Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Short reads for a Sunday


Random selections.

Latin America. Mark Weisbrot, economist and co-director at the US CEPR, had a recent post at AlJazeera, Obama must normalize relations with all of Latin America.

Weisbrot recommends that the US President be more mature, más maduro, in US policy toward Latin America, and Venezuela in particular. However, not quite factored in is the reality of US politics, where there must be an enemy, some enemy, any enemy. So, if Cuba was to be off the ludicrous list of ‘enemies’ of the US, then why not Venezuela against which such destabilising actions were still being directed – demonstration of US toughness, as the impoverished Yemen is learning. With that ploy, the other corporate party is deprived of a ‘hot button’ issue, ‘Who lost Latin America’. If after all these years, the US President is yet to mature in international affairs, the country might as well let policy wonk, Gwyneth Paltrow have a go it? She had done so well at understanding (‘simulating’?) living in poverty. (more…)


Galeano, Chávez y Obama – La Oportunidad Desperdiciada


Ayer falleció Eduardo Galeano, autor e intelectual uruguayo.

Durante la V Cumbre de las Américas de 2009 el Presidente de Venezuela le regaló al Presidente eeuu ‘Las venas abiertas de América Latina’. Nos recuerda del evento el periódico, el País,

El día que Eduardo Galeano estuvo entre Obama y Chávez

“Las venas abiertas de América Latina” fue publicada por primera vez en 1971. En 2009, durante la Cumbre de las Américas, fue el regalo que el expresidente Hugo Chávez eligió entregarle a Barack Obama ante la prensa mundial y varios colegas presidentes.

[Poco después,  el Presidente Obama repudió este gesto de amistad, el perfil de personalidad, en blanco y negro.] (more…)