In today's rapacious U.S. wars and plunder in the Middle East, it is worth looking at how brutal the U.S. onslaught has been against Latin American countries. Whether it was James Monroe, the fifth U.S. president and author of what became known as the Monroe Doctrine to impose U.S. hegemony, or his successors, Latin America has been irreparably damaged from U.S. assaults. The U.S. gives itself the right to interfere in Latin American elections and government affairs, and it wants to dictate their use of land and natural resources. No country is allowed to pursue an independent economic, political or cultural agenda. So many wars, conflicts, military coups and political assassinations have been overtly and covertly committed by the U.S. government or the elements sponsored by Washington.The history of the United States is characterized by major conflicts with Mexico. It must never be forgotten that Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California once belonged to Mexico. The lesson from Mexico … [Read more...] about Lessons from US rapaciousness in Latin America
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Latin America has suffered a 'breathtaking' wave of homicidal violence with more than 2.5million murders since 2000, a report has revealed. The region accounts for a third of the world's murders - despite being home to only eight per cent of the global population, according to the Brazilian think-tank, the Igarapé Institute. About 25 per cent of all global homicides take place in four of the region's countries - Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil. The institute's report said the 'sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking' with almost half of all victims aged between 15–29. Latin America has suffered a 'breathtaking' wave of homicidal violence with more than 2.5million murders since 2000, a report has revealed. Armed police are pictured during a shootout with a gang in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Igarapé Institute said the 'sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking' with almost half of all victims aged between 15–29 . … [Read more...] about Third of the world’s murders happen in Latin America, study finds
Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are stepping in to fill US President Donald Trump's absence at a summit of Latin American leaders taking place in Peru late this week. But with the US leader a no-show because of a last-minute cancellation to oversee America's response to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria, the blaze of international attention directed at the Friday-Saturday gathering has dimmed. Instead of the sight of Trump at the center of a group of leaders from several countries he has disparaged or intimidated over perceived trade or migration threats, the once-every-three-year summit will be left to tackle festering regional issues. Those include a joint response further isolating Venezuela over its moves seen trampling democracy, and whose President Nicolas Maduro has explicitly been not invited. There is also the worsening relationship between the United States and Mexico over a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Trump's insistence … [Read more...] about Ivanka helps fill Trump’s absence at Latin America summit
Montevideo (AFP) - With his ambitious social programs, his international standing and his extraordinary fate, Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was a potent symbol of Latin America's defiant left. Seeing him end up in jail is likely to deal a heavy blow to a generation of leaders. - Impact on Latin American left - "It is certainly a shock to see the man who, more than anyone, pioneered the 'new left' surge in Latin America, being sent to prison," said William LeoGrande, an expert in South American politics at the American University School of Public Affairs. His demise comes some two decades after Latin America was swept by the so-called "pink tide" that brought leftwing leaders to 15 of the region's countries. "Lula is the candidate of the reformist, non-revolutionary left, more market-friendly. This more moderate left appears beaten, defeated because it bet on playing the democratic game and now it appears that these rules have harmed it," said Patricio Navia, an … [Read more...] about Lula behind bars: a deathblow for Latin America’s left?
The March 24 ceremony celebrated the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) choice to hold its next annual meeting in Chengdu, China, a decision criticised by the United States, whose regional influence has been increasingly challenged by the Asian economic superpower. Just over a week later, China imposed tariffs on a range of US products from frozen pork to wine in response to US President Donald's Trump's decision to place tariffs on steel and aluminium from countries including China. The trade fight, which escalated further on Wednesday with China targeting key American imports including soybeans, planes and cars in retaliation for proposed US tariffs on $50bn (€40bn) in Chinese goods, has left Latin America in the middle, analysing risks and opportunities. "The US is forcing countries in the region to choose between the US and China," said Margaret Myers, director of the Latin America and the World programme at the Inter-American Dialogue. "It's putting … [Read more...] about US-China battle presents an opportunity for Latin America’s middle men