Posts Tagged ‘Greg Grandin’

Latin America – the indigenous, an endangered species


This tragedy is being acted out throughout Latin America.

We have an article from the common dreams blog that focuses on the plight of the indigenous on their own lands, lands from which they are increasingly expelled. Violent death to activists is part of the strategy to ensure submission. Key players in this drama include the multinational corporation (MNC) and its country-of-origin political backer, development agencies, ‘cooperative’ local and state governments and death squads (government or private). As Sian Cowman and Philippa de Boissière report, For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’ An excerpt, (more…)

TPP and the prescience of Salvador Allende


On this day, remembrance of the violent coup against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende takes place in a world made much more unstable.

In the world of today the multinational corporations (MNCs)/transnational corporations (TNCs) no longer see the need to be covert, discreet with their machinations, with their government applying ‘diplomacy’. To formalise their quest for equivalence with and control of vulnerable countries, the US has embarked on a series of trade agreements, misleadingly called ‘free trade’ agreements by the colluding ‘legacy’ MSM. And this is where the prescience of the late President Allende becomes invaluable.

And for that we turn to Greg Grandin at Common Dreams to tell the tale, The TPP Will Finish What Chile’s Dictatorship Started.

Neoliberalism is hard to define…


But Allende offered a pretty good definition back in 1972, in a speech to the United Nations given less than a year before his overthrow and death. He said: “We are faced by a direct confrontation between the large transnational corporations and the states. The corporations are interfering in the fundamental political, economic and military decisions of the states. The corporations are global organizations that do not depend on any state and whose activities are not controlled by, nor are they accountable to any parliament or any other institution representative of the collective interest. In short, all the world political structure is being undermined.”


This September 11th, as the Obama administration makes its final push for the TPP, it’s worth taking a moment to realize why all those people in Chile—and in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, and throughout Latin America—died and were tortured: to protect the “future profits” of multinational corporations.

And therein that lesson in all its brutality still witnessed today. Eric Draitser’s post in TeleSUR on 2Sep15, fills in many blanks, The US and the Militarization of Latin America.

Two paragraphs are teasers into further reading,

For more than two centuries, the United States has viewed Latin America as its “backyard,” a geopolitical sphere of influence where it acts as undisputed hegemon. The history of the Western hemisphere, broadly speaking, reflects this reality as the U.S. has influenced, dominated, and otherwise controlled the political and economic development of most of the countries of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean.

However, recent years have borne witness to a growing independence and assertiveness from many nations in the region, owing in no small part to the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Indeed, with Venezuela as the exemplar, and Chavez as the initiator of the process of regional integration and collective security, Latin America has grown increasingly independent of its imperial neighbor to the north.

To be found out and publicly exposed serves little purpose, as active destabilisation continues undeterred. For that the forging and maintaining of strong alliances among besieged independent countries is all the more critical.

That toddler, Aylan Kurdi, who was kicking a football in his village in Syria just a few months before should end up drowned on a beach in Turkey, as his elder brother and mother, serves as stark warning enough for humanity at large in the era of the articulate US President who is a Nobel Laureate (for Peace).