Its immediate origins lie in the famous barter trade between the two countries which began in Cuba sent thousands of educators and medical personnel to Venezuela, which in turn sold 53, barrels of oil a day at below world market prices to Cuba. This was followed in by an agricultural cooperation deal. It provides cooperation agreements between governments, without imposing changes to domestic institutions or social-relations, whilst providing ideological and material support for radical internal reforms. Principally, ALBA is building a barrier to US domination and European capital penetration, buttressing the most radical governments Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador while offering other countries in the region concrete examples of the benefits of trade relations based on south-south cooperation and the potential for welfare-based development.
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Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Read more The ongoing protest movement on the streets of Haiti, which began in February, escalated in June and July.
What started as street protests has evolved into mass strikes and roadblocks, effectively paralysing the country for days at a time. The thousands of demonstrators have been met with violent, lethal repression by state forces, who have killed at least nine people so far and injured dozens more.
This eyewitness account of repression and revolution in Guatemala was given exclusively to FRFI by a journalist recently in Guatemala. Unlike San Salvador there's no curfew so you could wander freely at night.
The restaurants are full, the bars are full, lots of traffic in the streets and an apparent surface air of complete normality. So we were very relieved. We thought we might be able to relax a bit. Nor that since the coup in Honduras at least 60 journalists and hundreds of activists have been killed. Following the air bombardment of their cities, the firing upon of their boats, the burning down of their villages and the murder of their citizens, the Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega stated before the United Nations General Assembly in late September that US imperialism had 'declared war on the people of Nicaragua'.
On 6 September a light plane fired rockets into the city of Esteli, two days later Managua's international airport was bombed by planes flown out of Honduras, and the following day two more unidentified planes, this time coming from the direction of Costa Rica, attacked the docks and fuel supplies at Puerto Sandino.
Air sorties over Nicaragua have continued and in October Sandinista anti-aircraft batteries downed a US registered DC-3 transport plane, adding to what Ortega listed as five hundred and twelve violations of Nicaraguan airspace since January Image: Groups of armed men, including right wing students, have been trained by US forces.
The mainstream media are presenting a picture of the Nicaraguan government attacking its people — the reality is that US imperialism has been attempting to foment a coup. This continues its horrific history of continued interference, violence and abuse directed against the Nicaraguan people since It has reduced Nicaragua to being the second-poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.
Since Daniel Ortega returned to power in , poverty has been cut by three quarters. Nicaraguans have no need to flee the country, unlike their long-suffering neighbours in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The wave of revolution engulfing Central America is an uprising against imperialism.
It is yet another front in the glorious international anti-imperialist war being waged in Iran and Palestine, Ireland, South Africa and elsewhere. US imperialism has been the main oppressor and exploiter of the peoples of Central and Latin America. But its ruthless oppression and exploitation has always been supported by British imperialism. Since all the major imperialist powers have joined in an alliance to defeat all revolutionary movements of the oppressed. In February, Thatcher told President Reagan:.
In the few weeks since assuming power on 25 April, the UNO coalition is already showing signs of deep divisions, and the new government has had to make a number of concessions to the FSLN and pro-Sandinista unions.
On 10 May, 50, workers in government offices, banks, public transport and telecommunications went on strike for a per cent pay rise and against sackings. After first threatening to sack them all, President Violeta Chamorro backed down after six days, and agreed to the job security law, a per cent pay rise and the replacement of the Labour Minister.
For part one click here. Drugs house soldiers in palaces, furnish police and customs officials with luxury, buy guns and missiles for Afghan and Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, prop up entire Latin American economies and fend off a multi-national banking collapse triggered by the unpayable trillion-dollar Third World debt. For every two young black US males who gain entry into higher education, three are held in some form of custody.
This is cocaine capitalism, the face behind the dazzle from the designer sunglasses of Miami Vice. Part two looks at its political consequences, links with counter-revolution and impacts on US cities and the banks.
The British government dispatched a frigate and 50 military and police officers to Colombia. Police are raiding downtown Los Angeles and Tottenham. It is captivating headline stuff — for a fortnight. Its worth, at wholesale prices, varies between five and seven times its weight in gold. Coming within a month of US Airforce intervention in the Philippines it demonstrated US imperialism testing its armed forces, its political will, international and domestic reaction in the context of the break-up of the socialist bloc.
Ominously, polls showed 80 per cent of US people supporting the assault. After days of dragging his feet, US President Trump finally authorised a temporary waiver of a century-old shipping law on 28 September to allow aid to be sent to the US colony Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Infrastructure is severely damaged and the Guajataca Dam in the northwest of the island is at risk of failing. Less than two weeks after the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly election on 30 July, US President Trump threatened the country with direct military action. Such intervention has consisted mostly of undermining any government that threatens its interests through the use of economic warfare, and by funnelling money, arms and intelligence into right-wing opposition groups.
However, in a few instances, it has involved direct military intervention Dominican Republic, Grenada and Panama. The toxic combination of factors behind the epidemic is distinctly social: poor, cramped living conditions, insufficient sanitation and environmental problems.
Rachel Francis reports. Drawing up a common plan to tackle social and developmental problems in the region, CELAC aims to eliminate poverty and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean by They joined around 8, young people from all over the world for debates and discussions around fighting imperialism and capitalist austerity.
Sam Baker reports. WFYS provides an international forum for anti-imperialist youth to meet, discuss and build links. It takes place every four or five years and is organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youth. The first festival took place in Prague in As the capitalist crisis bites in Britain, it spreads war, poverty, austerity and despair worldwide. The constitutional coup that removed President Fernando Lugo from office on 21 June highlights the intense struggle waged by imperialism and its money-crazed servants in Latin America against the impoverished masses.
Alvaro Michaels reports. He promised to end corruption. It was a popular programme but with the limited political forces at his disposal, unachievable. The Senate confirmed this with a vote the following day. Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba refuse to recognise the change and Venezuela will cease providing oil.
Brazil and Argentina have called their ambassadors home and Uruguay has expressed concern. On 25 June, the Mercosur trade bloc suspended Paraguay from taking part in a summit in Argentina.
Tensions are building in the run-up to the Venezuelan presidential elections in October. In the context of deepening economic crisis, the US and Europe are losing their grip on Latin America as Cuba and Venezuela strengthen regional ties. The Organisation of American States OAS was founded in on lofty-sounding ideals including non-interference in the internal affairs of other member states.
In reality, it acts as a cover for US imperialist interests in Latin America. Leader after leader condemned the US veto and Rafael Correa of Ecuador boycotted the meeting in protest.
Before President Obama even arrived, his bully boy Secret Service agents were setting the imperialist tone as they were caught taking prostitutes back to their hotel, flaunting their ID cards in an arrogant attempt to get past the reception desk.
The response of the Thatcher government was immediate: it authorised the assembly and dispatch of a huge fleet to recapture the islands. British imperialism would not accept such a challenge: its global position was at stake. It was the dawn of neoliberalism: the end of capital controls had unleashed a flood of overseas investment with British banks in the lead. British imperialism had to demonstrate that it would use military force to defend these rapidly expanding interests.
On 2 April, the fascist Argentinian junta, headed by General Galtieri, took over the islands in a patent manoeuvre to divert the growing class opposition to its rule. As a result, British imperialism is once again on the warpath to maintain one of the last outposts of British colonialism.
It is using all the scientific techniques and weapons of modern warfare to destroy the Argentinian airforce and navy. In this murderous assault British imperialism now has the full backing of US imperialism. As we go to press British troops have begun the final assault on Port Stanley.
On the contrary, this war has strengthened the most reactionary and anti-democratic forces in British society. A victory for British imperialism will immeasurably strengthen the hand of Thatcher and her government, of the British military establishment, and of the British ruling class as a whole.
The recent local elections in which the Tories did better than any government in mid-term elections since the war is a sign of what could come. On 5 June , Ollanta Humala became the new president of Peru, winning One year after the 12 January earthquake that killed , people and left 1. Of , destroyed homes, just 2, have been repaired.
Rebuilding the airport remains the only major effort undertaken. Disputes over land ownership and plus property speculation combined with an influx of international aid workers have pushed rents beyond the reach of Haitian people who consequently have no alternative other than to remain in camps.
Our Chilean correspondent Marcelo was in Copiapo when the 33 Chilean miners were lifted to safety. This is his report. The incredible media frenzy has now passed, and Chile has returned to normal life. The San Jose Mine collapse ended happily for the 33 miners and their families, though the happiest of all are without a doubt the Chilean government, now rolling in popularity after an apparently well-planned and executed rescue mission.
A vitriolic campaign run by the opposition-dominated media has been successful in denying the United Socialist Party of Venezuela PSUV its goal of retaining a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly following the elections on 26 September. However, the PSUV still has a substantial majority: as we go to press, it had secured 96 out of seats, the United Democratic Roundtable MUD opposition alliance 62, with three seats going to non-aligned indigenous candidates.
In , the opposition had boycotted elections and had therefore been unable to prevent the National Assembly from agreeing changes to the constitution. Now, however, it is in a stronger position, and can for instance block approval of the national budget or appointments to the Supreme Court. The opposition won 12 out 15 seats in the state of Zulia, a reactionary stronghold bordering on Colombia. Sam Mcgill reports. Home Americas Latin America.
Sound the alarm! Bullies, blunders and prostitutes The Organisation of American States OAS was founded in on lofty-sounding ideals including non-interference in the internal affairs of other member states.
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Its immediate origins lie in the famous barter trade between the two countries which began in Cuba sent thousands of educators and medical personnel to Venezuela, which in turn sold 53, barrels of oil a day at below world market prices to Cuba.
This was followed in by an agricultural cooperation deal. It provides cooperation agreements between governments, without imposing changes to domestic institutions or social-relations, whilst providing ideological and material support for radical internal reforms. Principally, ALBA is building a barrier to US domination and European capital penetration, buttressing the most radical governments Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador while offering other countries in the region concrete examples of the benefits of trade relations based on south-south cooperation and the potential for welfare-based development.
By April , there were ALBA-projects underway, promoting non-market, non-profit based exchanges with the aim of keeping resources and surpluses in the region. This bloc has the potential to become increasingly important in the context of the global financial crisis, highly unstable world commodity prices and recession in the most developed capitalist countries with devastating consequences around the world.
ALBA is inspired by the welfare-based development model of socialist Cuba, with its medical and educational internationalism. ALBA in turn has removed from Cuba the obligation to completely insert itself into the international capitalist economy. A system based on: solidarity and complementarities, not competition; a system in harmony with our mother earth and not plundering of human resources…in summary, a system that recovers the human condition of our societies and peoples and does not reduce them to mere consumers or merchandise.
Although at present the economic impact of ALBA is limited, its regional political and social implications are already significant. The emergence of an independent, alternative alliance in a region rich in hydrocarbons, metals and agricultural land is seen as a threat to US domination and European capital investment in the region.
The future consolidation and expansion of ALBA will take place in the context not only of growing US hostility but also of a global recession. Whatever the difficulties, socialists and progressive people everywhere should celebrate the example and achievements of ALBA. Three Latin American countries have eradicated illiteracy in the last five years as Cuba did in : Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, while Ecuador will achieve this historical goal soon.