‘true local dictatorships,’ consolidating their property seizures and deepening their ties to narcos, landed elites and politicians.”

What’s more, “The country’s sprawling intelligence apparatus is infiltrated by this death squad/narco combine, as is its judiciary and Congress, where more than forty deputies from the governing party are under investigation for ties to (the right-wing) AUC (United Self Defense Forces).

“Colombia remains the hands-down worst repressor in Latin America,” Grandin asserts. “More than 500 trade unionists have been executed since (Alvaro) Uribe took office. In recent years 195 teachers have been assassinated, and not one arrest has been made for the killings. And the military stands accused of murdering more than 2,000 civilians and then dressing their bodies in guerrilla uniforms in order to prove progress against the FARC.”

Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities fighting paras who have seized land to cultivate African palm for ethanol production have been evicted by mercenaries and the military, Grandin says. “From Panama to Mexico, rural protesters are likewise targeted. In the Salvadoran department of Cabanas,” he observes, “death squads have executed four leaders—three in December—who opposed the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Company’s efforts to dig a gold mine in their community.”

Obama could reconsider the Pentagon’s base deal and Plan Colombia, Grandin writes, “But that would mean rethinking a longer, multi-decade, bipartisan, trillion-dollars-and-counting ‘war on drugs,’ and Obama has other wars to extricate himself from—or not, as the case may be.”

“Unable or unwilling to make concessions on these and other issues important to Latin America—normalizing relations with Cuba, for instance, or advancing immigration reform—the White House is adopting an increasingly antagonistic posture,” Grandin explains. He notes that after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Brazil, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Latin Americans to “think twice” about “the consequences” of engagement with Iran. An Argentine diplomat responded, “The Obama administration would never talk to European countries that way.”

Sherwood Ross formerly worked for The Chicago Daily News and other major dailies and as a columnist for wire services. He currently runs a public relations firm for “worthy causes.” You can reach him at

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Saturday February 6, 2010, 9:27 pm
THE BLOODY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES IN LATIN AMERICA (with apologies for the size of this post)

1798: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. U.S. Marines invade the Dominican Republic and seize a French vessel in the city of Puerto Plata.

1802-ongoing: UNITED STATES. One of America's most prolific merchants of death and long-lived pillars of the American ruling class, the Dupont family, after having escaped from revolutionary France with a vast fortune, establishes a gunpowder manufacturing business in Delaware with the assistance of Napoleon Bonaparte. As is the way with the ruling class, it's all very cozy. The Duponts help negotiate the Louisiana Purchase of about a million square miles from France, which makes some people very, very wealthy. The Duponts' arms biz gets a real shot in the arm when slave-owner and ethnic cleanser cum President Thomas Jefferson, places massive federal gunpowder orders with his buddies, the Duponts. It's the beginning of a long and loving relationship. The Duponts will provide gonzo killing power for every American war to the present day. Hey, it's just good business and better living and, for some, dying, through chemistry.

1803-04: HAITI. Haitian independence fighters defeat Napoleon's army in the Battle of Vertieres. Shortly thereafter, Haiti declares independence from France and the emancipation of all slaves. Can't be havin' a nation of free niggers on America's doorstep so the U.S. ruling class begins a campaign of boycott and destabilization against Haiti.

1806: MEXICO. U.S. forces invade Mexico and construct a fort in the Mexican state of Colorado.
1810: FLORIDA. U.S. troops invade and seize Spanish territory as far east as the Perdido River.
1810-50: UNITED STATES/CANADA/MEXICO. Between thirty and one hundred thousand American slaves escape to freedom in Canada via the Underground Railway, a

network of Quakers, abolitionists and people who actually believe in freedom. Although most slaves escaped to Upper Canada (present-day Ontario), many found freedom in Nova Scotia, Lower Canada (Quebec) and British Columbia. A smaller number escaped from the U.S. to Mexico.

1811: UNITED STATES. Charles Deslandes leads an unsuccessful slave revolt in the Louisiana Territory. Deslandes and five hundred slaves march toward New Orleans, killing two whites, burning plantations and crops, and capturing weapons and ammunition. The freedom fighters are stopped west of New Orleans by a slave-owners’ militia supported by U.S. government troops. Sixty-six slaves are killed. Deslandes and twenty others are sentenced to death, shot, and decapitated, and their severed heads placed on poles along the Mississippi River Road as a warning to other slaves who might be harboring rash ideas about freedom.
1812: FLORIDA. U.S. troops invade and occupy parts of the Spanish territory of East Florida.
1813: FLORIDA. The U.S. invades and seizes Spanish territory at Mobile Bay.

1816-18: FLORIDA. The U.S. Army attacks Seminole Indians and pursues them into the Spanish territory of northern Florida which had become a haven for escaped slaves seeking freedom. U.S. forces attack and occupy Spanish posts and murder British citizens living in the territory.
1817: FLORIDA. The U.S. invades the Spanish territory of Amelia Island.
1822-24: CUBA. The U.S. repeatedly invades Cuba, “chasing pirates”.

1823-present: UNITED STATES. Slave-owner and U.S. President James Monroe promulgates the infamous Monroe Doctrine which will serve as the rationalization to generations of Americans for countless illegal U.S. invasions of almost every Latin American and Caribbean country, many on multiple occasions. It will also serve as the rationalization for the overthrow of their governments, many democratically elected, the theft of their land and resources and, in some, cases their entire countries. It will serve as the rationalization for genocides against their native populations, the enslavement and impoverishment of their people, the installation of many of the most brutal dictatorships in human history and the training and arming of their death squads in kidnap, torture and murder. And it will all continue, unabated, until the present moment.

We will conquer the world,
but we will lose our soul.
John Quincy Adams

1824: PUERTO RICO. The U.S. invades Puerto Rico, attacking the town of Fajardo, to “avenge an insult”.

1825: CUBA. The U.S. and Britain jointly invade Cuba at Sagua La Grande to “capture pirates”.
1832: MEXICO. Louisana petitions the federal government to make an arrangment with Mexico to allow escaped slaves from the U.S. to be apprehended in Mexico.

1833: ARGENTINA. The U.S. invades Buenos Aires to “protect U.S. interests”.

1835-36: PERU. The U.S. invades Lima and Callao to “protect U.S. interests”.
1836: MEXICO. The U.S. invades and occupies parts of the Mexican state of Texas.

1836: MEXICO. Ah yes, remember the Alamo. The bullshit and propaganda machine really gets cranked up on this one. A handful of valiant, freedom-loving Americans pluckily fighting the swarthy, evil Mexican oppressor and giving their lives in the cause of liberty. Makes your heart beat real proud in your star spangled chest, don’t it?

And who are these heroes of liberty? Davy Crockett, ethnic cleanser and slave owner. Jim Bowie, land speculator, slave owner and slave trader. And what were our heroes doing in the Alamo mission in the first place?
In 1835, there were about twenty thousand Americans and four thousand slaves living in the Mexican state of Texas, most of the slaves engaged in making their owners wealthier by the cultivation of cotton. In December of 1835, the Mexican government effectively banned slavery in Texas. Always keen to defend freedom and liberty, the American settlers attempted to secede and steal Texas from Mexico in order to maintain slavery and the wealth and power they derived from it.
Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna arrived with troops and laid seige to the Catholic mission of the Alamo, which the slaveowners had seized. At the end of a thirteen day seige, all the inhabitants of the Alamao, with the exception of women, children and slaves, were dead.
The seige of the Alamo is then re-invented, the truth turned upside down, becoming yet another of the great lies of American “history”, spread through a host of movies, television programs, books and articles.
1842: MEXICO. U.S. forces invade and occupy Monterrey and, a week later, San Diego in the Mexican state of California.

1844: MEXICO. The U.S. once again invades the Mexican state of Texas.

1845-present: UNITED STATES. The concept of “manifest destiny” is invented which merges religious delusion with boundless hypocrisy and racism to come up with the proposition that it is the United States’ “manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence(sic) has given us (sic) for the development of the great experiment of liberty (sic) and federated self-government entrusted (sic) to us.”
The packaging of wars of aggression, genocide and imperialism in the tattered camouflage of liberty with a Divinely-directed spin are old propaganda tricks which have been used to delude the U.S. masses throughout the history of the country to the present moment.
1845: MEXICO. The U.S. Congress votes to seize the Mexican state of Texas which had unwisely allowed Americans to settle within its borders. The settlers have been trying since 1836 to take Texas from Mexico and incorporate it into the United States for the very good reason that the Mexican constitution specifically forbids slavery while it is perfectly legal in the freedom-loving ole U.S. of A.
1846-1848: MEXICO. The U.S. invades Mexico on the manufactured and absurd pretext of an impending Mexican invasion of the U.S. The U.S. invades with troops and also launches heavy and murderous bombardments of civilians from artillery and ships offshore. The basic warplan is overwhelming shock and terror.
A four day long bombardment of the port of Veracruz causes massive destruction of the city and the deaths of four to five hundred Mexican civilians including large numbers of women and children. A Mexican proposal, made under a flag of truce, to evacuate civilians from Veracruz is refused by the gallant U.S. commander. Atrocities and mass murders of non-combatants are committed by American troops, most notoriously by the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers...were mostly made up of adventurers and vagabonds.... The gang of miscreants under the leadership of Mustang Gray were of this description. This party, in cold-blood, murdered almost the entire male population of the rancho of Guadalupe, where not a single weapon, offensive or defensive, could be found! Their only object was plunder! S. Compton Smith

The U.S. steals almost half a million square miles of Mexico, almost half of the country's

total land area, including all of present-day Texas, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. U.S. forces invade as far as Mexico City. More than twenty five thousand Mexicans are killed by the U.S. and tens of thousands more injured attempting to resist the invasion and theft of Mexican land.
Philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau opposes the U.S. seizure of Mexico and, in protest, refuses to pay taxes to support the American war of aggression. He is, of course, promptly jailed. Congressman Abraham Lincoln likewise opposes the American aggression, calling it "belligerent expansionism". Ex-president John Quincy Adams says that the war against Mexico is fundamentally an effort to expand slavery. Right John and don't forget all that gold in California and all that copper in Arizona and all that......

I do not think there ever was a more wicked war than that waged by the United States in Mexico. I thought so at the time, when I was a youngster, only I had not the moral courage enough to resign. Ulysses S. Grant

1848-ongoing: UNITED STATES. After the theft of half of the land area of Mexico, thereby making it safe for slavery under God and the flag, the U.S. government gets into the genocide business in a big way and begins the systematic annihilation of all the Indian nations inhabiting Texas, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. After the land belonging to the Indian nations is stolen, which is pretty much all of it, the survivors are rounded up into reservations.

1849-ongoing: UNITED STATES. It is just amazin' how these things happen. It turns out that just after the U.S. has murdered its way to ownership of California, there are major gold discoveries. What a stroke of luck!
Under Truth, Justice or The American Way, now in force in California, Mexican landowners in California are required to prove ownership according to U.S. law, which is more or less impossible. As a purely unintended result, naturally, many lose their farms, ranches, businesses and homes and are forced into menial labor simply in order to survive. The mass migration of white miners to California during the Gold Rush, beginning in 1849, soons makes California natives a minority in their own land.
1851: UNITED STATES. The Governor of the State of California, recently stolen from Mexico, officially calls for the "extermination" of Indians in the state.

1852-53: ARGENTINA. U.S. Marines invade Argentina to “protect American interests”.

1853: MEXICO. The United States slips ten million dollars into the vest pocket of the half-mad Mexican dictator, Antonio López de Santa Ana, while simultaneously vilifying him for the “slaughter” at the Alamo. A grateful Santa Ana then makes a present to the United States of the portions of the Mexican states of Arizona and New Mexico it had neglected to steal during its invasion of Mexico in 1846.

1853: NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua to “protect American interests”.
1854: NICARAGUA. Over a six day period, U.S. Navy ships shell and burn the Nicaraguan city of San Juan del Norte to “avenge an insult to the American minister to Nicaragua”. The townspeople had been trying to arrest the American minister to Nicaragua.

1855: URUGUAY. U.S. forces invade Uruguay to “protect American interests”.
We will conquer the world,
but we will lose our souls.
John Quincy Adams
1856: COLOMBIA. U.S. forces invade the Colombian state of Panama to “protect American interests”, which consist of an American-built railroad, from Colombian nationalists.

1857: NICARAGUA. American William Walker attempts to take control of Nicaragua, declares himself President and institutes forced labor and slavery just like back home. U.S. forces under Commodore Hiram Paulding invade and capture Walker. The U.S. Secretary of State disavows Paulding’s action and forces him into retirement.

1858: URUGUAY. U.S. forces invade Uruguay to “protect American interests”.

1859: MEXICO. U.S. soldiers invade Mexico “in pursuit of a bandit”.

1859: PARAGUAY. The U.S. sends a large naval force to intimidate the government of Paraguay.

1860: COLOMBIA. The U.S. invades the Colombian state of Panama to “protect American interests”.
1866: MEXICO. U.S. forces invade Mexico and occupy the town of Matamoros.

1867: NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua and occupy the cities of Managua and Leon.

1868: URUGUAY. The U.S. invades Uruguay to “protect American interests”.

1868: COLOMBIA. The U.S. invades Colombia to
protect “treasure being shipped”.

1870: MEXICO. The U.S. invades Mexico to attack a ship forty miles up the Rio Tecapan.

1873: COLOMBIA. The U.S. invades Colombia to “protect American interests”.

1873-1896: MEXICO. The U.S. repeatedly invades Mexico “in pursuit of bandits”.

1880s-1910: MEXICO. Under the U.S.-supported Diaz dictatorship, U.S. oil companies, particularly the Rockefellers’ Standard Oil (Exxon-Mobil, Esso) and the Texas Oil Company (Texaco), extract vast amounts of oil from Mexico without paying any royalties or taxes of any kind to the Mexican people.

U.S. interests, most notably the Rockefellers and McCormick (International Harvester), “employ” millions of indentured Indians who are, in reality, slaves, on vast plantations in the Yucatan and elsewhere. Countless hundreds of thousands of people die of starvation, overwork, beatings and various other forms of abuse. Children are born into slavery on the plantations and die there, still in slavery.

The Diaz dictatorship carries out genocides of numerous Mexican Indian races so that their land can be stolen and sold for a pittance to American interests, including yellow media tycoon, warmonger and Nazi propagandist-to-be William Randolph Hearst who acquires some seven million acres of Mexico in this manner. Other members of the American ruling class benefiting from the genocides are Harrison Gray Otis, E. H. Harriman, the Rockefellers and the Guggenheims.

American corporations operating in Mexico, with the connivance of the tame Diaz dictatorship, employ Mexicans under appalling conditions for starvation wages. Mexican labor organizers and strikers attempting to achieve minimal pay and working standards are murdered by Pinkertons and other hired goon squads.

1885: GUATEMALA. The U.S. gunboat Wachusett invades Guatemalan waters to “protect U.S. interests”.

1885: COLOMBIA. U.S. troops invade Colon and Panama City in the Colombian province of Panama.

1888: HAITI. U.S. forces invade Haiti to force the release of an American vessel arrested for running a blockade.

1890: ARGENTINA. U.S. forces invade the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires to “protect U.S. property”.

1891-present: HAITI. The U.S. invades Haiti to suppress a revolt of black workers against horrific working conditions on Navassa Island and seizes the island itself, which it still holds.

1891: CHILE. U.S. Marines invade Chile to suppress nationalists rebelling against the U.S.-supported dictatorship.

1891: CHILE. One hundred and twenty sailors from the USS Baltimore receive shore leave in Valparaiso, Chile. They become involved in bar brawls and street violence resulting in the death of two Americans, the wounding of seventeen, and the imprisonment of thirty-six. The U.S.demands a Chilean apology and reparations. The Chileans conduct an investigation which finds that drunken American sailors provoked the disturbances. In his annual message to Congress, President Benjamin Harrison threatens to seek congressional approval for a U.S. invasion of Chile.

1894: NICARAGUA. The U.S. invades Nicaragua at Bluefields to “protect American interests”.

1894: BRAZIL. The U.S. uses a display of naval power to intimidate Brazil.

1895: COLOMBIA. U.S. troops invade the Colombian state of Panama to “protect American interests”.

1895: COLOMBIA. U.S. Marines invade the Colombian state of Panama. Again.

1896: NICARAGUA. U.S. forces invade the Nicaraguan port of Corinto to “protect American interests”.

1898: NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines invade the Nicaraguan port of San Juan del Sur.

1898-1959: CUBA. In the midst of countless hostile actions, the destruction of the Cuban economy and an ongoing, vitriolic propaganda campaign by the U.S. against Spain, the USS Maine enters Havana Harbor on the patently absurd pretext of it being, in the words of the grotesque U.S. consul in Havana, a “friendly act of courtesy”. The secondary pretext, of protecting Americans in Cuba, is equally absurd as Frederic Remington pointed out.

Remington, an illustrator for the Hearst newspapers, the key element in the propaganda campaign preparing the U.S. public for the long-planned U.S. invasion of Cuba, sends a cable to Hearst telling him that, contrary to the hysterical tales being invented and carried in the Hearst papers, “all is quiet” in Cuba and asks for permission to return to the U.S. Hearst sends Remington a cable saying, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

On cue and as though by magic, the USS Maine oh-so-conveniently blows up in Havana Harbor, resulting in the death of two hundred and sixty six U.S. sailors. By a fabulous stroke of luck, of the two hundred and sixty six corpses, only two belong to officers and to junior officers at that. Enlisted men were barred from going ashore. Officers were not.

By another fabulous stroke of luck, the U.S. has, since 1894, been beavering away planning for a full scale war against Spain and the seizure of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The blowing up of the USS Maine is the starting whistle.

The “act of terrorism” is, of course, immediately blamed on the Spanish who, self-evidently, had absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose by blowing up the Maine. A massive and hysterical propaganda campaign in the U.S. mass media, largely owned by Hearst and his fellow media slut, Pulitzer, whips the American public, who have already been well prepared by several years of vicious anti-Spanish propaganda, into a mindless war frenzy.

1898. NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines invade the port city of San Juan del Sur.

1898-present: PUERTO RICO. The U.S. invades and occupies Puerto Rico, a rich island with a strategic position long coveted by American militarists and robber barons, just as its one million people are in the process of achieving independence from Spain and are about to hold their first democratic elections. The first priority of the world's loudest demockracy is, of course, to cancel the scheduled elections which, as in Cuba, would have resulted in a free country ruled by, gasp, black people. The nation of Puerto Rico is stolen from its people and becomes an occupied colony of the U.S. Repeated independence movements are ruthlessly and murderously crushed by the U.S. Puerto Rican patriots and independence leaders are imprisoned and tortured. The Spanish language is outlawed in schools and the American colonizers send missionaries to further the destruction of local culture. Local agriculture is systematically destroyed, making the island dependent on food imports from the U.S. and driving Puerto Ricans to work as virtual slave labor on what rapidly become American-owned plantations. Other Puerto Ricans are driven into the factories of U.S.-owned companies as cheap labor. A completely powerless puppet legislature is installed to create the usual tawdry illusion of democracy. In plain fact, Puerto Rico is a dictatorship run by the U.S. military.

The U.S. forces Puerto Ricans to become U.S. citizens in 1917 in order to allow them to be drafted into the military after the U.S. enters WW I just in time to be in on the treaty signing. In the fine tradition of American demockracy, Puerto Rico is given "non-voting" status in the U.S. Congress. The U.S. constructs major military bases and uses large parts of Puerto Rico, particularly the islands of Culebra and Vieques, as bombing ranges. Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest is used by the U.S. for chemical warfare testing. The island of Vieques is used for test firing radioactive depleted uranium (DU) armaments (dirty bombs) which the U.S. will later use in its covert nuclear wars against the people of Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.

General Nelson A. Miles, who headed the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico was not just a talented genocide artist who had carried out innumerable slaughters of native Americans so that their land could be stolen, he was also, as befits a senior U.S. military officer, a truly gifted liar. Miles said, “We have not come to make war upon the people of a country that for centuries has been oppressed, but, on the contrary, to bring you protection, not only to yourselves but to your property, to promote your prosperity, and to bestow upon you the immunities and blessings of the liberal institutions of our government.” Well gee, thanks a lot there Nelson. Thought for a minute you were here to steal our country.

1899: NICARAGUA. U.S. forces invade parts of Nicaragua to “protect interests” during the revolution of Juan Reyes. What they are really doing is trying to help Reyes who will be more "understanding" to American gold mining and other commercial interests.

1899: COLOMBIA. U.S. forces invade the Colombian state of Panama.

1900s-1980s: AMAZON BASIN. From the early 1900s until the 1980s, Sun Oil (Sunoco), Weyerhaeuser, Standard Oil (Exxon) and Placid Oil (Hunt) work with an ostensibly Christian organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators, to grab the land and resources of native peoples living in the Amazon Basin. Following World War Two, the CIA will join the effort and work with Wycliffe, which also operates under the name of the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Wycliffe's role is to identify potential opposition to resource exploitation by American corporations and to identify ways of undermining the social cohesion of aboriginal groups in order to render them powerless to resist the takeover of their land and resources. Wycliffe/Summer also lends its "missionary" bases in other countries to the U.S. for military purposes. Its base in the Ecuadoran Amazon is used by U.S. Army Green Berets searching for "insurgents". The "Christian" organization also provides assistance to the Peruvian Air Force which had napalmed the Mayoruna and Campa Indians.

Funding for Wycliffe/Summer is provided by Exxon, Sunoco, the U.S. military and by various CIA fronts.

1901: COLOMBIA. The U.S. invades the Colombian state of Panama to “protect interests”.

1901: CUBA. The infamous Platt Amendment to the U.S. Army Appropriations Bill “gives the U.S. the right (sic)” to “intervene militarily in Cuba whenever the U.S. decides such intervention is warranted.” The Cubans, still under military occupation by the U.S., are given the “option” of accepting the Platt Amendment as part of the Cuban Constitution or having the U.S. remain in occupation of Cuba forever.

1901: CUBA. The rape of Cuba by the U.S. ruling class gets underway with a vengeance. American lumber interests move in and begin clear cutting Cuba's ten million acres of virgin timber. American companies take over mines, sugar plantations and railroads. The Rockefellers' murderous United Fruit swoops down on Cuba "buying" almost two million acres of the country for twenty cents an acre. Within a year, more than eighty percent of Cuban mineral exports are in American corporate hands.

1902: COLOMBIA. A U.S. naval blockade is set up and American forces invade the Colombian state of Panama to prevent the government of Colombia defending the Isthmus against an impending U.S. attack.

1903: HONDURAS. U.S. Marines invade to stop a popular revolution against the U.S. client Honduran dictatorship.

1903-present: CUBA. Using the Platt Amendment as the “legal” basis, the U.S. steals and occupies a large area of land around Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in order to construct a massive naval base which, a century later, will be used as part of a worldwide network of offshore concentration camps and torture centers by the Government of the United States of America.

1903-04: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. U.S. forces invade and occupy the capital city of Santo Domingo to “protect American interests” by preventing a nationalist revolution against the U.S.-supported dictatorship.

1903-14: COLOMBIA. The government of Colombia refuses to cave in to U.S.-dictated conditions for the construction of a canal through the Isthmus of Panama.The JP Morgan banking interests, which essentially own the Roosevelt regime, buy, for a pittance, the shares of the French company which had been trying to build a canal through the Isthmus.

A Morgan-connected lobbyist for the Panama Canal Company, lawyer William Cromwell, then directs, literally from Roosevelt's White House, a stage managed “revolution” and subsequent invasion and occupation of the Colombian state of Panama by the U.S. The “nation” of Panama is invented out of thin air by Sullivan and the boys and a U.S.-controlled puppet dictatorship is installed.

The farcical Hay-Buneau Treaty is signed, purporting to grant the U.S. authority over a ten mile wide strip of "Panama" in perpetuity. Giving away the land on behalf of the invented country of "Panama" is a Frenchman named Buneau, a shareholder of the French company which had failed in its attempt to build a canal. After providing his meaningless signature on the document signing away "Panama's" territory, Buneau hotfoots it to Washington for his cash payoff and then goes home to France, never to set foot in the mythical nation of "Panama" again.

The Roosevelt regime hands $40 million of U.S. government money to the Morgan interests which had acquired the worthless French canal company prior to the "revolution". By amazing coincidence, one of the major beneficiaries of the scam is Teddy Roosevelt's brother-in-law Douglas E. Robinson, a director of Morgan's Astor National Bank who pockets a cool six million bucks.

William Cromwell is made the fiscal agent of the newly invented "nation" of Panama, a very profitable position. His law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell and its two star shysters, brothers Allen and John Foster Dulles, will go on to play the pivotal role in organizing the cartels and business deals which will eventually bring us Adolf Hitler and the Second World War.

1904: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. U.S. and British forces invade and occupy Puerto Plata, Sosua and Santo Domingo to “protect national interests”.

1904: PANAMA. U.S. forces invade the recently invented "nation" of Panama to suppress the Panamanian independence movement. Can't be havin' no locals runnin' the place.

1905: HONDURAS. U.S. Marines invade Honduras “to protect interests”.

1905: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. The U.S. invades and occupies the cities of Monte Cristo, Puerto Plata, Samana and Sanchez in order to seize customs revenues on behalf of U.S. banking interests. U.S. Navy vessels remain off the coast to intimidate any Dominicans who might be harboring foolish ideas about defending their country.

1906: HONDURAS. U.S. Marines invade Honduras “to protect interests”.

1906: MEXICO. In the spirit of international cooperation, Arizona State Troopers are brought into Mexico by the management to slaughter workers striking at the American-owned Cananea copper mine.

The people of Mexico will have
to be supplanted by another race,
which is gradually being done,
before any great development
can be expected there.
James Stillman

1906-09: CUBA. The U.S. invades and occupies Cuba to “protect American interests” by controlling the outcome of elections.

1907: NICARAGUA. The U.S. invades Nicaragua at Puerto Cortés on behalf of the usual "interests", American corporations.

1907: HONDURAS. U.S. troops invade and occupy five Honduran cities to “protect American interests”. Try to guess what they are.

1907: CHILE. The American-supported Chilean dictatorship uses machine guns supplied by the U.S. to gun down as many as three thousand striking saltpeter workers and their families in Iquique. The workers are part of the growing labor movement in Chile which threatens to reduce the profits of business owners by demanding a living wage and safer working conditions.

1908: PANAMA. U.S. troops invade to ensure the "correct" outcome of elections.

1909: MEXICO. At the request of American copper tycoon William Greene, troops of the U.S.-supported dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz slaughter workers at the Greene-Cananea copper mine striking for minimal increases in their starvation wages, an end to racial discrimination and safer working conditions. Greene is a close friend of the murderous Mexican vice-president, Ramon Corral. Diaz and Corral are known in Mexico as "Diaz and Death".

1909-1912: NICARAGUA. The United States repeatedly invades Nicaragua to “protect American interests” which consist primarily of those of the notorious Brown Brothers Bank, financial backer of slave cotton production and later to be instrumental in the financing of the rise of the German Nazi party and Adolf Hitler via George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and, by amazing coincidence, in the selling of put options prior to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.

1909-59: CUBA. A series of U.S.-maintained racist white dictatorships, sometimes installed via stage-managed “elections”, rules Cuba. Corruption, repression, racial discrimination and hopeless poverty for the majority are the norm while the local white elite such as the Bacardi family and wealthy Americans such as merchant of death, master race proponent and Nazi supporter-to-be Irenee Dupont steal the land and wealth of the country.

1910: NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua at Corinto and Bluefields “to protect American interests”.

America's main “interest” in Nicaragua is the overthrow of the successor to President Jose Zelaya who had made the outrageous suggestion that American mining and fruit companies operating in Nicaragua should pay taxes and that they should not be allowed to operate as monopolies.

That's pretty crazy stuff for a sovereign nation to try pulling on fine American corporations, so the U.S. government installs its very own puppet dictator, Adolpho Diaz, who will be sure to do just as he is told.

1911: HONDURAS. U.S. naval detachments invade Honduras to “protect American interests”. The American interests are, in fact, those of American fruit baron, Sam Zemurray, later of the United Fruit (Chiquita Banana) Company. The U.S. engineers the overthrow of the legitimate, liberal government of Miguel Davila and installs Manuel Bonilla, a puppet dictator who is far more accommodating to the requirements of American banana companies.

1911: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Following the execution of the U.S. puppet dictator for his collusion with the U.S. and the installation of a new, nationalist government, the United States invades the Dominican Republic and overthrows the new moderate Dominican government and installs yet another U.S. puppet dictatorship which will remain in power for decades.

1911: CUBA. The U.S. raises the USS Maine which had conveniently "blown up" and sunk in Havana Harbor in 1898, serving as the far-fetched pretext for the long-planned U.S. invasions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. The Chinese scrap metal business not yet being in full operation, the hulk of the Maine is towed to deep water and sunk.

1912: HONDURAS. U.S. troops invade Honduras to “protect American interests”.

1912: PANAMA. Fully armed U.S. troops “supervise” an election outside of the occupied Canal Zone to ensure that the election comes out right.

1912: CUBA. The U.S. puppet dictatorship of Cuba systematically represses, harasses and murders black Cubans and establishes concentration camps into which they are forced. When black people demonstrate against their repression in Oriente, thousands (estimates vary from two thousand to six thousand) are slaughtered by the U.S.-installed and maintained dictatorship.

1912: CUBA. U.S. troops invade Cuba to “protect American interests” by crushing a rebellion by blacks in Pinar del Rio against the repressive white racist dictatorship installed and maintained by the U.S.

1912: NICARAGUA. The U.S. bombards, assaults and then occupies the city of Coyotepe.

1912: MEXICO. The United States invades Mexico at Claris Estero.

1912-1933: NICARAGUA. U.S. forces invade and occupy Nicaragua for twenty two years in order to maintain in power the previously-installed U.S. puppet Diaz dictatorship against massive popular opposition. Claiming to be “promoting peace and government stability” in Nicaragua, the U.S. stage-manages the usual fantasy "elections" in which only 4,000 of 572,000 people are permitted to vote for the one and only candidate, the U.S. puppet Diaz.

1913: MEXICO. The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Henry Lane Wilson, a corporate lawyer and close associate of the Rockefellers and Guggenheims, orchestrates a vitriolic propaganda campaign and the destabilization, overthrow and murder of the first democratically-elected President of Mexico, Francisco Madero.

In the U.S., the propaganda campaign against Madero is led by racist warmonger, yellow media baron and Nazi propagandist-to-be William Randolph Hearst, who had acquired seven million acres of land stolen from murdered Mexican peasants thanks to the U.S.-supported Diaz dictatorship. Under Madero, the seven million acres "owned" by Hearst would have eventually been returned to its rightful owners. In Mexico, the hate campaign is led by the fabulously named newspaper, El Imparcial, owned by, you only have one guess.....the Rockefellers.

Madero had won the Mexican Revolution, deposing the U.S. and British-supported dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Diaz had ruled brutally for thirty years and sold the country out to foreign interests, primarily American and British, while being allowed to steal a fortune for himself, his relatives and his cronies. His regime committed genocide on a grand scale, enslaved millions and stole hundreds of millions of acres of land from the native people, giving rise to the Revolution.

Francisco Madero won the first democratic election in Mexican history after he ousted Diaz. Madero was, from the point of view of the U.S. ruling class, that most dangerous of all God's creatures, a believer in genuine democracy who implemented a wide range of democratic reforms including true freedom of speech, true freedom of the press and genuine democratic elections.

Aside from taking the radical and dangerous step of implementing real democracy within shouting distance of the United States, which might give the huddled masses in the U.S. some naughty ideas, Madero’s greatest crime was imposing a three centavo (one and a half cent) per barrel tax on oil exports from Mexico, largely by Standard Oil (Exxon-Mobil) and the Texas Oil Company (Texaco), which infuriated the billionaire Rockefellers and their clubmates in the U.S. ruling class.

After Madero’s kidnapping, his wife pleads with Ambassador Wilson to spare her husband’s life. Wilson, who is in the midst of a party at the U.S. Embassy celebrating freedom, liberty and demockracy on the birthday of slaveowner, land speculator, mass murderer and ethnic cleanser, George Washington, refuses, exploring the heights of hypocrisy by saying it “would be improper” for him to intervene “in Mexico’s internal affairs.”

After Madero’s cold-blooded murder and the torture and murder of his brother, Gustavo, the installation and recognition of the brutal Huerta dictatorship and its death squads is orchestrated by Ambassador Wilson. Thousands of Mexicans loyal to Madero are slaughtered in the coup which deprives Mexico of the only democratic government it has ever had, plunges the country back into revolution, and leads directly to the wholesale destruction of the country and the deaths of almost two million people, about one eighth of the entire Mexican population.

1914-99: PANAMA. The U.S. illegally annexes and occupies the Panama Canal Zone. The Panama Canal will eventually save the the U.S. and multinational corporations and the U.S. military tens of billions of dollars in fuel and time and earns the U.S. government further billions in transit fees.

The U.S. maintains no less than fourteen military bases in the occupied canal zone, including the world's largest and most notorious terrorist and torture training facility, the sweetly-named School of the Americas. The Panamanian bases are frequently used as staging points for the destabilization and/or invasion of nations throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

The government of Panama is paid a pittance annually in compensation, about $1.4 million by the 1980s. The U.S. finally relinquishes control of the Canal when it no longer has any strategic importance.

1914-17: MEXICO. Mexico is the world’s third largest oil producer and the port of Tampico on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is the largest oil port in the world. So that the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and the Texas Oil Company (Texaco) can continue to extract Mexican oil without payment of royalties and, even more importantly, to ensure that the Mexican Revolution fails, the U.S. scripts and stages what is perhaps the most absurd of the countless pretexts it has staged and manufactured over the years to cloak its unprovoked attacks on other nations on behalf of the U.S. ruling class.

A huge fleet of U.S. warships hovers threateningly off the Mexican coast. Sailors from the USS Dolphin, welcomed into the oil port of Tampico on shore leave, illegally enter a restricted area of the port. They are arrested by Mexican security patrols. Mexican officials, mindful of the USS Maine incident in Cuba, no doubt realize that they are being set up, quickly apologize and immediately release the offenders.

Not to be outplayed by mere Mexicans, the American admiral makes the insane demand of a twenty one gun salute to the American flag, knowing perfectly well that national pride will not allow the Mexicans to submit to such humiliation by the U.S.

After the Mexicans inevitably refuse, the U.S. uses the refusal as the pretext to begin the attack on Mexico it had begun planning four months earlier. U.S. battleships launch a full-scale bombardment, not of Tampico where the pretext incident had been staged, but of the port city of Veracruz almost two hundred miles away.

The United States achieves the dubious distinction of becoming the first country in the world to conduct terror bombing of a defenseless civilian population from airplanes, using Curtiss biplanes operating from Texas.

Invasion and occupation of Veracruz by U.S. Marines follows. More than four hundred Mexican civilians are murdered by the United States while attempting to repel the invaders with broomsticks, axes and shovels. Many more Mexicans are injured. There are too many corpses for the survivors to bury so they are cremated in the streets with gasoline. Buildings throughout the city of Veracruz are devastated.

Veracruz was very carefully chosen as America's target. While in occupation, the U.S. steals all customs revenue collected in Veracruz, Mexico’s largest commercial port, in order to bring about the downfall of the Huerta dictatorship. Huerta had been installed a year earlier following the murder of democratically-elected President Francisco Madero orchestrated by the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Henry Lane Wilson.

Like the murdered Madero, Huerta made the fatal mistake of proposing a tax on oil exported from Mexico by U.S. oil companies, primarily the Rockefellers' Standard Oil and the Texas Oil Company (Texaco), closely linked to Woodrow Wilson's puppet master, "Colonel" E.M. House.

Installed as dictator of occupied Veracruz is our old friend, mass murderer, crusher of labor strikes and advocate of lynching American citizens for speaking out against war, Frederick Funston, now promoted to the heady rank of general for his murderous efforts on behalf of the ruling class.

By supplying U.S. ruling class favorite Venustiano Carranza with the vast quantities of weapons, ammunition, explosives and poison gas which arrive at Veracruz during the illegal occupation, while maintaining an arms embargo against popular revolutionary leaders Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, the United States ensures that Carranza's reactionary forces will prevail and that the Mexican Revolution will fail.

As a result, the land and wealth of Mexico remain in the hands of a small number of wealthy white families and of the foreign business interests which had stolen Mexican land and resources with the connivance of the U.S.-supported Diaz dictatorship. Mexico will remain, throughout the twentieth century, a classic U.S.-compliant demockracy, in reality a single party dictatorship of the ruling familes, usually little more than a puppet of the U.S.

At least one U.S. Marine refuses the wear the Medal of Honor (sic) he is awarded for the slaughter of innocent civilians at Veracruz. The leader of the illegal invasion, U.S. Marine Corps Major-General Smedley Butler, later expresses his regret for his actions at Veracruz and in many other parts of the world as a hit man for U.S. corporate, banking and oil interests.

In the American mass media, the policy of the Wilson regime which led to the murderous attacks on Mexico and six other countries and to the deaths of millions on behalf of the U.S. ruling class is blithely referred to as “liberal interventionism”.

1914-34: HAITI. The U.S. invades Haiti six times during 1914 and 1915 in order to seize revenue from Haitian customs houses on behalf of U.S. banking interests, primarily the National City Bank of New York. Each time, “domestic unrest” is used as the pretext for the illegal U.S. invasions. When the newly-elected president of Haiti refuses to hand over Haiti’s railroads and banks to the New York bankers, U.S. Marines invade once more, break into the central bank in Port au Prince and steal $500,000.

The invading Marines remain in illegal occupation of Haiti, viciously suppressing ongoing resistance, slaughtering thousands, and running the country as a virtual colony until 1934. Among the duties of the freedom-loving Marines is the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of black Haitians who are forced to build roads and railways to carry stolen Haitian resources to waiting U.S. ships.

The U.S. seizes Haiti’s gold deposits, re-writes the country’s constitution to allow foreign (read "American") corporate ownership of land and property and then forces their implementation, disbands the Haitian army and replaces it with a U.S.-trained and indoctrinated “police” force.

In U.S. propaganda, the illegal invasions and occupation of Haiti, the murder and enslavement of its people and the theft of its gold reserves and resources on behalf of the New York bankers was simply the act of an always benevolent United States “maintaining order during a period of chronic and threatened insurrection”.

1914: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. In order to force the people of the Dominican Republic to repay cash given to prior U.S. puppet dictators, American naval vessels shell the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo murdering an unknown number of Dominicans.

1915-1934: HAITI. U.S. Marines invade Haiti and impose a constitution on the helpless nation, seizing control of customs collection for American bankers. Thousands of peasants are forced off their land which is given to U.S. corporations. Forced labor (otherwise known as slavery) is imposed.

A peasant uprising against the U.S. occupation is led by Charlemagne Peralte. Over a period of two years, U.S. Marines massacre fifteen thousand black Haitians. The freedom movement is crushed when Peralte is captured and murdered in November 1919 and his body put on display.

U.S. Marines occupy Haiti until 1934. During the occupation, the U.S puppet president of Haiti is quite rightly barred from the U.S. Officers' Club in Port-au-Prince, because he is black.

Think of it, niggers speaking French!
U.S. Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan

1915: HAITI. U.S. Marines attack Caco resistance fighters attempting to end the illegal U.S. occupation of their country, slaughtering two hundred people and leaving not a single human being alive. Total casualties among the valiant Marines? One Marine was struck by a rock and lost two teeth. Leader of the massacre, Major Smedley Butler, says that his heroic troops hunted the Haitians "like pigs".

1915-1916: MEXICO. The U.S. repeatedly invades Mexico, sometimes penetrating several hundred miles with a force which eventually numbers almost 11,000 under "Black Jack" Pershing. Pershing is a good choice to keep the inferior races in Mexico in line. He is a mass murderer and genocide artist of some accomplishment. His triumphs as an American soldier include the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The pretext for the invasions of Mexico is "chasing bandits" but the real reason is to interfere in the Mexican Revolution to make sure it comes out right and them darn Mexicans don't get control of their own country or its resources.

1916-1924: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. The U.S. invades and occupies the Dominican Republic, long a virtual colony of New York bankers and American sugar interests, after the Dominican president refuses U.S. demands to appoint American citizens to senior government posts in the government and to replace the Dominican army with a U.S.-trained and indoctrinated "national" guard.

The U.S. military seizes Dominican banks and customs houses and places large segments of the Dominican economy, including land and transportation in the hands of American corporations, displacing hundreds of thousands of Dominican peasants.

In the always paramount interest of spreading liberty and democracy throughout the world, the U.S. dissolves the Dominican legislature, imposes martial law and imprisons hundreds of political prisoners.

The U.S. prohibits Dominicans from owning weapons and censors news and information, forbidding the publication of anything deemed to be “anti-American” by the illegal occupiers. Can't be havin' no free speech in our occupied countries can we?

1917: PUERTO RICO. The U.S. forces American citizenship on the people of the occupied colony of Puerto Rico without their consent and over the unanimous objection of the island's House of Delegates. Ain't nothin' like democracy American style is there? The mandatory American citizenship for the people of the occupied nation of Puerto Rico means that, after having their country stolen from them by the U.S., Puerto Ricans will now be subject to conscription for America's convenient last-minute entry into World War One.

1918-1920: PANAMA. U.S. troops suppress the Panamanian independence movement and control the outcome of elections to ensure continued U.S. domination of Panama. They remain in occupation for two years.

1919: HONDURAS. The U.S. invades Honduras to “protect American interests” by controlling the outcome of an election. Gotta make sure it comes out right.

1920: HAITI. U.S. troops slaughter two thousand Haitian peasants protesting the illegal U.S. occupation of their country.

1920: GUATEMALA. The U.S. invades Guatemala to “protect American interests” by suppressing the attempts of Guatemalan workers to unionize in order to achieve
minimal living standards.

1921: CENTRAL AMERICA. U.S. naval squadrons are positioned off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of both Panama and Costa Rica in order to coerce the two central American nations into resolving a boundary dispute in the way desired by American corporate interests.

1921-57: COLOMBIA. Maintained in place by repeated U.S. "interventions", U.S. oil companies steal all of Colombia's known oil reserves, making billions in profit and leaving the people of Colombia with no known oil. Leading the oil companies is Nazi fuel supplier, Texaco, under the ruthless Torkild Rieber who earns the name his Nazi friends will later use to refer to him: "Leichengaenger", the man who walks over corpses of his own making. If you're looking for dear old Torkild's grave, it's in Arlington National Cemetery along with a lot of other Nazis and traitors. Stay tuned to find out who they are.

1922: PUERTO RICO. Puerto Ricans, who had recently had their country stolen from them by the U.S., are good enough to get drafted into the American military but not good enough, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, to be entitled to a whole series of rights usually associated with democratic nations. According to the Supreme Court, Puerto Ricans do not have a right to a jury trial, do not have a right against self incrimination, do not have a right “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation” and do not have a right to confront witnesses at trial. Sure is great to get yourself all liberated by Uncle Sam, ain't it?
1922: GUATEMALA. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge orchestrates the overthrow of the government of President Carlos Herrera after he refuses to grant concessions to the Rockefellers’ United Fruit Company.
1924: MEXICO. After years of refusal, the United States finally agrees to recognize the government of Mexico on condition that Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution, which outrageously states that Mexican oil is the property of Mexico, will not apply to U.S. oil companies. The American position is championed by Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon whose family, by amazing coincidence, controls Gulf Oil.

1924-25: HONDURAS. U.S. forces invade Honduras to “protect American interests” by controlling the outcome of an election in favor of U.S. corporate interests.

1925: PANAMA. U.S. Marines invade Panama to crush a general strike. Can't be havin' no uppity Panamanians in Panama.

1925: HONDURAS. U.S. forces invade to “protect American interests”. You only have one guess what interests they are.

1926-33: NICARAGUA. The U.S. invades and occupies Nicaragua to “protect American interests” by crushing the Nicaraguan independence movement led by nationalist leader Augusto Cesar Sandino. And, as we know, anyone who resists the invasion of their country by the U.S. is either an insurgent or a terrorist or both.
In one of the most ludicrous uses of the communist bogeyman as cover to justify the United States’ endless illegal invasions and occupations of other countries on behalf of American corporations, U.S. Secretary of State Frank Billings Kellogg claims that the freedom-loving troops of the U.S. are occupying Nicaragua solely in order to block a “Nicaraguan-Mexican-Soviet conspiracy to establish a Bolshevist hegemony within striking range of the Panama Canal.” Whew! Wouldn't it have been easier to say that they had weapons of mass destruction?

Thousands of peasants are killed, many in massacres such as the one in Ocotal in 1927, when some three hundred unarmed men, women and children are bombed and machine-gunned by valiant American flyboys. The Marines leave in 1932 after forming a tame National Guard led by strongman Anastasio Somoza Garcia. In 1934, Somoza's thugs in the National Guard murder Sandino, and the Somoza family dictatorship takes murderous control of Nicaragua under the firm guiding hand of its American masters.

1927: NICARAGUA. Pre-empting Hitler's Luftwaffe, the U.S. becomes the first nation on Earth to use dive bombers, attacking Nicaraguan peasants at Ocotal who had risen up against the American troops occupying their country. After dive bombing the town of Ocotal, the valiant flyers then strafe the peasants with machine guns as they run for safety. America massacres more than three hundred defenseless civilians with this exciting new innovation in delivering freedom and democracy to the world's oppressed peoples.

1928: NICARAGUA. The U.S. military seizes control of the Nicaraguan army and begins a demonization program and hunt for the freedom fighter Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino who is preaching to virtually enslaved mine workers about social inequality and the need for change. Can't be havin' no talk about freedom and equality this close to the U.S. of A. Someone might get ideas.

1929: UNITED STATES/NICARAGUA. U.S. Marines Major General Smedley Butler admits to veterans in Pittsburgh that, in 1912 in Nicaragua, he had helped rig elections on behalf of the notorious Brown Brothers Bank (Brown Brothers, Harriman). For speaking the truth in the land of the free, Butler is called on the carpet by Navy Secretary Adams who just happens to be tightly connected to American banking interests.

1930s-ongoing: PUERTO RICO. With their country stolen from them by the U.S., local food production all but destroyed and reduced to working on American-owned plantations and in American-owned factories for slave labor wages, Puerto Ricans are driven to even greater desperation by the Depression. A new Puerto Rican independence movement is born, led by Pedro Albizu Campos, who rises to head the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party (PNP).

The PNP completely rejects participation in the charade of politics and colonial elections stage-managed by the U.S. They proclaim the obvious fact that U.S. domination of Puerto Rico is illegitimate and refuse to recognize the colonial occupying authorities, their courts or their laws. The PNP accuses the U.S. of causing the ruin and poverty of Puerto Rico's people. Most daring of all, they maintain that Puerto Ricans have the right to wage armed struggle against the U.S. invaders and occupiers in order to gain their liberty.

1930-1961: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. U.S.-trained, armed and supported national police and army chief Rafael Leonidas Trujillo seizes power and begins a reign of murder, torture, terror, rape and theft of the country’s wealth. His seizure of power is made all the easier by the fact that during its illegal military occupation of the Dominican Republic from 1916 to 1924, U.S. forces had prohibited ordinary Dominicans from owning weapons while heavily arming local traitors and collaborators such as Trujillo and the U.S.-indoctrinated army and police.

Political opponents and those who offend Trujillo and his cronies are tortured and murdered, often thrown over cliffs on the south coast of the island nation to the sharks, or are held in concentration camps and worked to death on farms Trujillo has stolen from the Dominican people. All attempts by Dominicans to achieve freedom and democracy are ruthlessly crushed with the whole hearted approval of such as U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull seen here with his buddy Rafael.

By the time his American masters inevitably turn on him in 1960 and the CIA under Nazi shyster Allen Dulles begins to plot his murder, Trujillo has tortured and murdered unknown tens of thousands of Dominicans and murdered twenty thousand Haitians. By the end of his U.S.-maintained dictatorship, Trujillo and his family will have “acquired” seventy percent of the land and ninety percent of the industry of the country while the vast majority of its people live short lives of fear and hopeless poverty.

1931: PUERTO RICO. Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, infects dozens of Puerto Ricans with cancer cells. Thirteen of Rhoads' victims die. Of course, Rhoads wasn't too fond of the people of the occupied country of Puerto Rico anyway. He had previously written that Puerto Rican "dissidents", (translation: freedom fighters opposing the theft of their country by the U.S.) should be "eradicated" by the "judicious" use of germ warfare.

Appropriately enough, Rhoads will go on to establish U.S. Army biological warfare facilities in Maryland, Utah and Panama, and will later be appointed to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission where he will be responsible for radiation experiments on American prisoners, hospital patients and soldiers. For his fine contributions to humanity, the American Association for Cancer Research will honor Rhoads by naming its exemplary scientist award after him.

1932: EL SALVADOR. U.S. warships are used to threaten peasants rising up against the U.S.-supported dictatorship of El Salvador in an attempt to recover land which had been stolen from them. The dictatorship orders its military to destroy every Indian village and to kill every man, woman and child in Indian dress. More than thirty thousand Indians, four percent of the population of the country, are killed in the genocide, virtually exterminating them in the region. The survivors of the massacre abandon Indian clothing, language and customs with the hope of becoming "invisible" to the death squads. The bloody suppression of the uprising allows the U.S.puppet dictatorship to remain in power, unchallenged, for more than three decades.

1932: COLOMBIA. Allen Dulles takes a brief break from financing the takeover of Germany by the Nazis to fix the 1932 presidential election in Colombia on behalf of the Mellon family's Gulf Oil. The Mellons are rightly worried that a legitimately-elected government might recover the oil and mineral deposits they have managed to "acquire".

1933: CUBA. U.S.-puppet dictator Gerardo "The Butcher" Machado uses increasing levels of terror to suppress dissent during the Depression. His death squads, the dreaded Porra, massacre thousands of Cubans, provoking a spontaneous general strike.

Like many a worn out U.S. puppet dictator before him and many to come after him, Machado has outlived his usefulness to his American masters. The U.S. dispatches thirty warships to hover off the coasts of Cuba, eventually forcing Machado to resign.

The Roosevelt regime refuses to recognize the provisional liberal government which replaces Machado, it being insufficiently fascist, and supports instead the power grab of brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista who will serve the U.S. government and the Mafia faithfully for decades to come.

1934: NICARAGUA. Freedom fighter Augusto Sandino is murdered by agents of the U.S. puppet Somoza dictatorship with the explicit approval of the U.S.

1934-36: PUERTO RICO. Thousands of jíbaros, the peasants thrown off their own land and driven to work for starvation wages on American-owned plantations, following the U.S. invasion, occupation and seizure of Puerto Rico, walk out of the sugar cane fields of the Armstrong-owned plantation in Fajardo. Their wildcat strike spreads. The farmworkers are supported by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party (PNP) under Pedro Albizu Campos.

The idea of organized mass resistance to the colonial occupation by the U.S. of Puerto Rico terrifies the corporate beneficiaries of the occupation and they form the deceptively-named "Citizens Committee of One Thousand for the Preservation of Peace and Order" who cable Franklin D. Roosevelt that, "A state of actual anarchy exists. Towns in state of siege, police impotent, businesses paralyzed." General Blanton Winship is appointed governor and, his aide, Colonel Francis Riggs is named police chief, to suppress the Puerto Ricans. The island's police are quickly militarized and teams of FBI agents secretly arrive to target the independence movement.

Several attempts are made on Albizu Campos's life. After repeated police murders of nationalists, Albizu Campos announces that his movement will respond by targeting representatives of the U.S. occupiers of Puerto Rico. Three Nationalists are killed by police outside the island's main university. Shortly afterwards, the police chief, Colonel Francis Riggs is shot dead. The two young Nationalists who killed him, Elias Beauchamp and Hiram Rosado, are then murdered in police headquarters.

Albizu Campos is charged with seditious conspiracy, conspiring to overthrow the federal government in Puerto Rico. The first trial (in the English-only federal courts) ends when the seven Puerto Ricans on the jury of twelve refuse to convict. Then, under the Truth, Justice or The American Way policy, the U.S. handpicks a new jury with ten Anglo-Americans which obligingly condemns Albizu Campos to the American gulag in late 1936.

1934-79: NICARAGUA. With U.S. approval and support, dictator Anastasio Somoza overthrows the democratically-elected government of Juan Sacasa. The U.S. finances, arms and maintains in power the brutal Somoza family dictatorship for over forty years. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans are kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered by the Somozas and their infamous U.S.-trained National Guard.

Almost all of the wealth of the country is stolen by the Somozas and their cronies, leaving the vast majority of the population in grinding poverty. The Somoza family alone “acquires” personal land holdings the size of the nation of El Salvador. As part of its bargain with the U.S., the Somoza dictatorship allows Nicaragua to be used as a staging area for illegal attacks by the U.S. on other countries in Central America and the Caribbean including Cuba and Guatemala.

After supporting the destruction of democracy in Nicaragua and the installation of one of the world's most repressive dictatorships, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is reputed to have said of Somoza, "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch." This quote has been attributed to any number of American presidents referring to any number of U.S. puppet dictators over the years but that great liberal Franklin Roosevelt did have a soft spot for this particular mass murdering son of a bitch, as we can see in the cozy scene above.

After forty five years of murder, torture, terror and theft of the country's wealth with the direct support of the government of the United States, the Somoza family dictatorship is finally overthrown in a popular revolution led by the socialist Sandinistas in 1979.

1935: PUERTO RICO. At the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras police massacre four members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party (PNP), which is struggling to end the U.S. occupation of Puerto Rico. Another PNP member is seriously wounded. A witness testifies that she saw police shooting at the PNP members and one policeman screaming not to let them "escape alive". Naturally, no charges are laid against the police involved. They are, instead, promoted.
There is today more widespread misery and destitution and far more unemployment in Puerto Rico than at any previous time in its history.
Harold Ickes, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1935

1935-41: PANAMA CANAL ZONE. The Harriman and Bush family-controlled Hamburg-Amerika shipping line gives even more help to the Nazi spy apparatus, the Abwehr, when Kurt Lindberg, manager of the Hamburg-Amerika office in Colon, Panama is named resident director of the Abwehr's Panama operation. Over the coming years, Abwehr spies at Hamburg-Amerika will accumulate a host of information on the Panama Canal, its vulnerabilties and defenses with a view to putting it out of commission in the event of war between Nazi Germany and the U.S.

1937: BOLIVIA. President Franklin Roosevelt announces a “Good Neighbor Policy” which promises a more friendly and less "interventionist" policy in Latin America. The policy is put to the test when Bolivia charges that the Rockefellers' Standard Oil has defrauded the Bolivian government. Imagine those naughty Bolivians having the nerve to say such a thing.

The government of Bolivia cancels Standard’s oil drilling concession and confiscates its facilities. Under its new policy, the U.S. government refrains from invading Bolivia and murdering a lot of innocent people, contenting itself with screwing the country financially on behalf of the Rockefellers.

1937-ongoing: PUERTO RICO. The Puerto Rico Nationalist Party (PNP), which, naturally enough, opposes the U.S. theft and occupation of Puerto Rico, organizes a march in the city of Ponce to commemorate the abolition of slavery on the island. Local authorities grant a permit and then, on orders from the U.S. dictator, General Blanton Winship, arbitrarily withdraw it. Hundreds of police are rushed to Ponce from across Puerto Rico, including machine gun units, to carry out an ambush.

As anticipated, the PNP's youth group decides to try a little freedom of speech and freedom of assembly anyway and about a hundred people march, followed by a band playing La

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Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:52 pm
As anticipated, the PNP's youth group decides to try a little freedom of speech and freedom of assembly anyway and about a hundred people march, followed by a band playing La Borinqueña, the occupied nation's anthem. As the crowd cheers, heavily-armed police block the parade, front and back. A specially convened death squad of nine police with Thompson submachine guns opens fire, killing marchers and bystanders including children. In total, twenty two people are murdered by the police and more than one hundred are injured. Braving the threat of another slaughter, more than twenty thousand people attend the funerals

1937-1947: PUERTO RICO. Puerto Rican independence leader, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, along with other Puerto Rican freedom fighters, becomes a prime target of the U.S. In 1937, he is sentenced to federal prison in Atlanta for “seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government in Puerto Rico.” Albizu Campos will held prisoner for ten years in the American gulag during which time the U.S. will be fighting in Europe supposedly for freedom, liberty, self-determination for oppressed peoples and all that kind of thing.

1941: NICARAGUA. The U.S. Legation in Managua reports that the Rockefellers' Standard Oil subsidaries are distributing Epoca, a pro-Nazi propaganda publication, in Nicaragua. The U.S. Consulate investigates and finds that Standard is, in fact, distributing pro-Nazi propaganda worldwide.

1941: PANAMA. Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia overthrows the democratically elected president of Panana, Arnulfo Arias, in a military coup, after obtaining permission to do so from the U.S. Ambassador.

1943: HONDURAS. In its ceaseless efforts to bring liberty to the world and to promote freedom of the press, the United States, through its ambassador to Honduras, threatens the editor of the newspaper El Cronista because the paper is running items critical of the U.S. puppet dictator of Honduras, Tiburcio Carias Andino. Shortly after the warning from the American amabassor, the newspaper is shut down by the Honduran dictatorship.

1944: GUATEMALA. The U.S.-supported dictatorship of General Jorge Ubico is finally overthrown. Ubico is a puppet of United Fruit who had sold Guatemala out to the Rockefellers. Thanks to Ubico's efforts, the Rockefellers now claim ownership of forty percent of the best farmland in Guatemala as well as the railroad network and the electrical and telegraph systems and they control the country's only port.

1944: EL SALVADOR. The U.S. supported and maintained dictator and mass murderer Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, is finally toppled. When the interim government is overthrown five months later in a coup carried out by the Martinez's former chief of police, the U.S., in the interests of fostering democracy around the world, immediately recognizes the new dictatorship.

MEXICO: 1945. At a conference in Chapultepec, Mexico, the U.S. calls for an "Economic Charter of the Americas" designed to eliminate what it calls "the scourge of economic nationalism in all its forms." The proposed charter would crush "the philosophy of the New Nationalism (which) embraces policies designed to bring about a broader distribution of wealth and to raise the standard of living of the masses." Lord knows, we can't be havin' none of that.
A State Department political adviser explains to reporters the utterly insane idea of the Latin Americans who "are convinced that the first beneficiaries of the development of a country's resources should be the people of that country." Where do they get these ideas?
1946: ARGENTINA. The U.S. attempts to subvert a democratic election in Argentina but fails and the massively popular Juan Peron is elected.
1946-84: PANAMA. The U.S. Army establishes the School of the Americas on occupied territory in the Panama Canal Zone to “modernize and professionalize” Latin American armies by providing training in “counter-insurgency, weapons, psychological warfare and interrogation techniques” to U.S. installed and maintained fascist dictatorships in Central and South America.

The SOA is the largest and best-funded torture and terrorist training school in the world which has produced over sixty thousand "graduates" who count among their number a large proportion of Latin America’s most notorious dictators, torturers and death squad leaders. Thanks to the coyness of the U.S. mass media, most Americans have never even heard of it but, throughout Latin America, the SOA is known as the School of Assassins.

Aside from teaching assassination, kidnap and torture, the good folks at the School of the Americas thoroughly indoctrinate their "pupils" in what is euphemistically called the "National Security Doctrine". Stripped of the bullshit, this means ruthlessly crushing all opposition, including democratic opposition, in order to maintain U.S.-compliant dictatorships in power. The goal, as always, is to guarantee virtually unlimited access to the region's resources, labor and markets to American-owned multinational corporations.

In 1984, the School of Assassins will be thrown out of Panama and move to Fort Benning, Georgia to continue its good work.

1947-48: PUERTO RICO. Puerto Rican independence leader Pedro Albizu Campos is released after ten years in the American gulag and returns to Puerto Rico where he speaks passionately against the U.S. seizure and occupation of Puerto Rico and of the suffering and poverty it has caused Puerto Ricans. In order to silence Albizu Campos and other pro-democracy activists in Puerto Rico, the U.S.-puppet regime passes the Ley de la Mordaza, the gag law.

La Mordaza makes it illegal to advocate the overthrow of the puppet government. In practice, such things as pro-independence speeches, songs and poetry and even raising the Puerto Rican flag are treated as crimes. La Mordaza is immediately used to attack the Puerto Rico Nationalist Party (PNP) and eliminate its leadership. Albizu Campos is placed under intense police pressure. Police patrols follow him openly, occasionally in vehicles with mounted machine guns. Everyone he speaks to is visited by police and harassed.

In 1948, the PNP calls on the Puerto Rican people to boycott the U.S. stage-managed elections of a colonial governor. Almost half of the people find the courage to stay away from the polls.

1947: URUGUAY. The U.S. deploys bombers and threatens the use of nuclear weapons to coerce the government of Uruguay into doing its bidding. Gotta keep them Spics in line.

1947-ongoing: GERMANY/SOUTH AMERICA. Hitler Project organizer Allen Dulles, with the assistance of that trusty "refugee from Nazi persecution", Heinz "Henry" Kissinger, devises the Ratline by which, with the invaluable assistance of the Vatican, thousands of Nazi war criminals will escape prosecution for war crimes and be tucked away in Argentina. From there, they will go on to become torturers and assassins for various U.S.-installed and maintained South American dictatorships including those of Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay, the military juntas of Brazil, Hugo Banzer of Bolivia, Pinochet of Chile and Videla of Argentina's infamous "dirty war".

1948: PERU. Following the election of a coalition of liberal and leftist parties in 1945, President Jose Luis Bustamente y Rivero institutes a wide range of liberal reforms including guaranteed civil rights, freedom of the press and the abolition of various dictatorial "rights" claimed by the president. We can't be havin' none of that, so the United States supplies weapons to the right wing in Peru who duly overthrow the democratically elected government, outlaw opposition political parties and install a nice, satisfactory dictatorship.

1948: COLOMBIA. Populist presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, threatens American ruling class interests, including the Rockefeller's United Fruit Company, as well as the wealthy right wing in Colombia, by radically promising to use some of the country's wealth, land and resources for the benefit of Colombians. He is duly assassinated. The people of Colombia, with memories of the slaughter of United Fruit banana workers at Santa Marta in 1928 under mysterious circumstances, riot in protest in Bogata and elsewhere. Three thousand people are killed in the capital. The riots and subsequent slaughter are known in Colombia as the Bogotazo.

Not surprisingly, Gaitan's murder is blamed on the all-purpose commie bogeyman. The U.S.-compliant government of Colombia launches a campaign of massacre and sends death squads into the countryside. Over the next decade, known as La Violencia, some three hundred thousand people are murdered by the death squads. Colombia remains safe for United Fruit.

Some wild eyed conspiracy theorists speculate that the CIA, headed by Nazi financier, Rockefeller family member and United Fruit director Allen Dulles, was behind the assassination. It is doubtless completely unrelated but, as of 2009, the CIA is still hiding thousands of documents relevant to the Gaitan's murder "in the interests of U.S. national security".

1948: NICARAGUA. The U.S. supplies arms to the its puppet Somoza family dictatorship to maintain it in power on behalf of U.S. corporate and plantation interests.

1948: COSTA RICA. The U.S. announces that it is ready to invade Costa Rica with forces from the Panama Canal Zone to end "communist control" of the country. U.S. favorite José Figueres Ferrer overthrows the democratically elected government and installs himself as dictator for a period of eighteen months.


Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 8:40 am
"“Unable or unwilling to make concessions on these and other issues important to Latin America—normalizing relations with Cuba, for instance, or advancing immigration reform—the White House is adopting an increasingly antagonistic posture,” Grandin explains. He notes that after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Brazil, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Latin Americans to “think twice” about “the consequences” of engagement with Iran. An Argentine diplomat responded, “The Obama administration would never talk to European countries that way.” "

Vindiboy ~ Some time ago I read that any nominee for the presidency - who would or could actually make it to the primaries - had to have the confirmation/blessings of the infamous Bilderberg Group (I think). In other words, no one outside of the two-party Democratic-Republican Parties stands a chance in hell of getting elected. While I didn't want to believe this, more and more, it looks like it may be true...that the two parties are but one side of the same coin.

As the story goes, the dems reduce the deficit and create programs to make the people happy. The repubs create wars and spend all the money saved, while increasing the deficit. And so the game continues. What I have noticed is that dems and repubs frequently change parties to suit them for upcoming elections. Arlen Specter is a recent turncoat.

While I am in no way a tea bagger - because this group is running in all directions with many of them being outright racists and ignorant beyond ignorant - I do agree with them on one position: throw out both parties.

Obama may have the best of intentions, but he may have sold his soul to the elites to win the election. To turn around mid game and score for the other team would take a great act of courage. I'm still waiting, but I don't like what I see.


Vindiboy ~ THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting this list of US aggression in Latin America. There's been a criminal, laser focus on domination of those countries by the US...not to mention around the world. The US was led by gangsters who stole this land from the Native Americans. Why would we think anything would change in the character of this corrupt nation? The first act is to acknowledge wrong-doing, ask forgiveness and do our best to help the victim. It isn't happening. The US has continued to push Native Americans out of view into poverty and practically eliminated all tribes. I won't even go into the dastardly deeds perpetrated on African slaves brought to America...who still deal with racism.

Why always people of color? Because a bully always picks on easy prey who don't understand his game and have his weapons and resources.

In light of the character of the leaders of this nation who do the bidding of the corporations and elites, what would make anyone believe the current role in Haiti is altruistic?

Haiti may just have to revolt again for their freedom...while they still have a chance...because Americans are too ignorant and self-absorbed to stop US aggression in their country.

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 2:43 pm
Agreed Marion. At it's root it is not a matter of race, as we thought it was in South Africa. It's a matter of class, and the ruling elite's oppression is colour blind. (Remember the condition of poor whites in both the US and S.Africa wasn't much better than that of their black competitors for the worst-paid labour) For example, the condition of South Africa's non-white population is now even worse than it was under apartheid. That is why the ruling elite their surprised us all with how easily they dropped apartheid. They knew they had a fall back position, the economic power of their class, with which to oppress the mainly-black majority. The blacks expected that their condition would improve after apartheid. It was a sorry lesson. Mandela, their much-loved hero, is a royal prince who is too conservative to advocate real social change. So the concentration of power is still in the hands of an almost exclusively white Afrikaaner elite, through which the multinationals deal. What is sad and maddening today is to see the denizens of a new black middle class oppressing their black domestic staff in the same way that their white forerunners did. We can of course see this in the USA today.

As for the USA (and any other "capitalist democracy"), I'm afraid there is only one party, of business, with two wings. Some people call them Team A and Team B. If Team A becomes unelectable (call him Baby Bush) then Team B is trotted out (Obama). The two teams overlap (Lieberman), so there's very little daylight between them. The foreign policy (the one that really matters to the ruling elite) is continued as before, while slight adjustments in internal policy are allowed, unless it threatens the elite, such as health care reform, taxation, armaments,etc). This can be seen when you compare the domestic and foreign policies of Carter, Johnson, Clinton -Chomsky called him a "moderate Republican" - FDR, etc. If capitalism has learned any important lesson it is when to give ground, and when to take it back. In the 60's and 70's they gave ground, and things got better for ordinary people. But in 1979, when the conservative counter-revolution began with Reagan, Kohl, Thatcher, Mulroney and the like, they began to take back the lost ground. Unions, public service, education, public order, on so many fronts the people lost rights and their standard of living plummeted. It goes on today with Harper in Canada, Blair/Brown in Britain, Bush/Obama in the USA, Merkel in Germany and Putin in Russia. It has been going on almost continuously since then, and all the gains made by the post-war generation and the crowds on the streets in 1968 have been rolled back.

Concentration of wealth translated into power has been with us since before the Pharaohs marshaled millions to build the Pyramids. I don't believe it is a necessary human condition. Anything made by humans can be unmade by humans. However, if the possession of and subservience to power is in our DNA then we might as well all fold our tents and go home and learn to live with it.

As for succession to power in the USA, I don't know if Obama belongs to the Bilderberg Group, but I would be my meagre resources on it. There are a number of these 'clubs'. Chomsky deals with them (can't remember where). The Trilateral Commission is quite moderate, the Council on Foreign Relations is another. They're clubs for the elite, but I think in Bilderberg you get a that vital stamp called "God, King, President, Prime Minister or whatever" on your forehead. The servants of corporations, government and academia rotate through a turnstile that may feed them to the elite clubs if they are made of the "right stuff". Look for a documentary called "The American Ruling Ruling Class" hosted by a hypocrite called Lewis Lapham who pretends to be a liberal through Harper's magazine, but is really a happy member of the elite clubs.(I can send you the torrent file if you're into that kind of thing).

The ruling elite will also tolerate 'token' dissent (i.e Chomky and Zinn,etc), as a relief-valve, but not if it becomes too widespread. (Chomsky is never seen on Network television, even the sadly-compromised Rachel Maddow Show).

So,a s Tolstoy asked..."What then must we do?" Well, we know the problem, i.e. concentration of power (economic, religious, etc) in the hands of a ruthless elite. We know it should be in the hands of 'the people' but we don't know what that means, nor what it should look like. So we must indulge in 'a little social engineering'. Violent revolutions only happen when the people have more to gain they have to lose by violent insurrection. That's why they succeed in mostly peasant societies, e.g. Russia, France, Vietnam, China, etc. And almost assuredly the tyrannies they overthrow are replaced by newer tyrannies (Mao, Stalin, Robespierre and his cronies, and even Ho Chi Minh and Castro). So for the US a violent insurrection and overthrow of the government is unthinkable (remember they control the military and those "National Guards").

So all that is left is a parliamentary revolution envisaged by George Bernard Shaw, and I wonder how, given the extreme ruthlessness of the ruling elite, and their willingness to subvert and suspend the electoral process, that would fare. So start with that corrupt electoral college. The elite will give that up if they have to.
Then there's the jewel of campaign finance reform, which I think eventually, like apartheid, they might consider sacrificial. Then there's political education, a very hot chestnut, since that's the current key to "getting away with it". Like the rest of the developed world, the electorate are woefully ignorant and mentally lazy. That comes with being a part of the material middle class. We have an uninformed electorate that votes against it's own interest. So there's work to be done there. Part of that education should be the awareness of other formations besides private ownership. Teach about the wonderful, multi-billion dollar workers co-operative at Mondragon in Spain, and other co-operatives in the USA (yes, you have a lot) and Latin America, teach about the wonderful "Prague Spring" of Alexander Dubcek's Czechoslovakia in 1968, teach in general about workers control, and that working people can take control of and manage their own lives, and that the plant doesn't have to close, teach Marxian class analysis, but not his prescriptions, and teach finally that a better world is possible and that, even though we may never see it, we must all make our contribution to realizing it.

Now Good Luck and hand me the whip!

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 6:46 pm
France acquired Haiti in 1697. After wiping out the native Arawak people, France imported a million black slaves from West Africa to work the island’s sugar, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and indigo plantations. Haiti’s slaves suffered frightful brutality in the French plantations and in slaver’s ships.

The greatest bourgeois fortunes of Bordeaux were built on slavery, not fine wine.

Haiti’s amazingly rich soil produced four crops a year. In 1780, the total value of Haiti’s exports to Europe exceeded those of Spain’s silver and gold-producing Latin American colonies, or the entire British West Indies plantation system.

Today, Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.
Even before the quake, it was impossible to walk in downtown Port-au-Prince without being swarmed by desperate, diseased beggars.

In the late 1700’s, Haiti’s slaves revolted, led by a brilliant black general, Toussaint Louverture. After fierce fighting, he was tricked by a false peace offer by the French and died in prison. Toussaint’s lieutenants, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Henri Christophe, finally defeated Napoleon’s troops and liberated Haiti in 1804. Haiti became the Western Hemisphere’s second republic, after the new-born United States.

But the rival leaders of the liberation soon fell out. Christophe, driven mad by syphilis, finally shot himself in the head with a silver bullet in a massive but useless citadel he had built atop a mountain above Cap Haitien.

For the next century, Haiti was ruled by a feuding mulatto minority and petty dictators who did nothing for the people. Peasants cut down all the trees for charcoal, denuding the mountainous island. Rains then swept away all of Haiti’s rich topsoil, leaving denuded hillsides and dead earth.

Washington, actually fearing a German takeover of Haiti, sent the US Marine Corps to occupy it from 1915 to 1934.

Am I posting to myself here?

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:24 pm
I organised a collection for Haiti at work..and like Simon said lots of people give and for good reasons..It is tragic that whilst we collect,we know that much money won't reach it's intended target,due to the actions of vested interests,who act to shore up their own situations..Ordinary working class people,spare money out of the best instincts of humanity..and it is tragic that our interests are betrayed by the zealous aquisitional ways of the few.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:33 pm
Vindiboy ~ I don't read as fast as you. Just spent the past two hours reading through this list of US aggressions (illegal invasions and occupations) on behalf of American corporations in Latin America.


It's just one bloodbath after another. Constant throughout US history!!!

The US has done a gross disservice to Americans by changing the truth in history books and dumbing down the people. For this reason, there will always be terrorists out to attack the US. Americans are prisoners in their own country...always looking over their shoulder wondering where the attack will come from. No wonder they want to stop other nations from having nukes and warheads. But isn't it the US who ran around supplying weapons to other nations and even trained them for uprisings? That shit is coming back to haunt them.

What a legacy!

Aside from the blatant, CONTINUOUS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY by the US over the years, I notice the methods do not change. It's all predictable: a nation has resources or is in a strategic location that the US wants, and the US gets it by any means necessary. Same tactics. Ruthless.

Anyone still want to question why the US is in Haiti with all those resources just laying around?


I found this statement at the website:

"Almost everything you read here is based on publicly available information and most historians know all about it. And yet they remain strangely silent, allowing the fantasyland, propagandized version of American history and the fatuous pseudo-patriotic nonsense spewed by politicians and the mass media to stand unchallenged."

A nation
which does not know
what it was yesterday,
does not know
what it is today.

Woodrow Wilson


None are more
hopelessly enslaved
than those
who falsely believe
that they are free.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We will conquer the world,
but we will lose our soul.
John Quincy Adams


You were absolutely right, John Quincy Adams.

The US has lost its soul.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:37 pm
Pandas ~ Good for you on taking up a collection. Regardless of where the money goes, your heart was in the right place. In that sense, you and those who donated for the cause did the right thing.

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 9:13 pm
The Canadian government supplied the uranium for the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II. Ottawa supported South African apartheid by allowing trade and commerce with the racist government there. With the support of its foreign service, Canadian mining companies weakened environmental regulations and propped up dictators in Central and South America. In 2004, Canada helped France and the United States overthrow the democratically elected government of Haiti. Canadian companies—such as Barrick Gold, Inco, Falconbridge, Alcan, Placer Dome, Goldcorp, and others, with the financial assistance of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank, and the Export Development Corporation—weakened environmental and labor standards, displaced indigenous populations, employed brutal private security guards, and contaminated land and water in the countries they were operating in—such as Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, and Papua New Guinea.

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) aid follows Canadian corporate and military moves around
the world. For instance, CIDA funds were channeled through Canadian mining companies for their development projects in Ghana and the Philippines. Often these mining companies would not pay taxes or royalties and the Canadian government would force these poor countries to shoulder onerous economic policies, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's structural adjustment programs that privatized and deregulated their public services.
Notable is Canada's military transformation to war fighting and its integration with the U.S. military, specifically the deployment of Canadian warships with the U.S. fleet in the Persian Gulf and the operation of Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2)—a secretive special combat force that has no parliamentary oversight—alongside the U.S. Unknown to Canadians, JTF2 has operated in Indonesia, Iraq, Haiti, Colombia, and Afghanistan (as an undeclared asset).

Canada has a long tradition of supporting imperialism and colonialism, from fighting with the British Empire in the 19th century to integrating militarily with United States today.The Canadian corporate elite and defense establishment have disproportionately dictated its foreign policy to the exclusion of Parliament and the public. For instance, Canadians were not consulted on the Canada First Defence Strategy released last June that committed the federal government to spend $490 billion on the military over the next 20 years.

Last year, Environics commissioned a survey that found that the majority of Canadians believed their country should make a positive contribution and respect international bodies that provide mechanisms for dialogue and co-operation. An internal poll prepared for National Defence, and obtained by the Canadian press, found that most Canadians view their soldiers as peacekeepers and would rather see them helping disaster victims than fighting. "While citizens of Canada, we are also neighbours to everyone who shares this planet. We must be good neighbours. That should be the underlying premise of Canada's foreign policy."

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 10:26 pm
Thomas Friedman from "What the World Needs Now" in the New York Times (USA) and Illustrated by an American Flag on a fist:

"For globalism to work, America can't be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is....The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist...McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."

USA Defence Secretary William Cohen in remarks to reporters prior to his speech at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle as reported by Associated Press:

"[T]he prosperity that companies like Microsoft now enjoy could not occur without having the strong military that we have. ... conflicts in faraway lands such as Bosnia, Korea and Iraq have a direct effect on the U.S. economy. The billions it costs to keep 100,000 American troops in South Korea and Japan, for example, makes Asia more stable--and thus better markets for U.S. goods. The military's success in holding Iraq in check ensures a continued flow of oil from the Persian Gulf."

George Kennan, Cold War Planner for the USA in 1948:

"We have 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, our real job in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we have to dispense with all sentimentality...we should cease thinking about human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation."

Pentagon's Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994 - 1999, a USA planning document:

"Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival... we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion ... but rather by its superiority in applying organised violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do." Samuel Huntington, writer.

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 11:09 pm
A little more potted history. This time Nicaragua after WW2:

USA and Nicaragua
The USA supports and arms the corrupt dictator Anastasio Samoza in Nicaragua. The USA's President Roosevelt says of Samoza: "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch."
The Samoza family amasses a huge fortune and crush dissent ruthlessly. Although Anastasio is assassinated in 1956, the dynasty continues.

Nicaragua (Assassination of Samosa Sr.)
The dictator, Anastasio Somoza is assassinated in Nicaragua. His son, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, takes power. His corrupt and brutal regime is supported by the USA until he is overthrown by a popular uprising in

The younger Somoza, makes $ 12,000,000 a year buying blood sold by poor Nicaraguans and selling it abroad at a profit.

Elections in Nicaragua
Rigged elections in Nicaragua keep the USA backed Samoza dynasty in power. The West recognises the new government.

An earthquake occurs in Nicaragua. The USA backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle loots the property of people who had left their homes and then siphons international aid of $ 30 million into its own pockets. The USA sends troops to protect American business interests and continue to back the regime.

In Nicaragua thousands of opponents to the USA backed government are massacred.

Nicaragua (Fall of Samosa)
After 46 years of USA support, President Carter suspends aid to Nicaragua because of its human rights abuses. The American backed Samoza had amassed $900,000,000 and kept the population under control by carpet bombing, helicopter gun ships, death squads and chemical defoliants. The population eventually expel the hated regime after 30,000 people have died.
A few months earlier the USA had supported a $ 66 million loan to the regime from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) while Samoza's National Guard were bombing slums, killing civilians in city streets and mass looting.
The new government (called the Sandinistas) introduces a literacy campaign and health provisions for all citizens. Within a decade, the country's child mortality rate would fall from 128 to 62 per thousand births.

USA and Nicaragua
Nicaragua breaks diplomatic relations with the USA after CIA plots to assassinate the popular president, Daniel Ortega. Ortega had won a free and internationally observed election with 63% of the vote. In spite of this, the USA's President Reagan begins a trade embargo on Nicaragua, secretly mines its ports, destroys agricultural collectives and health clinics, and uses its influence in the World Bank to block previously agreed loans to the country. Although condemned by the World Court, the USA continues this destabilisation until 1990 when a USA backed party, the National Opposition Union is elected by a small margin. The USA undermines the World Court. On previous occasions, the USA had used the Court against various states but on this occasion, the Court was denounced and its ruling ignored. The USA newspaper, New York Times, supports of the USA refusal to accept the Court's ruling, calling the Court a "hostile forum."

The USA State Department Legal Adviser, Abraham Sofaer, states: "The United States does not accept compulsory jurisdiction over any dispute involving matters essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of the United States, as determined by the United States."

This "domestic jurisdiction" is the destabilisation of another country's democratically elected government.
The UK government of Margaret Thatcher supports and endorses USA actions in Central America. The Rupert Murdoch owned UK newspaper, The Times states: "[The USA actions] maintain and strengthen the forces of democracy in an area threatened with a communist takeover."
Oxfam, an international development organisation that works in nearly 80 developing countries, states that Nicaragua is "exceptional in the strength of [its] government's commitment... to improving the condition of the people and encouraging their active participation in the development process".
Horatio Arce, one of the Contra rebels destabilising Nicaragua, would admit in 1988 that he was trained in a USA base in the southern USA and was funded by the Agency for International Development from the USA embassy in Tegucigalpa in Honduras. He admits: "We attack lots of schools, health centres and those sort of things. We have tried to make it so that the Nicaraguan government cannot provide social services for the peasants, cannot develop its project... that's the idea".
Viron Vaky, USA Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs supports using the Contras because "a longer war of attrition will so weaken the regime, provoke such a radical hardening of repression, and win sufficient support from Nicaragua's discontented population that sooner or later the regime will be overthrown by popular revolt, self destruct by means of internal coups or leadership splits, or simply capitulate to salvage what it can."

USA and Nicaragua
The USA legislature refuse funding for the Contras (anti-Nicaragua mercenaries set up and trained by the USA).
President Reagan secretly approves arms sales to Iran in contradiction to official USA policy. The money from these sales is diverted to the Contras. The purpose is to destabilise the Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega.
Colonel Oliver North sets up centers in Colombia where cocaine dealing obtains more money to buy arms for the Contras. The drugs trade leads to a crack cocaine epidemic in Western countries.
The USA's policies inflict more than 50,000 casualties in Nicaragua. This includes nearly 3,500 children killed and over 6,000 children orphaned. The USA made film Under Fire covers this period.
The USA is criticised by the World Court for its undercover action against the democratically elected government of Nicaragua. The Court orders the USA to pay reparations of $ 17,000 million which the USA refuses to abide by.
The USA vetoes a United Nations resolution calling on all governments to observe international law.
Alan Tonelson writes in USA magazine New Republic that USA policy in Nicaragua "involves handling the Sandistas and other threats in Central America the way that great powers have always dealt with pesty, puny neighbours: by laying down the law unilaterally and enforcing our will through intimidation and direct uses of military force. If the intimidation is successful - as it easily could be - the actual use of force would be unnecessary". He continues that "Americans should be able to bring Nicaragua to heel without slogging through its jungles - especially if it is clear that good behaviour will bring a postponement of the regime's rendevous with the ash heap of history".
Elections in Nicaragua
Nicaragua has elections. The popular Sandinista government had been blockaded and destabilised by the USA from neighbouring Honduras. The USA tells the people of the country that if the party it backed (the National Opposition Union) won the elections, the war would stop and aid would be forthcoming. Using the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the USA spends $ 9,000,000 on the opposition election campaign.
In the USA, Time Magazine writes that the methods used to destabilise Nicaragua were to "wreck the economy and prosecute a long and deadly proxy war until the exhausted natives overthrow the unwanted government themselves," with a cost to the USA that was "minimal".
Nicaragua returns to a "free market" economy. Ten years after having the best social services in Central America, it becomes one of the poorest nations with malnutrition and illiteracy widespread.

USA and Nicaragua
During the elections in Nicaragua, the USA ambassador, Paul Trivelli, denounces one of the candidates, Daniel Ortega, as "anti-democratic" and "from the past". The USA ambassador was asked in a television interview why he was interfering in the internal politics of Nicaragua and responded: "Since October we have been trying to speak in a more direct way so that people understand what our decision is. I think it is important that people have no doubts about what we think".
A senior USA official writes in a local newspaper that "Nicaragua would sink like a stone" if the poplulation elected Ortega.
The USA uses funds channelled through The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to support its favoured candidates in many parts of Latin America.
During the 1980s the USA armed and funded groups hostile to the elected government of Nicaragua.

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Sunday February 7, 2010, 11:30 pm
Now les look at US intervention in Cuba:

Coup in Cuba (Batista)
A military coup occurs in Cuba. The elected government of Carlos Prio Socorras is deposed by Fulgencio Batista. The USA supports the new Cuban dictator who is a particularly brutal ruler. Under his regime, Cuba becomes a haven for drugs, gambling, vice and mobsters. USA business interests benefit. Freedom of speech is curtailed and hundreds of teachers, lawyers and public officials are fired from their jobs. Death squads torture and kill thousands of "communists".

Cuba (Castro and Batista)
Fidel Castro takes power in Cuba in a popular uprising against the dictator Batista. Castro had attempted to stand in elections in 1952. These elections were cancelled when Batista took power. American businesses (set up under the un-elected Batista with terms favourable to the USA) are taken over after the USA stops sugar imports from Cuba. Castro, originally pro-West, turns to the USSR for financial help. Cuba's people would suffer greatly from American trade embargoes, terrorist attacks, bombings, biological warfare, a military invasion, sanctions, isolation and assassination.

USA and Cuba
The USA imposes a trade embargo on Cuba and bans its own citizens from visiting. The USA attempts to persuade and coerce other countries to join the boycott of Cuba, saying that the country is a threat to the Western Hemisphere. A Mexican diplomat responds with "If we publicly declare that Cuba is a threat to our security, forty million Mexicans will die laughing".

Cuba (Bay of Pigs)
A secret invasion of Cuba to remove Castro by USA backed forces fails. The invasion, called The Bay of Pigs, had been approved by the USA president John Kennedy.

USA and Cuba
Cuba begins to improve education and health for its people as well as redistribute land, previously owned by multinational companies. By 1973 Cuba will have the lowest child mortality and the highest literacy in Latin America. In spite of these measures, popular with the majority of the population, the USA puts pressure on its allies to exclude Cuba from various inter-American forums. The USA continues to blockade the country and even attempts to assassinate the president, Fidel Castro. A UK freighter bound from Cuba to the USSR with 80,000 bags of sugar stops in Puerto Rico for repairs. Agents from the USA CIA contaminate the sugar with a harmless chemical that makes the sugar unpalatable. A CIA official later reveals: "There was lots of sugar being sent out from Cuba, and we were putting a lot of contaminates in it. The USA president, John Kennedy, is angry when he hears of the operation because it had occurred on USA territory and could hand the USSR a propaganda weapon. A Canadian worker in Cuba is paid $5,000 "by an American military intelligence agent" to infect turkeys with a fatal disease; 8,000 turkeys die.
A group of CIA dispatched rebels blow up an industrial facility killing 400 workers.

Cuba (Assassination of Che Guevara)
The USA CIA is implicated in several plots to assassinate Che Guevara, a member of the government in Cuba. A CIA operation with support from Cuban exiles finally tracks him down to Bolivia where he is killed.

The USA CIA gives Cuban exiles living in Florida (USA) a virus that causes African swine fever. Less than 2 months later, the disease breaks out in Cuba causing the slaughter of 500,000 pigs. This was the first outbreak in the Americas.

USA and Cuba
A passenger airliner from Cuba is blown up killing 73 people. The act is attributed by the bombers to Luis Posada Carriles. Posada was trained by the USA's CIA and later turns up supplying the anti Nicaragua Contras for the USA covert war against that country. In the 1990s he would be involved in destabilising Honduras.

USA and Cuba
The USA attempts to infect Cuba with bacteria. A Cuban exile, Eduardo Victor Arocena Perz, carries the germs in a ship from Florida (USA).

USA and Cuba
The American Association of World Health reports that the USA imposed trade embargo against Cuba "has contributed to serious nutritional deficits, particularly among pregnant women, leading to an increase in low birthweight babies. In addition, food shortages were linked to a devastating outbreak of neuropathy numbering in the tens of thousands." The USA's boycotts of countries like Cuba as well as threats to retaliate against non-USA companies doing business with them violates the global trade rules that the USA has signed. Although it exempts itself from these rules, the USA insists on other countries abiding by them. When European countries refuse to boycott Cuba, the USA's President Clinton asserts in the Newspaper of Record: "Europe is challenging 'three decades of American Cuba policy that goes back to the Kennedy Administration,' and is aimed entirely at forcing a change of government in Havana.". Despite the USA embargo and the assumption that the USA has the right to change the government of a foreign country, Cuba has 57,000 doctors for its 11 million people. Associated Press has reported that since 1963, Cuba has sent 51,820 doctors, dentists, nurses and other medical doctors to the poorest nations, providing free medical aid. During the 1960s, the USA was behind many attempts to assassinate the Cuban president, Fidel Castro.

USA and Cuba
A crop duster aircraft operated by the USA State Department is spotted releasing a mist over Matanzas province in Cuba by another pilot. The plane had permission to fly from the USA to Colombia via the Grand Caymen and to overfly Cuba. Two months later a plague of Thrips Palmi, a pesticide resistant insect, is observed in the area. This spreads rapidly affecting corn, beans, squash, cucumbers and other crops. When questioned, the USA replies that the pilot had sprayed smoke to indicate his position. This is contradicted by the USA Federal Aviation Administration which knows of "no regulation calling for this practice". In 1977 a released CIA document had admitted that it "maintained a clandestine anti-crop warfare research program targeted during the 1960s at a number of countries around the world".

USA and Cuba
The USA vetoes a United Nations resolution that calls on it to end its embargo on Cuba. This is the eighth year running that such a resolution has been vetoed by the USA. The actual votes have been:
Year     Votes        Against
1992 59 to 2 USA, Israel
1993 88 to 4 USA, Israel, Albania, Paraguay
1994 101 to 2 USA, Israel
1995 117 to 3 USA, Israel, Uzbekistan
1996 138 to 2 USA, Israel, Uzbekistan
1997 143 to 2 USA, Israel, Uzbekistan
1998 157 to 2 USA, Israel
1999 155 to 2 USA, Israel

The USA president, Bill Clinton states that "Cuba is the only non democracy in the Western Hemisphere". This is in spite of the fact that Cuba has none of the systematic death squad activities and military control of USA client states like El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Haiti and Honduras. The USA and the media refer to these countries as "fledgling democracies". In addition, education and health care are better in Cuba than in most other country's in the region. As Clinton admits "both of which work better than in most other countries". Left alone, without years of USA destabilisation and economic sabotage, Cuba may have been a beacon to other countries in the region. This is the real threat of Fidel Castro's regime.

For the 12th consecutive year, the United Nations overwhelmingly votes to end the USA's 40 year embargo of Cuba. The USA vetos the resolution (passed by a record 179 to 3 - Israel and the Marshall Islands also voting against). The USA continues to ignore world opinion and carries on with the embargo.

In the USA a group called the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba (co-chaired by our Secretaries of State and Commerce), presents a report to the USA president on how to bring Cuba under USA control after the death of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. The plan involves privatising Cuba's public services, including communications, electric power, transport, mining, industry, agriculture and medical services. The report recommends the continuing destabilisation of Cuba including radio and television propaganda currently supplied by illegal flights over Cuban, the denying of hard currency to the country by a tightening of the long-running blockade, the fining foreign banks which deal in Cuba transactions, punishing and rewarding foreign governments which increase or decrease trade with Cuba, and the tightening with increased punishment for travel to the country. The destabilisation is funded with $80 million per year. The report fails to mention the social systems that currently exist in Cuba as well as the effects of the USA blockade on Cubans. The Cubans themselves are treated as helpless children in the report with no thought given to their wishes. The plan talks of setting up a Cuban Transition Government (a puppet government). The puppet government will request help from the USA. Reconstruction will be funded by a loan from the International Monetary Fund as well as international (mainly USA) investment. The report makes allegations that Cuba and Venezuela have been meddling in other Latin American countries' internal affairs (which is ironic coming from the USA). No country from the region has complained of meddling by Cuba and the report offers no evidence to support the allegation. Cuba does in fact send doctors, nurses and teachers to help people in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, but only with their governments' permission. After a century of USA corporate exploitation, some of the countries in South America are becoming independent nations. Cuba stands as an example that countries can survive and prosper outside of the USA controlled global system. The USA votes against the ending of the financial embargo against Cuba in the United Nations.

Marion Y (322)
Monday February 8, 2010, 10:28 am
"We have an uninformed electorate that votes against it's own interest."

Your solutions are way far ahead of mine and I applaud your wisdom! I think many are beginning to get an idea of how to change the system from the bottom up. Think Rosa Parks. Right after she refused to sit at the back of the bus, blacks boycotting the buses and walked.

Well, many of us are doing something similar today: growing our own food in our little gardens, parking our cars and biking, consuming less and buying only what we need (out of necessity, mind you), boycotting certain corporations for who and what they support. When enough people stop buying into this capitalistic system, the game will end. If we want it to end faster, we can revolt, but we see where that got people throughout history. I can't change you. The only thing I can change is myself. Americans must change their character and mindset for real change to occur.


"Today, Haiti is the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. Even before the quake, it was impossible to walk in downtown Port-au-Prince without being swarmed by desperate, diseased beggars."

Why is it that whenever European civilization invades and exploits the land and people in countries that once thrived on their own, they end up poor and used up?


"Canada has a long tradition of supporting imperialism and colonialism, from fighting with the British Empire in the 19th century to integrating militarily with United States today."

Was Canada always this way? Do you think the US imperialism rubbed off on them?


"America can't be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is"

Uh-huh. And the bigger one is, the harder the fall...


"1972: An earthquake occurs in Nicaragua. The USA backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle loots the property of people who had left their homes and then siphons international aid of $ 30 million into its own pockets. The USA sends troops to protect American business interests and continue to back the regime. "

Hmmmmm....all these exploits and killings in Latin America point to a ruthless US government that cares not a whit about humanity. The Christians keep pointing to their bibles saying "Armageddon! Armageddon! The world as we know it will end!"

Hell yeah it's going to end. They and these ruthless leaders are ending it for us all. What affects one nation and people affects the others. What really galls me is the utter selfishness of it all. These leaders throughout the years had no forethought about the life they leave for their children and ancestors. "I've got mine now" is all that matters to them.

Power. Greed.

The ultimate of cowards with evil souls.


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Monday February 8, 2010, 7:39 pm
The "shock doctrine" for Haiti

Ashley Smith reports that the U.S. is reviving what Haitians call "the plan of death."

February 8, 2010

ONE MONTH after the devastating earthquake, Haiti continues to suffer under apocalyptic conditions.

The quake killed more than 200,000 people, injured 250,000 and has left over 3 million dependent on assistance for food, water and housing. Contrary to the puff pieces in the media, the relief operation has been a miserable failure. The United Nations admitted at the end of January that had only been able to feed 1 million people, leaving many more without access to food. Whole sections of Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns never even saw relief convoys.

Amid this catastrophe, imperial powers and corporate vultures are circling, eyeing the profits to be made from reconstruction.

The Street, an investment Web site, published an article, misleadingly titled "An Opportunity to Heal Haiti," that lays out how U.S. corporations can cash in on the catastrophe. "Here are some companies," they write, "that could potentially benefit: General Electric, Caterpillar, Deere, Fluor, Jacobs Engineering."

Other commentators--like James Dobbins, a former U.S. special envoy to Haiti under President Bill Clinton--likewise see an opportunity to remake Haiti along free market lines. As he wrote in the New York Times, "This disaster is an opportunity to accelerate oft-delayed reforms." As director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation, the reforms he advocates are not designed to meet people's needs, but to pad corporate profits through mechanisms like privatization.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff attempted to pass off the exploitation of cheap labor as a humanitarian initiative:

[T]he best strategy for Haiti: building garment factories. The idea (sweatshops!) may sound horrific to Americans. But it's a strategy that has worked for other countries, such as Bangladesh, and Haitians in the slums would tell you that their most fervent wish is for jobs. A few dozen major shirt factories could be transformational for Haiti.

All of this reads like a sick parody of Naomi Klein's arguments in her book The Shock Doctrine. There, she documents how the U.s. and other imperial powers take advantage of natural and economic disasters to impose free-market plans for the benefit of the elites and their corporations, and to the detriment of the victims. She writes:

Disaster capitalists have no interests in repairing what was. In Iraq, Sri Lanka and New Orleans, the process deceptively called "reconstruction" began with finishing the job of the original disaster by erasing what was left of the public sphere and rooted communities, then quickly moving to replace them with a kind of corporate New Jerusalem--all before the victims of war or natural disaster were able to regroups and stake their claims to what was theirs.

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THE U.S. actually had a Shock Doctrine for Haiti on hand--the same one that it has imposed for decades.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. used the dictatorship of Baby Doc Duvalier to impose what the International Monetary Fund calls a "structural adjustment program." Haitians called it "the plan of death."

Duvalier opened up the Haitian economy to heavily subsidized U.S. agricultural exports, especially rice, which undermined the ability of Haitian peasants to compete on the market. Dislocated peasants flooded into Port-au-Prince, swelling the population from 760,000 in the early 1980s to close to 3 million before the earthquake.

The U.S. set up export processing zones in the capital city to take advantage of the new cheap labor. But with only about 80,000 jobs, the sweatshops could not meet the demand for employment. As a result, hundreds of thousands were reduced to desperate poverty in the sprawling shantytowns. They maintained a desperate existence based on irregular employment and remittances from relatives who fled abroad to the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.

The U.S. and its multinationals also cut deals with Baby Doc to set up several resorts along the coast to cater to U.S. tourists and the Haitian elite. Club Med opened a swank facility in 1975, and it was joined by dozens of others, mainly around Port-au-Prince and in the country's north, especially around the famous Labadee beach. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton joined the party for their honeymoon in 1975 and have professed their love of the island's potential riches for decades.

To finance the neoliberal plan, Baby Doc racked up enormous debts to international financial institutions. To Haitian workers, the urban poor and the peasantry, it was a social disaster.

But out of the poverty, the Haitian masses built a mass movement, Lavalas, that drove Baby Doc from power in 1986. In 1990, in the country's first free and democratic elections, one of the leaders of Lavalas, Jean Bertrand Aristide, won two-thirds of the vote on a program to reverse the plan of death.

The U.S., however, would not tolerate any kind of reform. So it backed two coups, one in 1991 and another in 2004 to stop even modest changes to the plan of death. Each coup regime, backed up by the U.S., other governments and the United Nations, attacked the Lavalas movement, killing thousands. The UN has occupied the country since 2004. Since 2006, a former ally of Aristide, René Préval, now the president, has overseen the reimplementation of the American neoliberal plan.

The earthquake has exposed its social consequences. As David Wilson wrote at MRZine, "The results were predictable: a decimated rural economy, a virtually nonexistent infrastructure, and an impoverished, overpopulated urban center so badly constructed that tens of thousands of people, at least, were certain to die when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck."

The U.S. has taken advantage of this natural disaster. It has deployed 20,000 troops to Haiti to buttress the UN occupation of 12,500 soldiers. Now secretary of state, Hillary Clinton convinced Préval to declare emergency powers, which have been largely delegated to the U.S.. From its position of power, the US has pushed for implementing a new version of the same old plan.

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THE U.S., a few other imperial powers, some lesser countries and the UN convened a meeting on January 26 in Montreal to profess their concern and promise to aid Haiti.

The 14 so-called "friends of Haiti" at the conference made sure to include Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive to at least give the illusion of respect for the country's sovereignty. But outside, a protest organized by Haiti Action Montreal challenged the meeting with signs demanding "Medical relief not guns," "Grants not loans" and "Reconstruction for people not profit."

Guardian columnist Gary Younge criticized the summit for failing to produce any solutions:

Even as corpses remained under the earthquake's rubble, and the government operated out of a police station, the assembled "friends" would not commit to canceling Haiti's $1 billion debt. Instead, they agreed to a 10-year plan with no details and a commitment to meet again--when the bodies have been buried along with coverage of the country--sometime in the future.

By contrast, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and his Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas grouping of Latin American and Caribbean nations opposed to U.S. neoliberal plans has called for relief not troops and cancellation of Haiti's debt. On his weekly television show, Chávez declared that thousands of "soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals--that's what the United States should send. They are occupying Haiti undercover."

While the Montreal summit offered few clues about what the U.S. aimed to do, Hillary Clinton spilled the beans before the meeting when she said, "We have a plan. It was a legitimate plan, it was done in conjunction with other international donors, with the United Nations."

The author of the plan is Oxford University professor Paul Collier. Collier wrote The Bottom Billion, a book widely read in development circles. In it, he advocates a neocolonial strategy for crisis-torn societies. He argues that to be effective, great powers and international bodies like the UN must intervene militarily and occupy failed states. After setting up shop, they then can impose development plans to reconstruct their economies.

In Jean Bricmont's apt phrase, Paul Collier is a "useful idiot for imperialism," providing intellectual justification for conquest and exploitation.

Before the earthquake, Bill Clinton, named by Barack Obama to be a special envoy to Haiti, was already pushing for the implementation of Collier's plan as he outlined it in a paper titled "Haiti: From Natural Catastrophe to Economic Security."

Collier and Clinton call for--surprise, surprise--investment in the tourist industry, re-development of the sweatshop industry in cities, export-oriented mango plantations in the countryside and construction of infrastructure to service this development. Each of these projects serves the interests of multinational corporations and the Haitian elite at the expense of the workers and peasants.

The tourist industry is especially infamous in the Caribbean. As Polly Patullo documents in her book, Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean, the industry is completely controlled by multinational corporations, mainly from the U.S. Patullo quotes one critic of the tourist industry, who argues:

When a Third World economy uses tourism as a development strategy, it becomes enmeshed in a global system over which it has little control. The international tourism industry is a product of metropolitan capitalist enterprise. The superior entrepreneurial skills, resources and commercial power of metropolitan companies enable them to dominate many third world tourist destinations.

The Clinton and Collier plan for sweatshops is even less appealing. Collier practically celebrates the poverty wages that corporations can get away with in Haiti. "Due to its poverty and relatively unregulated labor market," Collier writes, "Haiti has labor costs that are fully competitive with China, which is the global benchmark. Haitian labor is not only cheap, it is of good quality. Indeed, because the garments industry used to be much larger than it is currently, there is a substantial pool of experienced labor."

Given the abolition of tariffs on many Haitian exports to the U.S., Haiti is primed, according to Collier, for a new sweatshop boom.

But this is no sustainable development plan for Haitian workers. At best, Collier promises 150,000 or so jobs. As anthropologist Mark Schulman argues, "Subcontracted, low-wage factory work does not contribute much to the economy besides jobs. Being exempt from taxes, it does not contribute to the financing of Haiti's social services." The jobs themselves don't even pay enough to support life--they pay for transport and lunch at about $1.60 a day.

The U.S. will want to keep wages low, since that is the profitable basis for investment. Already last year, the U.S. pressured Préval to prevent an increase in the Haitian minimum wage.

For the peasant majority in Haiti, Clinton and Collier advocate construction of vast new mango plantations. According to them, such new plantations will both create an export crop and aid the reforestation of the country. While it may create jobs for poor peasants, such plantations won't rebuild the agricultural infrastructure of the country so that it can return to the self-sufficient food system it had before the 1980s. Such self-sufficiency goes against the grain of U.S. policy to control the international food market with its subsidized crops.

Finally, Collier argues for investment in infrastructure--airports, seaports and roads--not so much to meet people's needs as to service the new investments in tourism, sweatshops and plantations.

As a result, Collier's plan will actually increase infrastructural inequities. Businesses will get what they need to export their products, while the needs of the Haitian masses--for navigable roads, for example--will be left unaddressed. Even worse, Collier advocates increased privatization of Haiti's infrastructure, especially the port and the electrical system.

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IN REALITY, this "new plan" is the same old plan--"the plan of death" that Haitians rose up against in the 1980s. Nevertheless, in the wake of the disaster, Bill Clinton is pressing ahead.

At a joint press conference with Bill Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon declared, "We have three priorities. First, continuing to provide the humanitarian assistance with effective mechanisms to deliver all these relief items to the people who need it. Second, provide security and stability for people. Thirdly, the reconstruction of the Haitian economy."

The U.S. and UN have failed largely in their relief operation, but have succeeded in establishing military control of the country--effectively seizing control of the country and bypassing the Haitian state.

Beyond this, the Economist magazine argues for the U.S. to set up "a temporary development authority with wide powers to act. Given the local vacuum of power, this is the best idea around. The authority should be set up under the auspices of the UN or of an ad hoc group (the United States, Canada, the European Union and Brazil, for example). It should be led by a suitable outsider (Bill Clinton who is the UN's special envoy for Haiti, would be ideal, perhaps followed by Brazil's Lula after steps down as president in a year's time) and a prominent Haitian, such as the prime minister."

With its intervention in Haiti, the U.S. is sending a signal to the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean--where masses of people have rejected neoliberalism and elected reform socialist leaders like Hugo Chávez, who aim to tame the excesses of capitalism and pass reforms to address social needs.

The U.S. already toppled Aristide in 2004. The U.S.-backed coup in Honduras last year is another step down the same road. Washington has expanded its network of military bases in Latin America--especially in Colombia, where it has opened seven new bases. "Barack Obama's administration," writes Greg Grandin in The Nation, has disappointed "potential regional allies by continuing to promote a volatile mix of militarism and free-trade orthodoxy in a corridor running from Mexico to Colombia."

The U.S. intervention in Haiti shows that the US wants to reverse its setbacks of the last decade, reassert its geopolitical dominance and re-impose its economic program--the "plan of death"--throughout the region.


Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 9:05 am
Great article and quite telling, Vindiboy.

It appears the FIX is in. If the US truly wanted to help, corporations and the government would offer assistance with nothing in return, except to cover expenses. Teach the Haitians to run their own country so they can become self-sufficient with their dignity in tact.

But how can the US teach the Haitians to be independent and run their own country when we cannot even run our own morally and financially deficient country ourselves.

The US became the superpower it is at the expense of making slaves of and exploiting other peoples and nations through occupation and conquest.

No good can come of this.


This article above was written before it was announced that the $1 billion debt owed by Haiti was forgiven. That's a plus for Haiti and the least that could be done for them.

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Tuesday February 9, 2010, 2:41 pm
Well argued, Marion.


USA Companies in Haiti

The Superior Baseball Plant in Haiti, pays its workers $0.38 for every 12 baseballs sown. These are made for the USA. By subcontracting, American companies can evade responsibility for local conditions. The journalist, John Pilger described the conditions:

"...girls stooped in front of whirring, hissing, binding machines. Many had swollen eyes and lacerated arms. There was no protection and a large man barked orders at them."

Workers making Micky Mouse and Pocahontas pyjamas for Disney are paid $0.12 per hour.

In addition to being a cheap manufacturing base for the USA, Haiti's sugar, bauxite (an ore of Aluminium), sisal (a fibre from a leaf) are all controlled by USA companies. This is the main reason behind the 1994 USA invasion of Haiti although the American president, Bill Clinton, said it was because of "unacceptable human rights violations that shame our hemisphere."

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 3:42 pm
Sounds like SLAVE LABOR to me. I can't see them being paid much more than that today, either.

Both Clintons are worthless...

Luisa Fox (144)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 4:38 pm
Marion wrote: "Both Clintons are worthless...'

I'll drink to that. Cheers...

Luisa Fox (144)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 6:07 pm

Superpower Movie -- Trailer"
Superpower is a well-executed and comprehensive film that asks tough questions and goes behind the scenes of America’s national security apparatus and military actions. Far from a conspiracy film about the dangers of government secrets and regime change, this well-balanced film straddles the philosophical divide and allows viewers to understand the US quest for global dominance through economic and military strategy that is exposed through review of historical events, personal interviews, and analysis of US foreign policy.
I recommend watching this trailer and the film on releaseWhen you go to the link, click on the side (tan) icon to view the trailer
Peace friends


Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 7:52 am
Thanks Luisa!!! Saw the trailer and now downloading the movie. I'll get back to you later today. Looking forward to it.

Luisa Fox (144)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 7:58 am
You're welcome Marion.

The link was emailed to me by a mutual friend ---

Great stuff. I have not downloaded the movie yet but I intend to.

Haven't seen Simon around lately so I will send him the link you think?

Please share the thrust of the film with us.

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Thursday February 11, 2010, 11:59 pm

Regime Change in Haiti
USA forces kidnap the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide after destabilising the country and strangling the economy with sanctions and supporting an insurgency. When asked by Eliott C. McLaughlin of Associated Press, if he left Haiti voluntarily, Aristade's reply was:

"No. I was forced to leave. Agents were telling me that if I don't leave they would start shooting and killing in a matter of time."

The USA says it escorted the president out of the country. At the airport he handed a letter of resignation to Luis Moreno, the deputy chief of the USA embassy.

Father Michael Graves, a USA born preacher who has worked in Haiti for 18 years contradicted this account, saying that the president was escorted out of the country at gunpoint after being forced to sign his resignation: "I am outraged that the US has stepped into a sovereign country, a fledgling democracy, and forced out a leader who was elected."

Aristide's concierge, Joseph Pierre, confirmed that: "White Americans came by helicopter to get him. They also took his bodyguards. It was around two o'clock in the morning. He didn't want to leave. The American soldiers forced him to. Because they were pointing guns at him, he had to follow them. The Americans are second only to God in terms of strength".

The USA ensured that $ 500 million in emergency humanitarian aid from the USA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund was suspended.

Several of the paramilitary leaders of the insurgency are men who were behind the previous USA-backed coup and its aftermath (1991 to 1994). Louis Jodel Chamblain is a former member of the paramilitary death squads from that period.

The USA controlled the president's security until USA Secretary of State, Colin Powell informed Aristide that the USA would not protect him. In other words, resign and leave or be killed. After a 20 hour flight Aristide found himself in a French military base in the Central African Republic.

The coup occurs after the USA had been destabilising the country and strangling the economy with sanctions and supporting a rebel insurgency since 2001. The new government is recognised by the USA and France. The USA and its media describes Aristide's exile as "a voluntary departure" which allowed the "restoration of democracy". In 2002, the USA had commissioned a report into the elections in the country which had verified them. The report was supressed by the USA government.

The USA ensured that $ 500 million in emergency humanitarian aid from the USA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund was suspended.

Since 2001, human rights activists and humanitarian workers in Haiti had documented numerous killings of government officials and bystanders in attacks on health clinics, police stations and government vehicles. None of these killings had been condemned by the USA government. The rebel gangs responsible are linked to two groups financed by the USA: the Convergence for Democracy (supported by George W Bush and his party) and the pro-business Group of 184 (represented by Andy Apaid, a supporter of the former Duvalier dictatorship and now a USA citizen).

France backed USA calls for the president to resign. Aristide was accused by the USA of becoming dictatorial even though he had abolished the (USA created) army in 1995. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union call for a formal investigation into Aristide's removal. This is unreported by the Western media which barely covers the events in the country.

Haiti is the poorest country in the "Western Hemisphere" and the fourth poorest country in the world. 50% of the country's wealth is owned by 1% of the population. Life expectancy is 52 years for women and 48 for men. Unemployment is about 70%. About 85% of the population live on less than $1 per day.

60% of the country's trade is with the USA. The manufacture of baseballs, textiles, cheap electronics, and toys, the country's sugar, bauxite and sisal are all controlled by USA companies. As an example, the USA entertainment company, Disney, has used sweatshops in Haiti to produce Pocahontas pajamas, among other items, at the rate of $0.11 per hour. Aristide had attempted to raise the minimum wage.

The country has a debt of $1,134,000 million. About 40% of this debt stems from loans from the USA to the brutal Duvalier dictators who had been backed by the USA. Little of this money had actually benefited the population. In July 2003, Haiti had to send over 90% of its foreign reserves to the USA to pay off some of the debt.

Foreign companies receive vast incentives to set up plants in Haiti but returns to the Haitian economy are minimal. Working and living standards of the local people have steadily declined.

Tom Driver, a frequent visitor to Haiti describes the country after the exile of the president:

"the National Palace ... the building is mostly occupied by U.S. Marines, who also patrol the streets and the airport, and fly helicopters almost constantly over the poorer parts of Port-au-Prince night and day. U.S. forces have made many night-time raids into some of the poorest quarters, particularly the one called Belair. In these raids they have killed an uncertain number of people, estimates going as high as 70. Occasionally the foreign soldiers venture into middle class neighborhoods, but never threaten the houses on the hills where the wealthy live."

A school of medicine established by Aristide is closed by the USA military and the building used as a barracks.

The USA military do not arrest the rebels who had taken up arms against the legitimate government as this is "not part of the mission of the U.S. forces", according to USA embassy staff. Force is used, however, against militants in the slums who are loyal to Aristide.

The new Prime Minister is Gerard Latortue, who had lived in Florida (USA) for 14 years. He had been a member of the previous government of 1988 (also installed by coup). Another minister, Herard Abraham, is a former general who intends to re-form the army. Most of the new Cabinet are exiles who have worked for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Business leaders praise the new government.

The day after the coup, 34 union members at the Ouanaminthe garment assembly factory are fired. When the workforce decides to strike, a group of armed men attack the strikers. The workers are forced back inside the factory.

The new government releases from prison the former general, Prosper Avril. He had seized power in September 1988 (until March 1990). Victims of torture under his regime were awarded $41 million in compensation. These victims included opposition politicians, union leaders, scholars, even a doctor trying to practise community medicine. Three of his torture victims were shown on television after being tortured. He suspended 37 articles of the constitution.

During March 2004, 1000 political murders take place and dozens are killed by USA marines.

In the Summer of 2004, several tropical storms kill more than 3,000 in Haiti. The large number of deaths is attributed to lack of infrastructure and deforestation. This began in 1915 when the USA invaded the country and USA corporations were given ownership of the most fertile lands. Thousands of acres were cleared for rubber production, sugar plantations, and produce for export. The clearing of the original forest has left the country with little top soil so it is susceptible to flooding.

In December a report from the human rights group, Comit� des Avocats pour le Respect des Libert�s Individuelles (CARLI), reports hundreds of cases of rape by the USA backed military, Forces Armee d'Haiti or FADH:

"In the month of August, for example, more than 50 cases of rape by former military were reported to our hot line."

"In the three months, July to September, 81 women - all under the age of 30 - were admitted to health centres run by GHESKIO (Groupe Ha�tien d'Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes) for treatment and counselling following sexual assaults. The majority of assaults took place in the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince. According to GHESKIO, 54% of rapes are committed by armed men in the victim's home."

A UNICEF team deployed to the city of Gona�ves from 20 October to 2 November reported a "problem of rape of teenage girls".

According to Michael Brewer, who runs an organization called Haitian Street Kids, street children are frequently killed by soldiers and former soldiers. He describes one such attack:

"At approximately 7pm in the evening, a carload of these ex-military members drove by the park [Place Boyer in Petionville] and stopped where 20 to 30 children were sleeping. The ones that were not asleep alerted the others, and they all began to run. Three were caught by the men: one 7-year old by the name of Linxson, one 12-year-old and a 15-year-old. The boys were first beaten severely. Black bags were then put over their heads and tied around their necks, and then they were shot and killed. The bodies were placed in the trunk of the car and taken away from the scene."

"One week earlier, a nine-year-old named Emmanuel was running from a group of these men after he refused to come to them when they called him. They shot him in the leg with an assault rifle to stop him. Three of the men casually walked up to where the child was lying on the ground and crying. They ridiculed him, then shot him again with pistols and a shotgun, for a total of 4 more times. One of my children, a 14 year old boy named Makinzi, was murdered as he was walking down the side of the road about three weeks ago..."

None of these events is reported in the Western media.

Human rights organisations report that poorer neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince continue to be targeted by death squads. Bodies are often found in an area called Titanyen long a favorite dumping spot of bodies by FADH and paramilitary killing squads. According to Melinda Miles, a USA citizen living in Haiti:

"In Haiti today we are not thankful for the pillage of our natural resources, and the sweatshops that suck the life out of young mothers in the cities. We are not thankful for the overfilled slums of Port-au-Prince and the rocky, hostile land where once there was fertile soil. We are not thankful for the violence of poverty."


Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 8:59 am
Luisa and Vindiboy ~ I finally saw the film. WOW!!! It confirms much of what I knew, but I learned so much more. This film should be on every American's shelf, viewed entirely and acted upon. The movie should not be taken lightly and allowed dust to cover it. Watch it several times, recommend it to others, talk about it, act on it. Superpower has won several awards and will be long remembered throughout my life. Many thanks to you, Luisa, for telling me about it.

I tried to save my notes to my Care2 Sharebook, but so far am running into a problem. So, I'll post my notes here. It's long so I'll break it up a bit.

MY NOTES FROM THE FILM (narrator's/speakers' voice):

Congress, Corporations, Military Industrial Complex, war profiteering (war corporatism) = treasonous to America

inventing threats, pushing NATO forces up to the door of Russia surrounding its borders

Where is Congress on this? Why are they approving the military budget every single year without intelligent debate?

I do not feel safe. Frankly, I believe a country is going to knock this imperialistic nation off its feet one day and humble America.

Kosovo (Clinton) did not have to happen. Manufactured war, unneccessary war just to justify NATO. We don't even talk about the military bases set up there which are not included in the official number.

NATO - cold war organization. no reason for this organization anymore. But Kosovo justified NATO and it has continued to expand...has expanded to Poland, Czech Republic and Bulgaria...means to be a member of NATO is to build military complex...means to buy military weapons from USA.

War Corporatism...a self perpetuating system...getting poor countries to buy airplanes they don't need...we export weaponry...we don't give it away, we sell it.

But who are our enemies? Who are our natural enemies? We have none!!!

The only thing we manufacture much of is weapons and munitions.

1980s Iran/Iraq War...8, 9 years of that - we're supplying both sides weapons. Kissinger said, "best outcome is if both sides lose." We funded both parties, allowed them to kill themselves, and come out smelling like a rose. We did it in Pakistan. In Afghanistan we created a mess...we created the Taliban...we urged Iraq to invade Iran...we created the problem...Namibia...Angola...we funded Unita to be Marxists...we helped both sides...M-16s - Africans don't produce those weapons...

CIA, KGB, secret organizations are known for funding and supporting BOTH sides.

We reawakened civil war by CIA supplying northern warlords

Al Qaeda, Taliban are creations of US and other western intelligence services...concocted to defeat Soviet Union in Afghanistan...ISI creation of CIA...US had long history with Taliban because we wanted to build oil and gas pipelines across Afghanistan.

If you want to judge US foreign policy, look no further than Osama bin Laden who is a creation of US...actively recruited by CIA...brought in to Afghanistan as part of Arab faction of Mujahadeen...we were starving Muslim children through sanctions against Iraq after the Gulf War...US main proponents of the sanctions...caused collateral damage for civilians...

1/2 million Iraqi children died over period of 8 years

US doesn't care about Iraqis...US cares about resources, strategic placement of our's about taking resources from 3rd world nations all over the world...every war that exists is basically a war over resources

In Iraq it was about harming and killing the most vulnerable...sick, old, children under 5...they died by the hundreds of thousands...gruesome deaths

As long as economic sanctions in place against Iraq, they could not sell their oil...meant the Saudis were able to double the oil they sold

Iraq War "unethical" because under the guidelines there must be a clear eminent threat of first strike...war of aggression...totally preemptive...the ultimate crime found at Nuremburg in 1946

Sadaam Hussein's military was in a shambles...military leaders so bad they made Gen. Tommy Franks look good (he was incompetent)

Presidents will tell you whatever they want to take us to war...Niger Uranium...Desert Storm...telling all sorts of lies

Valerie Plame: they cherry picked intelligence for their case for war with Iraq

Lie after lie after lie...but the lies aren't discredited until after the fact...took things not true and presented them as true to convince president/vice president this was a necessary war, which it was rational link between al Qaeda and Sadaam Hussein...clearly fabricated...they spun that web of lies so well but everyone now knows it was lies

Office of Special Plans created by Wolfowitz, headed by Feith in 2002, not incompetent in propaganda, but quite incompetent with strategy...many forms of deceit...lies within lies within lies...knew in advance war with Iraq would exacerbate problems in middle east

Should have dealt with Iraq War as criminal, not war on terrorism...lunaticly overreacted...

Ironic the US says they support democracy in the Middle East, but the two democratic countries there are Iran and Palestine. They elected democratic presidents, but because Bush didn't like who they elected, they don't count.

No WMDs? The US moved onto messianic plan to "bring democracy" to Iraq and the world...

Lt Gen (retired) Jay Garner said in 2004, "the US plans to be in Iraq for over 20 years"

(to be continued)

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:02 am

Wouldn't have gone after Iraq if oil factor wasn't there...imperialistic discourse that justifies intervention in parts of the world where one wants to establish military bases to have control over the oil...that was motivation behind Operation Desert protect oil interests in the region

Texas oil companies had broken sanctions with Iraq and were already paying Sadaam under the table to get most lucrative contracts so their names would be boosted to the top to buy Iraq's oil...Jordanian oil tankers were smuggling oil and offloading it to American tankers

If Saudis demanded their oil be paid in euros tomorrow, the dollar would collapse, stock exchange would collapse

Sadaam, about 1.5 years before the invasion had switched from the dollar to the euro as the currency for oil transactions...this was a real threat to the American system

Iran has made the same threat to switch to the euro, which is why the US talks about invading Iran

Asia holds about 50% of foreign reserves...china and Japan are financing the US economy for good reason: they want the dollar to remain high...they want the markets, so they're willing to lose money by buying treasury bonds instead of investing in euros...if countries like China and Japan call in their debts, it will be disastrous to the US and they will be asking for foreign aid...we could have a banking crisis on any given day

If the US was to pull out right now, there's a good chance there will be a proxy war in Iraq between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Suni and Shia regional powers...that could easily spill over into Kuwait, Saudia Arabia and Iran. Once you do that, it will only be a matter of time they start attacking those petroleum production and distribution points as a strategic objective in their little fight amongst one another. Once that happens, 20-30% of global output will be cut economic global depression will hit the entire world if we lose 30% of the oil production - even if just for a week.

Iraqis want US out. What if we leave? Will it be worse than what we see now?

US presence in Iraq has been disastrous......confirmation of battle between east vs. west...led people to believe there's a battle between Christians vs. Muslims...that US is out to impose their way of life

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." Sinclair Lewis

We were there to protect the oil fields for Saudi Arabia from Qaeda was upset with Christian soldiers being close to their holy sites...that was the #1 motivation...Osama bin Laden turned adamantly against the US...he was part of the faction within the Saudi government, among the Saudi royal family that lobbied for not allowing US troops into Saudi's the holy land...we can't allow nonbelievers into the holy land was bin Laden's rationale

In the US, we're supposed to believe the US would have liberated Iraq, even if its main export was say pickles. If the US was really interested in democracy, we would be pushing for regime change in those countries...but we're not.

The US has created enmity of unfathomable proportion in the middle east

The US is the dominant country in military, economic and cultural terms. It has nothing to do with our books, TV, sex or culture. What we do is going around the world bombing countries, overthrowing governments, supporting dictators, suppressing popular social movements, torturing people...all these terrible things we've been doing for decades and decades

The US is torturing and imprisoning people much like what we saw with the Soviet Gulag under Stalin. Now the US imprisons people for political differences with an application of torture in these prisons.

Torture should be off limits for a democratic society, yet GWBush used "extraordinary rendition" which means the kidnapping of people any place on earth, secretly flying them to places like Jordan Syria or Egypt ("black sites" where they will certainly be tortured. Numerous high ranking CIA officials have said if you want a good interrogation, send them to Jordan...if you just want them to disappear, send them to Egypt

But torture is useless they will confess to anything you want them to just to stop the is not an effective tool...this circumvents US law and violates international law

What kind of message does this send to the middle east and other countries if we don't abide by our own laws...while trying to spread "democracy". It damages the credibility of the US.

Under Bush, he was placed "beyond the powers of the Constitution"... Thus, the scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Nothing in the Constitution permits the President to commit felonies with impunity. Yet, within days of 9/11, Bush issued orders to the CIA to abduct terrorists "suspects" from anywhere on earth. Whatever policies the US adopts on terrorism, those policies should be consistent with international law. The extraordinary renditions, abductions without access to legal counsel...all of that is troubling with both US and international law...

(to be continued)


Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:04 am

The US could be considered a terrorist state

Any number of Latin American terrorists are graduates of US military training for state terrorism...been doing it for years...any number of famous latin american torturers of civilians are graduates of The School of the Americas

El Salvador...Nicaragua...the US funded and trained terrorists

If you want to counter terror, build justice...not use undemocratic behavior in a democratic world

US actions in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo have really hurt the US image...we have betrayed our own principles...Gitmo violates Geneva Conventions, not just prisoners of war but civilians as well - people out of combat...we call them "unlawful combatants" to bypass "prisoner of war" issue...then there's the leaked memo that says "we don't have to abide by the Geneva Conventions" in this case

Many "unlawful combatants" were removed from their homes without any justification that they were's a high crime and misdemeanor to order felongs to go around and kidnap people around the world without cause...90% of people at Gitmo were not arrested by Americans but rather by North American alliances who were paid huge bounties every time they brought in a supposed terrorist

If the truth about renditions and prisoners is hidden from public scrutiny, are there other deceptions by government leaders? [you betcha!]

It's difficult not to be gullible because we want to believe our government is knowledgeable, not going to lie to us

Since the Korean War, the US has been involved in large and small scale wars, insurgency campaigns, election manipulation, regime changes, assassinations and covert all regions of the globe to the present day. Covert operations, even when successful, may result in negative blowback against US foreign policy. Secret operations might be necessary for security of the nation, but there is little accountability or public oversight.

Any secret organization is corrupt. It doesn't necessarily start out that way, but it becomes corrupt because it can hide personal failings, it can hide wrongdoing, it can hide greed, lust for power...and who the hell is riding herd over it?

No citizen can hope to do oversight over the DoD or the 16 [60?] intelligence agencies since so much of what they do is secret. 40% of the defense budget is black (highly classified projects...allegedly, because we don't know)...usually they are boondoggles that send congressmen to prison for bribery and the sort

Secret military organizations are a threat to our republic...Delta Forces answered to no one

Covert Operations...many times false flags...1933 Reichstag Fire (pivotal poin in establishing Nazi Germany...1947 Operation Gladio (covert "stay behind" paramilitary cells throughout Europe), 1953 Operation Ajax in Iran (US & British conspire against Mossandegh), 1954 Levon Affair (Israeli sponsored bombings against US and UK interests in Cairo), 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident (pretext for US involvement in Viet Nam), 1999 Russian Apartment Bombings (by the FSB that precipated the 2nd Chechen War)

"False Flag" is pretty much self descriptive: a deceptive attack...blame an attack on someone else...even attack that was "created"

9/11 - some say 9/11 is the modern version to take away civil liberties

Start a war with Iran...start a domestic event and blame the Iranians for that

Gulf of Tonkin was a total lie that US ships were attacked...used by Johnson as a pretexted to expand the war

Take little bits of truth and demonize your enemy such that at the slightest provocation or incident, Americans can say "yeah, let's bomb them!"

When a superpower uses force to gain economic and political control of finance capital in less developed regions, it is termed IMPERIALISM. Traditionally, imperialism is thought of in economic terms, and we continue to exercise a great deal of economic imperialism

One has to realize it is the dominant group that sets the rule, to the extent that Bretton Woods (?) accord...system was created when most of these countries were not even nations...they were still colonies. This dominant group, The US (Bretton Woods), sets the rules of the IMF or international banking system (World Bank). Those rules were set without consultation or without caring what the colonies felt...with the emergence of the colonies into nation states in the 1960s, it became difficult for IMF to still use the rules that were applicable in the 1940s.

The World Bank and IMF were part of the Bretton Woods can say they're sister agencies to the UN.

The World Bank (TW is an international organization, not subject to any form of congressional scrutiny. The US is the major shareholder of a practice, the US always appoints the President of TWB. The Europeans appoint the Managing Director of the IMF. When they give a loan, it comes with the demand that the recipient government cut back very sharply on its social welfare programs, and all kinds of price supports, health, help and so on. This causes great hardship on the people of the recipient nations.

Powerful forces like the World Trade Organization (WTO), the IMF and TWB are the main proponents of globalization policies. Critics point out that this formula of globalization is being forced and propelled by transnational corporations who are largely unaccountable for their actions, aided by these institutions and governments.

The Third World is heavily in debt. It owes money to its international creditors...owes to TWB...owes to the IMF...what is call "The Paris Club"...and it can't pay off its debts. These nations have to cut back on their expenditures to appeal to foreign investment. TWB and IMF policies of conditionality have really caused alot of harm....demanding instant demand of release of price controls, deregulated the exchange rate and prices went sky high...then they said we can't increase wages because that causes inflation, in the meantime people's earnings had collapsed by 90%. Always, one of those is increasing interest rates at often ridiculously high levels of 20%+ which in turn stifles domestic investment - because who can borrow money to invest to aid economic development at that rate within the country...very few - while assuring a high return on foreign investment.

Sujarta in Indonesia - perhaps most corrupt dictator - has billions of debt. Rather than impose conditions on the dictator who robbed the people, conditions are placed on the people...destroying their the debts can be paid off to the rich investors.

The money that goes into the privatization fund actually is intended to pay back the people, while the creditors who are very often involved in acquiring the assets which are being put on the auction block

Clearly, those policies that require overnight privatization create hardship in the countries where they are practiced. It is like taking advantage of a desperate person. These economic policies are repeated worldwide. Many immigrants to the US are indeed desperate. Often, they are seen as scapegoats on a faltering US economy...they take jobs unfilled by Americans that would otherwise be outsourced.

The real problem presented by illegal immigration is security...not the supposed threat to the economy. The militarization of the border was initiated by Clinton on 1994 - Operation Gatekeeper. Something else happened in 1994: NAFTA was implemented. They can perceive the effect of NAFTA is going to undermine Mexican agriculture, which cannot compete with highly subsidized US agribusiness...undermine small Mexican businesses which aren't going to be able to compete with US corporations that get national treatment in sooner or later there will be a flood of people coming to the US so they will have to militarize the border.

The security at the Mexican border is a joke.

"There are other ways to keep a country safe. It is to think that we are people...we are human...we have families...we have life...we have dreams...we just want to be and work together."

When talking about the US and Mexico relationship, and Latin America and Carribbean from a trade perspective, you're talking about two main pacts: NAFTA (Mexico) and CAFTA, which includes Carribbean countries and several other Central American governments. CAFTA is not good because US commercialization will take advantage of low wage workers in these areas.

The US Director of the IMF once described the IMF as "the credit community's enforcer". The IMF is basically a branch of the US Treasury Department is dedicated to undermine the threat of capitalism and democracy.

Used to be that countries were considered superpowers. Now we see it is CORPORATIONS and TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS that are the superpowers.

If we look at who is behind US public policy -- it's Wall Street. Whoever controls the market, controls policy.

Regime changes, transnational corporations, 9/ are these connected?

The IMF and TWB started to perform a new role which was that of exerting control over these highly indebted countries and establishing an alternative, parallel government to the national government of these countries.

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statemanship of today."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

The problem is that globalization has gone so fast that we lack the structures to adequately regulate it.

The elite of the elite are in effect running the world. Investment bankers are the invisible government...the real powers behind the throne. That combines those two things...what makes the world go around? It ain't's money and power.

"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation. Money has no motherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The end is the execution of American financial power wherever it decides to take it and exercise that power in the world.

9/11/91: "It is a big idea, a new world order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause...when we are successful, we will be..."
~Bush Sr.

"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." ~ David Rockefeller

(to be continued)

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:05 am

PNAC - a position paper by the neocons outlining what they want to see as the future role of the US which was basically to dominate the rest of the world - economically, militarily, culturally. But they needed some change to take place before that was possible...and that change might be possible only if it was precipitated by some catastrophe such as Pearl Harbor. Considering these people were major players in government at the time (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz etal), one can see how 9/11 would work to their advantage.

Are you happy with the official story of what happened with 9/11? Unfortunately, the majority of Americans buy the mainstream media version, which very often turns out to be a crock of lies usually fed by government officials.

DH Griffin Wrecking Company of Greensboro, NC - chosen by DDC as consultant in charge of all demolition operations at the WTC site following the 9/11 disaster. The company response team oversaw and approved all demolition activities associated with the cleanup project.

Weeks Marine Inc (?) of Cranford, NJ was responsible for offloading by barge for Manhattan more than 100.2 million tons of structural steel and other debris. No one from FEMA would talk with this reporter who tried for over one year to talk with David Griffin Jr to find out if he could shed light on demotion caps being found in the debris, or if he knew why evidence was removed before thorough forensic analysis took place. All attempts for an interview were rejected with no explanation.

Mogan Reynolds, Chief Economist - US Dept of Labor under GHW Bush: It's all fakery. Arab hijackers didn't do all this. It was an inside job. It was elements of our own government. 1/3 of US population believes GWBush was responsible for 9/11 - either they directly arranged it, or they made sure it happened. What's particularly striking, talk about American democracy, this huge amount of people thinks this country is run by mass murderers who are purposely murdering Americans, yet they don't think they can do anything about it.

This goes along with the PNAC theory that it would take a major disaster to cause fear in the American people, who then in turn would give the government liberties they wouldn't otherwise give them...give up their own liberties and allow the government to take actions they wouldn't otherwise agree to in order to put that plan in motion.

The 9/11 attack on US soil created fear, frustration, resentment and retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan, and with subsequent preemptive strikes against Iraq.

Osama bin Laden's been dead since 12/18/2001. He was at the Battle of Tora Bora, there was an American team that made its way there, there were two Afghan militias holding the Arabs...the foreign fighters in that big, long defensive position at Torgar Mountain. It took several days to realize Osama was there...eventually they got an air strike in late in the day when he would come out of his cave to communicate with his fighters. He was bombed. If he survived the initial one, he didn't survive the pounding on that mountain where they sealed off the caves where the survivors had gone back into that collapsed. He has never been credibly seen from or heard from since. One of the members of the team who brought that about told me this story, and a book is coming out about that.

There's no doubt we have a military industrial university congressional complex of interlocking interests that also includes journalism that is turned into a propaganda tool to promote that we are still an exceptional country.

The media is slower than congress in finding its backbone. We may be in the age that the independent media's gone the way of the buffalo. If we do, it's a great danger to our republic.

There's a deeply ingrained imperial mentality which almost has a compelling effect on accepting the nobility of the state for whatever it's's called American Exceptionalism.

We're all brainwashed...psyoped into "we're so good!" "we're the only nation so great in world history..." "we can do no wrong..." "we're always the good guys and our government is too..." It's been called the "Disneyfication of History."

One of the main obstacles to making an impression on the American mind about US foreign policy...the main obstacle to changing their views is that they hold a very basic deepseated belief that no matter what the US government does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, the government means well...that the government's intentions are honorable. The thought is the government may lie on occasion, they may blunder, sometimes they may do more harm than good...but this basic belief teaches Americans that their intentions are ignoble. If you hold this belief, it's very difficult to accept the idea that the US government in Iraq, for example, is doing something they shouldn't do, because the intentions are good. Therefore, the policies of the US government on foreign affairs is not questioned. It's very difficult to change peoples minds about that. Americans have been raised to believe this since WWII, thought of as the "good war", that our interventions have been for good reasons...that we've been fighting an evil
called COMMUNISM, and now an evil called TERRORISM. We've overthrown dictatorships...this is all part of the mythology.

A rule of thumb: if Corporate media and government tell you something and its controversial, the corporate media and government are's Reynold's Rule.

Before the invasion of Iraq there was a big demonstration with 2 million demonstrators. When we went home to our TVs, it was like there were only a few thousand people on the streets. But, those 2 million demonstrators in D.C. were shown in the Arab world on Aljezeera.

The dedication to ensure there is no alternative voice is near fanaticism. The US is dedicated to destroying Aljazeera.

"I always encourage my students to go on the internet, go to bbc, Arab News agencies,, because more likely than not the truth is somewhere in between. Much as it would like to, government cannot control information. Fact is, technologically, it cannot control information.

China is a totalitarian state regardless what they may say, and they try extremely hard to manage the internet but they can't do it. So if China can't do it, the US can't do it.

The antiwar movement in the 60s was a target of attack by the FBI and other intelligence agencies. Whenever there's a challenge to US policy, especially foreign policy, there will be an attack. In the 60s, many protested about foreign policy in Viet Nam, burned draft cards and fled the country. In June 1967, former world heavy weight, Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali), was convicted of violating the selective service act for refusing to take the oath of induction to service and fight the Viet Nam War by claiming he was an ordained black muslim minister and should be exempt.

We don't want to institute a draft, so its a dilemma for the US because the American people are too disengaged from empire....they don't want to pay attention...the government doesn't want them to pay attention and the draft would create that.

FASCISM is an authoritarian political ideology that considers individual and other societal interests subordinate to the needs of the state. Without safeguards and the new powers given to the federal government, American civil liberties could vanish.

This is the nature of fascism. It's not one party-two party with a vibrant political system. This is the institution which challenges anyone who challenges the institution, which could be film makers (like those putting together this documentary), anybody. The system has promoted a system of intolerance, inequality and a system of violence...because any time a country has stood up to the US, they've risked their lives and the lives of their children and their future.

"The Military Commissions Act contravenes human rights principles." ~ Amnesty International

An editorial in the NYTimes described the act as "...a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation's version of the Alien and Sedition Acts." ~ NYTimes...this is a dangerous bill.

The US today finds itself in an extremely fragile, unstable configuration in which it must make some very difficult, costly choices...or else, like the Roman Republic, we will lose our domestic democracy and become a military dictatorship.

We could be repeating...recapitulating the history of the Roman Republic...if we continue down this facade of constitutional government...until we are one huge industrial military that point, we'll simply turn it over to the Pentagon.

Gen. (retired) Tommy Franks already said in print that in case of another 9/11 he sees no choice but for us (Pentagon) to take over.

Since 9/11 we've seen this restriction of civil liberties, the increase of the police state. Where this leads is hard to say.

There's nothing more unstable than a country that combines domestic democracy with a foreign empire. It can be one or the imperialist nation or a democratic nation. But if it tries to be both, it's going to lose its democracy that the military will ultimately take over.

Ever since 9/11, we've been wrestling with constitutional dilemmas of national security, presidential war powers and the constitutional civil liberties. The way in which we discuss, define and resolve these issues are the ways in which we discuss our disagreements...or come to agreements are important to people around the world, especially to those in aspiring democracies.

What is the price of freedom, and are we giving away our rights without question?

Reminds you again of Benjamin Franklin's statement: "If you give up your civil liberties for greater security, you don't deserve either your liberty or your security."

There are alot of things Americans are prepared to live with for their security, including the inconvenience at airports and such. When you start talking about tapping telephones, getting bank records and such without a court order, most Americans are very uncomfortable with that.

The judiciary committee issued documents for GWBush's program of eavesdropping without warrants, where Bush used his authority as CInC following 9/11. The VPs office refused to cooperate - operating outside the law and against the law.

The Patriot Act: "The most abominable, unconstitutional, hateful...from the point of freedom...piece of legislation since the Alien and Seditions Act of 1978." Napolitano

Policies inacted here in the US in the name of anti-terrorism have serious repercussions for our civil liberties, whether in the form of legislation like the Patriot Act or data mining.

(to be continued)

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:06 am

Cindy Sheehan: "We live in a country that spies on its citizens without warrants, can read our emails and check our bank accounts without a warrant. We live under a regime that took away our rights to habeas corpus and due process...and that's anybody GWBush says is a terrorist. I'm just waiting for my turn."

Any form of control is potentially destructive...ID chips, surveillance, smart ID cards.

The Soviet Union started this same hysteria of fighting against "terrorism" "enemies of the people"

What's interesting about the Patriot Act is how long it had been in the works. 9/11 offered these unscrupulous people unbelievable opportunities...and they went back and simply hit the print button on their was there and ready to go. The Patriot Act must have been written in advance because it was submitted to Congress only days after 9/11. No way could such a large piece of legislation be prepared in that amount of time.

Napolitano: "John Ashcroft told the House Judiciary and Senate Committee the Patriot Act was so important that they didn't have time to read the statute before they could vote on it! Imagine that? Two members of the senate claimed they read it and one of them is now dead, Paul Wellstone who voted against it...Russ Feingold says he read it and voted against it...Ron Paul and his buddies in the House were given 15 minutes on the House intranet to read the Patriot's 315 pages long and it doesn't read like a novel! I have read it twice. In order to read it, you have to have in front of you the entire US Criminal Code, because most of the Patriot Acts says "in 14 U.S.C. move the comma" "change or to and" "change 6 months to 8 months" ... it would take days to read this...members of the House without opportunity to read it at all...with no debate on the floor...fearing what John Ashcroft told them, voted for the Patriot Act. The Senate voted for it with 2 passed."

The Patriot Act was openly being debated...until the anthrax scare when all bets were off. New provisions were added to the Patriot Act...hastily printed without enough copies for every member of congress to see it.

What about the First Amendment that says "congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." But the Patriot Act says if you tell anyone...your spouse, lawyer, priest, best friend, judge in courtroom that you received one of these self-written search warrants, you'll be arrested when you walk outside the court room.

Congress just forgot about the First Amendment.

All these various edicts have been compounded by the Patriot Act that added all these new exemptions, new clauses, new gimmicks that simply make our police and intelligence services less accountable

What about the Fourth Amendment? What about the requirement for a court order from a judge to get information from a financial institution? Congress said "forget about it...the times are too's too difficult...we don't want another 9/11"

The president chose to do - secretively - to order NSA to begin to carry out a massive collection of information against American citizens...clear violations of foreign surveillance intelligence act of 1978, which was also intended to get around Article 4 of the Constitution...illegal intrusions into our lives, and to at least provide some kind of court sanction.

Various forms of spying which the Bush Administration admitted. The way they admitted it was always quite's always for our "safety."

Here's the bargain...give me your freedom and I'll keep you safe...which has NEVER worked. It makes us LESS FREE and UNSAFE.

It's all based on FEAR. Post 9/11 is a prime example of that...Patriot Act...create an atmosphere of fear, then you undermine civil rights legislatively...ultimately the underpinnings of our democracy are threatened by that much more than they are by the terrorists.

By FEAR MONGERING it helps them consolidate power and encourages people to give up more liberties so they can do what they want to do.

Today the president tries to say, because of the CinC Clause in the Constitution, if I say its a matter of national security, anything I do is legal and nobody can touch me on it. That's something new and what we keep wondering...when will the Supreme Court wake up and begin to pay attention to what we in this country are about to lose...our civil rights?

Congress has lost its backbone as the defender of the institution. The history of the expansion of presidential powers is to get broader and imagine emergencies when they're not really emergencies and to justify the exercise of power in that way.

There are dictators all over the world that the US and Britain and other countries haven't done anything to stop them for their genocide and actions in their own countries. But because Iraq has oil, that's the one thing that makes the difference and why we're there now.

Why aren't we in Darfur? Joey Cheek (?) is an olympic gold medal skater. In 2006 he donated his winnings to The Right To Play Organization, serving Darfur refugees in Chad. What has the government done?

Darfur, for example...there we've been dragging our feet tremendously. This is something people find difficult to understand...the Europeans especially, because we had always sought the leadership position in helping people who were in dire straits.

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of a national, political, racial, ethnic or cultural group. Modern democratic governments are not known to have committed domestic genocide. Documented cases of this are seen in countries whose governments are authoritarian, dictatorial or totalitarian.

Since the end of the Cold War we were going to have a new world order and intervene in different places to protect human right. That all came crashing down with the Rwandan genocide in 1994 when nobody stepped in as 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Yet, it seems to be playing out again in Darfur, since that crisis has been going on for about as long as the War in Iraq. Whatever we do now is going to be too little, too late.

We know when we do evil things. It was Ronald Reagan who invented the phrase for the Soviet Union "Evil Empire." But I also have no doubt today we are the evil empire.

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." ~ Plato 427-357 BC

The government's unconstrained. They do what they think they can get away with, and they've gotten away with a tremendous amount so far. We can only work to try and get the beast under control...bring this rogue superpower under control without another war.

There can be the potential for a rogue element if it's coupled with radical right wing ideology...and it always is it seems to be because that's the sort of activity that gravitates to that world.

In 1986 the World Court condemned the US for "unlawful use of force" against Nicaragua and ordered the US to terminate support of the Contras.

The President (Bush) has engaged in activities that are clearly not authorized in the Constitution for him not to do. He got a vote to invade Iraq by sending to Congress a national intelligence estimate that he and the authors of the CIA all knew was dishonest went they sent it to them. None of it had anything to do with WMD, terrorism, 9/11 or Iraqi democracy or anything good for the Iraqi people.

One of the big problems here would be they could fast forward this thing into a full bore fascist police state as the worst outcome if they stage another 9/11, which I don't doubt they would do when they see the need.

The Constitutional System has come's clearly a shambles. If you believe today the government bears some resemblance to that document written in Philadelphia in 1787, the burden of proof is on you.

The Constitution is basically defunct that our country is behaving in the most radical, imperialistic ways in our name...creating enemies by the second...accumulating debt by the second because someone has to pay for it.

The Bill of Rights is wonderful, but it's meaningless if the separation of powers breaks down...checks and balances...that's what keeps us going. When you combine this with an almost out of control defense budget that is threatening bankruptcy here, the intrusions of the industrial military complex into the civilian economy to the point that today that a great deal of what we're spending in this one trillion dollars a year - more than any other defense budget on earth combined - it's astronomical.

It's the decency and wisdom of the American people...they want to believe their leaders...but if you lie to them long enough, they will realize the difference that what you say and what you do, and they will eventually turn...they always do...and they're doing that now.

Since Korea, Viet Nam, El Salvador, Nicaraqua, Panama, Grenada, the first Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan, now this war in Iraq...and they talk to us about this great "War on Terror"...but the greatest terror we face is the terror is what will happen if we continue to pour our wealth, productivity, resources into constant war...we're being driven and pulled in very wrong directions by some very reckless and dangerous people.

One of the paragraphs in my manifesto is this: "It's the first duty of the strong to protect the weak." It's not the duty of the strong to prey on the weak. It's not enough to be strong....we also have to have the moral authority to lead.

We have a way of dealing with unsatisfactory political's called IMPEACHMENT. I guarantee you, it's a high crime and misdemeanor to lie to the American Congress and the people on going to war with a fake setup national intelligence estimate. If a real prosecutor came in, we have enough to arrest and indict by a grand jury a number of people, from Bush and Cheney on down.

[various activists talk about being arrested in past war protests, when their world view changed and caution people about moving to violence in their protests and expectations]

The antiwar movement for Viet Nam was a whole...we helped end that war....we established the context where there was no alternative but for the government to withdraw. Also, the antiwar movement was within the military. It got so rebellious and mutinous that they couldn't be used...they had to be withdrawn.

Each individual has to best figure out how they can contribute to research, education and/or activism.

"I began to speak out against misuse of power and intelligence to foment a war that had been long desired."

"I turned in my commanders for violations of the Geneva Conventions."

"Don't get a government job...try to keep your independence for financial, intellectual...a willingness to accept your government may lie to you because historically our government has lied to us"

"It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from his government." ~ Thomas Paine

If there's something we don't citizens...and think is wrong, do something about it...write a letter, make a phone call, send an email, ask the question, write the President, talk to your congresspeople, do demonstrations, talk to the media, educate people like Ghandi did and confront them with the truth and ask them to act on that.

The greatest impact of the Civil Rights Movement on me was the notion that what an individual does CAN make a difference.

"I went to a major intersection on the border in Iraq...this was on the day the president authorized Desert Storm...I had to be arrested or do something because I didn't want to be a part of the military in any capacity when the war broke out. These tanks and heavy duty artillery were heading toward the front line. With that Tianenmen Square incident in my mind, I decided to hold my hand up towards the traffic and took off my uniform as a sign of resignation."

"The power each of us has in our own lives to think, to act, to choose what we believe or don't believe...this power, everytime it's exercised, is a hand grenade against the state."

"Know what the law is generally, understand the Constitution and rights that we educated, intelligent, informed citizenry is the best [force] against tyranny.

Eisenhower: "Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial military machinery of defense for our peaceful methods and goals so security and liberty may prosper together."

Chalmers Johnson: "I don't think we're wasting our time to alert citizens to the dangers we're in and to their delicts [?] as citizens."

We need to make people a"ccept personal and moral responsiblity for their actions"

Truman: "There are times in world history when it is far wiser to act than to hesitate. There is some risk involved in action...there always is. But there is far more risk in failure to act."

Margare Meade: "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
(Susan B. Anthony - Women's Suffrage, Juliette Lowe - Girl Scouts of America, Rosa Parks - 1955 Civil Rights Movement, Peter Beneson - Amnesty Intl, MLK - Civil Rights Movement, Mother Teresa - Humanitarian, Lech Walesa - 1980 Solidarity, Bob Geldof - 1985 Live Aid, Kathy Kelly - Voices for Creative Non-Violence)

What will you do?


Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:10 am
My apologies for posting all my notes here. They should have been abbreviated, but are well worth posting for readers who will not be able to view the film or want to copy and paste for their files. The documentation serves for reference and as talking points on US foreign policy.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 9:31 am
Well, the Share eventually posted. For future reference, it takes about 1 hour for large shares to get posted. Anyhoo, here it is:

Superpower - my notes

. (0)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 2:33 pm
Brillant Marion! Congratulations! An exhilarating ride through the murkier recesses of US Imperialism and domestic corruption and perversion of democracy. Everyone should cut and paste it as a basis for further in-depth research, reading and viewing. This precis and a copy of the film should be distributed to everyone we know. Some will decide not to continue to be your friends, but most will thank you when they learn they have been living a lie all their lives. All Empires are guilty of this, but it is since the internet that this information has been so widely disseminated. There are countless documentaries, books,magazines, web sites and pamphlets out there chock full of this information. Political maturity, and therefore full adult maturity, means knowing these things. Otherwise you don't deserve the franchise.

Again. Congratulations, Marion on a brilliant summary of the workings of the world's largest, not greatest, capitalist empire as it descends into barbarism.

Luisa Fox (144)
Sunday February 14, 2010, 5:44 pm
Omygod Marion, you did an outstanding job. Kudos.

I second Vinniboy comments regarding having this document available for further in-depth research and reading and reviewing. I plan to either get a copy of the film or download.

Marion, did you burn a CD on download? I will send you a PM (private message) for details. o.k.?

Brilliant summary Marion.

BTW, when I went to the share you posted, the link doesn't work. Check it out.
Excellent Marion. I can't say enough. But I think I will add one more thing. Do not misunderstand this as contentious but rather to generate discussion.

Given that the film reinforces much of what many of us, like you Marion, and Vinniboy, myself, Simon, and others already know through our research, study, and dedication to these issues, particularly of Latin America as is my case, what difference does it make?

What difference does it make that we have all this information in our heads, we are outraged, we want to shout it in the middle of the day in Times Square (at least I do)? We, (I) want people to know what a despicable nation this United States has become. How Manifest Destiny is still working abroad in the Middle East. But so what? The dance goes on, nothing is changing, in effect we are deeply mired in warmongering mierda up to our neck. Cheney is doing the rounds in a more subdued tone underhandedly complementing Barak Obama on network Sunday reviews about how now President Obama is coming around to see the light. (I paraphrase).

But I ask again, SO WHAT?

Unless we put the stops on this train wreck of ours we will continue to War. Why not enough people want to get up and say NO MORE! Stop.

We are the most most politically active of any time I can remember. This tells me that historically we are on a wave of discontent. But what we have is a Un-iparty.

The hat U.S. is edging more and more to the right then we should be comfortable with.

But I ask again, so what? If we know all this stuff and we can argue the pants out of anyone one the hill, yes, you betcha! However, this is not enough ... we need to dismantle the status quo, kick the bastards out of office, change the direction of this country.

And we need to do it now!

. (0)
Monday February 15, 2010, 1:24 am
Well said, Luisa. You know your people better than I do. You know how many don't know this or will take a helluva lot of convincing. Not enough people know yet. We have to keep on disseminating the information and refuting all the mythical beliefs and distorted arguments about the true internal and external nature of US imperialism. The statistics show we are defeating ignorance and deceit. It's a slow process, so pace yourself and look to the long haul. Listen to Zinn and Chomsky, who are very optimistic. In a moment of weakness, with one of the liars in view, adopt the Iraqi reflex and "Throw Shoes." In fact. I'd like to start a world movement...the universal gesture of contempt for corrupt politicians is to 'throw shoes'.

Marion Y (322)
Monday February 15, 2010, 8:16 am
Vindiboy and humblest thanks to you both! You both provided the information and I merely typed the script from the movie. So...many thanks to you both!

Yes, I burned a CD (audio only) and saved a backup copy. I used "" to download and view the movie.

I don't understand why the link to the "share" doesn't work. However, go to my Profile Page and you should see my "Shares" on the right side of the page. The "share" for Superpower is a repeat of what I posted above, so you haven't missed anything.


To answer your question of "so what," Luisa...

Vindiboy has answered your question well. I would add that even though you and I know this information, we don't know it all, and we need movies and information like this to serve as reminders and help us inform others.

In the movie at the tail end, several activists answer this question on what to do. You will find it at the end of my last post on the movie above. In essence, we must be patient, we must be vigilant, we can't be foolish by working for the government and risking losing our jobs if we protest, we must use every opportunity available to speak out and even use creative ways to do so.

Personally, I was an "active" activist for many years, beginning around age 17 (1967) up until a few years ago. I am in my 60s now, have health issues and tired. I've sacrificed my personal life and family for much of the work I have done over the years. I decided it is time to let the younger folks continue the battle. What I do now is work from home using my PC, phone and pen to speak out. I also post articles like this in blogs because I know that for every person who is enlightened or learns from what I've exposed them to, they will tell 20+ others. Salesmen know that for every 20 doors they knock on, only one door may open. They build their sales slowly, steadily and rely on word of mouth and recommendations for their products. This is how it works with what we do as well.

So try not to get discouraged. We are building momentum. Yes, more lives will die in the struggle. But your simple post providing the link to the movie "Superpower" will find its way over the next few months to hundreds, if not thousands of others.

I'm often reminded of the "100th Monkey Theory." When enough people hold the same thought in their minds, it grows exponentially and expands to others in a group, region or even the world. This happened with the Viet Nam's happening now. We must stay strong and know it will eventually happen.

. (0)
Monday February 15, 2010, 4:01 pm
Well spoken, Marion. I'm in your situation. I started out in CND marches in London in 1962 and 63. I've been at it all my working life, and now I'm dog-tired. Without nourishment from like-minded people, you can't do it forever. I don't have the health or the energy for demonstrations and picketing, but I can still spread the word and what I've learned, as you say, from my computer and through discussion and even by argument.

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 16, 2010, 8:29 am
Good for you, Vindiboy! What counts is that we all do whatever we can.

When I saw the following, I think we're never getting out the US games around the world...

Wars sending U.S. into ruin: Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford
To spend $1 trillion, one would have had to start spending $1 million daily soon after Rome was founded and continue for 2,738 years until today. Obama's total military budget is nearly $1 trillion. This includes Pentagon spending of $880 billion. Add secret black programs (about $70 billion); military aid to foreign nations like Egypt, Israel and Pakistan; 225,000 military "contractors" (mercenaries and workers); and veterans' costs. Add $75 billion (nearly four times Canada's total defence budget) for 16 intelligence agencies with 200,000 employees.


Marion Y (322)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 2:31 pm
Hiring Death Squads Is Coming Back to Haunt U.S. Companies
Dole Foods and Chiquita may be on the verge of facing justice for 'pacifying' their work force, suppressing labor unions and terrorizing peasant squatters in Colombia.


LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 3:55 am
I know I am arriving at this post a bit late (lol!), but I'm glad I finally got here: so many interesting, informative comments!

I remember as a student (in the late 60s), working at a Baskin Robbins ice-cream place, where I was scandalized on being hired, we had to more or less pledge alligeance to United Fruit, the owners of BR!
Even then, I knew what United Fruit & Chiquita Bananas meant in terms of US imperialism and Latin American sovereignty! Fast forward, and it's the same story in Colombia, with paramilitaries intimidating, torturing, killing union leaders & members & would-be members to protect US business interests, such as Coca Cola; it is even strongly suspected that Coke hired paramilitaries to get rid of unions, just like Chevron and Shell using the Nigerian military & police as a hired gun to intimidate (& massacre) the local Niger Delta people protesting for some share in oil revenues and the clean-up of their environmentally & economically devastated Niger Delta.

And our Supreme Court says these bloody corporations are people !!?

I haven't had time to read every comment here, but I do love Luisa's thorough list of US intervention in Latin America. I loved Allende and I never forget that Sept 11 was the beginning of Pinochet's bloody reign of torture, death & disappearances. Just this fall, Victor Jara, the great poet, singer/songwriter, theatre director, teacher, political activist, Chile's NATIONAL ICON finally had a NATIONAL & PUBLIC funeral, preceded by a 3-DAY TRIBUTE, over 35 years after his broken body was clandestinely buried by his British wife, JUST days after the US-orchestrated coup. Michelle Bachelet, then-President of Chile, attended that memorial event: both Bachelet and her father were arrested by Pinochet's sbires & tortured. Her father, a high-ranking military officer, had refused to join the coup-d'etat, & died from the torture he underwent at the hands of his own colleagues!!

However, Luisa gave the Guatemalan death count for just one year of US intervention (1966-
"To eliminate a few hundred guerrillas, the government killed perhaps 10,000 Guatemalan peasants"- State Dept. report on the program or 'pogram'?),

whereas the war unleashed on Guatemala's people by the army, called the 'civil war,' (& backed by US govts, training, arms deals, etc.) on the pretext of an insurgency by just a few hundred guerillas, lasted for 30 years: "During Guatemala's civil war, 200,000 people were killed--roughly 5% of the population at the outbreak of fighting--and nearly all of the dead were from rural indigenous areas. UN-monitored peace accords were signed by the Guatemalan Army and guerrillas in 1996," but many human rights & political activists say the military were allowed to more or less dictate the conditions of the agreement that put an end to the massacres.

Because of dissatisfaction with the accords and their inability to heal all the injustices, torture, massacres carried out, Bishop Juan Gerardi (renowned for defending the group most often targeted by brutal political violence--Guatemala's downtrodden indigenous population) helped found the human rights project of the Catholic Church, called 'Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado' (ODHA).

"After the 1996 peace accords, ODHA launched an investigation dedicated to providing a thorough accounting of civil war-related crimes, including the massacre of civilians. By 1998, the organization had assembled a four-volume report documenting the toll of the war. "Guatemala: Never Again" concluded that the military was responsible for 80% of the civilian deaths during the civil war. (The next year, ODHA's findings were corroborated by a UN investigation, which attributed 93 percent of the casualties to the military.)

Gerardi would not live to see this confirmation of his work. On April 26, 1998, two days after a public presentation of "Never Again" in Guatemala City's main cathedral, the bishop was found in a pool of blood in the garage of his parish house: Bishop Gerardi had been bludgeoned to death just two days the publication of the first volume of the report!
This all comes from the The Nation's review of a book which I read: "Who Killed the Bishop? The Art of Political Murder," and recommend highly.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday March 6, 2010, 4:01 am
I would like to add to this discussion the original historic and ideological underpinnings of US policy & interventions in Latin America. The roots go far back in our history and explain the continuity in US foreign policy, whether we have Dems or Repubs in power.

Nobody here has mentioned the Monroe Doctrine!
I remember learning about both 'Manifest Destiny' and the 'Monroe Doctrine' when I was at school. They are related, in fact: corollaries.

Manifest Destiny was the ideology that supported US expansion from coast to coast; that justified getting rid of the native peoples, the Spanish, the Mexicans and anybody else who happened to be in the way of the US pushing its borders further north, south, east and west to include everthing right up to the Pacific, and down into Mexico, California & Texas, which were Mexican.

The Monroe Doctrine originally was a message to every foreign, particularly European, government to stay out of the Western Hemisphere, with the intent & purpose of colonization. "Introduced on December 2, 1823, during President James Monroe's 7th annual State of the Union Address to Congress, it stated that further efforts by European countries to colonize land or interfere with states in the Americas would be viewed by the United States of America as acts of aggression requiring US intervention." "Its primary objective was to free the newly independent colonies of Latin America from European intervention and control."

"Issued at the time when many Latin American countries were on the verge of becoming independent from Spain," it was actually greeted with gratitude by leaders of the emancipation movement everywhere, such as “[Simón] Bolivar himself, still in the midst of his last campaign against the Spaniards, Santander in Colombia, Rivadavia in Argentina, Victoria in Mexico!"
(wikipedia: )

It evolved into a declared & enforced policy of Latin America being an official US zone of influence, a policy which ultimately failed to recognize and respect the sovereignty of independent nations by justifying illegitimate interventions.

Even though the original Doctrine recognized the independence and sovereignty of nations in the Americas, it did include some phrasing that has allowed interference & intervention: "that any effort to extend European political influence into the New World would be considered by the US "as DANGEROUS to our PEACE and SAFETY."

The "Big Sister" policy was an extention of the Monroe Doctrine (formulated by a certain James Blaine in the 1880s & 1890s) which emphasized US leadership and opening markets to US business.

The Monroe Doctrine has even been used to beyond Latin America: In 1842, President John Tyler applied the Monroe Doctrine to Hawaii, told Britain not to interfere there, and began the process of ANNEXING HAWAII to the United States...without the slightest concern that that involved overthrowing an indigenous government.

The Monroe Doctrine was established first; then came MANIFEST DESTINY-- 13 years later:
"in 1836, the United States government objected to Britain's alliance with the newly created Republic of Texas on the principle of the Monroe Doctrine. On December 2, 1845, U.S. President James Polk announced to Congress that the principle of the Monroe Doctrine should be strictly enforced and that the United States should aggressively expand into the West, often termed as Manifest Destiny."

From Democracy Now!'s March 5th headlines:

Clinton: US to Restore Honduras Aid
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues a Latin American tour today with a stop in Honduras. Clinton will meet with Honduran President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, whose election was boycotted by opponents of the coup that overthrew then-President Manuel Zelaya. On Thursday, Clinton urged Latin American countries to normalize ties with Lobo’s government and said the Obama administration has asked Congress to restore full aid to Honduras.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “We think that Honduras has taken important and necessary steps that deserve the recognition and the normalization of relations. I have just sent a letter to the Congress of the United States notifying them that we will be restoring aid to Honduras. Other countries in the region say that, you know, they want to wait a while. I don’t know what they’re waiting for, but that’s their right to wait.”

How coy, Hillary, PRETENTDING you don't know that they're waiting for the OVERTHROWN DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED GOVT of OUTSTED former President Zelaya TO BE REINSTATED? Either that, or they are quite rightly BOYCOTTING THE ILLEGITIMATE GOVT OF HONDURAS that the US and YOU have just RECOGNIZED!

That makes me sick to my stomach!

And your statement about Honduras having taken "important and necessary steps" that "deserve recognition" is PURE BULL, Hillary ! The only necessary steps they could have taken would have been to RESIGN and allow Manuel Zelaya to get his presidential seat back!

There's an expression: the more things change, the more they stay the same! (Can't remember if this expression is English or French) :
So we've had BIG CHANGE by electing Obama? The Monroe Doctrine is alive and well and flourishing in the White House & the Obama State Department!
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