Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun with Fox News and Polls

Fox News is having a tantrum that some Indian named Evo Morales thinks he has the right to tell Defense Secretary Gates a bunch of true statements to his face just because Morales is the President of a sovereign country or something. Why give "50 million dollars" in aid to Bolivia when they act like an independent country? The ever insightful FoxNews readership has chimed in with their own reasons in the comments. We have selected a few choice responses (without modifications!) and are asking your humble opinion as to which is the best. Put your thinking caps on! 

1. chrisj49:
Stop the foreign aide, stop paying the UN, let them fend for themselves I doesn't matter what we do they still hate us. Let's give them a good reason. If they become a direct threat to us wipe them out

2. bolivianwingnut:
YeeHaw! Finally I am reading a news article that honestly desrcibes President Evo Morales presidencey. I have lived in Bolivia and watched it take place! I have felt for years that the US should cut off all aid. Every single penny. If that had been done long ago maybe they would have realized how great a help it is and also see the error of their ways. Socialism doesn't work!

3. flyingpossum:
Yes! We need to keep supporting them. Their women are the sickest, freakiest ho-ma's in all of the Americas (except maybe Venezuela). We need to keep them fed and breeding so as to maintain a constant supply of young, servile wenches for wealthy Americans to use for entertainment.

4. blackshirt:
In our current state of affairs and with the economy the way it is, I do not believe we should be giving money to anyone. If you do not have it, Don't give it away. How is giving something that you do not own different from stealing?


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Evo never fails

To tell it how it is... and this time Defense Secretary Gates had to listen at the OAS meeting of defense secretaries held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We will miss Chalmers Johnson

Pulse Media sums up my thought:
The great Chalmers Johnson is no more. An examplary scholar, Johnson metamorphosed from a hardline Cold Warrior into one of the most formidable critics of the American Empire, mapping its ever expanding imperium of bases. His 2000 book Blowback was prophetic, and his subsequent books The Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis have been equally prescient. Each one is a must read.

continue to Pulse listen to an interview with Johnson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Hidden Torture Cells of Bolivia

The following article is by the Robert Baird, the journalist who uncovered the history of US support for the Hugo Banzer 1971 coup, and is on the secret torture cells that operated during the dictatorship, that Bolivian investigators are just now bringing to light. Link to Narrative Magazine and support this true journalist's work!

Robert Baird

They Were about to let him go. After ten days of torture in a circuit of secret prisons, they were about to let him go. The first night they had taken him to the basement of the Interior Ministry and had beaten him with boards and rifle butts until he couldn’t see, until he could no longer remember what they wanted or why he was there. The second night they had locked him in a cell on the third floor with a tiny window that looked down on the roof of the United Nations building next door.They had jammed needles under his fingernails and shocked his teeth and testicles with a cattle prod. The third night they had taken him to the Department of Political Order and beat him some more, as they would each successive night. Editing was his crime: the ministry’s civilian agents had discovered his handwritten corrections in the margins of a subversive typescript. But ten days of what you might call enhanced interrogation techniques had satisfied the agents that Marcos Farfán was a naive student, a small fish, someone they could safely toss back. After all, they must have figured, how much could he really know? He was only sixteen.

Distortion on the Andes: Showcasing fake indigenous leaders

Andean Information Network

In 2011, the newly elected House of Representatives will likely move U.S. foreign policy in Latin America toward intervention. Right-wing politicians in the U.S. maintain close ties with Latin American elite. In recent years, many of these opposition leaders have appealed to U.S. conservative interests in their region, expressing concern about their loss of power at the ballot box in countries such as Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

On November 17, the Americas Forum and the Hudson Institute will sponsor an event in the Capitol Visitors Center entitled “Danger in the Andes,” presenting a slate of speakers on terrorism, radical Islam, drug trafficking and threats to democracy and human rights. Speakers include the new leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Otto Reich, Roger Noriega and John Walters, architects of Latin American foreign policy under Reagan and both Bush administrations. The organizers have also invited well-known critics of the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian governments, in addition to three Bolivian guests.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Coup University: SOUTHCOM and FIU Team Up on Counterinsurgency

Adrienne Pine

As it has done with great success throughout the past century, the U.S. militarycontinues to find ways to use the academy and anthropological concepts to whitewash its imperialist actions in the service of U.S. corporate profits. In Latin America from 1963-1965, Project Camelot set a dark precedent for the use of social science to abet and legitimate counterinsurgency operations including psychological warfare. Now, the U.S. Military's Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the Pentagon's arm in Latin America and responsible for all U.S. bases the region, and Florida International University (FIU) have partnered in the creation of a so-called "Strategic Culture" Initiative, a center that hosts workshops and issues reports on the "strategic culture" of different Latin American countries. At present, reports have been issued from ArgentinaBoliviaBrazilChileColombiaCubaEcuadorEl SalvadorGuatemalaHaitiNicaraguaPeru; and Venezuela.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Arce Gomez reveals location of Marcelo Quiroga's remains

Luis Arce Gomez, the former Interior Minister to the brutal dictator Luis Garcia Meza has revealed the location of the remains of Marcelo Quiroga (left). Marcelo Quiroga was a tireless champion for democratic socialism in Bolivia, founder of the Bolivian Socialist party, and murdered during the Meza's 1980 "Cocaine Coup". 

Gomez has revealed that Quiroga's remains were flown to Santa Cruz and buried on the property of Hugo Banzer's private home, the US backed rightwing dictator who ruled during the 1970s. Try to act surprised.