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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, May 26, 2006

Political storm brews in Latin America

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UNITED NATIONS — There’s a hemispheric storm brewing in Latin America. The political weather front has moved from the Caribbean island of Cuba into the rich oil fields of Venezuela, and stalled over the mineral rich mining country of the high Andes in Bolivia. This tempest, while nurtured in the political hothouse in Havana, has been financed by petro-dollars in Caracas, and has looked to La Paz as a proving ground. It’s all part of an intensely important series of events largely overlooked, if misunderstood, in the USA.

What’s called the “Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America,” an innocuous enough sounding economic plan, could become the political template for key countries in Latin America. The name evokes Simon Bolivar, the 19th century nationalist liberator of much of Latin America from Spanish rule. The regional plan is meant to play on the very genuine nationalist themes which are being tragically twisted by the totalitarian temptations of the late 20th century.

Decided upon in a recent Havana meeting of the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia, the model envisages a Marxist alternative to free markets and more importantly brings back the militant political rhetoric of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales the proletarian triumvirate, are the primary players—so far. Confrontational anti-Americanism, and more potently the new Bolivian government nationalizing of foreign firms, has created an atmosphere which happily has not been seen in a generation. Read on.


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