Archive for the ‘Latin America and the Caribbean’ Category

In The Time of Covid-19, this time is different?


In The Time of Covid-19, ‘lockdown’, ‘social (physical) distancing’, quarantine is the reality for tens of millions, and with that the deprivation of the distraction of corporate sports compelled into a similar condition and with substantial loss in profits, once dormant critical thinking skills did become alert, and active, and did impel action for more than token redress, even reparations. And with the ascendance of independent, uncompromised media comes The Great Awakening.

The oh-so-long obvious widening of the chasm of social and economic inequality becomes evident, and with one callous, infuriating murder of a black man in the US, normally quickly ‘buried’ by corporate media, there is that spark, that catalyst for action. The most visible signs of oppression, those ubiquitous statues, start to fall, then more quickly – despite very anti-social, aggressive, highly militarised police – not just in the US, but in other countries, especially those former colonisers of The Grab for Africa infamy.

What better time then than to revisit the craft of independent, investigative journalism, a journalism that would be confronted by two words, economic sanction.

Quite apt, indeed timely, is this sample of Abby Martin’s body of work, and further incentive to make history by repudiating brutal, profiteering history, with statues the visible reminder, and making the message, with consequent expectations, pellucidly clear to policy makers. A brief retrospective,

Empire Files: From 1776 to Trump – White Mobs, Racist Heroes & Hidden History

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

The Empire Files: Empires Feed on Congo’s Treasure

The Empire Files: Native American Genocide with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

These are lively and informative presentations, and references that can banish any boredom from the sudden isolation from customary social interaction.

The imposition of brutal, sadistic US sanctions against Venezuela among other countries that seek an independent path would achieve much of its intended social, economic, and human destruction, a destruction which extended as far as to the drastic slowing of the momentum and wide exposure the independent current affairs programme had been enjoying as it was then forced to seek another platform.

Such cynical actions expose how US politicians, of either corporate political party, can capriciously and ruthlessly deploy policy destructive to another country’s citizens with the aim of attracting sizable political ‘contributions’, winning elections in states such as Florida in particular, in the process securing political favours and power and wealth in the US. Erratic or not, in this the incumbent US president with refreshing honesty discards any pretence of generosity or nobleness, as had his predecessors.

Ms Martin’s former platform, teleSUR, though much weakened, continues to fulfill its mandate to provide news and analysis relevant to the region Latin America and the Caribbean, and uninfluenced by foreign and domestic corporate interests, as evidenced in a recent broadcast. Independent media, as exemplified here, are in the ascendancy as traditional corporate media continue to pay the cost, and well deserved, of routinely failing to adhere to even the most basic of journalistic standards.

Inescapable from current epochal events is the insistent contention that, for untrammeled Imperial Hubris, Covid-19 will leave in its wake its legacy, Nemesis. Time to reach for a chair and a cup of coffee, and watch the dénouement? This time is different.

Honduras, even deeper into the depths


Those Presidential elections in Honduras of 26Nov17. Were there to be any recount, the robbery would be exposed. Were there to be new elections, there would again have to be robbery to achieve ‘the Northern’ result.

How bad is it? Well, when even The Economist, well-established clarion for Western capitalism, calls out the farce that has been played out in Honduras, a ludicrous farce masquerading as ‘elections’, we know something is awry. We start off with this headline, Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?, which sets the stage for the predictable dénouement. (more…)

‘Make the economy scream!’


That immortal statement by the US President Nixon. Back then the intended target was President Salvador Allende of Chile and his government. Unsurprisingly, in today’s environment the corporate MSM is more assiduous in studious avoidance of any mention of that event. Or any similar ones. But thanks to the internet and YouTube – so far – there is easy access to such sordid events and history. (more…)

Corporate MSM and the grab for Venezuela’s resources


The role of corporate media in promoting the conquest and submission of non-compliant nation-states has never been more evident. Indeed, they no longer see the need to feign adherence to any semblance of standards of journalism, especially in the case of a country rich in resources that considers its resources the patrimony of all its citizens. (more…)

Venezuela, now, like Puerto Rico, US colony?


Operation Condor, this time Condor 2.0 and in full flight?

Those continuing, mob-instigated violent confrontations in a Venezuela beset by a severe economic crisis have made a bad situation worse. Not only that, to confirm any lingering doubts comes an official US statement of intention to depose a democratically-elected sovereign government; and for impeccable timing that statement comes just a month or so after release of a report on the affair in Iran in 1953, and with a sundered and tragic Libya (strong language alert) still fresh in mind. (more…)

At the guarimbas, democracy blazes


Or where responsible journalism is again abandoned to promote an agenda, and where it becomes no more than full-throated propaganda to support ‘régime change’ – the overthrow of yet another ‘insubordinate’ sovereign nation-state, one with massive reserves of hydrocarbons. (more…)

26 July 1953


Those who remember the days of the Batista régime can still recall the sense of relief, elation at its overthrow, a totally corrupt, brutal régime that enjoyed total US support, with the Mafia of the US entrenched on the island, inflicting heaping doses of abuse and humiliation on its people. (more…)

Wonder Woman?


Many should recall that the United Nations Organisation had selected as its inspiration, as role model for all women and girls a famous woman, a fictional woman, Wonder Woman. That cartoon character, half-naked, is ever decked out in a bikini made from a tiny US flag, and wearing tall black boots – and the UN officials saw no problem with that.

Fortunately protests would lead to the withdrawal of that offensive character – obviously nowhere in the whole wide world was there any woman, a living person who could serve as inspiration, as role model. Yet, throughout the year there has been ample evidence of the existence of such women – in this case, Latin America.

Which brings us to this recent post in TeleSUR, Indigenous Women Led Environmental Struggle in 2016. A brief introduction,

Women are leading the struggle in Latin America against environmental destruction as well as Indigenous rights, but they often face assassination, jail, threats and violence.

They not only fight against gender inequality, but also demand wider societal transformation of a patriarchal system that doesn’t work for them as women — even though it is working exactly how it’s supposed to.

These women are engaged in life-threatening struggles, yet their battles seldom attract the attention of the corporate Western media – and for obvious reasons. That UN officials should have overlooked such role models is something of an indictment of the corporate (and other) drift of that organisation. Yes, Wonder Woman.


Fidel Castro, 13Aug1926 to 25Nov2016


The unexamined life is not worth living. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.

For over sixty years, from Argentina to Canada, there has been no leader of his stature and influence, and none so admired – except in the US and some of its supplicant dependents. (more…)

El Salvador and its fight to life


But for the grace of, what, luck? Place of birth and station in life. Just imagine being transplanted to El Salvador, and as a peasant or indigenous who depends on water, from streams and rivers, for drinking, cooking, washing and other basic needs of life. And El Salvador is a very poor country, of which the World Bank is aware, since it collects and disseminates data on the country, and provides loans and technical assistance. (more…)